Anybody know of a source for the oatmeal blocks that used to be included in the rations long ago ? The tins from the 10 man rat' packs would be perfect ! I'm happy to eat out of date food I'm having a nostalgia moment
Then there's hope !!
Not having been Green in over 20 years and having been out of the country a lot and had no military contact since, I'd assumed that, as the best item in the pack, they would have been substituted for something far less popular. That's how H.M.Govt works isn't it ?
Anyone know the makers of said block, oatmeal ?
Thanks for website Jarrod. I never thought that someone would do a website all about rat' packs !
If you're remembering oatmeal blocks from a long time ago, then you'll be disappointed with the current issue. IIRC, the blocks from the 70's were bigger and had a higher sugar content, making a satisfying porridge when mixed with condensed milk and hot water (if you could resist the temptation to just wolf it down). Now, it's just a tasty biscuit, porridge being made from a separate packet of rolled oats.
Making porridge is less messy these days, though, as you can mix it in the packet, avoiding the heartache of trying to remove it from your mess tin or mug.
thanks for confirming that my memory hadn't failed completely. Although if we ever get a constitution in this country, we need to make sure it covers interfering with oatmeal blocks or governments may topple !
Thanks for the recipe. I will see if I can get Porton Down to knock me some up
What an excellent suggestion: I've just beasted my Grand-children out to their sandpit to dig shell scrapes. Gave them a cardboard box with their lunch in it as well; packet of crisps (crushed), Apple drink with more e numbers than a leopard's got spots and a processed cheese sandwich that has been sat on by the Dog. The worst part about is that they loved every minute of it