Popular, Thrifty Cuts of Meat from the 1950s


In my recipes and magazines from the 1950s, some popular meats, thrifty at the time, include cube steak, beef tongue, beef hearts and chicken livers. I've had cube steak but never the others. With a possible impending meat shortage due to a potential "budget sequester" meat eaters may want to consider developing a taste for the less expensive cuts.


How about you? Have you eaten any of them and if so, what did you think?

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  1. Averyl, I have not tried any other meat besides the cube steak either,although my husband has a great fondness for chicken livers!! My family does eat venison due to my husband beng an avid sportsman . I personally think our quality of meat products at the grocery store are about to take a turn for the worse ,not that they are anything more than edible right now, so I think as a result we will probably have to get a little creative and try some things we have never thought about eating or just go vegan!Lori S.

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    1. Amy, we have venison in our freezer right now. My husband doesn't hunt but living in Maine many friends do and share with us. How do you prepare yours? I agree that being more open to trying new foods and cutting back on others is the way to go if we want to eat healthily!

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    2. Averyl,let me first tell you that you get a super ,big "YUMMM" from my family for your turkey meatloaf recipe!Here is basically what I do with our venison,if you have a roast,thaw in refrigerator until at least partially thawed ,then soak it in either salt water or milk to take some of the "gamey" taste out of the meat,for at least eight hours,then prepare as you would your regular roast .I do put carrots and potatoes all around the roast while it is cooking.Now, for venison steak , you can soak it, but my husband does not and it still tastes really good.I season with montreal steak seasoning and we like to put a couple pats of real butter on each steak then grill or broil till desired doneness.Ifyou have hamburger it can be used in spaghetti sauce or chili.If youwant to have an actual hamburger ,you can season with desired seasoning and also because venison is very lean, you can add some pork sausage so it doesnt dry out while cooking!Hope these tips are helpful. Lori S.

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    3. YAY for YUMMM! Thanks for letting me know and for the venison tips!

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  2. I don't think I've had any of those meats except the tongue. My great aunt used to make it and even though the ice grossed me out as a kid I ate it to be polite. My mom was a vegetarian so we had little meat growing up. She occasionally fixed it for us but bought the basic cuts.

    My hubby likes liver and onions. I assume it's made chicken livers. We belong to an old fashioned club and they have it on the menu every week in one of the restaurants. I think a lot of the older long time members really like it. And my hubby!

    My brother had this type of fish when we were kids that ate beef heart- raw. My mother the vegetarian even bought it for him. Yuk!! I remember the butcher giving it to her for free.

    Sarah H.

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    1. Must have been a Piranha?!

      Funny- two husbands now who love liver and onions. I just looked in my 1950s cookbook "Dishes Men Like" and beef liver is in there. :)

      My grandmother made chopped liver salad but I can't stomach it. I'm open to trying beef heart and tongue.

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  3. I love the examples of lunch and dinner meals- goes against the sterotype of the 50's diet being all jello-salads and Spam. The food looks great! Did you get these out of a cookbook? If you have more pics like this would you post them?

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    1. Hi- It sure does go against the stereotype! These are from a loose magazine page I found inside another magazine. I'm sure I have more but regret I won't have time to look for them anytime soon. But if I come across them and can work them into a blog post I will.

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  4. I've had tongue when eating at a neighbor's house when I was a kid (it was good), and I love cube steaks. The others I'm going to pass on. I'd rather eat legumes! My mom used to fry-up some beef liver, bacon, and onions sometimes, but I never liked it. I love the menu suggestions, and there are those raw vegetables again that I'm working on adding to my meals!

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