What’s in your Iron Rations?
I recently re-read Pat Franks “Alas Babylon”. For some reason, that story always resonates with me, and even though it is set 60 or so years in the past, I still find parts of the story very interesting. One of the parts that got me thinking (this time) was that of the Iron Rations. These are “a small kit of delicacies. If the worst happened, this would be their iron rations for a desperate time.” Contents included: ” a jar of English beef tea, a sealed package of bouillon, a jar of Swiss chocolates, and a sealed tin of hardcandies, a canned Italian cheese, and a few small items.” All the items fit into a small shoebox sized box, wrapped and put away.
What would we each select for our own boxes?
For mine, I think I would have to start with s can of Country Time lemonade. Then a bag of Jolly Ranchers. I would then add a package of both chicken and beef bouillon, Brookestone pomegranate dark chocolates, and some shelf stable bacon. I could also go for some Cheese Wiz and a box of Ritz crackers. I think a bottle of bourbon and a jar of freeze dried coffee would round it out……
So, given all that is going on in the world today, what would you put in yours?
I loved that book. I read it 50 years ago and I just reread it. I set up iron rations too. Hard candy. Bottle scotch. Bouillon. He was pretty prescient wasn’t he?
I actually did my high school senior English thesis on that book.
My would include a sealed package of the best weed I could find, matches, Scotch, Belgium chocolates and a tin of my favorite English tea.
I think I would probably include a hard dry salami ( if cellar stored ), canned sardines, coffee and tea. Some fruit preserves ( preferably citrus ). Something to smoke ( probably not weed.) But my selection would probably vary based on shelf life anticipated.