Best War Time Recipes: Preparedness Cooking Skills (and recipes) From WWI Will Keep You Alive During WWIII


World War 3 is already in motion and every war machine and nuclear missile that the world superpowers show off will be used to destroy both land and sea-based ecosystems, potentially leading to global nuclear famine. This is now a fact, we can’t no longer say ”might happen” since is already happening.

A few hours watching the Discovery Channel can prompt extreme survival fantasies involving frog licking and urine drinking, but what basic skills would you actually need to survive in a world consumed by a nuclear exchange?

In today’s post, we are going to take a look back into the past and learn something that today many people are completely unable to do anymore….cook something from scratch. It’s quite shocking but these days the average American home eats a majority of its meals using prepackaged, highly processed foods that require very little skill to cook. If it doesn’t come out of a box, a can, or a plastic pouch most people are clueless when it comes to cooking.

Learning how to cook from scratch is something you cannot afford to ignore if you want to survive WWIII. In order to successfully build a stockpile of emergency food, you’re going to need to learn how to cook, and you’re going to need to learn how to do it with basic ingredients.

During WWII eating habits were changed greatly by wartime shortages. For many people rationing, synthetic foods, strange food combinations and the restrictions of the daily diet were among the most vivid memories of life in WWII. The rationing system was seen as complicated but fair and was popular for this reason. People registered at their local shops. Each family/household had a ration book. The ration book was handed over to the shopkeeper, who removed the coupons (as well as taking the appropriate sum of money).

Food rationing was introduced in stages, beginning in January 1940. Foods that were rationed included bacon, butter, sugar, meat, tea, cooking fat, jam, cheese, eggs and milk.
Rationing started on January 8th, 1940, when bacon, butter, and sugar were rationed (by weight), followed by meat in March 1940 (by price rather than weight). In July 1940, tea, cooking fat, jam, and cheese were also rationed (by weight). Eggs and milk were rationed by allocating supplies to shops in proportion to the number of customers registered there. People were permitted one egg per fortnight but this was not guaranteed, as with other foods. Rations varied considerably; the cheese ration, for example, varied from 1 oz (30g) per person per week to 8oz (225g). The meat ration worked out at approximately 1lb (500 grams) per week.

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This is how people managed to stay alive during the war, you don’t have to learn how to do everything at once. Take it slow and learn how to do a couple of things really well before moving on. If you try to do everything at once, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of food that nobody wants to eat. Take the time to learn the basics, and take the time to perfect what you’ve learned.

Despite all the warnings, the only real way to get started is to just jump in there and have some fun. There are going to be some setbacks, some total bombed meals, and even some meals that are so bad no one will want to eat them; but in the end, you are going to be more prepared, save a lot of money, be much healthier, and have a skill that’s going to last a lifetime.

As a supplement to this article, I found this great cookbook from World War I, Best War Time Recipes, which was released by the Royal Baking Powder Co.

The book was released by the Royal Baking Company as a way to help with war efforts when things like wheat flour were not available because it was being shipped over to the troops.

The recipes in this book can help show you what is possible and is a great addition to your preparedness cooking and food storage stockpile.

3 Superfoods That Cost Almost Nothing To Make And Will Keep You And Your Family Well Fed No Matter What Happens.

One was praised as the great depression “food miracle”. The people that knew about it banished hunger for good…while the rest where starving and tightening their belts! Not only that you will learn the exact process of making it the right way, but you’ll use it to preserve meat in it and create one of the most finger-licking, mouth-watering tastiest foods you’ll ever eat. And the best part? It lasts up to two whole years without refrigeration.

The other food was also long-lasting. Invented by one of the most vicious samurais in history, it was born out of war and necessity. So don’t expect a gourmet meal here – but do expect this “samurai superfood” to be so nutrient rich and probiotic-packed that you and your entire family won’t need anything else for months on end.

With these 3 superfoods alone, you’ll probably have a complete stockpile in your group and you’ll never need to depend on anyone else in times of crisis. Watch the video below and learn more.

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Survival Secrets Revealed…!

Hardtack. The Ancient Romans had them. Nelson’s troops kept barrels of them in their naval vessels. And these cracker-like squares were a staple ration for American soldiers on both sides of the Civil War.

Though they’re called different things in different cultures, this basic recipe has been a staple for militaries around the world for centuries. Made of flour and water, and sometimes a bit of salt or sugar, they are sturdy, filling and will last a long time if kept dry. Indeed, some soldiers kept a few as souvenirs after the war, and they are commonly on display in Civil War museums over 150 years later. Click the video and learn a new Lost Ways free recipe.



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The Most Comprehensive Book Available

Our grandfathers had more knowledge than any of us today and thrived even when modern conveniences were not available. They were able to produce and store their food for long periods of time. All the knowledge our grandfathers had, in one place.Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll find in the book:

The Lost Ways is a far-reaching book with chapters ranging from simple things like making tasty bark-bread-like people did when there was no food to building a traditional backyard smokehouse… and much, much, much more!


Discover how to survive: Most complete survival tactics, tips, skills and ideas like how to make pemmican, snowshoes, knives, soap, beer, smokehouses, bullets, survival bread, water wheels, herbal poultices, Indian roundhouses, root cellars, primitive navigation, and much more at The Lost Ways


Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll find in The Lost Ways:

From Ruff Simons, an old west history expert, and former deputy, you’ll learn the techniques and methods used by the wise sheriffs from the frontiers to defend an entire village despite being outnumbered and outgunned by gangs of robbers and bandits, and how you can use their wisdom to defend your home against looters when you’ll be surrounded.

