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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2020 10:20 p.m. PST

"During The Second World War, rations on meat, sugar and flour were implemented in order to change the nation's eating habits. In honour of Remembrance Day, here's a look at some of the recipes and rationing tips from Wartime Canada…"
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Fitzovich11 Jan 2020 5:01 a.m. PST

Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2020 11:50 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


RudyNelson11 Jan 2020 2:49 p.m. PST

For most American southerners who had been dirt poor, food types during the war did not change from the Depression which was still going on when the war began.

Sometimes it gets frustrating when people think that American habits are the same as those seen in the major east coast cities. I am sure that eating habits and food remained regional.

I just talked to my mother about what she ate and my grandmother cooked. It remained the same. The main areas affected by rationing was gas and tobacco. However I had two uncles who were older and MPs who road the trains. They would by tobacco in North Carolina and send it home regularly. My grand parents used mules to plow their fields and they ate a lot of what they grew. My father said his grandfather planted sugar cane along the creek as well.

Lee49411 Jan 2020 3:18 p.m. PST


Legion 412 Jan 2020 8:47 a.m. PST

That is very true Rudy. Much of the US rural "Heartland" kept using the "old ways". Growing your own food, live stock, etc.

As I was growing up in the "deepest, darkest" suburbs of OH. Many had gardens, canned vegetables, etc. Some of the old timers old farts still do ! When they all die out, the only people who will grow produce or farm will be farmers, etc.

Like most … I just go to the store to get fresh produce, meat, etc. evil grin

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 3:08 p.m. PST

What…? So… not ALL the Americans eat like in the movies?… (smile)



Legion 412 Jan 2020 3:47 p.m. PST

With the rate of obesity in the USA, we like to eat anything and everything, at anytime … pizza pie popcorn cheese baloney donut doodles coke koolaid pork rinds

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2020 12:10 p.m. PST



monongahela13 Jan 2020 8:23 p.m. PST

My Aunt still makes the tomato soup cake. It is very good.

She also told me about roasting barley seed to make a coffee substitute, another war board suggestion. That was an experiment not repeated apparently.

Mark 114 Jan 2020 8:18 p.m. PST

She also told me about roasting barley seed to make a coffee substitute, another war board suggestion. That was an experiment not repeated apparently.

Postum was evidently a result of coffee rationing/shortages in the US during WW2. It is an ersatz "instant coffee" beverage that survives to this day.

Also worth mentioning perhaps is that Nutella, which has been popular in Europe ever since WW2 and has grown to some level of popularity in the US in the last decade or two, was originally an ersatz chocolate (or extended chocolate) product produced by a confectioner in Germany during the war. And as we saw here in a prior thread about two months ago, the Coca Cola "Fanta" brand of softdrinks is a postwar rebirth of the brand that the Coca Cola company of Germany used during the war for their own concoction of soda produced from available wartime agricultural waste products (although there is no production of the wartime Fanta recipe).

(aka: Mk 1)

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