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#1 shep854

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 0947 AM

This is a series of videos being released discussing British food rationing during WWII.  Ian goes over the scheme, then prepares and eats the food provided.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 0948 AM


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 0950 AM


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#4 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 0952 AM

Oh man, my father would have loved this. :)


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 1801 PM

Actually that rationing plan does not look too bad IMHO. SO maybe rationing was not as bad as it sounds in the UK. When I hear rationing I think of the 1917/18 shortages or just after WW2 in which everything was in short supply. The UK reminds me more of the situation in the better germany utopia (aka actually exisitng socialism in the DDR). You took what you could buy and not necessarily what you wanted, but noone was hungry.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 1947 PM

It did appear to be much better than I thought also.  My impression was that the British were hanging on by their fingernails--I guess their nails were a bit longer than they appeared.


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Posted 22 January 2018 - 2110 PM

Note however that a lot of vegetable were seasonal, and if not preserved would not be available during the winter.


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 0511 AM

Actually that rationing plan does not look too bad IMHO. SO maybe rationing was not as bad as it sounds in the UK. When I hear rationing I think of the 1917/18 shortages or just after WW2 in which everything was in short supply. The UK reminds me more of the situation in the better germany utopia (aka actually exisitng socialism in the DDR). You took what you could buy and not necessarily what you wanted, but noone was hungry.

It got slowly worse as the war went on bear in mind. By the end we were trying to get the population to eat Snook. It was so vile, many people ended up feeding it to their cats.

 

It was probably worse in WW1. We were down to eating horses that time around.


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 0518 AM


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 0715 AM

...By the end we were trying to get the population to eat Snook...

 

 

What was a problem?

 

Considered an excellent food fish, the common snook is fished commercially and foreign caught fish are sold in the USA. When cooking snook, the skin must be removed, because otherwise it imparts an unpleasant taste, described as soapy, to the fish.

 

... We were down to eating horses that time around.

 

Horses are good and tasty if prepared well. Even old ones can be made into the very good sausages.


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 0907 AM


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#12 Harold Jones

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Posted 23 January 2018 - 1028 AM

 

Actually that rationing plan does not look too bad IMHO. SO maybe rationing was not as bad as it sounds in the UK. When I hear rationing I think of the 1917/18 shortages or just after WW2 in which everything was in short supply. The UK reminds me more of the situation in the better germany utopia (aka actually exisitng socialism in the DDR). You took what you could buy and not necessarily what you wanted, but noone was hungry.

It got slowly worse as the war went on bear in mind. By the end we were trying to get the population to eat Snook. It was so vile, many people ended up feeding it to their cats.

 

It was probably worse in WW1. We were down to eating horses that time around.

 

People could eat all the horse meat they wanted to in WW2 Britain, it wasn't rationed.  Fish was also not rationed because the plan was that rationing would only be applied to those items that could be reliably available, so if you had a ration coupon for an item you could be sure to get that item in the rationed amount.  Since there was no way to predict the availability of fish due to the impact of the war on fishing fleets it was not a ration item.  I believe the problem with snook was that the canned version was not particularly palatable.  This page has a pretty decent review of the rationing scheme implemented by the UK in WW2.  http://www.cooksinfo...sh-wartime-food


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 0942 AM

Ep. 5: Lord Woolton's Pie


Posted with my tablet.

 

EDIT: Re-posted link with my laptop. :)


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 1037 AM

 

 

 

... We were down to eating horses that time around.

 

Horses are good and tasty if prepared well. Even old ones can be made into the very good sausages.

 

 

 

http://www.bbc.com/n...europe-21456388


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 1816 PM

Lol. I bet it was still a better quality meat than a crap that usually goes in the factory made frozen lasagna... :)

BTW, donkey is also really good, but it is really hard to find, in few parts of Croatia (Dalmatia) it is a specialty.


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#16 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 0415 AM

 

...By the end we were trying to get the population to eat Snook...

 

 

What was a problem?

 

Considered an excellent food fish, the common snook is fished commercially and foreign caught fish are sold in the USA. When cooking snook, the skin must be removed, because otherwise it imparts an unpleasant taste, described as soapy, to the fish.

 

... We were down to eating horses that time around.

 

Horses are good and tasty if prepared well. Even old ones can be made into the very good sausages.

 

 

They hated it. Im tempted to put it down to a simple dislike along the lines of Brits dont drink Coffee, Americans dont eat fish and chips, but my father, when we watched a documentary on it expressed a loathing of it. Whether he actually ever tried it is another matter of course. The point is, the ministry of food bought a job lot of the stuff and nobody wanted to eat it.

 

Horses, yes im sure you are right, but its not the way we Brits treat our horses. That we delve into doing such things shows a degree of desperation that in other nations might be seen by delving into the cats and dogs.


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#17 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 0421 AM

My father passed away last year so I cant ask him (well unless I involve a ouija board obviously) but I just talked it over with my mother and she said my Great Grandmother on my father side bought Snook, but they didnt like it. As she said, there was nothing else. They also bought horse-meat and Whale (sirloin or otherwise, I didnt ask). Now admittedly they were not very well off at the best of times, but it kind of illustrates they were eating pretty much everything that was offered at the end. Enjoying it is another matter of course.

 

My Grandfather on my fathers side seemed to be existing on a diet largely of Corned Beef in Sicily, or Corned Dog as they called it. He developed a loathing of it for the rest of his life, though if he had spent any time in Tunisia, I doubt a dusting of sand improved the taste any.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 0435 AM

Were US-made foodproducts products supplied to population in Brittan, or only going to Army?


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 0438 AM

Well there was Spam, or Supplied American Meat as it was deliciously known...


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 0534 AM

I knew that Monty Python would get a guernsey here sometime.....  wot next, the Four Yorkshiremen?

 

 

'we never had a cup....'


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