Here are the foods mentioned by Laura Ingalls Wilder in the first volume of the Little House series.

Nuts and Berries growing wild in the Big Woods

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Pokeberries and Blackberries

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Apples and Walnuts

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Hickory Nuts and Hazelnuts

Meat

In the winter, Pa Ingalls goes out hunting and the family eats basically whatever he catches (including bear meat). They eat part of the meat fresh.

But most of the meat must be salted and smoked and packed away to be eaten in winter.(9)

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Venison – salted and seasoned …

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and wrapped and hanging up to cure after smoking (right); smoked venison (below)

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Venison

 

Pork

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“There were hams and shoulders, side meat and shoulders and belly. … 

There was the heart and the liver and the tongue and the head to be made into head cheese and … bits to be made into sausage… molded into balls in a pan and put  out into the shed to freeze.

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The hams and shoulders were put to pickle in brine, for they would be smoked… keg of white salt-pork… (15f.)

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Pa makes a balloon from the bladder for Laura and Mary to play with. They get to roast the tail over the fire.

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Lard, lard cracklings

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Boiled Pork (eaten cold)

Fish 

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Ma cut large slices of flaky white fish without one bone… All they did not eat fresh was salted down in barrels for the winter.(12)

Vegetables

carrots    cabbages

Carrots and Cabbages

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Beets and Turnips

potatoes onions

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Potatoes and Onions – onions braided to strings for storage.

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Red Peppers

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Pumpkins and Squashes

Popcorn-Maize

Corn

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Cucumbers are traditional for pickling, of course, but almost any veggie will do. (Although when you say the word “pickle,” most people assume you’re talking cukes. Otherwise, you’d likely say “pickled beets,” or “pickled cauliflower,” for example.) Cauliflower, radishes, baby carrots, onions, green beans, shallots, zucchini, okra, broccoli, red peppers, beets, green tomatoes, and garlic cloves all make perfect pickles

various herbs

Dairy

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Butter

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Curds and whey > drained in a cheesecloth and placed into the cheese press

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Fresh out of the cheese press: “green” cheese.

Cheese curds and whey

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Green cheese – ages into yellow cheese

Milk, buttermilk, eggs

Bread

Available grains: Oats, whey, corn.

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Salt-rising bread

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Rye´n´Injun Bread

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Sweets and Treats

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Swedish Crackers

Cookies

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Biscuits

Cake

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Pancakes (pancake men)

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Syrup Candy (Molasses + Sugar + Snow)

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Maple Sugar – little cakes, sugar for everyday use

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Maple sugar candy

Maple Syrup and Honey

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Store-bought Sugar (brown) for special occasions

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Store-bought red and white peppermint candysticks

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Store-bought white candy hearts with poems

Dishes

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Vinegar Pies

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Dried-Apple Pies

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Dried-Berry Pies

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Pumpkin Pies

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Stewed Pumpkin with bread

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Baked Hubbard Squash

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Hulled Corn (hominy), also eaten as porridge

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Baked Beans with Salt Pork and Molasses

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Hasty Pudding

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