Our Grandmothers were experts at stretching their grocery dollars to feed large families! At times, it was necessary for them to be very creative cooks - making do with what they had on hand or what was readily available.

Take a step back in time learn how Grandma did it - much of her knowledge can be applied to our modern households!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Homemade Tartar Sauce

2 finely diced pickles (sweet or dill is your own preference)
1 teaspoon pickle juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 tablespoons finely diced onion
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix well and store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Pigs In Blankets

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup grated cheese
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon pimiento
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fine bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup milk

Mix and shape in rolls the size of 1/2 of a banana. Put 1/2 slice of bacon around each. Place in baking pan and put in a little water. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Household Uses for Vinegar - # 7

As a tenderizer for tough meat or game, make a marinade in the proportion of half a cup of your favorite vinegar to a cup of heated liquid, such as bouillon; or for steak, you may prefer to a mix of vinegar and oil, rubbed in well and allowed to stand for two hours.
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Friday, June 4, 2010


3 lb. lean ground beef
4 lg. carrots, grated
1 lg. onion, grated
2 med. potatoes, grated
2 eggs
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. salt
14 slices bacon

Mix beef, carrots, onion, potatoes, eggs, garlic, salt and pepper. Divide and form into 14 patties. Wrap and slice of bacon around edge of each: secure with toothpicks. Broil or grill both sides to desired doneness. Remove picks. Garnish with parsley. Makes 14 servings.

Household Uses for Vinegar - # 6

A teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each quart bowl of drinking water helps keep your pet free of fleas and ticks. The ratio of one teaspoon to one quart is for a forty-pound animal.