The Merry Mixer: Recipes, 1946
To familiarize students with the types of recipes which would
have been available to women in 1946.
- What types of recipes would have been available to women in
- Distribute copies of the recipes to the students. Have the
students examine the recipes and complete the discussion questions
a. In the recipe for vanilla ice cream, the author suggests using
corn syrup in the recipe in order to save sugar. Why was this
sometimes necessary in 1946 ?
b. Today, Betty Crocker is a name on a brand of cake mix. Based
on Handout # 2, how do you think women viewed her in 1946 ?
c. These recipes would have appeared in the women's pages of
the Plain Dealer. Why do you think these recipes
were confined to that location. Where are recipes usually found
in daily newspapers today ?
d. How do you think the recipe for "Southern Chicken Upside
Down" would be received in today's health conscious America
e. Which recipes would you like to try ?
- Have the students compare and contrast recipes in this activity
with those in 1846 and 1896.
- Have the students make one of the recipes. The ice cream is
not difficult to make if you have access either to a refrigerator
freezer or an ice cream freezer.
- Have the students research new appliances which became available
during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Have them design an advertisement
to appear in the Cleveland newspapers of the time advertising
the availability of new labor saving devices.
- Have the students discuss what influence World War II might
have had on the types of food stuffs and produce women would have
had available to use in their kitchens.
- Have students speculate what food will be like in the future.