Recipe of the Week: Vitality Soup

This week’s recipe is for Vitality Soup. It should appeal to lacto-vegetarians who consume milk and butter. It is a recipe excerpted from the scarce book Nine Hundred Successful Recipes, by Lulu Thompson Silvernail. This book, from my own book collection, was published in 1923. A recent change in U.S. copyright law now puts most pre-1925 books in the public domain. This entire recipe book will be just part of the more than 4,000 pages of bonus content that is being added to the SurvivalBlog archive waterproof USB stick that will be offered in January, 2020.

  • 1 large potato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery heart or equal to it
  • 1 cup cabbage, chopped
  • 1 Iarge turnip, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice
  • 3 tablespoons barley
  • 1 can of peas
  • 2 cups rlch milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • SaIt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  1. In a large stew pot, boil all the ingredients except the milk and butter together until mushy, keeping just enough water on them to keep from burning.
  2. When this is cooked down thick, strain through a colander.
  3. Return the strained mixture to your stew pot.
  4. Combine with the milk and butter.
  5. Return to stove to boil for 3 minutes.


Serve hot.

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  1. We are carnivores and this one is going in the rotation.
    The ingredients look great and simple to aquire.
    This might also make a good stew base with some chunks of beef or venison.
    Thank you.

  2. The ingredients list sounds delicious, but how does all that boiling affect the nutrient content of this dish?

    I love old cookbooks too, and thanks, JWR and Lily for including your collection in this year’s memory bank. I look forward to checking them out. I hope The Settlement Cookbook is one of them.

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