Before WWII broke out the UK was importing over 50 million tons of food a year from all over the world.
At the outbreak of WWII on September 1939 the British government decided they had to cut back on importing food due to the amount of ships transporting food to the UK that were being sunk by German U-Boats.
As a direct result of this action the government became concerned about the amount of food that was now available and so introduced food rationing.
Rationing of food lasted for 14 years in the UK and ended on July 4, 1954.
Here is how it worked
Each person in the UK was given a ration book, they then were able to purchase limited amounts of certain foods each week, as they did so the shop keeper would cross the item off their ration book.
Which foods were rationed
|tinned tomatoes||peas||dried fruit|
Individual adult ration allowance per week
|Butter: 50g (2oz)||Bacon and ham: 100g (4oz)||Margarine: 100g (4oz)|
|Sugar: 225g (8oz).||Meat: To the value of 1s.2d (one shilling and sixpence per week. That is about 6p today)||Milk: 3 pints (1800ml) occasionally dropping to 2 pints (1200ml).|
|Cheese: 2oz (50g)||Eggs: 1 fresh egg a week.||Tea: 50g (2oz).|
|Jam: 450g (1lb) every two months.||Dried eggs 1 packet every four weeks.||Sweets: 350g (12oz) every four weeks|
in addition to this every person had sixteen (16) points per week to spend on which ever food item they wanted.
The ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign started in October 1939
Every person in the UK was required to start producing their own food, flower beds were turned into veggie plots, lawns were dug up and planted with veg, many people kept chickens and other poultry as well as pigs.
The need to become creative with their cooking was never more required than during these desperate times.
Below is a few different foods they would have produced and eaten, these are taken from my WWII recipe book which is now available in PDF format, over forty (40) different recipes with full preparation and cooking instruction, please use this link to purchase: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/695219505/wwii-cook-book-recipes-instant-digital?
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Food foraging during WWII and rationing
many British people also had to forage for food, the British countryside, forests and shores are packed with some great natural foods. Below I have put together another great book, WWII Foraging recipes, packed with over 40 recipes using food items that can be found in and around the country, please use this link to purchase: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/696321417/wwii-foraging-recipes-instant-digital
Follow in the footsteps of the British foraging for food during WWII and cook using some of the same recipes they used, this book has over forty (40) great recipes. use the link above to get your now.