Though the stew was tolerable, many soldiers detested it. As one soldier put it, "warmed in the tin, Maconochie was edible; cold it was a mankiller." Others complained about how the potatoes appeared to be black lumps.
^Maurice Harold Grant, History of the war in South Africa, 1899-1902., Vol.4. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1910. See for example the table "Summary of Supplies Sent by the Natal District for General French's Force, Garrisons, &c., Despatched from Newcastle and Volksrust for Piet Relief and from De Jager's Drift for Vryheid." pg. 567.