Food in the 1950s
The foods of Britain
Throughout WWII food had been rationed in Britain. This did not however end with the war, and although more foods were coming into the country, food rationing did not completely finish until 1954.
Tea was still on ration until 1952, 1953 saw the end of sugar and egg rationing and in 1954 cheese and meats finally came off ration as well.
After being deprived of meat for so long, many people when rationing ended and if they could afford it, concentrated on meat dishes for their evening meal, cooking an impressive joint for Sunday lunch.
The pupils of St. Barts were asked to sample some of the foods and dishes that would have been popular in the 1950s. A variety of foods were available for the children to try, including SPAM fritters (see next page), avocados, salmon sandwiches, dripping sandwiches, corned beef hash, liver, fruit salad, Coronation Chicken and jelly and custard.
Childrens comments on the 1950s food:
'Today I found out I like spam fritters and jelly and custard.'
'I only liked the jelly out of all the foods because I dont eat meat and fish and that kind of stuff.'
'I didn't like jelly before but I like it now and the salmon. I learnt that people ate lots of healthy things.'
'I liked the dumplings but not the liver. I liked the corn beef hash best.'
'I enjoyed today because I tried dishes which I have never tried before...'
The children then used what they had disovered about food in the 1950s to write a lunch menu using MS Publisher.