In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, I’ve pulled together our favourite facts about food in the fifties – ideal for quizzing the kids this weekend!
Did you know that….
- Just over half of all children were having school meals at the start of the 1950s (http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/webpage/66549/1950s)
- A typical school lunch menu would’ve included meat and two veg, macaroni cheese, fish on Fridays and a hot dessert like rice pudding, semolina, tapioca or jam sponge and custard (http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/webpage/66549/1950s)
- Most of our fruit and veg came from Britain back then, so we had to eat what was in season. That meant no fresh peas or salad during the winter, and strawberries for just a few weeks in the summer (http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/homework/war/1950s.html)
- Cooks had to be really creative. Rationing was still in force for the early part of the decade – things like margarine, sugar were limited and each person could have only 2 ounces of cheese and 5 ounces of bacon each week. Meat was the last food to become freely available again after the war (http://www.iwm.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.2498) . Read more about memories of school and food in the fifties at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6687553.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6687549.stm
We know lots of schools and families are using food to celebrate the Jubilee – let us know what you’ve been up to in the comment box below, or try Let’s Get Cooking’s street party recipes for the Jubilee.
Check http://www.mylearning.org/food-in-the-1950s/p-1676/ for other free resources about fifties food from museums, libraries and archives online.
You can also look at pictures of typical supermarket layout from the fifties at http://www.woolworthsmuseum.co.uk/1950s-i-grocery.htm