Is it ok to eat rations on your own time???

#1
Right, i'm off to reading festival tomorrow. With the extortionate mean fiddler prices for the ticket, travel, budgeting for booze both in and outside the arena and the 3 weeks of leave prior to this post I've found myself a little short of cash in the ol' sky rocket.
Now far be it from me to knock the nutritional value of a multipack of pork scratchings but I'm in need of something with a bit more substance for the next 5 days. I want to keep the weight in my pack down (more space and weight for booze) so whilst packing I came across a few buck shee ration packs.

My question is this:
Is it acceptable for me to turn up to reading festival, with my civvie mates who I've not seen for the best part of a year and eat ration packs whilst trying to catch up and relate to them without seeming savagely squaddiesque???

And if so (or even not) are there any other occasions or instances that you've found yourself eating compo just to save a few measly pennies???
Has anyone ever attempted a romantic meal using ration packs??

Oh yeah, and to compound the situation I've left my belt kit in the G10 so don't have any cook kit. That's right hard routine corned beef hash!!
 
#3
Gaz, go for it mate, a scoff's a scoff regardless of what colour the tin is.
My son's packing list for Reading Leeds a few years back;

32 cans Fosters
3 tins beans

My heart swelled with pride! Had he been in the TA I would heve encouraged him to take compo (he joined the year after)

Have not tried romantic option, but excess rats have seen family through the 'skint week' whilst waiting for payday in Bunde
 
#5
I use them regularly when out fishing. Civvie mates thought they were the mutts nuts. Go for it, grubs grub and all that. And if anyone has a campfire going, just rest your boillie quite close to the fire, heats up in no time.
 
#6
Treat it like a pot luck and scarf theirs before they get a chance to stop you... You end up with their stuff... they end up with your rats... Result... :twisted:
 
#7
I've been eating rat packs since leave started as well; my oppos seemed to throw away half their rations, so I just went through all the gash and took a bergen load; I've been living off chicken pate and syrup pudding and haven't looked back since. Mind you, it's now been about a week since my last sh*t, I'm so bunged up.

As for the romantic dinner, I reckon the pasta and meatballs would go down a treat.
 
#8
I got home tonight & the bl**dy power was off in the house.Apparently the electrical supply cable's fried!
Got the old mess tins & stove out & a packet of Chicken pasta from a gash rat pack.Quite tasty...
 
#9
How the hell can you eat treacle track pad, even chogies wont eat it.
 
#10
Do you stll get Steak & Onions, always a fave, or for a quick snack oatmeal block with cheese possessed and whatever jam was handy.
I even developed a liking for the tinned sausages, though thought the chicken curry too reminiscent of infant crap to enjoy fully.
Can I come with you?
 
#12
Chuzu said:
How the hell can you eat treacle track pad, even chogies wont eat it.
You fucking joking, it's gorgeous! So sweet and dense and moist- it's like one of Rihanna's logs.
 
#13
Improvise, adapt and overcome. The phantom family are off camping for a few days over leave and the emergency rat packs are included in the packing list.
 
#14
Yeah I'm tempted at the moment because 0A has gone to 14D's with 11, 12 and 13 for the week and I can't be arrsed to cook, Hmm a good 'ole bag of chicken, mushrooms and pasta sounds an absolute treat at the mo!
 
#15
still21inmymind said:
My son's packing list for Reading Leeds a few years back;

32 cans Fosters
3 tins beans
Hang on, hang on.

Ok, i can dig the food consumption for 3 days = 3 tins of beans......we all need food.

32 cans of weak aussie piss for 3 days!!!!!!!!! WTF.
Surely a jedi in training would mock that amount!! Thats 10 beers for a whole day.

I've seen this nearly done on dinner nights!!


21...........Your lad needs training in the dark arts sir :D :headbang:
 
#17
Mag_to_grid said:
Nowt wrong with that Gaz, good thinking Batman in my opinion.
You Ruperts are all the same. Batman be fucked. Fetching and carrying for you at a festival ffs. Will you also be having him roll the dunky over your old boy come the hour, then saying "that will be all Sapper Titmarsh".
 
#18
northern_warrior said:
still21inmymind said:
My son's packing list for Reading Leeds a few years back;

32 cans Fosters
3 tins beans
Hang on, hang on.

Ok, i can dig the food consumption for 3 days = 3 tins of beans......we all need food.

32 cans of weak aussie piss for 3 days!!!!!!!!! WTF.
Surely a jedi in training would mock that amount!! Thats 10 beers for a whole day.

I've seen this nearly done on dinner nights!!


21...........Your lad needs training in the dark arts sir :D :headbang:
n-w, he had ONLY JUST (3 weeks before) turned 18, he now knows better and can drink me under any item of furniture I care to nominate, bless him.
 
#19
I made my first acquaintance with MREs (US Army type) back in 1985 - it was on an exercise with a medical unit and they had hired a civilian coach with driver, i.e. me. I received a thorough introduction in how to use and prepare them and, when the exercise was over, they gave me what was left in all of the broken 10 man packs.

And so it came to be that whenever I went on tour with silly villains I always had a couple or three MREs with me for emergencies or unforeseen circumstances.

Be assured, the silly villain passengers and my co-drivers were sort of goggle-eyed as they watched me break one open and start chomping away on a warm meal within minutes! They would be noshing lukewarm Bockwurst with mustard and a slice of bread and I had a complete hot menu. The water powered heater thingummy that gave off acetylene or whatever was very handy, and those things were useful as handwarmers on a cold day as well.

This continued for many years, restock was always available - the last couple of firms I drove with did a lot of US Forces work - and so there was always something available to take on tour, or for a quick snack at home. Would you believe my old lass also developed a taste for them?

Sadly I`m no longer on the road and the last MRE I had - Frankfurter and Beans if I remember correctly, was chomped a couple of years ago.

So certainly, take them to a festival and cause amazement all around.

The only MRE I didn`t like was the Tuna and Noodles - much too reminiscent of some of the people I would prefer not to be reminded of! And that pound cake in there - it could choke a vulture!
 
#20
On the subject of MRE's I read a dit that mixing MRE with a fizzy liquid. i.e. coke causes the bottle to explode.

Could be walt bullshit as I read it in a book about "them" but worth a try? :?
 

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