2.6.14

Norwegian Army Field Rations

Sunday I arrived back in UK from an excellent 9 day Scandinavian adventure during which time I had the pleasure to use/consume a pack of Norwegian Army field rations. These rations, prior to my leaving at least seemed to be lacking for a decent review, indeed I could only find one on You tube so figured I'd make my first task upon return to home than to write one up for anyone interested.


The army rations come in these three part, green plastic blister type packs and weigh about a kilo. Each section covers one meal period so Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The contents are listed on the outside so you can see what meal and extra items you will have inside.

My menu was menu 5 - this is Pasta Bolognese. Breakfast was a porridge mix with honey flakes and Lunch was a Lamb Mulligatawny. All dried meals - ie needing water. This is not a problem in Scandinavian winter or if, like me you were out canoeing for the week but might prove a pain in drier places.


The meal pack itself is also quite bulky - but can be broken down and the pouches stowed individually where you have room. Or if on short hikes from base camp only the relevant meal need be taken. The overall calorific value of the pack is 3800 kcal with each meal being broken down further to Breakfast 1266 kcal, Lunch 1415 kcal and dinner 1367 kcal.


My first taste of the rations was Lunch at the end of a hike so this is what we will look at first.

Lunch contents -
  • Lamb Mulligatawny
  • chocolate
  • energy drink
  • cocoa
  • energy bar
  • raisins
  • coffee
  • chewing gum
  • Germicidal cloth
  • puri-tabs 
The Lamb meal was mildly curried and very nice - as with all meals boiling water was added to the fill level, stirred in, allowed to stand for about 5 minutes stirred again - stood again then eaten. Chocolate is dark and tasty. I didn't try the energy drink or energy bar giving them instead to my companion.

The cocoa was very nice and I can image that being very warming on a cold winter day. The coffee, as you would expect from a scandinavian country was strong and tasty. One good addition was the germicidal wipe, after all clean hands before a meal save tummy bugs and the wipe is also useful for cleaning/disinfecting pots, pans and other eating items - it is also flammable so can double as a potential fire lighting aide!


On then to dinner - the evening meal.
  • Pasta Bolognese
  • chocolate
  • energy drink
  • black currant drink
  • biscuits
  • fish spread
  • coffee
  • chewing gum
  • germicidal cloth
  • puri-tab


The pasta meal was good - their are lumps of diced meat in there! The black currant drink I had like a fruit tea and was very tasty so no complaints there either. The biscuits and fish spread are a nice starter - being oat cakes and tuna.


And last but not least we reach breakfast.
  • Breakfast mix with flakes of honey
  • chocolate
  • energy drink
  • cocoa
  • jam
  • coffee
  • chewing gum
  • germicidal cloth
  • puri-tabs

Breakfast like the other meals was ok - a porridge like meal but the honey flakes where tasty and plentiful. I assume the tube of cherry jam was meant to be added to the porridge but I realised this to late so ended up eating the jam later on a biscuit! I also had a moment of enlightenment and added the coffee and cocoa together - mocha-fastic if was a great drink!

Alas so we came to the end of the rations - in summary these rations are expensive but you do get plenty to eat for your money, indeed these rations could easily stretch two days and as such possibly offset the price. Cost aside they are tasty and very filling - the chocolate was extremely tasty and fine.

Overall I doubt I'd buy them again as a similar menu could be made up from the supermarket aisle for less pennies BUT if I had the chance to use them again I would not be disappointed.

3 comments:

moose said...

just missing a few tea bags and sugar.

Survivall said...

Roger that mate

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