OUR PROBLEM is to feed our Allies this winter by sending them as much food as we can of the most concentrated nutritive value in the least shipping space. These foods are wheat, beef, pork, dairy products, and sugar.
OUR SOLUTION is to eat less of these and more of other foods of which we have an abundance, and to waste less of all foods.
Have at least one wheatless day each week and one wheatless meal a day, when you use corn, oat, rye, barley, or mixed cereal rolls, muffins, and breads in place of white bread. Eat less cake and pastry. Order your bread from the baker a day in advance. Cut the bread on the table. Use stale bread for toast and cooking.
Have at least one meatless day each week and one meatless meal each day. In addition have at least one porkless day each week, when you use no fresh or salted pork, bacon, lard or ham. Use more poultry, rabbits, and especially fish and sea foods in place of beef, mutton, and pork. Do not use either beef, mutton, or pork more than once daily, and then serve smaller portions. Use all left-over meat. Use soups more freely. Use beans; they have nearly the same food value as meat.
Use all of the milk, waste no part of it. The children must have whole milk, therefore, use less cream. Use sour milk in cooking and to make cottage cheese. Use skim milk. Use buttermilk and cheese freely.
Dairy butter has food values vital to children. Therefore, use it on the table as usual, especially for children. Use as little as possible in cooking. Reduce the use of fried foods. Use vegetable oils, as olive and cottonseed oil. Save daily one-third of an ounce of animal fat. Waste no soap; it contains fat and the glycerine necessary for explosives. Make scrubbing soap at home or sell your saved fats to the soap makers.
Use less candy and sweet drinks. Use less sugar in tea and coffee. Use honey, maple syrup, and dark syrups for hot cakes and waffles without butter or sugar. Do not frost or ice cakes. Do not stint the use of sugar in putting up fruits and jams. They may be used in place of butter.
We have a superabundance of vegetables. Double the use of vegetables. They take the place of part of the wheat and meat, and, at the same time, are healthful. Use potatoes abundantly. Store potatoes. Use fruits generously.