|A special Thank You to Gettysburg College Archives for|
allowing me to use their image of this amazing card in
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!
Northwestern University Libraries
"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
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
Unifying a Nation: World War II Posters at New Hampshire State Library
Home Front Friday: Bam! Goes the Bacon Grease
Fact Sheet on Fat Salvage
Save Every Drop of Fat
Vital War Materials poster
Make Them A Grease Spot poster
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Make_Them_A_Grease_Spot_From_the_Grease_Pot_-_NARA_-_533912.jpg (accessed 2/21/20)
The Grease You Save poster
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22The_grease_you_save...%22_-_NARA_-_514839.jpg (accessed 2/21/20)
Stop! There’s Dynamite in That Grease! Poster
https://gettysburg.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p126301coll3/id/69/ (accessed 2/21/20)
Save Waste Fats poster
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Save_Waste_Fats_for_Explosives.jpg (accessed 2/21/20)
Save Waste Fats2 poster
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SAVE_WASTE_FATS_-_NARA_-_515344.tif (accessed 2/21/20)
For Gun Powder Save Waste Fats poster
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22For_Gunpowder_-_Save_Waste_Fats%22_-_NARA_-_514286.jpg (accessed 2/21/20)
Save Waste Fats for Explosives poster
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Housewives%5E_Saves_Waste_Fats_for_Explosives%22_-_NARA_-_514530.tif (accessed 2/21/20)
A Soldier of the Home Front
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_soldier_of_the_home_front_saves_all_waste_fats_and_greases_so_that_they_can_be_processed_into_ammunition_for..._-_NARA_-_196420.tif (accessed 2/21/20)
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
https://archive.org/details/Out_of_the_Frying_Pan_into_the_Fire (accessed 2/21/20)
Make It Do - Rationing of Butter, Fats, & Oils in WWII