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1899-1902 British Emergency Ration Field Service Oldest MRE Beef Eaten Survival Food Review Test

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Check out what British soldiers ate during The Second Boer Conflict of 1899-1902 when in a last ditch effort! This is the second oldest thing I’ve ever eaten (Oldest was that Hardtack) and much unexpected considering this MRE’s condition.

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It was pretty rough – and the smell when cooking the dried beef (Pretty much a pemmican) is nearly indescribable. It was quite the experience.

And for old rations up next we will see the next generation in Emergency Rations – (1918). This is pioneering in food technology – the beef was still edible.

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It was a pulverized, slow cooked, dried, and compressed meat by-product bar. Way ahead of it’s time – this was food tech that was adopted by the U.S. Quartermaster Corps of Sustenance and Natick Food Labs decades later.

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