I've become a tad obsessed!!
I woke up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and as I drifted off back to sleep I was thinking about food rationing. The main reason it's on my mind so much is that there is so much conflicting information around and I do want to get it as right as we possibly can and make as few compromises as I can.
These pictures ... found on Google Images ... have it pretty much as it was.
But even this one shows 'tinned beef' as part of the ration. Whereas most of the reading I've done tells me that tinned meat ... corned beef and Spam for instance ... was actually available on the points system not the basic ration.
Anyway I don't want to drive myself totally mad so I'm going to get things as close as possible to how it was and just go for it.
One big hurdle of course is that I eat a virtually vegan diet, I occasionally eat a cake or a slice of quiche made with some of our eggs but that's about it for animal products. There weren't many vegans around during the second world war, although there were quite a large proportion of vegetarians who could surrender their meat ration and instead get an extra 6oz of cheese every week, as well as a pound or so of extra lentils outside of the points system.
So after thinking about it I have decided that because I do like some vegan 'meat replacements' for example Linda McCartney Rosemary and Onion sausages, Violife 'cheeses', Quorn vegan chicken style fillets and use almond and oat milks for baking and cooking I will take my rations in the form of these even though they weren't around during the war. My main reason for doing this is that the rationing system was designed to give a fair and balanced diet for everyone, with all the necessary nutrients in a smaller than usual base core of foods and I feel using my usual replacements will continue with this for me.
Another thing, I am also going to totally 'cheat' and instead of a 2oz tea ration I will have a 2oz coffee ration as I don't drink any form of tea.
We are taking as our main point of reference our 12th February start date being February 1940, although even this throws another small spanner in the works as not all rationing was in effect on this date, some things joined the first few items to be rationed further into 1940, and I read in one book that the points system was not in operation then ... although we have decided in the interests of making things fairer to use a points allowance.
Anyway now perhaps you can see why I'm a bit obsessed and a lot confused!!