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How to Prepare Food When Times Get Tough

When she was a kid, for a treat Pat Box and her seven siblings got “water cocoa,” which is pretty much what it sounds like and nothing special today. But that was in the 1930s, when her father’s business was reselling bakers’ barrels to coopers, and the family would get first crack at them, scraping the wood for any traces of sugar or cocoa left behind.



At a time when Americans face frightening and disorienting economic uncertainty, the Great Depression provides valuable lessons. For many people, putting a meal on the table without turning to processed or takeout foods is no longer something just for a weekend dinner party, but a skill they must learn. People who remember what it was like to eat during the Depression talk about thrift, growing their own and sharing with neighbors.


A roast chicken lasted for days, as chicken with rice, chicken and dumplings, pot pie, stew or soup or salad. People ate what they could grow or kill or find.


Connecticut Post



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