The Poor Man’s Meal Recipe From The Great Depression

The Great Depression was largely attributed to the stock market crash in 1929, but however and whenever it really happened, you can bet the entire decade of the 1930s was full of hardship for many. The one good thing about depression-era individuals was the fact that they were hardcore people who knew how to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and really do things for themselves. Many people during this time had what was called a Victory Garden or Food Gardens for Defense where the people of the United States were encouraged to grow there own vegetables and fruit because it encouraged self-sufficiency and boosted a feeling of optimism for the future and the Victory gardens also meant that it could help the people of the communities across our great country help those neighbors who were less fortunate. It was sort of like a farmers market of today. So when people see the great depression as mass starvation where no one got to eat, that is not really accurate. Many people were living in rural areas and had access to land to grow things on. My Grandma and Grandpa were depression era people and they could sew and had food gardens and livestock animals, something that was so admirable to me and I was always amazed at how even in the swinging sixties they remained true to their self-reliance although the obtainability of goods and services increased exponentially they remained set in their ays of making their own things and growing their own food, it’s all they knew really. So here a recipe I found on Youtube by a 91-year-old woman named Clara who makes recipes from the great depression era and this one is called The Poor man’s Meal.


  • 4 Hot Dogs
  • 4 to 5 Potatoes (cubed)
  • Oil of your choice


Peel and cut your potatoes into cubes then fry them in some oil then you cut up your 4 hot dogs into individual circles and add them to your potatoes cook till done.

Make a poor mans meal from the great depression

Life is good when you have food in your tummy and our ancestors knew how to survive on a little bit, a lesson we can all learn from.

The Poor Man’s Meal Recipe From The Great Depression

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