From the stories we heard growing up to the recipes that we are still using today, the Great Depression has left its mark on the generations that followed. Just from the recipes alone, we begin to understand just how much they scrimped and saved wherever they could. And it wasn\u2019t just shortcuts in existing recipes, either. The need for filling meals and snacks led to the invention of many a new recipe.\r\n\r\nWhile some of them we still make to this day (wacky cake\u00a0anyone?) some of these ingenious formulations seemed to have been lost to time. So, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the creative ways they used the humble saltine back in the 1930s to round out meals or even to create new ones!\r\n\r\n\r\nIcebox Cake\r\nThere are a few incarnations of this treat we\u2019ve seen, such as grape icebox cake, cappuccino icebox cake, and this modern\u00a0caramel icebox recipe.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe basis of this cold treat is cream and saltines, with more ingredients added as you have them, though many of us know this treat as a way to use vanilla wafers or graham crackers.\r\n\r\n\r\nMock Apple Pie\r\nThe saltiness in\u00a0this recipe\u00a0stands in for the apples.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe softened texture doesn\u2019t completely give way, giving them a mushy consistency like stewed apple slices might have. What an ingenious way to use crackers!\r\n\r\n\r\nFried Crackers\r\nAlso called crackerflitters, this dish is really what it sounds like. Saltine crackers are soaked in water, then fried in oil, and finally covered in\u00a0maple syrup\u00a0or sprinkled with sugar.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve also heard of modern spicy versions as well! In the video below, cook Libbie Summers contradicts her father\u2019s advice to only use \u201creal\u201d saltines (from the grocery store) by making her own crackers from scratch and then frying them up while she talks with him about this \u201cdelicacy\u201d from his childhood.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?time_continue=29&v=RuIZEOeyd40\r\n\r\nMost of us have heard stories about saltines during the Depression. We\u2019ve heard of folks who would order a cup of hot water at a diner then mix in ketchup and saltines to make something like tomato soup. We\u2019ve also read stories of how saltines were often set on the counter in restaurants, like bowls of nuts in a bar and folks would order one cheap thing and then\u00a0fill up on crackers. But, these recipes take it a step further by trying to feed a whole family. And the ways in which they used scant ingredients were truly amazing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSaltines in Milk Instead of Cereal\r\nWe\u2019ve only ever had it with a bit of sugar on top, but we\u2019ve also heard stories of people who added salt and pepper to the mixture. It\u2019s a good replacement for cereal because the texture is very satisfying.\r\n\r\n\r\nFried Tomato Cakes\r\nSimple to make and oh so cheap, these\u00a0tomato fritters\u00a0get their body from saltines. And what a great way to make a side dish from tomatoes when they are abundantly in season and everyone\u2019s garden is overflowing with them. Anything made into a fritter we are certainly game to try!\r\n\r\n\r\nButtered Saltines for a Snack\r\nWho else grew up eating these? They were so yummy and really comforting for a snack food! We\u2019ve also seen them dipped in condensed milk. Both are so delicious. And, you really can\u2019t beat the price.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s no surprise that the Greatest Generation used saltines in so many ways when you think about how they literally had saved every penny they had. But, honestly, most of these recipes sound downright yummy.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDeviled Crackers\r\nWe had never heard it called this before or used this exact recipe, but we can say we certainly had steak sauce with crackers on more than one occasion.\u00a0This recipe\u00a0uses Worcestershire sauce and butter on crackers which then are baked in the oven for 5 minutes.\r\n\r\n\r\nCoffee Soup\r\nYou can also take those buttered crackers from earlier and smash them up into hot sugared coffee to make\u00a0coffee soup.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSnacks like these might become meals for those who had little, and we can imagine a treat like this one subbing for breakfast rather nicely.\r\n\r\n\r\nHello Dolly Bars\r\nYou may know them as magic bars and you may have made them with\u00a0graham crackers, but the first recipes for this treat were made with saltines.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCredits:\u00a012tomatoes\r\n\r\nWhat recipe have you tried with Saltines? Share this story on Facebook with your friends.