Thursday, May 6, 2010

What Grandma Knew About Meal Planning Part 1

I thought I would share what women who came before us knew about menu planning. I think it's really interesting to read about the way women ran their homes in an era that seems so different from our own, but we can do most of the things they did and apply it to our own lives. Menu planning is one of those things that I didn't give much time to until I started seeing other people do it on their blogs. Now it seems to be a trend and a good one at that! But, it's not a new idea.
What follows came from my 1950 Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook that was republished in its entirety in 1998. It's one of my favorite cookbooks for finding good, basic from-scratch recipes.
Smart Homemakers Say:
Planning, preparing, and serving meals is an art which develops through inspiration and thought. And meal-planning is really fun! It may look difficult to the beginner, but like driving a car, swimming, or anything we learn to do without thought or conscious effort, it is a skill which grows easier with the doing.
It's important to plan a variety of foods for well balanced meals to keep your family well nourished. But above all, be sure those meals are appetizing, attractive, and delicious to eat. For mealtime should help build happy home life.
"My meals are more nutritious since I've been planning them ahead. I check in advance the basic foods and the daily needs of my family."
"Planning meals ahead helps me to save time and energy."
"I have made the cooking of meals and pleasure and a study rather than a job, and so I enjoy planning each day's menus."
"My meals are more interesting since I started planning ahead, because I avoid repetition and plan for variety in color, texture, and flavor."
Check Your Daily Meals For:
  1. Appropriateness
  2. Appearance
  3. Satisfaction
  4. Nutrition
  5. Cost

Graphic courtesy of All Posters.

2 comments:

Ruby said...

I am very thankful for a practical, frugal and sensible mother. Planning the meals for the week helped me to survive when the babies were little and I think did set a good example to my daughters in that area.
With a smaller household now, I tned to be less strict with the menu but I suppose after all these years I can carry the guidelines in my head!
Just love the picture at the top! Do you wear you high heels in the kitchen Darcy?

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

I had to learn meal planning on my own because my mom always worked and meals came from cans and boxes. Hamburger Helper was made for her! lol

I'm an organizer at heart so the idea of planning meals comes easily. I enjoy the once-a-month planning/cooking but now that it's just me, hubby and dear son I don't need to do that on the same level.