Man Shares 70-Year-Old Beef With Neighbors
August 24, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ESKILSTUNA, Sweden, Aug. 24 (UPI) — A Swedish man said he hosted a meal for his neighbors and served beef that had been placed in a glass jar by his family more than 70 years ago.
Eskil Carlsson said the beef was placed in a jar during food shortages in 1939 or 1940 by his wife’s family and they decided to keep it in case “the bad times returned,” The Local reported Wednesday.
“I came into the picture after about 10 years. By then the family had developed (so much) respect for the jar, that it had stayed sealed. We talked about it from time to time and it became like a member of the family,” he said.
Carlsson said he decided it was time to open the jar after his wife’s recent death.
“I figured that 70 years was enough and that it would be a catastrophe if it started to leak and was thus destroyed. So I decided to make a bit an occasion and invited the neighbors for the opening,” he said. “We did our homework and consulted the authorities about what might happen and they said there shouldn’t be a problem.”
He said the first bite went to his cat.
“The cat got the first taste and when it survived, we all had a taste,” he said.
“It didn’t smell much. It didn’t smell bad anyway. It was as if it had been meat from this week. I shouldn’t exaggerate though, it was no delicacy,” Carlsson said.