Anyway, we've decided we're going to do our version of the wartime rations, making adjustments so it suits our circumstances and preferences. Our main reason for doing this is to cut down on portion sizes, eat less meat and fat but more veggies, pulses and wholegrains, in order to lose weight - and hopefully stop clogging up our arteries. I'm sure it will save us money too, but that's a bonus rather than the main reason.
I've gone over (again and again!) the list of rations per person, per week or month, and the points system for other foods. Some things we're not going to ration - tea and coffee e.g., as there seems little point from a health point of view. I have 2 coffees and 1 tea a day (I drink water the rest of the time), husband has about double that, mostly tea though. We only have a splash of milk and no sugar, so I don't really see any benefits in restricting them, as we both really enjoy them and I don't want us to feel deprived. Eggs too, 1 each per week is a step too far as we normally get through a lot of eggs (I generally buy 15 a week), fried or scrambled for breakfasts a couple of times a week, a quiche or frittata for lunch about once a week, and cakes of course (oh, and Betty has scrambled egg once or twice weekly!). However, we've chosen to restrict eggs to 8 a week for the 2 of us, that should enable us to have one cake, a quiche or omelette and possibly 1 fried egg each during the week. And cakes can be eggless, of course.
On the subject of cake, I'm still going to make one each week, but using a wartime recipe....I'm going to start with Julie of KC's Court's Wartime Carrot Cake. The sugar ration of 8oz p.w. each is way too much - the only sugar I use is in cakes, nothing else (well, other than a spoonful in rhubarb when we have it growing), so we'll restrict that to 4oz p.w. for the 2 of us.
2oz of cheese is another thing we're not going to implement, although we are going to substantially reduce our intake - we currently buy loads of cheese, all types, as we both love it. We've decided on 6oz p.w. each, which is probably less than half of what we'd normally eat. As for butter and marg....we always have butter, I rarely use marg, so we'll have 6oz each of reduced fat butter, rather than the full fat we have now. Same for milk, 3pts a week each (we may not even get through that much) but it'll be semi skimmed instead of our normal full fat.
As for meat, we'll have the set ration of 4oz bacon or ham each. For all other meat, we've decided on 1 pound of meat, be it mince, pork, lamb or beef, for the 2 of us for the week. Or we may decide to have a fresh chicken and have that as our only meat allowance for the week (I think Dc of Frugal in Norfolk may have done that? Apologies if it was someone else, I've done so much reading the last few days I can't remember the source of everything!).
So here's the list of foods we'll be having on rations each week:-
For the 2 of us
8oz bacon or ham
1 lb meat (or a fresh chicken)
12 oz butter
4 oz lard
12 oz cheese
6 pts milk
4 oz sugar
1 lb pulses
1 lb brown rice (will be used for rice pudding as well as savoury)
6 oz dried fruit (for cakes and with yogurt for breakfasts)
8 oz wholemeal pasta
2 tins fish - salmon or tuna or pilchards
1 tin baked beans
As for bread, we make our own (and eat too much of it), currently 3 or 4 times a week....from now on we'll do 2 loaves a week. Like Sue of A Challenging Year, initially it'll be a mix of wholemeal and white, reducing the white so eventually it'll be all wholemeal.
OH will have 1 piece of fresh fruit a day (he loves fruit), I rarely eat fresh fruit other than berries a couple of times a week with yogurt for breakfast. On the subject of yogurt, I haven't seen any mention of it during wartime, but we'll be having a 500g pot of Greek yogurt each week, albeit the low fat version rather than our current full fat from now on.
We'll be having unlimited fresh or frozen veg, although not too many potatoes, also unlimited salad and tinned tomatoes. I'll be using oats and wholemeal flour as required.
I think that's it. I'll be working out meals today.