1940's Sugar Ration Recipe

Mrs. A. Recipes Vintage Finds

During this time of year, most families are preparing to make Sugar Cookies complete with festive decorations for their holiday gatherings.  Concentrating on what I might contribute to the holiday menu, I turned to our family cookbook.  The pages before me contained a host of cookie, pie, cake and dessert recipes, but what caught my eye was a recipe by Grandma.  Her recipe was born out of simpler times…times of humble means.  Still…this recipe was a childhood favorite of mine.

Grandma was married and raising her family during the Great Depression so she had learned to do without.  During World War II, Grandma learned to do without again.  As her sons answered the call of Country and went off to war, Grandma was also adjusting to Country’s call.  “The federal government set up a rationing system in 1942 and limited purchases of sugar, coffee, meat, fish, butter, eggs, cheese, shoes, rubber and gasoline…..”   (Excerpt taken from Living History Farm)

War Ration Books

War Ration Book and Stamps

Grandma was a resourceful and strong woman, an excellent marksman, a former school teacher, and a wonderful cook.    Armed with the family’s War Ration Books, Grandma faced the challenge ahead of her…how to feed her family.  Because no sugar could be legally purchased without stamps from a War Ration Book, recipes were born out of necessity.

Lemon Bisque - War Ration Recipe

You might find other delightful Depression Era recipes in this cookbook.
Dining During The Depression
“Dining During the Depression” recipe book featured at 2aEmporium.

8 thoughts on “1940’s Sugar Ration Recipe

  1. MollyDecember 1, 2016 at 3:45PM

Yum, the lemon sounds really good:)

  1. JD at ThirdShiftVintage.com| December 1, 2016 at 5:37PM

That recipe sounds delightful – adding it to my recipe file! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Laura CrummDecember 1, 2016 at 10:05PM

What a great reminder of what our families had to go through in hard times. I could write a book about our life when we first moved to Washington, but we did eventually get a paycheck and had a good life.

  1. Redcurlzs| December 2, 2016 at 12:48AM

I can’t wait to try this recipe! Lemon is one of my favourites!

  1. VintageFlowertop AnneDecember 21, 2016 at 11:42PM

Thank you for sharing.

  1. Mrs. A.| December 24, 2016 at 8:03PM

Thank you all for stopping by my blog and commenting. I have not been able to post as often as I would like this month, but look forward to more posts in January.

  1. Evelyn MuskRoseVintageDecember 25, 2016 at 10:58PM

I love lemon flavoured desserts. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Mrs. A.December 25, 2016 at 11:22PM

You are sure welcome! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

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