Skip to comments.Eating for Victory: Original Second World War Ration Recipes (U.K.)
Posted on 05/18/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When rationing was introduced in January 1940, the Ministry of Food distributed various leaflets to the public. They fell into different categories: some explained new ingredients such as dried eggs, while others offered helpful guides to making the most of the rations.
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The sequestration, dontchaknow?
In one of his books I saw a copy of Winston Churchill’s order countermanding some official’s order for all chickens to be turned over to the government to be consumed.
Churchill pointed out that country folks depended on the chickens for eggs and meat. He said it would be too much to just take their chickens away from them depriving them of much of their sustenance.
By 2016 we’ll probably be lucky to have as much food as the typical wartime British family. More like a Polish or Dutch family.
There was a British TV series called The Supersizers Go . . . and you can watch all the episodes (broken down into six parts each) on YouTube. For one week this food critic and his comedienne friend live the culinary life of a time in British history. I find the show fascinating, as they also dress the part and include a lot if historical info. Anyway, The Supersizers Go Wartime displays how the average family coped with rationing. I highly recommend the series. It is informative and very entertaining.
WW II rationing in the UK didn’t end until 1953.
Do you live in the country?
Hell yeah .... It’s FEMA Camp Taco Night !
I ran across some of my Father’s WWII papers a few years ago.
When they landed in Liverpool from the SS Mauritania, they were given instructions on proper etiquette while in Britain.
One thing was to not show off your money but it was OK to sell your rations,especially cigarettes, chewing gum or candy bars, if you wanted.
Also not to complain about their coffee. The English thought we could not make a good cup of tea.
I also remember Khrushchev saying that he would have starved to death in WWII if not for SPAM.
White papers, eh? Then tell me about the use of black bear here, as a test.
He said either the weather or the food made him break out in boils.
Based on experience in California, I would treat black bear somewhere between pig and possum or armadillo.
Lots of gravy and biscuits.
They are endangered, and the reason is Texans used their fat for frying for so many years. Grab one right before hibernation and that’s grease for the johnnycakes for a year.
Our ancestors didn’t take advantage of the Beeve for butter, for some weird reason. Maybe it was just too hot and the butterfat too thin in the milk?
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