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Pioneer Life: Food

These sites have information about the types of food the pioneers ate and how they prepared and preserved their meals. Includes recipes for johnnycakes, brown sugar candy, snow ice cream, and molasses cake. Also includes some recipes for Native American and early African American dishes. There are links to eThemes Resources on pioneer life and Westward expansion.


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This PBS site explains what the settlers ate and how they prepared their food. This site is dedicated to the popular TV show. Watch the video diaries to hear about the challenges of living as a pioneer. Click on "Resources" for lesson plans.
Learn more about the diets of the pioneers. NOTE: This site includes ads. NOTE: This site includes a discussion board (message board, forum, etc.).
This site looks at the types of foods stocked by the pioneers and describes how they are used.
Learn more about what the pioneers ate during the different seasons.
This is an extensive timeline with links to recipes and information about popular food from different years. NOTE: Teachers should double-check the external links that they want to share with students.
This site lists several Native American recipes that you can try.
Read about the challenges pioneers faced in growing and preparing their food.
This site has several recipes for common pioneer food, including cornmeal pie.
This page describes how pioneers cooked various kinds of meat. Includes some recipes.
This page explains different types of bread the pioneers ate. Includes some recipes at the bottom.
According to this site, cake was a luxury for early settlers. This page gives recipes for different types of cakes.
These sites focus on the American westward expansion during the 1800s. Includes information about the men, women, and children who came West. Learn about Kit Carson, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and more. There is a Missouri Heritage video about Westward expansion.

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