Bully beef

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Canned bully (corned) beef

Bully beef (also known as corned beef in the United Kingdom and Ireland) refers to a variety of meat made from finely minced corned beef in a small amount of gelatin. The name "bully beef" comes from the French bouilli, meaning "boiled". It is sold in distinctive, oblong cans. Bully beef and hardtack biscuits were the main field rations of the British Army from the Boer War to World War II.[1][2] It is commonly served sliced in a corned beef sandwich. "Hash and hotch-potch," in which potatoes and corned beef are stewed together, are also made. Tinned corned beef is also used in mainland Europe.[3] Army bully beef rations were replaced in 2009 by mushroom pasta and halal dishes for troops stationed in Afghanistan.[4]


  1. ^ "Bully beef: Part of Australian history". Taste.com.au. Taste Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2017. A hundred years ago our soldiers at Gallipoli knew it as bully beef. It came in cans. 
  2. ^ "Exhibitions : Changing the World : Fascinating Facts – Page 2". National Army Museum. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Recettes à base de corned beef – Les recettes les mieux notées". 750g.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Harding, Thomas (5 Feb 2009). "Army says goodbye to bully beef". The Telegraph. U.K. Retrieved 24 July 2017.