Cooking with Rations | The Girl Who Wore Freedom

As we start another week, we at The Girl Who Wore Freedom wondered how our family, friends, and supporters are faring during this historical time. We Ration Bookhope that you are all healthy and following the safety recommendations in your areas. While this is unsettling and the future seems unclear, stories from our shared past show us there is strength facing the unknown together. I am sure you have seen the many images and quotes floating around, encouraging us to sacrifice just as the “greatest generation” did during World War II.

Walking the partially empty aisles of my local supermarket, amazed at what was gone and what was left, I wondered what my grandparents would do in this situation. They would have made due, making meals with a lot less than I was able to buy that day. When I was younger, I talked with my grandparents about their life during the Depression and the War. They shared how there wasn’t enough of some items, but they traded neighbors and shared with those in need. I do not have any of their recipes or cookbooks from that time, and I have no idea how they fed their large families.

Curious to reclaim this bit of lost history, I began researching both rationing and cooking with rationed items. I found several articles on war rationing at The National WWII Museum, History Channel, and the Ames History Museum. Even more interesting were the recipes that I located from the time of World War II.

A taste of wartime rationing in 1940s product cookbooks

20 Popular Wartime Recipes

The 1940’s Experiment: 100 Wartime Recipes

WW2 WAR CAKE (which feeds 15!)

WWII Ration Chocolate Cake

That last recipe sounds the best due to the inclusion of chocolate. It was created by the recipe writer’s grandmother during World War II but does not Betty Crocker Cakerequire milk, butter or eggs. This week with a little extra time on my hands, the kids and I are going to try to make the ration cake and maybe a few others from this list.

We want to invite you to join us and cook something from one of the recipes above or one of your family favorites. Please share pictures of the finished product here or with us on social media. If you are not up to cooking this week just let us know how you are doing in the comments below, at, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.



Melissa Perkins, Volunteer for The Girl Who Wore FreedomMelissa Perkins Writer/Social Media for The Girl Who Wore Freedom

Melissa is a teacher at heart who loves learning and history. She especially loves igniting a passion for learning in her students. She also wishes this will be a thank you to the veterans she loves, including her grandfather, father, uncles, brother-in-law, and friends who have served selflessly. She lives in Kentucky with her very patient and supportive husband and her precocious and imaginative two children.

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