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A chuckwagon was originally a wagon that carried food and cooking equipment on the prairies of the United States and Canada.
They would form a part of a wagon train of settlers or feed nomadic workers like cowboys or loggers.



"Chuck" was a slang term for food.

Chuckwagon food included easy-to-preserve items like beans and salted meats, coffee, and sourdough biscuits. During the 1880s to 1890s the menu consisted of beans, beef, biscuits (sourdough type), salt pork, lick (molasses), rice, dried fruit (mainly raisins, apples, and prunes), and, of course, coffee. Canned tomatoes, canned peaches, and canned milk slowly became available on the northern range—Montana, the Dakotas and Wyoming—in the late 1880s; while the southern range did not start importing airtights until the late 1890s. Various spices and herbs were available and used by many of the range cooks, even in the very early days, to give variety to the meals.
[source: National Park Service]

Chuck Wagon Recipes from the Grant-Kohrs Ranch
a National Historic Site

Campfire Cooking


Recipes from the "Sod House Museum Cookbook"
Meat, Fish and Poultry -- Cheeses -- Jellies and Syrups

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HOLIDAY RECIPES
from our
Genealogy Trails Hosts



Recipes from Hometowns across America
Recipes we've transcribed from old cookbooks
(not just chuckwagon fare!)



Meat, Fish and Poultry -- Cheeses -- Jellies and Syrups
Breads -- Desserts -- Beverages



Recipes by State:

Alabama

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Recipes
Lamar County:
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Colorado

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Georgia

Murray County: --
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Idaho

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Illinois

McLean County:
Recipes
Rock Island Co.:
Swedish Recipes

   

Kentucky

New Mexico

Lea County: -
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North Carolina

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Ohio

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Preble County: --
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Wood County: -
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Oregon

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  Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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Tennessee

Polk County: --
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Texas

Carson County: --
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Rural electrification in the U.S.
"The electric range or stove in the American farm kitchen eliminates the need of building fires, carrying fuel and emptying ashes, thus allowing the housewife at least ten more hours per month for other tasks. Food for farm workers is cooked faster and better on an electric range, improving the health and efficiency of the family. If the range has an automatic timer, food can be placed in the oven long before it needs to start cooking; at the proper minute the heat will turn itself on and the cooking proceed at the proper length of time, then turn itself off again, all without attention"
Source: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)



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