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21st June 2023

The Women's Institute produced enormous amounts of jam and bottled fruit during the war. This photo, part of the Ministry of Information collection at the IWM, shows members at a 'jam-making centre' on the east coast of England. A great deal of ingenuity was required to adapt recipes during rationing. They Can't Ration These, 'the object of which is to show where to seek and how to use Nature's larder, which in a time of peace and plenty people overlook or ignore' has recipes for jellies made from foraged ingredients.


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