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My Menu Plan and Shopping List

After reading Wendy De Witt’s book, and other resources, I have got my food storage plan.  Wendy advocates having a one year food supply, but I am aiming for one month at present, and will build this up as I can.

The Steps

  1. Make a list of foods you eat on a regular basis (I used my two week menu plan), and determine how much you would go through in four weeks (8 weeks etc).
  2. Gradually purchase these foods in bulk as they go on sale.
  3. Store the bulk foods appropriately to preserve their life. Date them.
  4. Re-organise the pantry to fit everything in, or find other places to store things.
  5. Use and rotate these foods in all your daily cooking.
  6. Constantly replenish the stocks of these foods as they go on sale again.
  7. Also get a four week (8 week etc) supply of NECESSITIES such as medications, toilet paper, toiletries, nappies etc.
WWI Propaganda Poster

WWI Propaganda Poster

Here’s my two week menu – I like to bake my own bread, and cakes/biscuits for the kids for morning and afternoon tea(must look at different ways of baking). Drinks are water, tea and coffee, fruit juice occasionally, and wine now and then.  We have jelly for dessert some nights, but usually dessert is only with vegetarian meals. In Winter the bircher muesli is made into porridge (cooked oats with sugar or applesauce/tin fruit and cream)

Saturday – Bake rolls, bread and cake tonight

Breakfast – Bircher Muesli (soaked oats, fruit, yogurt)

Lunch – Eggs and Tomato on toast

Dinner – Homemade hamburgers and rolls

Sunday – 

Breakfast – Pancakes and honey/jam

Lunch – Soup – usually homemade ‘clean out the fridge’ soup

Dinner – Roast meat with veggies, baked rice pudding

Monday

Breakfast – Weetbix with fruit

Lunch – Sandwiches with left over roast meat

Dinner – Vegetable stir fry with rice/noodles, fruit and custard

Tuesday – Bake rolls, bread and cake tonight

Breakfast – Bircher Muesli

Lunch – tin salmon and lettuce sandwiches

Dinner – Spinach triangles (spinach/cheese/eggs in pastry) with salad/veggies

Wednesday

Breakfast – Egg and toast or honey

Lunch – Cheese and tomato Sandwiches

Dinner – Spaghetti and meatballs/ Spag Bolagnaise.

Thursday

Breakfast – Weetbix and fruit

Lunch – mini quiches/omelettes or fritata (egg and vegies)

Dinner – pumpkin/veg risotto or chilli made with left bolagnaise and beans

Friday – Bake bread and cake tonight

Breakfast – Bircher Muesli

Lunch – cheese and pickle or lettuce sandwiches

Dinner – Fishcakes (tin fish) with salad/veggies

Week Two

Saturday – Bake rolls, bread and cake tonight

Breakfast – Bircher Muesli (soaked oats, fruit, yogurt)

Lunch – Eggs and Tomato on toast

Dinner – Homemade pizza

Sunday

Breakfast – Pancakes and honey/jam

Lunch – Soup – usually homemade ‘clean out the fridge’ soup

Dinner – Roast meat with veggies, baked rice pudding

Monday -Bake rolls, bread and cake/cookies tonight

Breakfast – Weetbix with fruit

Lunch – Sandwiches with left over roast meat

Dinner – Vegetable/corn fritters with salad/veg, fruit and custard

Tuesday

Breakfast – Bircher Muesli

Lunch – egg and lettuce sandwiches

Dinner – Stew with meat/veg

Wednesday –Bake rolls, bread and cake tonight

Breakfast – Egg and toast or honey

Lunch – Cheese and tomato Sandwiches

Dinner – Roast chicken/pieces with veg and baked dessert

Thursday

Breakfast – Weetbix and fruit

Lunch – mini quiches/omelettes or fritata (egg and vegies)

Dinner – (leftover) chicken/veg risotto

Friday

Breakfast – Bircher Muesli

Lunch – cheese and pickle or lettuce sandwiches

Dinner – Tuna/salmon (tin fish) broccoli/zucchini pasta

Serving sizes are according to needs, and in summer I do more salads and less cooked veggies, and meat is done on the charcoal bar-be-que rather than inside. I also want to investigate more ‘off-grid’ cooking like solar cookers.

