Betty Crocker, in the forward from the cookbook / pamphlet, Your Share - How to Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals with Foods Available Today, described women as "soldiers on the home front." Women were picking up where the men had left off before going to war. Women were in the factories, war plants, Red Cross, and even the armed forces. They were not only working in the home but helping keep America going on the home front.
While we are not at war, today, and it is not just women maintaining the household, woman are still out in the world, working beside men. We have outside responsibilities, in addition to the housework, and these types of booklets were published to help keep our lives moving. This one, in particular, was published to help us keep our budgets in check with food shortages and rationing. As Betty Crocker writes in the forward, "In spite of sectional problems and shortages, you must prepare satisfying meals out of your share of what there is." We can take these helpful hints to help stretch our supplies today as limits are placed on certain foods and prices are climbing higher.
As seen in the General Mills advertisement, above, many advancements were being made to help "lighten your household tasks"
How do you stretch your food supplies to help keep your budget in check? We have not really gotten to this point, in our household, but really need to get this going. We have plenty of stock because we keep a very full pantry/freezer, due to couponing and budget hunting, but this will not last forever.
The important thing is to learn to do all of this while keeping your meals healthy and including the major food groups. As I go thru this booklet, I will share the tips and hints with you and hopefully we can add some of our personal advice along the way.
Be sure to check out my pantry post and the earlier posts I made regarding this booklet. There are some cute 1940s graphics to enjoy.