Ration books were distributed, which contained coupons to be exchanged for foodstuffs. The amount of each rationed food was expressed by weight; for example 4oz of butter.
Only meat was expressed in terms of money, which allowed a certain degree of flexibility, as a larger amount of a cheaper cut, or a smaller amount of a more expensive cut could be exchanged for a coupon.
Government campaigns such as ‘Dig for Victory’ were introduced to ensure a supply of vegetables, which people could grow in their own gardens.
Food rationing continued long after the war, as the rationing book from 1953-1954 displays. Meat was the last product to be rationed and rationing finally ended in 1954.
By the Dacorum Heritage Trust