Treats include crisps and dark chocolate.

Wartime Shopping

Wartime Shopping

So this is my Two Week Shop

 Eggs  2 doz
 Meat Cubed 1kg  Dairy Butter 1kg
Minced 2kg Tasty Cheese 1kg
Chicken 1.5kg Cottage cheese 500g
Roasting piece 1-2kg Parmesan 250g
Pets Dog biscuits 6kg Cream 1 bottle
Cat Biscuits 2kg (inc long life) Milk 7 litres
Chook food 4kg Yoghurt 1kg
Bones/meat 1-2kg Frozen Ice-cream 2 litres
Flea stuff 1 pkt Filo pastry 1 pkt
Berries 1 box
Tin Baked Beans 4 Peas 1pkt
Other Beans 4 Dry pasta 4 x 500g
Coconut milk 2 Rice -arborio 500g
Corn/veg 4 Rice -long 500g
tomatoes 4 Lentils -red 500g
Fish tuna/sal 4 Lentils brown 500g
Meat 2 Rolled Oats 1kg
Fruit 4 Sugar 1kg
Jars Pickles 250gm Flour -plain 4kg
Tomato paste 250g Flour w/m 2kg
Honey/Jam 250g Wheat-bix 1 box
Vegemite 250gm Gelatine 1 Box
Peanut butter 250g Flav jelly 4 box
Minced garlic 250g yeast 1 box
Sun-dried tom 250g Bread improve 1 box
Chut/Must 250gm coffee 500g
Sauce soy/tom I bottle Tea earl grey 1  250g box
Other Nuts 500g Tea plain 1 250g box
Oil 1 litre spices 1 pkt
Chocolate 4 blocks Bi-carb/bak 1 box
Crisps 2 pkts Special baking 1 thing
Vegetables Broccoli 1kg Fruit citrus 2kg
Carrots 4kg apples 4kg
potatoes 4kg bananas 4kg
mushroom 1kg soft 2-4kg
greens 4 bunch tropical 2-4kg
onions 2kg Toiletries Toilet paper 14 rolls
pumpkin 1kg Shampoo/con 1 each
Sweet pot 1kg toothpaste 1 tube
zucchini 1kg Deodorant 1
other 1kg tissues 1 box
Cleaning DW liquid 500ml
Laundry liquid 1litre
Toilet cleaner 500ml

So my aim is to get two x two weeks worth, even the fresh fruit and veg,which I would like to dehydrate.  I don’t have a canner/bottling unit and present, but may try and get one.  I usually get a dozen eggs a fortnight, even if the chickens are laying, as we use a lot of eggs for baking and meals. I will try and find dry/powdered egg – that wonderful wartime staple!

So now to organizing the pantry, so I can fit in this food when I get it…..

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About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

4 responses »

  1. So impressed you’re giving this a go. We should be more interested in such here in the U.S. Living in my teensy flat close to a large city doesn’t allow for too much prep, storage, and alas, no gardening whatsoever. But lots of snow, sleet, freezing rain, hurricanes, etc., thus need for extra foods & water. Will be very interested to see how you get on this year. Keep at it!
    del

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  2. Hey there! I have had a keen interest in WW2 rationing (which I have subjected my family too) for a few years now! My interest in the shortages during WW2 led me to start my own food storage and preparedness journey (about 2 years now)! I am one of the admin team for an Australian prepping forum ausprep.com which has a good variety of members from all walks of life! I was astounded to come across your blog and while reading to find out you are starting on this journey as well and have an interest in ww2!! I am looking forward to browsing your sites and blog as I am always looking for new information.

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