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Make It Do – Rationing of Canned Goods in World War II

US poster, WWII

Rationing of processed foods was an important part of life on the US Home Front. A complex and constantly changing system kept the grocery shopper on her toes. Why processed foods? Tin was short. The Japanese controlled 70 percent of the world’s tin supply. Tin’s resistance to temperature, shock, and moisture made it an ideal… Read more »

Make It Do – Sugar Rationing in World War II

US poster, WWII

What could be more American than Hershey bars, homemade cookies, and birthday cake? During World War II, these items were hard to come by. Today marks the 75th anniversary of the start of sugar rationing in the United States. Short on Sugar When the Japanese conquered the Philippines in the early months of 1942, the… Read more »

Make It Do: Rationing of Canned Goods in World War II

US poster, WWII

Rationing of processed foods was an important part of life on the US Home Front. A complex and constantly changing system kept the grocery shopper on her toes. Why processed foods? Tin was short. The Japanese controlled 70 percent of the world’s tin supply. Tin’s resistance to temperature, shock, and moisture made it an ideal… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Yes, I Can!

I’m giving away a copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving! Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Please include your email address in the following format: sarah[at]sarahsundin[dot]com. US only please. The winner will be posted on Friday, August 10. My plum tree overfloweth. Right now, two bags full of ripe… Read more »

Make It Do – Sugar Rationing in World War II

What could be more American than Hershey bars, homemade cookies, and birthday cake? During World War II these items were hard to come by. Short on Sugar When the Japanese conquered the Philippines in the early months of 1942, the United States lost a major source of sugar imports. Shipments from Hawaii and Central and… Read more »

Jamming in the Kitchen

Today I’m making strawberry jam. The kitchen is too warm, I have a reverse French manicure (red tips, anyone?), but the house smells wonderful. Why do I do this each year? Strawberry in the spring, blackberry and plum in the summer. I figure it saves me a whopping hundred dollars a year. Woo hoo. To… Read more »