history nerds

That’s what we are.

WARTIME FARM is a reality series on Amazon Prime Acorn (which costs extra per month but if you love British shows it’s entirely worth it) about life in the English countryside during World War II.

Ruth Goodman is a historian (and knows all there is to know about domestic living in any decade) and her cohorts are archaeologists who absolutely thrive on learning how to survive. They have done other shows, such as VICTORIAN FARM and EDWARDIAN FARM.

In 1939 Britain was importing 2/3 of its food. Their grains came from the US and Canada, so they specialized in beef, pork and lamb. And then the Nazis blockaded the island and prevented food from getting in, which meant that the Brits would have to grown 100% of their own food or risk being starved into submission by Germany.

And what they did was absolutely astounding.

WARTIME FARM covers all four seasons as Ruth, Peter and Alex learn ways to overcome the challenges of the war. The government had food quotas, farm rating systems, rationing and strict oversight of the agricultural system. Refugees poured into the countryside from bombed out cities and had to be fed and housed. Old rusted farm equipment was salvaged from hedgerows and repaired. Fuel was rationed, of course, which made farm work even harder

As we watch this (we’ve only seen four episodes so far) I am awed and inspired by what people can accomplish when their backs are to the wall. It truly was a “do or die” situation.

Plus…I’ve learned how to cook a stew in a well-insulated box of hay. The original Crock pot? I think so.

I found this on Youtube. There were quite a few videos of how to cook food this way. The secret is to bring your meal to boiling temperature and then pack it into an insulated container. Old coolers were suggested as a “box”, too.

Banjo Man just hinted that he would like to try this up at his off-the-grid cabin. Which is a definite possibility.

Dinner’s ready!

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