Native American ERIK BAINBRIDGE – who took part in the reconstruction of the native village of Kule Loklo in California, will show you how Native Americans build the subterranean roundhouse, an underground house that today will serve you as a storm shelter, a perfectly camouflaged hideout, or a bunker. It can easily shelter three to four families, so how will you feel if, when all hell breaks loose, you’ll be able to call all your loved ones and offer them guidance and shelter? Besides that, the subterranean roundhouse makes an awesome root cellar where you can keep all your food and water reserves year-round.

From Shannon Azares you’ll learn how sailors from the XVII century preserved water in their ships for months on end, even years and how you can use this method to preserve clean water for your family cost-free.

Mike Searson – who is a Firearm and Old West history expert – will show you what to do when there is no more ammo to be had, how people who wandered the West managed to hunt eight deer with six bullets, and why their supply of ammo never ran out. Remember the panic buying in the first half of 2013? That was nothing compared to what’s going to precede the collapse.

From Susan Morrow, an ex-science teacher and chemist, you’ll master “The Art of Poultice.” She says, “If you really explore the ingredients from which our forefathers made poultices, you’ll be totally surprised by the similarities with modern medicines.” Well…how would you feel in a crisis to be the only one from the group knowing about this lost skill? When there are no more antibiotics, people will turn to you to save their ill children’s lives.

If you liked our video tutorial on how to make Pemmican, then you’ll love this: I will show you how to make another superfood that our troops were using in the Independence war, and even George Washington ate on several occasions. This food never goes bad. And I’m not talking about honey or vinegar. I’m talking about real food! The awesome part is that you can make this food in just 10 minutes and I’m pretty sure that you already have the ingredients in your house right now.

Really, this is all just a peek.

The Lost Ways is a far-reaching book with chapters ranging from simple things like making tasty bark-bread-like people did when there was no food to building a traditional backyard smokehouse… and much, much, much more!


And believe it or not, this is not all…

Table Of Contents:

The Most Important Thing
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff
Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s
Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills, and Stamping Mills
How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System
How Our Forefathers Made Knives
How Our Forefathers Made Snowshoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread…….
Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
Survival Lessons From The Donner Party

Click here to get your paperback (a great gift for the coming holidays) copy of The Lost Ways and The Lost Ways II


  1. I know there was rationing during the war, WW2, but you either have typos, or your writing about another country than the USA.
    Why would we have rationing before we were officially in the war? December 7th 1941 a day that will live in infamy. Pearl harbor was bombed by the Japanese. That was our entry into WW2.
    I do agree however we need to get back to basics and scratch cooking. It’s a dying art and skill.

    • As I look more closely at the writing and see my posting time it appears you are writing about England. The timeline and writing style fit. Mum was 14 when England got into the war. She experienced all that and more besides.
      My apologies sir for automatically thinking you were writing about America.
      Keep up the good work.

    • During the depression, and in the future soon, food rationing, will only be displaced by ood theft. He was talking about the USA.

  2. FDR in the 30 s burnt grain fields slaughtered dairy and beef and hog herds dug holes with dozers and covered it up.These were Federal Government men that did this armed with rifles to enforce this.Out of 4500 counties in CONUS one county there may have been a few more kept the Feds out of their County.Adams County Indiana.T he German Swiss Welsh High Land Scot kept Feds out.At that time the 4th largest Mennonite Church was there and still is. I heard stories as a boy but wasn’t till I moved away that I heard what. And how bad and the starvation was in rest of CONUS. I heard as county in Wash. State kicked Feds out too with a lot of Welsh who had by covered wagon left Ind & Ohio and went to Wash. Ore.& Idaho.A Russian Researcher has done Demographic work found that America lost over a Million in population during post 29 crash thru 41,where did they go he asked ? Unmarked Graves.

  3. The Russian used census data which showed a population declining by up to 7 million people. No one talks of the starvation during the great depression. The USA government did destroy food more importantly they prevented food being given to the poor and starving. There was enough food to feed all. But those without money were left to starve as food was destroyed. The Fed was afraid giving away food would depress prices!

    Work camps became the answer the Feds came up with. Take the young men (who could protest) and put them in work camps. These did provide jobs and helped some develop skills. The men were allowed to keep five dollars of their wages and the rest was sent to their families.

    The true impact of the starvation can be seen in WWII based on the number of 4F young men due to nutritional deficiencies.

    • Thanks to Clay Daniel-Jones & the Green Dragon for their input. . .
      I was born in 1933 and remember the “food rationing” books that my mother used. Did I FEEL the food shortage, not really that I can remember as she always had a HUGE garden. Mom also did lots and lots of canning on a butane gas stove in our 27 foot trailer. As a child, I never even thought of not having enough food, still when I look at pictures of those days I realize “times” must have been very difficult for not only our family but for others also. One thing I did not know was what the US government did i.e. the slaughtering of livestock and burning of grain fields to keep the “prices” of food stable. That to me is CRIMINAL. . .keeping it from the poor and the starving. I do remember the “work camps” called CCC camps where the young men worked for the government getting not much money for their labor. With things getting worse in the world i.e. food, medical, economically in many countries as well as our own country, I am in agreement with alternative sources that we had better hone up our survival skills pretty darn fast. Those that don’t will be left behind. . . I know God will help all people… as they prepare, learn and help themselves. . .and help the fallen “little children” in need.

  4. The pop up on this site says “Disappearing Into A Crowd Is An Extremely Useful Survival Skill”.
    Take out the words ‘survival skill’.
    Who is it useful to?
    We’ve been taught by ‘alternate news’ everywhere to AVOID CROWDS. What’s going on?