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Recipes with basic ingredients
Old 03-26-2020, 08:03 AM
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Since it is important to stretch out ingredients, while feeding hungry families, I wanted to share a secret that some of you may not know. Older recipes, such as from the 1940s, were developed at a time people had to ration ingredients. For example I have a Rumford Baking Powder Cookbook from 1943. This morning I made muffins and oatmeal cookies using recipes from that book. I added cereal and bananas to the muffins. The two recipes call for shortening but I use butter. The recipes call for far less sugar than modern recipes. They also didn't call for spices. My husband and I prefer these muffins and cookies to the ones made with modern recipes. I also like the fact that I don't need a lot of ingredients. The muffins seem more appropriate for breakfast than the modern muffins. My favorite older recipe is for marble cake. Of course there are recipe for meal items but I generally don't use recipes to cook food for our meals, so I don't make many of those. You can find recipes online if you search for recipes from the 1940s.


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Old 03-26-2020, 08:18 AM
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Thanks for sharing. Curiosity got the best of me and I googled the cookbook name. Here is a link to the cookbook.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...=1585239741171
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:21 AM
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Cool. Thanks for sharing the link for the book.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:21 AM
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Thanks for sharing the idea. Iím going to look up some 1940ís recipes.

Iíve been working on stretching ingredients as well. I can trick dh into thinking he has enough meat by dicing it and serving it mixed with veggies over pasta or on a salad.

My mom was raised in the depression so I grew up learning how to pinch a penny and conserve resources.
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Thank you!
Old 03-26-2020, 08:41 AM
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Your ideas are great! Thanks for sharing.


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Old 03-26-2020, 08:45 AM
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Thanks for sharing!

I just went on Amazon to see if they have it. They do have a "Rumford Complete Cooking Book." Might be the same thing?

Thanks again!
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:49 AM
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Now you have me going down memory lane...

My siblings and I would go every summer to stay with our aunt and uncle who lived near Pittsburgh. They had 5 kids, and there were 5 of us, too. Cousin fun time! One night that week, every summer, was meatloaf night. The meatloaf always had an entire sweet potato baked into the middle. I thought it was so fancy!

I was talking to Aunt Carol's kids about it years later and said something about the fancy meatloaf. My much older and wiser cousins said, Fancy? She was just trying to feed us all! My uncle was a coal miner. Aunt Carol and my mom were both the queens of stretching that food allowance!

As for my own stretching...
-chop meat into a dish instead of serving it with it
-same for veggies
-eggs and potatoes are cheap and versatile
-put in the half the amount of sugar the recipes called for
-think leftovers with a purpose: veggie stir fry goes into pasta or an omelet, for example
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Several editions
Old 03-26-2020, 11:07 AM
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There are several editions of the Rumford Complete Cookbook. The one I have is the 1943 version. My sister has an earlier version that gives instructions based on the use of a wood cook stove. The link shared by Teachnkids is for the 1950 book. A lot of the recipes are the same in each, but some have been updated. For example the 1950 version has a pizza recipe using a biscuit crust and the muffin recipe is the same as the one in the 1943 edition except they added one teaspoon extra sugar. I've noticed a few recipes missing to make room for those newer recipes.

The original books are offered at various sites online. My sister bought mine as a Christmas present, I believe from eBay. It is the same edition as our grandmother's cookbook we grew up learning to cook with. Despite the age, my book is in great shape, but a little fragile. a previous owner of the book pencilled in her own notes about changes she made to a few recipes. I have seen various editions of this cookbook on sites like etsy.com, thriftbooks.com, and eBay.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:12 AM
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I guess I linked the modern version!

Let's come back and share recipes we tried and our thoughts on them!
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Interesting
Old 03-26-2020, 11:47 AM
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Found this online

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s4PjOyujn8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JKBsd3SuVw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n250EgmftAQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BY_-Ex6tPo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF5XcLu5eQU


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Cake Recipe with no milk, eggs or butter
Old 03-26-2020, 03:36 PM
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https://www.ourheritageofhealth.com/...hocolate-cake/
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Depression Apple Cake
Old 03-26-2020, 03:58 PM
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:58 PM
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I find this vintage kind of stuff fascinating.

Anyway, I just looked it up and you can buy this cookbook in a kindle format for $4.99. It has an interesting prologue, and, as far as I can tell, has all the original recipes. If anyone is interested
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:20 PM
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Thanks for the great ideas.
Cookbooks are really history books.
It is really fascinating stuff.
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Yay!
Old 03-26-2020, 07:25 PM
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I learned all kinds of things today. I'm glad others enjoyed this post as much as I did. It can be fun to discover more about a topic you brought up (thanks!) And also to see other recipes and sources others find.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:58 PM
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Thank you for introducing this topic!
I couldn't resist the bargain price, and bought the cookbook to read on my kindle.
It's really interesting reading so far (and I see some recipes I would like to try).
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