In rural northeast Texas (the setting for Josephine: Red Dirt and Whiskey), not much changed in people’s lives during the Great Depression.
Most people lived off the land, growing their own gardens, raising crops and farm animals. Clothes were sewn by hand and passed down, and then repurposed. They were recycling before it was fashionable.
One way families preserved their food (besides canning) was to dry their vegetables.
Often, people would gather the crops, such as corn, from their gardens, clean them, and with corn, cut it off the cob.
Then, they would spread the corn on something metal, if possible, cover it with cheesecloth to keep the bugs away and put it in the sun to dry.
The preserved corn could be stored for a long period of time and had a different taste than fresh corn or canned corn.photo credit: Muffet via photo pin cc