Great Depression Cooking — Poorman’s Feast


There have been a few requests concerning this video. The first is to notify people that when preparing lentils to check for stones. There should be a warning about this on the packaging of your lentils and please follow their instructions.

The second item is a question about why Clara reuses the lemon from the marinade. It has long been known that citric acid (in this case a lemon) is nature’s anti-bacterial agent. Today it is more commonly known as produce wash or FIT (Fruit and Vegetable Wash). There are many studies out today that consider FIT a more successful anti-bacterial agent than chlorine dioxide (which is produced chemically rather than naturally). Many cultures continue to use the citric acid from lemons and limes to cleanse meat and fish as this marinade does.

Clara cooks quite responsibly and always uses the freshest meats and fish when preparing her meals. You must always cook any meal at any time at your own risk. Clara is only providing you with lessons she has learned and she has lived to a ripe old age. If you are nervous about her tips then just enjoy the videos for the historical value.

If you are curious about the science behind citric acid you can find many articles online as well as this one here:

Thanks again for your concern and enjoy the show.

93 year old cook and great grandmother, Clara, recounts her childhood during the Great Depression as she prepares meals from the era. Learn how to make simple yet delicious dishes while listening to stories from the Great Depression.

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