I found this recipe and found it quite interesting so I decided to put it up for people to see. Here it goes.
Plunge animal into very hot but not boiling water 2 minutes. Pull out or scrape off hair without damaging skin. Slit belly from throat to hind legs. Remove entrails, feet, eyes, and brains. Do not remove head or tail. Wash thoroughly. If possible, freeze for 3 or 4 days. When ready to cook, wipe with a cold, damp cloth. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put in roasting pan. Add 1 cup water and juice of 1 lemon. Bake in hot oven (400 degrees) 15 minutes, turning once. Cover. Reduce heat and bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.
Give it a try. I dare ya.
Yeah……I kind of lied. I find this recipe more disgusting than interesting. I mean, a possum!! YUUUCCKKK!!! I can’t imagine ever eating a possum in my life. They have that gross rat-tail and that’s enough to give me the creeps. I found this recipe in one of my moms old cook books, The New American Cook Book. It’s from 1941. I just can’t picture anyone, even people of the past, actually eating a possum. There are less grotesque recipes in the book, but this one happens to be a page in between Squirrel Pot Pie and Roast Grouse. Again. Eww.
Besides the “interesting” foods, there are other things in the cook book. Since this book was published after the Great Depression, it gives you some insight on what it was like back in the 1940s. For instance, there are different recipes for the different social classes. There are different meals based on how much annual income a family makes. For a liberal diet, you make $3000 dollars or more each year. You are provided with a great range of foods that are “pleasing to the eye and palate”. A person with the liberal diet gets plenty of food and “better-than average nutrition”. The moderate-cost diet is for anyone who makes $2000 to $3000 each year. This diet still provides adequate nutrition, but has less fruits, veggies, and lean meats as the liberal diet. The minimum-cost diet is for anyone who makes $1000 to $2000 per year. Their diet contains more cereals and milk than anything else, but still has just enough fruits and veggies and fats to keep a person as healthy as the budget allows. There are even different menus for meals with a servant and without a servant. The meals with a servant tend to have a lot of different courses and the courses are more difficult to make. A meal without a servant tends to be more like a tea party type thing with salads, scones, and cake. The food is easier to prepare. The cook book even includes how to set the table properly and how to carve and serve different types of meats.
Just by looking at this cook book, you can learn a lot about what it was like. I seems like a whole new world. Eating in this time was something that had a lot of rules and manners. It seems to me that if you didn’t follow these rules, you would be a laughingstock of your circle of friends. Today, throwing a dinner party is less pressure. It doesn’t really matter how you decide to set your table and there isn’t certain foods that you should serve. Dinner parties, at least the ones I have, are fun. We talk and laugh and make jokes at the dinner table. They’re just a great way to spend time with your family and friends.