Loretta Yoder’s Meatballs

Here is the first recipe from Grandma R’s Recipe Book. I’m going to do things a bit different in order to share more recipes with you all.

I’ll be choosing a variety of recipes I’m most excited about and sharing them before I have tried them. Once I try it (or one of you do), I’ll come back to add any tips as well as pictures. Hopefully I will also be able to find some information on Loretta Yoder.

Check out these ingredients! Have you ever heard of using sauerkraut in meatballs? I do think I will at least drain it and maybe rinse the sauerkraut. What would you do? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook. I’d love to hear from you.

Grandma R made notes on how to convert this to a Crock-Pot recipe. When I try it I will try it as written. Or possibly I will brown the meatballs first.

Loretta Yoder’s Meatballs


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 C bread crumbs
  • 6 oz. chili sauce
  • 1 can cranberry sauce
  • 10 oz can sauerkraut
  • 1/2 C brown sugar

Mix ground beef, soup mix, and bread crumbs. Form meatballs and put into a 13×9 pan.

Mix chili sauce, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, and brown sugar. Pour over meatballs. Bake uncovered for 35-60 minutes at 370.

Grandma R’s Vintage Recipe Books

When my sister in law told me she had some cook books for me I had no idea what kind of amazing treasure she had! I’m so lucky her and her Dad (Of Roland’s Sauerkraut Dish fame) trust me with these family treasures!

Both of them are taped at the spine and stuffed absolutely full of recipes. I really can’t wait to fully look through them both.

The Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book is from 1950. It has all of the original recipes and many more that Grandma R cut out from the newspaper or magazines. I found a similar one without all the extras but in a bit better shape here at Abe Books. At $77 it’s pretty pricey. There are others on eBay and Etsy but none that are just the same.

I’m not kidding when I say the My Recipe Book is stuffed full! She’s overflowing! Handwritten, typed, and all sorts of clipped recipes! Plus Grandma R’s notes as well. This one is definitely my favorite!

My Google search has lead me nowhere on this one. I’d love to hear what you know about this recipe book. Do you have one like it? Or maybe remember it from Grandma’s kitchen? Let me know! Leave a comment or find me on Facebook.