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I was in my local Jack Fulton this afternoon and came across tins of Westlers 'Sausages in Lard' @ 50p a can [Well 2 for a £1, and yes I did buy 2 to try]

Westlers is based in North Yorkshire at Malton, and produces a few tinned items for the MoD and for sale under its own name or 'Tyne Brand' but I have never come accross Sausages in Lard in the shops before. They also produce the modern 'Boil in the Bag' for the British and Irish Army and Camping Shops.

Many of you battle hardened Cold War Warriors will remember Tinned Compo Sausages in the Gold tins with printed lids, well this is the later contract packing version for the commercial packed 10 Man Ration Pack of the late 90's (and still is I believe?) Not an inspiring name but describes it well!



Now the question is. What other delights from 24 Hour, 4 Man & 10 Man Rations packs are still available to buy?

Corned Beef for sure. But what of Chicken in Gravy - Chicken Supreme, or Steak & Kidney Pudding (Babies Heads) etc.


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Just out of interest. What's the fat content of those sausages? Loved the compo Bacon Grill myself.


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Bit before my time I think, did sample some of that survival chocolate 8 x slabs of rock hard  choccy, came in what looked like a tobbaco tin. I did it's job, but gave me gut ache for a few days.

In 1991 Op Granby we sampled some MRE's, tasteless and nothing compared to out good old British Compo, the yanks loved it. MRE's did however have the same binding qualities of Compo, so much so we renamed MRE's to "Meals Refusing to EXIT".

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 i don't think there is much about nowadays, i forgot the last time i saw a tiffin bar!!! i really did enjoy the compo rats. cheese possessed- - what a delicacy

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Hmm,
I'll look out for some of their tinned sausages.
http://www.westlerfoods.com/Military-Rations.html

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Just out of interest. What's the fat content of those sausages? Loved the compo Bacon Grill myself.

About the same as a normal Pork Sausage Billy, Only they are packed with Lard inside the tin. They are ready cooked but best if poured into a frying pan and cooked in the lard provided.

Bacon Grill you can still get in the shops, and in in the square luncheon meat type tin instead of the round compo tin we got it in. Its ready cooked as was all compo or could be fried up.

It justs happens I have a tin in my store cupboard:

So thats 3 items for our Ration Pack so far!


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 i don't think there is much about nowadays, i forgot the last time i saw a tiffin bar!!! i really did enjoy the compo rats. cheese possessed- - what a delicacy

Cadburys still produce the Tiffin Bar for the export market and is I believe available in Northern Ireland, but not mainland UK

http://www.britishdelights.com/prod_cad21.htm

About 3 years ago I visited Cadburys World outside Birmingham, and the Factory Shop had retail outers of it for sale. I did not get any.



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I am sure Compo Bacon Grill came in oblong tins [like the civilian counterpart] and not round.

Ah the delights of Compo Tinned Sausage, always a favourite on par with Babies ‘eads. I must keep my eyes open now for this Westlers brand, any ideas of other shops that might sell the brand.


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and not forgetting the chocolate and sweets just over fifty years old.

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I am sure Compo Bacon Grill came in oblong tins [like the civilian counterpart] and not round.

 

You may be right Peter, But almost all Compo was in round gold tins to prevent corrosion with the exception of Corned Beef with was in Oblong tins as we buy in the shops but with no label.

 

Ah the delights of Compo Tinned Sausage, always a favourite on par with Babies ‘eads. I must keep my eyes open now for this Westlers brand, any ideas of other shops that might sell the brand.

 

The 'Sausages in Lard' are a contract item Peter and not normally sold in the shops. Jack Fulton often gets over runs and short shelf life items for a quick sale, and the tins they have are 'Use By Sept 2009'

Modern 24 Hour Ration Packs are now Silver foil 'Boil in the Bag' and the 10 Man Operational Ration Pack is filled with commercial products and has a shorter shelf life than the old 10 Man Ration Packs we knew.



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Mike, have you tasted the sausages yet? if they are the same as the Compo sausages, I may contact the firm for a bulk order. Throw a Bangers and Mash party here for my Army mates!!


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I used to like the powdered soups my favourite was the thick pea soup looked like snot but tasted vgood.


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No not yet, but I will report back when I do. Westlers are known as a company who also produce Hot Dog Sausages for caterers, as well as other tinned foods.

I did hear that they did sell them in bulk, I may drop in next time I am near Maltby, which is nopt far from Edan Camp.


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Some interesting menus in these Compo ration packs,
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I found a website that sells 24 hr ration packs at £12 99 per pack plus postage  but i dont know how to put up the link


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Oatmeal blocks and Chicken Supreme mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


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recently had a reunion with Harry Mills he had some oatmeal block and after 10 pint or so they tasted superb as for tin sausages i remember them well.

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ooooh compo sausages, I remember them well, excuse me while I wipe the drool of my laptop.
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Tony, I opened a can of sausages this morning because well curiosity got the better of me [well thats why I purchased them for in the first place]

Inside were 10 skinless pork sausages packed in white lard [what it says on the tin] Extracted one of the middle ones, and had a taste, and yet it was not as I remember a compo sausage to be. Heated one up for 30 seconds in the microwave [not available all those years ago] and still tasted good.

I could tell the parentage to a Hot Dog Sausage, which Westlers also produce, but for 50p a tin I was not disappointed. I can see however why they are still popular with the troops.

They are 'Compo Sausages' But not exactly as we knew them. But close.

Well I am going to make Toad in the Hole with the rest of the tin for tonights tea, and think being baked in the oven will improve on the taste.


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The Steak and Kidney Pud was always my favourite? so filling and tasty? Blimey they spoiled us in those day's did they not

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A couple of years ago I bought a tin of fruit pudding from the CO-OP in Hyde,on looking at the top of the tin there in black letters was the legend,Mixed Fruit Pudding,the tin was a compo tin with a Goblin label.
Not seen them since though,also liked the Ginger and Apple puds,then I've a sweet tooth.

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Goblin do a tinned 'Steak & Kidney Pudding' But tin is sort of pudding dish shaped. I wonder if they used to make the compo 'Babies Heads' ?


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They don't taste the same? shame

Well thats my opinion Jim! I seem to remember the old compo sausages were also sort of square shaped in the tin, and these are all perfectly rounded and again in my opinion a little smaller in that there are two in the middle instead of one as I remember it.

Well it is 15 plus years since the old style compo stop being produced, and processes will have changed over the years. In fact I am suppised they are still in lard, and not in Brine as you find in the shops! But the lard means you can have a fry up in the field, and I remember useing it for egg banjo's and the like with (wait for it)



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