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Re: Cost of Food in 1941 WOW! #191250 10/25/05 12:26 AM
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What kind of food would be associated with Oklahoma? Why, smoked meats of course! Not all meat has to be cooked over a fire and smoking does give it a very good flavor. I was almost expecting McDonalds, Burger King and Hardees to offer "Smoked burgers" but perhaps I was expecting too much.


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Hmmm...smoked meats. I will have to tell the hubby. I had asked him what foods he associated with Oklahoma and he was stumped as well!


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Hello Vannie. I was born in 1940 and I do have a view of the cost of groceries. You must remember that during the days of WW2 ther was rationing in America. The ability to buy any milk, bread, butter, eggs or meat was severly limited except for black market buying. In the late 40's and early 50's you could fill a car full of groceries that would feed a family of 5 for 2 weeks or more for about $25-$30. There was no such thing as "convience" foods and all meals, cakes, pies, etc. was prepared from scratch.
the saying "a chicken in every pot" was no idle phrase, even in the 40's a chicken cost a lot and beef was cheap.


Bob, I never understood the "chicken in every pot" phrase because my mom seemed to have 101 ways to prepare chicken to feed my dad and six children, so I always figured beef was the good stuff. Thanks for clearing that up for me. Concerning convience foods, my mother seldom used them. So I don't either. My dad was a barber and a early barterer. If a man had many children who needed haircuts, they traded items or services. I remember my dad bringing home large bags of potatoes and onions or chickens or fish. Needless to say, we had lots of that.

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Hmmm...smoked meats. I will have to tell the hubby. I had asked him what foods he associated with Oklahoma and he was stumped as well!


I love bbq that has been smoked a long time until it almost falls from the bone, nothing extra is really need. The smokey flavor makes it delicous. As much as I enjoy hot and spicy foods, for me there is nothing like smoked meats :-)

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Re: Cost of Food in 1941 WOW! #191254 10/26/05 04:49 AM
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vannie and conniem. If you like Hot, Spicy and Chicken try Curried Chicken. Curry comes in a variety of strengts, from mild to veeery hot. I think you can pick up the Curry Powder in an ethnic store. During the depression and after it there was a preperation called "City Chicken". A Google search will bring up many recepies. The City Chicken I remember kind of reminded me of a Shish-Kabob and was made from the cheapest cuts of meat that were available. I bet a few old timers like me remember this dish.


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A local butcher sells "City Chicken." It is very good when slow cooked with gravy. I didn't know it's considered inexpensive. It's so much more expensive than chicken today.

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Re: Cost of Food in 1941 WOW! #191256 10/26/05 02:17 PM
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Hello Taisha. How things have changed! I can believe it when you say the "City Chicken" is more expensive today and it is more expensive even if you try to make them yourself but it is still a treat. BTW i still like Curry and it is a spice that Americans should know more about. One of the nice things about Curry is the aroma when you cook with it (who needs Airwick).


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vannie and conniem. If you like Hot, Spicy and Chicken try Curried Chicken. Curry comes in a variety of strengts, from mild to veeery hot. I think you can pick up the Curry Powder in an ethnic store. During the depression and after it there was a preperation called "City Chicken". A Google search will bring up many recepies. The City Chicken I remember kind of reminded me of a Shish-Kabob and was made from the cheapest cuts of meat that were available. I bet a few old timers like me remember this dish.


Oh, I love curried chicken. I have found a brand of curry powder that I really like, it is "Indi" brand. Every once in a while when I am looking for something in my fridge, I will open the package just to smell the wonderful spice mixture <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> I have never heard of City Chicken but will see if I can find some recipes. I wonder why it is called City Chicken?

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Taisha,

It is interesting that you mention is very good with slow cooked. I remember that my mom used to start dinner early in the day and cook meats for hours. Although I never realized it then, all of the meats were always in some kind of sauce or gravy. My dad would only eat chicken the way you describe it--cooked slow in gravy.

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Very sorry for not replying sooner vannie. I don't know where the name "City Chicken" orginated but perhaps it was because a "real" chicken was so darn expensive and this was an inexpensive replacement. Many people associate spicy and hot with the Southwest or South and Central America but I can assure this is not the case. There is the Curry of India and the Wasabi of the Far East and many hot and spicy foods from China. The main thing is to have a lot of fun trying the different types of spices and recepies from all over the world. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


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