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A chuckwagon was originally a wagon that carried food and cooking equipment on the prairies of the United States
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 rangeMontana, the Dakotas and Wyomingin 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]
Recipes from Coos County Cupboards
Recipes we've indexed from Coos County cookbooks
(not just chuckwagon fare!)
Compiled by Robyn Greenlund for GenealogyTrails.com
has offered to do lookups for these books.
The Genealogy Trails Chuck Wagon started rolling in 2008
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