Some recipes found in the box included that of rice krispies treats, banana bread, and a Reuben chicken casserole.
Despite how many times one tries to recreate their grandmother's old recipes, it is nearly impossible to get them right. We might not even know if the recipe we are following is authentic or not. Some recipes are a family secret and only stay alive in grandmoms' hearts. One shopper, however, found a key to that secret and discovered an old treasure box full of a Grandma's old recipes. The thrifter u/First_Level_Ranger shows off the small yellow tin stuffed full of recipes for dishes like bread pudding, fruit cocktail, and a holiday trifle in a photo shared on the r/ThriftStoreHauls subreddit. The post was captioned, "A grandma's overflowing recipe box, found at my favorite pay-by-the-pound thrift store."
While the post received over two thousand likes, the notes in the box were handwritten in cursive and contained all of the family's secret recipes. With so many recipes to try, the original poster admits to having "barely scratched the surface," but some standout recipes so far include rice krispies treats, banana bread, and a Reuben chicken casserole, which was dubbed "some excellent comfort food." Instead of having to purchase a recipe book, this Reddit user now has a whole tub of unique, tried-and-true family recipes that can be passed down to the next generation. Many people in the comments were surprised with how such a sentimental piece was donated to a thrift store. "It’s too bad that nobody in the family was interested in them, for me, family recipes are like gold," commented u/ontarioparent. "Gramma gave everyone her recipes…they never came out like hers, when everyone started comparing recipes we found out no one had the same recipe," shared u/GrowlingaAtTheWorld. "What a treasure! I have recipes from my grandmothers but never got my grandpa’s homemade spaghetti sauce recipe and regret it to this day," added u/jhope71.
Similarly, Meg Gostonczik @meggostonczik posted a video on TikTok in a thrift store. Her find was an old recipe box that had clearly been someone's go-to for meal preparation. It was filled with recipes that had been lovingly placed inside of it. It now sits on a shelf, waiting for a new owner to discover it. People were upset that such treasures are being donated away. "I worked in a nursing home and a resident passed. They put the stuff they didn’t want under the stairs by the bins. I found her recipe box and took it," shared @Rebelecca. "The recipe box was a literal WAR in my family ... HOW can someone not care about the family recipes omg," commented @silkycoldbones. "That's worth a lot more than $3.99. No one knows where my grandma’s recipe box is. It makes me so upset!" wrote @bosley3t.
Speaking of thrifting something sentimental, one woman found a vintage leather jacket while thrifting and it contained a diary, a notebook, and three silver dollars from 1921. Pages in the diary contained heart-written entries that read, "Thursday, November 11th,1971 - One week has passed and Dianne has not called or written me" and another read, "November 22nd, 1971 - Today would have been our 9th anniversary and 10 years together, I got drunk by myself." If this hasn't made you feel intrusive yet nostalgic enough, then another entry read, "Diane and I made love this morning before she went to work I took her to breakfast and then to work I kissed her before I left her off. I did not know that would be the last time I would see her."