Chipped Beef

This is what Chipped Beef looks like.
This is what Chipped Beef looks like.

The object I have, has really turned into a family tradition. Chipped beef was created in the 1940s as a cheaper way to get meat to the soldiers during the war. The recipe was passed down from my Great Aunt, before it reached my immediate family. After talking to some of my family members, they believe that it was my Great Uncle who brought Chipped Beef and it’s recipe to my family because of him being alive during the second World War. I remember waking up on a holiday morning to the lingering smell of Chipped Beef in the air. The smell of cream, butter, and slightly burning bread in my opinion, is enough to get anybody up and going in the morning. There were always enough leftovers for breakfast for the next couple of mornings. The experience of waking up and having the same breakfast over, and over again never gets old. The most memorable thing about chipped beef is when my grandfather was still alive, and my family sat around talking to each other about other memorable memories that always made each other laugh. My family's culture is influenced by items like Chipped Beef because it always brings up old memories from past times. You could say that it's like bringing back a new memory in every bite. 

Place(s): South Carolina
Year: 1701

– Zach C.

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more