Wartime Rations

Issued by the Ministry of Food


The following listing is for one adult (children receive half) per week:


Bacon and ham (3-4 slices/rashers) 4 oz

Other meats – 2 small chops

Butter 2 oz

Cheese 2 oz

Margarine 4 oz

Cooking fat 4 oz

Milk 3 pints

Plus 1 packet dried milk per month

Sugar 8 oz

Preserves every two months 1 lb

Tea 2 oz

Egg (shell egg) 1

Plus 1 packet dried egg per month

Sweets 12 oz


Other foods such as canned meat, fish, rice, canned fruit, condensed milk, breakfast cereals, biscuits and vegetables were available in limited quantities on a points system. An adult’s monthly allowance might provide a tin of salmon or fruit, and half a pound of dried fruit. Bread, flour, fish (if available), offal, game (including rabbit, venison, etc), sauces and pickles were not rationed, but were not always available.


In the following pages you will find a selection of recipes that make the most of the ration allowance.

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