Wartime Rations

Issued by the Ministry of Food












The following listing is for one adult (children receive half) per week.

Bacon and ham (3-4 slices/rashers) 4 oz
Other meats – 2 small chopsButter 2 oz
Cheese 2 oz
Margarine 4 oz
Cooking fat 4 oz
Milk 3 pints
Plus 1 packet dried milk per month
Sugar 8 oz
Preserves (every two months) 1 lb
Tea 2 oz
Egg (shell egg) 1
Plus 1 packet dried egg per month
Sweets 12 oz

Other foods such as canned meat, fish, rice, canned fruit, condensed milk, breakfast cereals, biscuits and vegetables were available in limited quantities on a points system. An adult’s monthly allowance might provide a tin of salmon or fruit, and half a pound of dried fruit. Bread, flour, fish (if available), offal, game (including rabbit, venison, etc), sauces and pickles were not rationed, but were not always available.


Food Minister Talks on Rationing 1939.

An American commentator looks at the effects of rationing on the people of England in 1944.


6 thoughts on “Rationing

  1. Could you tell me if black pudding was rationed during WW2, please?

    I know that it would have been difficult to obtain the blood unless you were involved in pig husbandry or the sluaghtering of animals but was it off ration?



  2. please can you tell me when delrosa rose hip syrup came on sale? and would I as a baby born in 1946 have been given it? thank you

    • Delrosa syrup was available in the UK after WW2 and was available over the counter from chemist shops. The National Health Service provided an alternative Orange Syrup which was highly concentrated orange juice available from health clinics. It is more likely that you were given this as it was widely available. Relrosa was discontinued in the UK in the 1970’s.

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