It will have been close to forty years ago now, but I have eaten a version of those. Different brand. We lived way out on the Yukon and there were a lot of canned meats that were by then hard to find but which had once been traditional in the pre-refrigeration era. Canned bacon was a staple for us. (Basically a pound of bacon, sliced, wrapped in waxed paper, then canned by some process that didn't do much more than pasteurize it. Product of Argentina, if I recall.)
The burgers were not bad but not wonderful -- about as dry and hard as the cheapest frozen disc-patties you might buy in a big bag at CostCo.
I ate many of those as a child. My father had to travel frequently for work and when he wasn't home my mom would break out the TV dinners for my brother and I!
Those foil trays were so exciting. Or maybe my mom just did a good job of making it exciting. She was probably excited not get have to get dinner ready and clean it all up afterwards.
Who remembers Tang? We took it camping along with Spam. We also used to get C-rations("C-rats") at the old Army/Navy surplus stores for camping/backpacking, before freeze dried foods. Sorry I don't have any photos.
My son listened to Monty Python a lot and didn't know what Spam was.("Spam and eggs,Eggs spam and eggs, Spam spam and eggs...") so we gave him some for Christmas, wrapped up.
I was tempted to give some of these "food items" a thumbs down...lol
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Growing up, I always wanted to be an astronaut. The problem was that by age 13, I required glasses (non-starter for NASA at the time) and I grew too tall. But prior to that, Tang and Space Food Sticks were astronaut food! I haven't had either since I was little and not sure if I'd like either today.
"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need] Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro.
Tang is still going strong in South America!
They make many flavors, all in wee packets that make a liter of "juice". But when I'm sick there's nothing I crave more than orange Tang...... brings me right back to being a kid at YMCA/PAL/FFA/etc summer camp!
I babysat a lot in late 80s/early 90s and I ate plenty of frozen dinners and abominations in cans. For an always-hungry teenager it was delightful (especially since we never had such crazy expensive things in our house)!