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Journey Potatoes

A hearty dish that uses kitchen garden staples: potatoes and onions.


Peach Leather

Drying fruit into a "leather" was a simple and effective preservation technique.


Scalloped Tomatoes

This dish is a good example of how fresh vegetables were used.

Staying Fed on the Frontier

As the country grew, people continued to move west, exploring and settling new territory. The pioneers' journeys were long and dull, especially where food was concerned. Everything on the journey had to be portable, which meant there was a lot of dried food. Pioneers ate dried meat like salt pork and beef jerky. These were accompanied by dried beans, flour, cornmeal, and rice. There was not much variety on a journey that could be as long as 2,000 miles.

Pioneer recipes on the frontier used food that had to be portable.

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Cooking Up Some American History!

50 Authentic, Easy-to-Make Recipes from All Periods of American History!

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