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Army 24hr ration packs - shelf life?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bertie Bollockbrains, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    Does anyone know the shelf life for those army issued 24hr ration packs? Just asking because I saw a pack recently on an explore with best before dates on the various contents ranging from October 2012 to June 2013. Just curious as to how old this ration pack could be.

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  2. Ojay

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    Ask OT he lives on that shit :D
     
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    I'd eat it !! You're not telling me that that shit has anything useful in it to deteriorate?
     
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    Yeah probably good for years
     
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    I've eaten surplus 24hr ration packs that have been up to 4 year out of date before... (Sure many others have too)

    Still tasted yummy, the penicillin growth probably did us some good too to be fair :rolleyes: haha

    In all fairness though I aren't sure how long they're supposed to last, all I do know is that they're edible long after the 'sell by date' so to speak... Used to love the Yorkies too 'Not for Civvies' do they still put those in??
     
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    Send your biscuit browns to Ojay, he'd love that shit.
     
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    couple of years back i cleared out my nans cupboard and there were army tins of peaches and tins of chicken both from world war 2 , both were edible i tryd them both and lived
     
  8. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    Well I'm still none the wiser as to how old this ration pack could be. It was inside an ROC post and I was thinking that cant possibly be left over from the ROC days (at least before c.1991). But why would somebody since leave an complete ration pack inside an ROC post - they bloody expensive for starters.

    Ahh Biscuit Browns - I remember them well. For the uninitiated a semi-edible form of cardboard disguised as biscuits that stops poos for about 2 weeks. You can actually buy them here. OT ever considered adding them to urbanexploring.co.uk?
     
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    The turkey and herb pate with biscuit brown-s was excellent as was the biscuits Fruit-s.

    However, the oatmeal block was by far the best biscuit in the world!
     
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    The trick with the oatmeal block was to make some milk up and turn it into a porridge, filthy bloody things they were.

    Biscuit Brown AB ???? Bleeuugghhh.
     
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    Depends how they are kept. During one ROC exercise we were told that we could use up the rat packs as they were almost out of date. The MREs were okay with something almost like meat in them :) but spangles were a bit gooey, choccy had gone white and the biscuits brown had mutated into something which looked like chocolate cake :eek: (no way were we going to touch it!). Worrying thing was if things had gone pear-shaped we would have had to EAT that stuff!
    I've still got some stuff from 1986 sitting in a cupboard and did an interview on local radio some years ago where I tried out 20 year old biscuits (a bit musty but didn't drop dead from it) and some tinned stuff (same old boring...).
    Toothpaste tubes with jam in last for years (still got some!) and cheese possessed will probably be dug up by archeologists in a thousand years still looking the same. Baconburgers are quite nice when sliced and fried (found several tins in the Brecon Beacons where squaddies who didn't like them had dumped them) and oatmeal blocks are best mashed in hot water to make something like crushed Weetabix otherwise they have the gastronomic appeal of sawdust. Got a couple of 10-man packs from about 5 years ago. Should be good for some years yet.
     
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    Biscuits brown could be used to dig foundations in bedrock, I swear it. There's no better feeling than looking in your rat-pack and seeing that sweet pink foil, Biscuits fruit are where it's at.

    Did anyone actually like the pate? I think I was quite odd in hoping for that.
     
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    We still eat Hot cans (sausage and beans, veg hot pot) from the 1980s and they taste exactly the same as they did in the 80s.
     
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    Are you talking about tinned compo or the more modern 'Boil in the bag' 2012/13 dates suggest the newer rations, which only has a 'Best Before' date on the outer package for storage purposes, individual items will last a year or two after the marked dates. The 'Boil in the bag' meals are prone to drying out with the slightest pin hole in the pouch, which need to be protected a little more than the tins of old!

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