Hm, that’s nice. It is also true that canning uses tons of sugar. I could probably last on 4 cups of granulated sugar a year for the cooking I usually do (not including sugar already in things I buy, of course). But for canning, I go out and buy the bag that weighs as much as my preschooler.
It was rationed, Johnna, but in season you could get more sugar for canning. (There may have been some mechanism in place to assure that you were using it for canning and not stashing it away for Christmas candy making, but if so I don’t know what that was.) The thinking was that the more food that was raised and preserved at home for civilian use, the more there would be available for military use raised and shipped through the usual channels.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — December 18, 2009 @ 2:07 am
Speaking of sugar rationing, in our Christmas concert, the story was told of women who sneaked molasses to make candy for the children at a difficult time. Does that ring a bell, Ardis?
The story about the pioneer woman sneaking molasses for Christmas baking or candy for the children in the whole community while the men were away, is told in one of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers books on Christmas stories. I have read it before, but don’t know exactly which book it is in.