Monday, March 9, 2020

Episode 4: There's Dynamite in That Grease!

A special Thank You to Gettysburg College Archives for
allowing me to use their image of this amazing card in
their collection!
Original image

Welcome to the supplemental materials for Episode 4 of the Victory Kitchen podcast!
If you missed listening to Episode 4, you can listen to it HERE!

Fat rationing was a necessary measure during the war because of the world's depleted fat supply. Fat was vital to the war due to its uses from baking cakes, to making soaps and paint, to providing glycerin for making explosives. Fats were used for thousands of other important products.

A couple notes that I forgot to mention in my podcast:
1. Besides animal fats, America was able to get fats from vegetables, soybeans, and cottonseeds among other plant fats. Shortening is one example of a fat that comes from plants and was a popular alternative to lard.

2. Lard rationing ended March 1944 which was helped along by the surplus pig harvest the previous winter.

There are a lot of wartime propaganda posters about fat rationing. Enjoy these examples that I found!

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This is an image from what looks like a book or magazine that I've found
floating around the internet. I can't find the original source, so if you find
where the image originally comes from, please let me know!
Either way, it's an amazing illustration of the many things that were made from used fat.
And the cartoon you've all been waiting for!:

"Out of the Frying Pan" animated by Walt Disney.
Produced by War Activities Committee Motion Picture Industry.
Date unknown. Public Domain.
Prelinger Internet Archives


Here is my blog post about learning the wartime skill of cleaning & reusing fat.

Here is my blog post about making the butter extender recipe for Knox Gelatine Spread.
**Correction: In the podcast I talk about there being a butter extender using evaporated milk. I forgot that this gelatin recipe also calls for evaporated milk, so I think I got confused about that! If I do find a different recipe, I will post it here!

The bread recipes come from this amazing cookbook/education pamphlet.
Health-for-Victory Meal Planning Guide, September 1943
Below is the gloopy cooked cornmeal/molasses base that this lovely Plymouth Bread is made from.

 Maybe you'll have better luck than me in making these Bran Refrigerator Rolls. No fancy clover leaf rolls here. They look so lumpy because my kitchen helper that day was my 3 year old. He did a pretty good job!

Despite having no built-up gluten strength whatsoever, these rolls were still pretty tasty!

I love this tiny pamphlet's title - Don't Let Butter Rationing Scare You!

To make your butter stretch twice as far:

The following are a list of all my resources used for this episode of the podcast. Thanks for listening!



Turning Bacon Into Bombs: The American Fat Salvage Committee
(accessed 2/28/20)

Grease War
(accessed 2/28/20)

Unifying a Nation: World War II Posters at New Hampshire State Library
(accessed 2/28/20)

Home Front Friday: Bam! Goes the Bacon Grease
(accessed 2/28/20)

Fact Sheet on Fat Salvage


Save Every Drop of Fat
(accessed 4/11/20)

Vital War Materials poster
(accessed 2/28/20)

Make Them A Grease Spot poster

The Grease You Save poster

Stop! There’s Dynamite in That Grease! Poster 

Save Waste Fats poster

Save Waste Fats2 poster

For Gun Powder Save Waste Fats poster

Save Waste Fats for Explosives poster

A Soldier of the Home Front

Why Greases Must Be Saved

Why Greases Must Be Saved2

Out of the Firing Line poster

Disney cartoon - Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire

Make It Do - Rationing of Butter, Fats, & Oils in WWII

(accessed 2/21/20)

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