2 January, 2019
During the Great Depression, food was scarce and people had to make due with what they could get. Canned goods were extremely popular because they had long shelf lives and were inexpensive. For some people who grew up during the Depression, canned goods remained a staple in the pantry. As a kid, I remember my grandparents’ cellar had a wall lined with canned goods. Vegetables and fruits, as well as jars of dry pasta, were never in short supply.
While times are certainly better today, plenty of people are living on a tight budget, and some of these Depression-era meals could come in handy. When $10 or less can feed a family of four, these recipes are something anyone can try. They aren’t glamorous, and they aren’t gourmet meals, but they provide a taste of history and nourishment to carry on for another day. If you can, when buying canned goods, opt for no salt added varieties to make the meal a bit more heart-healthy.
2 cups Pasta
4 Hot dogs
2, 14.5 oz cans Stewed tomatoes
1, 15 oz can Peas or corn (or both if you’re feeling extravagant), undrained
Cook the pasta until it’s almost done. While the pasta is cooking, slice the hot dogs into coins (circles). Strain the pasta and return it to the pot before adding in the stewed tomatoes, hot dogs slices, and your peas or corn. Simmer everything until the pasta is cooked and serve.