Depression Soup Recipe

My mother started this during the first depression and I thought it would be useful to do the same now. I have a quart jar in the freezer and I put left over vegetables, beans, and the liquid drained off canned goods, and left over meat. Add onions, celery, and barley and make soup from the left overs.


If you are boiling chicken or turkey off the bone, you can use both the broth and meat pieces, adding noodles or dumplings for the soup. We usually have soup made this way at least every other week.

Source: From the 1929 depression.

By BJ from Mid-MO

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December 21, 20101 found this helpful

I collect leftover broth in a freezer container, and vegetable trimmings in a bag, that way I have plain broth and can just thaw and use a little when I need it for a sauce. Every so often I thaw all my broth, toss in the frozen trimmings and some more onions, celery, whatever I have on hand, and make some rich soup stock.


I first picked up on this idea in the 80's when we were raising four children on a single erratic income. I couldn't let anything go to waste!


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