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The guy that did the above video has done videos on a bunch of rations from around the world. I found it interesting, but not surprising in retrospect, that the New Zealand 24 hour ration pack comes with a packet of Vegemite / Marmite.

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http://blog.naver.com/fahrenlove/70188459309?viewType=pc

 

South Korean MRE Type 2; includes ham fried rice, stirred fried kimchi, seasoned sausage, beef with beans for main dish, almond cake and chocoball for dessert. Flameless ration heater, plastic spoon and tray is also included.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AshlZcSxlPk

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhT90xB4g-M

It is only a part of ration pack however, it is missing a lot of things - coffee, heater, water purification tablets, chocolate, crackers (more like old style hard-tack, nickname "plocice" as an association to ceramic tiles.) etc.There were 4 main menus and some variations.

 

Back in 2006-7 it was still pretty much the same, and that SPAM (made in 1990) was still good, way better then commercial version that is still available, military version had much less water and salt and much more good meat taste.

 

Sardines were universally hated, unless you had some onion to go with them. Alternative to sardines was a liver pate or a butter and jam or can of tuna (my father hated tuna with a passion, due the some fuckup for 40 something days on terrain they got only tuna in every single ration pack... Everything else was mixed, but that can (used for breakfast usually) was only tuna....

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sRSAUeGrWg

Powdered drink was horrible. Pate was OK (I am not a fan of pates), fruit/raisin bar great, SPAM was good if hot and passable if cold, beans with smoked ham great. Pepermint candies can double as fire starters as long as they are dry (they are pure sugar/menthol mix w/o any add-on so pretty flammable).

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On 11/10/2021 at 8:49 PM, rmgill said:

My buddy Jim has a bunch of the various manuals from Victorian times to WWII for British Field Kitchen gear. He has a bunch of the gear too. 

teabags or loose powder or leaves?

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Traditionally in the UK, tea was made with chopped leaves, in a teapot. The liquid is usually strained as it is poured., but you can get "balls" that you'd put the leaves in before they go in the pot (or cup, whatever suits)  You can still buy tea that way, but that US innovation, the teabag, now ensures that we produce more waste and use (often) lower quality product, to include "tea dust", which to my mind would be the tea equivalent of mechanically recovered meat.

"Loose leaf tea" is still available in supermarkets, so it's not turned into a hipster product just yet.

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