Vintage food nightmares we’ll never forget

Will Kreznick

The retro dishes that haunt us Remember the “casseroles” and “salads” from your grandma’s vintage cookbooks and the holiday buffet tables of your childhood? In their heyday, Spam, Jell-O and Cool Whip had a starring role in almost everything. Processed food and even more processed presentation was king. […]


Remember the “casseroles” and “salads” from your grandma’s vintage cookbooks and the holiday buffet tables of your childhood? In their heyday, Spam, Jell-O and Cool Whip had a starring role in almost everything. Processed food and even more processed presentation was king. Here we take a look at some of the food nightmares we just can’t forget…




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Looking for a way to make corned beef hash more appetizing? Simply serve it stuffed and baked in a parboiled pepper. The finishing touch is a squeeze of catsup, another name for ketchup in the 1950s, and horseradish. Appetizing, if you’re a dog or a cat.




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Tuna noodle casserole was a massive hit in the 1950s as it was cheap and easy to feed the family. However, this Veg-All Tuna Casserole, made with tinned mixed vegetables, tuna, chopped onion, Worcestershire sauce, breadcrumbs and cheese, published in 1953 takes things a step too far. It doesn’t have any pasta in it and has ketchup squirted on top.




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Somehow, for the best part of a century, Jell-O convinced America it was a necessary ingredient in salad. Yet miraculously, we survive without it now. It came in six flavors, but a popular one was lime, displayed in this vintage advert featuring pieces of olives, celery and cheese. The advice was don’t let a week go by without serving one – something keen home cooks jumped on.




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One dish from the 1970s we wish we could forget is watergate salad, ambrosia’s green cousin. It consists of tinned pineapple, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, chopped nuts and Kraft pistachio instant pudding mix. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from it, throwing handfuls of eclectic sweet ingredients into the same bowl and stirring will never produce a good pudding.




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