A Wee Bit of Humour this Late Saturday Night: Scottish Army Ration (MRE)

There is a curious subculture on YouTube of exploring and, sometimes at great personal risk, taste-testing military rations, sometimes from wars fought long before the tester/taster was born.  Big Clive was motivated to contribute to this genre, and posted this taste test of one of the last MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) prepared by the Scottish Army before it was assimilated into the British armed forces.  All of the major food groups a proper Scotsman should require are provided: sugar, alcohol, carbohydrates, nicotine, and plutonium.

I guess they haven’t figured out how to make haggis last until the “best before” date.  Maybe the plutonium would help, but maybe not.  There is one naughty word in the video.


Author: John Walker

Founder of Ratburger.org, Autodesk, Inc., and Marinchip Systems. Author of The Hacker's Diet. Creator of www.fourmilab.ch.

5 thoughts on “A Wee Bit of Humour this Late Saturday Night: Scottish Army Ration (MRE)”

  1. In 1969 in Basic School at Quantico we routinely ate C-rations in the field that had been made in WWII. You knew this because the 4-cigarette pack would contain Lucky Strike Cigarettes in the green pack, and green packs were discontinued after WWII.

  2. Oh, thank you.  Christmas shopping is going to be so much easier this year!  Not only that, but certain relatives are threatening to invite me on their environmentally-correct canoe trip.  To get out of that all I have to do is send on this vid and offer to hunt up MREs for everybody!  I am in your debt.


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