I recently received an email from my local WI advising me of the the Cambridge Carbon Footprint WW2 Ration Challenge, of course I was keen for our family to take part. It's hoped that the WW2 rationing challenge will encourage us all to explore the common ground between a diet from the forties/fifties and eating sustainably today. You can read more about the challenge here.
We will be eating seasonal UK produce, which will consist of some of the following:
Fresh herbs grown in our back garden and as much allotment and locally grown produce as possible from the above list.
Or ration allocation is based on a family with 1 adult, 1 nursing mother, 3 children over 5yrs and 1 child under 5 years. I researched several sources to try and find an accurate ration allocation, please do politely correct me if my values are wrong so I can amend them for next week. I've calculated that our rationed food for the week should be as follows:
16 litres milk
330g butter 330g
330g cooking fat
Approximately 350g of minced beef or meat of an equivalent value £8.40 for 6 people
We are also allocated points for extra rations and have decided to use our 36 points as follows:
Rolled Oats 1kg = 8 points
Sultanas 1kg = 16 points
Rice 500g = 8 points
Baked Beans, 2 tins = 4 points
Thankfully coffee wasn't rationed, hurrah! Neither were fruit, vegetables and fresh fish. Bread, honey and flour weren't rationed either. I am also allowed orange juice as a nursing mother so will have one glass (330ml) per day.