7 Unusual Foods People Had To Eat During The Great Depression

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Mock Apple Pie

Crackers were used to make a mimic apple pie because apples were scarce and costly. The crackers were apple-flavored and sweetened.

Dandelion Salad

During the Great Depression, weedy dandelion greens provided sustenance. Dandelion greens were foraged and used in salads.

Peanut Butter Stew

Peanut butter was a cheap protein source during the Great Depression. Some households used it to flavour and thicken stews.

Hoover Stew

Named after then-President Herbert Hoover, this thin soup was created using whatever was available, including veggies, meat leftovers, and water. This symbolised the economic problems of the day.

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Due of its affordability, cornmeal was a Great Depression staple. Some households made Milkorno by mixing maize and milk.

Breadline Coffee

Many couldn't afford coffee, so they made substitutes. Breadline coffee was produced by toasting bread until brown and boiling it.

Potato Pancakes

Potatoes were cheap and adaptable. Potato pancakes were produced by shredding potatoes and combining them with flour and spices before cooking to give variation.

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