I have not tried Hot Bovril or Beef Tea for 20 years but under the effects of a cold (Man Flu!) I tried a cup recently and although I could not taste or smell it, very good it was, I would imagine a slightly salty beefy drink!
Another option is the Oxo cube topped up with hot water a pinch of white pepper & served in a mug, have you noticed Oxo cubes are now X shaped!
Both Bovril & Oxo have fed various Armed Forces over the years with Bovril being invented to feed French Troops in 1886. Oxo was included in WW1 troop rations and even sponsored the 1908 London Olympics.
Homemade Beef Tea
- 450g/1lbs beef shin or skirt (you can really use any cut of beef)
- 500mls/17 fl oz cold water
- teaspoon of salt
- White pepper to taste
- cube the beef & brown off in a pan with a little butter
- add beef & juices from the pan to a jam jar or wide mouth bottle
- seal container with greaseproof paper & string
- place container in pan of water and gentle simmer for 2 to 3 hours
- allow to cool & skim off any scum & fat
- strain, season to taste & serve