Feeding a Family for a Week ~1875

How a Piece of Roast Beef and a Boiled Leg of Mutton May Serve a Small Family for a Week.

This particular selection is familiar to me. My go-to meat is a whole chicken, however, mutton being unavailable locally. The Convivial chicken menu looks something like the following:

  • Sunday – Roast whole chicken with rice and peas (house smells amazing)
  • Monday – Chicken tacos
  • Tuesday – Chicken and rice casserole
  • Wednesday – Nachos with chicken
  • Thursday – Chicken soup made with bones
  • Friday – Leftover chicken soup

Anyone else have something similar? I’m curious to figure out other ‘systems’ for leftovers.

Source: In the Kitchen, 1875.

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4 thoughts on “Feeding a Family for a Week ~1875

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    1. So true! I’m a big chili fan. Make a huge pot on Saturday and have it for leftovers for several meals. BUT, The Girl and The Boy are growing like crazy – lately I see the leftovers walking through the house multiple times a day – there goes dinner!

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  1. Roast chicken only lasts 3 days here. I cut all the meat off the bones on Sunday night and put them in the instapot for broth. I used to cook them for several hours on the stove top. Strain and put the broth in the refrigerator. Do a chicken casserole on Monday and soup the following day. We eat soup left overs for lunch until all the soup is gone. Sometimes I just freeze the broth or can it for later.

    Ham or turkey would last all week. Only we get tired of it in a few days. The left overs go into the freezer for later in the month.

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    1. Yum! I understand about getting tired of if. Preparing meals with vastly different flavor profiles helps, I think. Roast turkey, turkey sandwiches and turkey soup are all similar. Turkey chili and turkey curry are totally different feel less like leftovers. =)

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