Wartime Recipes

These recipes are taken from the Ministry of Food leaflets issued in the United Kingdom during the Second World War.

Further details can be found in the Rationing Section.

Picture of wartime rations9th Nov, 1939

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.