Yeastrel

A lot of the recipes from the 1942 recipe book use Yeastrel which is no longer manufactured.

Yestrel advertisement

Yeastrel “The Vitamin B Savoury” first appeared sometime in the early 1930’s and was a yeast extract produced by a firm in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh Scotland. It was claimed to be a rich source of vitamin B and was used as a food supplement during the war being sold through health food stores.

Production continued until sometime in the mid 1960’s. The product was still being advertised in 1962/63.

The nearest equivalent we have today is Vegemite™ which is produced by Craft Foods in Australia although it widely available in the United Kingdom. Yeastrel may have been less salty then Vegemite™ so if you are using this as a substitute you may need to use less than the recipe amount.

I you remember this product and can add to this information, please get in touch.

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Lettuce Sandwiches

Nothing was wasted during the war, items that we would normally discard today were used as this recipe from 1942 demonstrates. Do have another sandwich, vicar.

*Yeasrel was yeast extract. The nearest equivalents we have today would be Marmite or Vegemite.

Ingredients:
Lettuce leaves
Yeastrel*
Brown bread and butter

Method:
Wash lettuce thoroughly, dry, and chop up fairly small. If the lettuce is chopped up, it is possible to get a great deal more into the sandwich. It is also possible to use for sand- wiches some of the outer leaves that are not quite so attractive in a salad. These leaves are particularly rich in salts, but do not use leaves that are actually tough or bitter..

Spread half the bread and butter with a little Yeastrel, pile as much lettuce as convenient into the bread, cover with another slice of bread and butter, press down, and cut into four.

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