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surplus food mystery
« on: August 06, 2009, 20:37 »
When I mention 'pet food' to any elderly person they say that there was no tinned pet food in their day, and pets lived on scraps.

I was brought up with the idea that food was scarce in 'the old days' and there was starvation, no money, rationing, etc. and children were expected to clear their plates or they got no pudding.
Can anyone tell me where all these scraps came from? My cat and hens could not survive on our scraps as we hardly have any. Just the odd crust or a bit of gristle off the meat.
I have been puzzling over this for years. Should I take up another hobby, or is there nothing that can cure me?

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2009, 20:48 »
sorry but I think you're beyond a cure  :lol: :lol:
Staffies are softer than you think.

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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009, 21:02 »
Not something I have ever wondered about but it does make you think!

Should have thought about it last night as my mum phoned me to challenge me to a new diet she is thinking of starting of her own ponderings. She is planning on seeing how it is to live on a diet defined by what she could have eaten on rationing which she remembers a little of) born 1942. Be fun to try but not sure I will manage the 3 months she has challenged me to.

What do you reaon? Anyone want to join us (probably not my cat!).

Oops, little Hijack, sorry.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens underneath.

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 21:19 »
Not something I have ever wondered about but it does make you think!

Should have thought about it last night as my mum phoned me to challenge me to a new diet she is thinking of starting of her own ponderings. She is planning on seeing how it is to live on a diet defined by what she could have eaten on rationing which she remembers a little of) born 1942. Be fun to try but not sure I will manage the 3 months she has challenged me to.

What do you reaon? Anyone want to join us (probably not my cat!).

Oops, little Hijack, sorry.

sorry Kate, but i can't bake bread out of carrot peelings or whatever it was they used duing the war ??? so i'd be no good :D

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009, 21:22 »
I've got the wartime kitchen book set by Marguerite patten and whilst some of the recipes look good others are seriously very strange  :lol:

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009, 21:29 »
I think I could manage on a war-time ration as fish and chips were not rationed. I could not eat all that marmalade though. 2lb per month !!

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009, 21:33 »
I do believe that the nation was much healthier and had a better diet then than now.
Cheese makes everything better.

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2009, 21:39 »
this is the ration for an adult per week:-
Bacon and ham - 4oz
Meat to the value of 1s 2d, - sausages were not rationed but difficult to obtain, offal originally not rationed but sometimes formed part of the meat ration.
Butter 2oz.
Cheese 2oz - sometimes this varied and went up to 4oz or even 8oz.
Margerine 4oz.
Cooking fat usually 4oz but was known to drop to 2 oz.
Milk 3 pints but sometimes down to 2 pints.
Skimmed dried milk 1 packet every 4 weeks.
Sugar 8oz.
Preserves 1lb every 2 months.
Tea 2oz.
Eggs 1 shell egg a week if available - but sometimes 1 every 2 weeks.
Dried eggs 1 packet every 4 weeks.
Sweets 12oz every 4 weeks.

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2009, 21:41 »
But people were forced to grow lots of vegetables to supplement the rations.

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2009, 21:43 »
And I get a lot more than 1 egg a week!

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2009, 21:44 »
I do believe that the nation was much healthier and had a better diet then than now.

That's what my Mum was thinking and what prompted the challenge.

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2009, 21:58 »
TMG not come across bread made with carrot peelings yet but have found mock apricot flan which uses grated carrots instead of the apricots  :lol: :lol:

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2009, 10:08 »
this is the ration for an adult per week:-
Bacon and ham - 4oz
Meat to the value of 1s 2d, - sausages were not rationed but difficult to obtain, offal originally not rationed but sometimes formed part of the meat ration.
Butter 2oz.
Cheese 2oz - sometimes this varied and went up to 4oz or even 8oz.
Margerine 4oz.
Cooking fat usually 4oz but was known to drop to 2 oz.
Milk 3 pints but sometimes down to 2 pints.
Skimmed dried milk 1 packet every 4 weeks.
Sugar 8oz.
Preserves 1lb every 2 months.
Tea 2oz.
Eggs 1 shell egg a week if available - but sometimes 1 every 2 weeks.
Dried eggs 1 packet every 4 weeks.
Sweets 12oz every 4 weeks.

i could eat that lot for breakfast and still be hungry :lol:

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2009, 10:48 »
Once we were told to feed our dog on scraps only as she was getting bad tempered!! :blink:  We were told it was to do with her blood sugar.  (border collie by the way)  Well after a few days of feeding her fruits and general cr*p we decided it wasn't working (imagine cleaning it up!!!) :ohmy:

War time recipes were discusting  I know as Alistair has just done a project at school about WW2 I think I re-lived it by the end!!!
Kate if you think you can do it good on ya girl :nowink:  Personally I think you are fine as you are!!!!

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Re: surplus food mystery
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2009, 11:16 »


I would imagine the "scraps" pets were given were mainly veggie peelings, fruit peel, cores, stale bread maybe?  Although isn't that where bread n butter pudding came from, using up old bread????

Sorry, slightly off topic but was talking to an elderly neighbour recently she told me it was her job after school to "mash" all the peelings from whatever her mum was cooking for their dinner to feed the chickens.



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