These 10 Unusual Foods Kept People Alive During the Great Depression Era

Doug Collins


Beans became a staple due to their affordability. Baked beans emerged as a popular & convenient choice, serving as both a side dish and a budget-friendly meal.

Stovetop Baked Beans


This simple recipe, born out of food rationing, skips milk, butter and eggs, allowing for substitutions and personalize with ingredients like chocolate chips & whipped cream.

Wacky Cake


The quintessential comfort food, combines beans, ham, carrots, onion, and garlic, a nutritious and flavorful Depression era recipe, its protein, fiber, taste of history.

Navy Bean Soup


A delightful blend of pudding and pie, evokes nostalgia and cherished memories of grandmothers' baking. With its luscious, sweet filling, it's a dreamy treat.

Chocolate Cream Pie


Dandelion salad offers a budget-friendly choice with ingredients like dandelions, onions, leeks, hard-boiled eggs, and citrus fruit. Store bought dandelions.

Dandelion Salad


A timeless favorite, has gained popularity on social media with its simplicity and affordability. While the classic version satisfies, feel free to personalize.

Potato Soup


A Depression era delight, requires only five ingredients, excluding butter, eggs, and yeast. The Reddit-approved recipe offers a taste reminiscent.

Peanut Butter Bread


Cabbage, a Great Depression staple, became more appealing by adding homegrown vegetables to the mix. Today, versatile cabbage soup offers.

Vegetable Cabbage Soup


Meat scarcity, inventive cooks crafted chipped beef on toast, a simple dish featuring small portions of butter and milk served atop toast.

Chipped Beef on Toast


Frozen fruit salad, a festive delight, combines canned fruit cocktail, egg yolks, and whipped cream for a lighter alternative to cakes and pies, perfect for with a sweet tooth.

Frozen Fruit Salad

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