🔵 1938 Depression Era Meat Loaf Recipe Meatloaf



This 1938 Depression Era Meat Loaf Recipe (meatloaf recipe) is a snapshot into the lives of a rural Ontario Canada community. The recipe is for a simple basic meat loaf recipe that uses tomato soup.
Ingredients:
2 lbs hamburg steak
1 lb ground pork
2 eggs
1 cup milk
6 soda biscuits, rolled fine
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 ½ tsp salt
½ cup cream of tomato soup
1 tsp pepper
2 onions cut fine

Method:
Mix well and shape into a loaf.
Pour ¼ cup cream of tomato soup over it, and bake 1 ½ hours in a moderate oven (350ºF)

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I'm now 82 and I was raised on meatloaf…. Being Kosher I do not add pork (I still can't understand why anyone would)…. My Mom would use crushed saltines or uncooked oatmeal, which ever she had at the moment…. Also, no soup, ketchup…. Both are excellent…. On top she would mix brown sugar and ketchup for a thick coating….

I am a meatloaf lover. Ma usually made it with macaroni and cheese or mashed potatoes and green beans. Rolls. Then the next day….ahhh the meatloaf sandwich 😍.

Thank you for the comments on ground beef with fat as flavor. I always believe that meatloaf should be at least 80/20 and or even 70/30 and grind it yourself. It is a lot of work, but the rewards are worth it. 🍸🍸

I get organic grassfed at grocery store in 80%.. Yes better! I kept buying lean and it seemed dry. Not the same.I am In Arkansas, by the way.

While it's getting rarer (no pun intended), I'm from the midwest US. We can still find 73/27 ground beef pretty easily, and we mostly use it for taco meat in my house.

I love all the comments with your videos. Fascinating. I learn so much.
After watching my mother using whatever was available for her meatloaves, I came to the conclusion that recipes were basically suggestions. Nothing was set in stone. I believe my mother has made pretty much every variation listed here & they are all very tasty. I've made a couple not listed myself. I've used other soups (beef barley is a lovely change of pace). Quick barley itself makes a nice change, too. My favorite is gloppier than usual, but it makes a soft spreadable filling for sandwiches. So good. 😋

This is the meat loaf, minus poultry seasoning, that I learned to make. I’m a senior now. I might want a good chili sauce (Greaves for fellow Canadians) but this is the model.

Just found out that the way you are using that can opener may be incorrect.. lol GF showed me to use it so it cuts the side of the can, there by removing the lid. Never seen anything like that before but it seems like it works great..

All the grocery stores in my area have 80-20 and 70-30 ground beef along with 90-10. Might just be a Texas thing or is that considered lean?

I use the 1936 GE Onion Soup Recipe; onion soup powder, ketchup, breadcrumbs, etc. Glaze is brown sugar, ketchup, and a bit of mustard. A simple and tasty meatloaf… and only a little modified from my mother's recipe (which she constantly forgot and would just read off the soup packet!)

Why is nobody talking about the "6 soda crackers"? This is spot on what I grew up eating, in impoverished rural Kansas in the 90's, except our meatloaf was about 40% saltines. We'd use at least 30 crackers for this amount of meat. The whole point of the recipe is to stretch a pound or two of meat to feed a family.

Can't find ground beef with fat? I don't find that to be the case at all. I can get 75/25 ground beef at Stop & Shop in the US in the northeast/NYC area.

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