Everybody Needs A Hobby: Video Of A Guy Eating 117-Year Old Concentrated Beef From A British Army Ration

April 20, 2018

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"That right there -- actually looks pretty good." Ahahahahaha, WHAT?!

This is a video of ration enthusiast (seriously -- just look at his Youtube channel) SteveMRE1989Info eating a beef ration distributed to British soldiers during the Second Boer War (1899 - 1902). Great, here comes madder cow disease.

Engineered to deliver calories and carbs and not much else, the tin was packed with cocoa powder and a highly-processed form of beef that was pulverized, cooked, dried, and then compressed into what could be considered the original protein bar.


A century of storage turned the beef into what looks like a dry clump of dirt, and Steve confirmed the taste was not that far off from soil.

Steve then used the ration's alternative serving instructions in an attempt to make a beef broth, which unsurprisingly turns out poorly. Still, after reviewing Steve's Youtube channel it appears a lot more people are into videos like this than I'd previously expected, which is why I just launched my own Youtube channel of me eating all the expired food in my pantry. Will I get sick? "Hopefully." Will I die? "Hopefully." Tune in to find out and watch me hurl!

Keep going for the video, but skip around. The good stuff starts around 10:30. And by good I mean fair/okay.

Thanks to Michael M, who agrees expiration dates are only there to make us waste food anyways.

  • MostlyPonies

    "What am I doing?"

  • GeneralDisorder

    Eh... This is fine. Technically it wouldn't be "the original MRE. Pemmican existed before this. If you don't know what that is... dried meat (preferably beef, deer, moose, something not very fatty). some rendered tallow (boiled fat), and crushed berries or something sugary to absorb water and keep the meat from spoiling.

    It can be stored in leather bags for years without issue.

    if you soldered some of that into a metal can it might be good for 130 years.

  • MostlyPonies
  • Kaizer Chief

    Now the truth comes out... it wasn’t the Boere Kommandos who killed all those Brits, it was the British rations!

  • Michael Schmidt

    Fuck off. Steve's channel is great you knob head. At least he's exploring history unlike you riding on the backs of fucking Tumblr and Reddit.

  • MostlyPonies

    Are you yelling at the voices in your head?

  • Geekologie

    did i...did i say it wasn't?

  • Jenness

    Yeahhhh, this is how I felt 1/2 way through this https://declan10.files.word...

  • Joebags !

    Get a fucking knife for crying out loud!

  • Jesus Presley ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ™

    *Life. (fixed it!)

  • GeneralDisorder

    Get a knife and lose a life? Hey now... I would almost never advocate for suicide... Almost.

  • Jesus Presley ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ™

    Eminem would put wives at risk with a knife like this.

  • TheQiwiMan

    Eric Ord told me to say "First" for him.

    I gotchyew fam

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