Watching the TV news this evening it looks like I have chosen the right time to start this experiment. There may soon be a shortage of eggs in the supermarkets – the word “rationing” was used. Fortunately I have a packet of dried egg powder on order, expected within the next day or so. Additionally the prices of milk, butter, sugar and bread are rising rapidly.
I checked my stores today and analysed that by 1944 personal ration allowances I have in stock:
- Tea: 16 days,
- Sugar: 2 days, but I have not used any this week,
- Milk: 2 days,
- Eggs: 56 days (8 eggs),
- Cheese: 73 days,
- Butter/Margarine: 37 days,
- Bacon & Ham: 34 days,
- Other meat: incalculable.
I will not need to spend any points on tinned food in the near future. Of course, some of the above will be used by my wife, who is not sharing in my strange project.
As for progress with the consumption this week, I am within the weekly ration for everything except for ham where I am at 150% and climbing because it needs to be used.
2 thoughts on “1944: Diet. Day 3”
We estimated the meat ration at £2.50 each per week as it was rationed by price. Ham or bacon was a separate ration. The cheaper cuts get you a bit more to eat. The wartime housewife would have shopped daily, I buy the cheaper family packs and freeze ration portions of meat, bacon, butter and cheese.
It must have been awful when the week’s butter was gone,
no wonder we had toast and dripping, or fried bread with homemade jam.
I still enjoy toast and dripping the day after a roast dinner.