Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.......She looks well to the ways of her household. Proverbs 31:10-27
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Everything Old is New Again

Everything old is new again.  It amazes me that the ideas from this World War I poster are exactly the "Green" kitchen ideas of today.    Careful use of our resources is self-reliant, reduces the drain on the world's resources to feed the hungry, is healthier, and is simply good practice in our "household business".  As managers of our "family business" prudent use of food is one way we can contribute to the health and well-being of our family.
Most of our grandparents or great-grandparents who experienced both World Wars and the Great Depression practiced these ideas in their kitchens including gardening for most of their fruit and vegetables; many home-keeping books at the turn of the century through the '40's encouraged the wise use of food.  It appears that only in the era of great abundance between World War 2 and today that waste has become common and accepted, in America especially. 
In the fifties, a restaurant hamburger was the size of a "junior" hamburger today - no wonder people were slimmer!  No one thought of "super-sizing".  Older cookbook serving sizes were much smaller than those of today as well.  Housewives filled out the meal with vegetables instead of huge main dish portions.
 When we lived in Europe, we didn't see the wasteful use of food, even in well-developed and wealthy countries.  Many Europeans only shopped a day or two ahead, prefering to buy or grow fresh food.  They also don't have huge refrigerators and other appliances, because utilities are so dear.  
Good managers will try to practice these rules in their own kitchens, especially in these now less certain times.  Learning to cook from "scratch" is important for our health and our pocketbooks.  I might suggest that relaxing around the dinner table with family and friends, enjoying conversation and fellowship,  is also good for our well-being.
 
She looks well to the ways of her household.  Proverbs 31:27




6 comments:

  1. Oh the peaches on your home page! They look so good. I have two baskets on my counter, getting ripe enough to can ... IF DH and kids don't eat them all first! :-)

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  2. This is the first time I've seen your blog. How did I miss you? I love this post and will share it on my blogs facebook page!

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  3. Wonderful post, and I found you through the Barn Hop! The other thing our grandparents did was to do stuff like serve *courses*. There was almost always a soup served before a meal. It was high in nutrients though low in calories, and served to help fill up the hungry holes a bit. :)

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  4. Great post! I love that poster its a great reminder.
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  5. When I grew up, in our house vegetables were the main course! Meat wasn't exactly scarce (living on a farm, there was always something to slaughter), but it was used sparingly and eaten with a thought for the animal that had lost his life.

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