Today I had to show my lad how to use a tommy cooker and make a brew (bisto) and a quick meal, noodles and beans. Not only was getting hold of hexi difficult but no one seems to stock compo. I appreciate it has changed since I left 16 years ago when arctic compo was a novelty. I have no idea where to acquire compo. The lad went to atc and was asked to bring food in, so the wife gave him a pack of sausages. No end of grief, all the others had little gas cookers and mess tins. I have a couple of non stick pans camping size so we got stuck in and made a quick lunch. I remember from my pre army days as a cadet the compo going out to menus E & F but I suppose it has all changed. We used to get a lesson at ACF in compo and cooking before going on ex and a similar but better one during the first field ex at Shornecliffe. Is this done anymore?
What got my goat was thelack of info they give thecadets at final parade and the lack of passing on of knowledge by the older lads.
most army or navy shops will have some 24hr rat packs for sale

if you go to millets or somplace like that you can get a nice cheap gas stove and boil in the bag civvy meals. im sure you can buy hexis there for a few quid

if you cant find any of the above then you cant go wrong with super noodles, cook them in 4 minutes in ur mess tin mmmmmmmm :)


Sad it seems they want him to be a play soldier, he wants to fly and glide yet they expect us to stump up for everything. A pity really as I remember when subsidised compo was 33 pence a day and you could work for it!
ugly said:
Cpl_ripper said:
Better off sticking with super noodles and beans Only £9.95 for a 24 Hr Rat pack
Is that what they look like now? what will I put in me mess tins to rattle in my Kidney pouches?
No chance of a few buckshees?
Last time I saw a 24 Pack it had tins in it!. One of my mates is an RQMS, I asked for any buckshee 24 hr Rat pack and promptly got "fcuked off!" However he did supply me with a ten man pack dated 1994 with the sticker on the pilchards "Do not eat" How I laughed feeding them to next doors cat.


The old 10 man pack the ones to be supplemented with RAOC armoured bread. I remember cooking some in Baruki sanger in 88. The sausage stew I made was a live pan, just topped up daily with tins and any veggies. Eventually 42 took over and we were steaked twice a day, now there's a challenge on a baby belling!
RAOC armoured bread? Now there a blast from the past. I remember its all we could get in the cookhouse in berlin. Utter shat. The waxed wrapper could be used to waterproof anything.
I never did Baruki sanger, Lots of trips to Camlough, Sturgan, 799 east and west. All those silly Golf 10 to 40. We got 10 man boxes all the time, enough to p1ss the most hardend curry eater off. I used to look forward to a poxy pot noodle..


Now there a blast from the past

Thats me I'm afraid, luckily this year I get to catch up with all the sods who stayed for the full 22 as we are all 40 this year being brats together so one party invariably refreshes old contacts and leads to more!
RAOC bread, le bon dieu! The wrapper always said Thursday, regardless of when you got it.... Best eaten when absolutely desperate.
Just head to your nearest Blacks or similar outdoor camping style shop, they all sell decent food for the field albeit a tadge expensive but at least you will the know your Son will have decent scoff whilst in the field with his compadres...

Alternatively give him a couple of loafs of bread, some well protected eggs, a pack of butter, an old mess tin, plenty of hexe blocks, a bottle of oil, and salt & pepper to taste, he'll be well happy on egg banjo's for the next few days, i know I would be :roll:


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Ugly, all the big outdoor shops stock boil-in-the-bag rations (but not the full packs). They come in a white plastic wrapper with green and yellow lettering (can't remember the brand name) and the foil bag inside is identical to the ones in the ORPs, so I assume they are from the same manufacturer. The civvy ones aren't quite as stodgy, but they're a lot tastier, and they should keep your boy going for a fair while.

I've always been a fan of supplementing my rats anyway. My favourite is one loaf of sliced brown bread (lasts longer than white), taken out of it's wrapper, and converted into marmite/peanut butter* sandwiches (*delete as preferred). Put the loaf back together and slide it back into the wrapper and squash it down as best you can - voila! It'll keep good for days so long as you don't use any butter, and it tastes great in the rain on Day 5!!!


Thanks for your help lads, we have also now discovered peperami noodles, what a treat, wish I'd had them way back when men were men and shep were frightened!

Eating arctic compo possibly mutton stew again on Onion Mountain 1985.

I have decided to show the lad how to do bacon grill and tinned beans etc as they are handy things to know about in these days of freeze dried dog food!
Don't forget my old favourite of milk and eggs with pepper and salt to taste mixed together in a bottle. Chuck that in a mess tin over a flame and, 3 minutes later, hey presto! Scrambled eggs in the field! Also nice to take some tabasco sauce, as one of the members of my unit put it, "it makes a meal from dog food".


Well fellas I tried the menu E today supervising my son. Very little info in the pack itself about boil times etc and I must get him some mess tins as the bags seem tailor made. Good grub though, the next step is next sunday I will oversee his total existence on one 24 hr rat pack. I will be eating sirloin of course, the DS rations will be prepared centrally and eaten in a civilised manner in comparisom to the crow. I showed him a few old tricks like making porridge with oatmeal blocks and fruit biccies mixed with powdered milk and sugar, but he was less than impressed. Where's the thick biscuits AB gone, those thin biscuits brown snap all too easily, the meat pate is bigger but a lot saltier but does go further, I'd like to do the old jamin a tube again to help the cheese possessed on oatmeal go down, ah those were the days!
Of all the 6 menus I had delivered we will use 2 for training and he can keep the other 4 which should cover a couple of weekends. The hardest thing seems to be persuading him not to eat everything or throw away brew kits he doesnt think he needs. I was gobsmacked not to find a cann opener, luckily he has one of my old ones for his supplement tins that I got him. At least most tinned food can be eaten unheated, I suppose the the bag stuff can too?
Ytomk, thanks for al your help mate!
Glad you enjoyed your meal 8O

The boil in the bag rats can be eaten cold but I warn you the chicken and pasta tastes and looks like vomit

I'd better think about introducing my young 2ic ( son ) to compo as he has a fieldcraft weekend coming up with his cadets, now do I lend him all my gucchi kit or let him struggle :p
Chicken and pasta? Yuck but better than menu G thats for sure! I tried patrol ration dehydrated stuff at the weekend, it made a change thats for sure but it was still pretty gopping! I say tinned beans and Sausages, Tesco 8Pence nooldes and a DiY brew kit! And i am still trying to get hold of Curry Compo! Unfortunately until the QM Dept has issued out the backlog of Menu G it is not going to happen! :(
Hurrah for the C.R.E!

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