Swedish Guy Eats 70-Year- Old Beef

'It didn't smell much, it didn't smell bad anyway,' he raves

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 24, 2011 7:32 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ever wondered if beef ages like wine? Well a Swedish man ran something of an experiment on the matter yesterday, cracking open a jar of brisket that had been sealed for more than 70 years, The Local reports. Eskil Carlsson’s parents-in-law had sealed the beef away during World War II, when rationing was in force, and decided not to open it in case “the bad times returned,” he explains.

By the time Carlsson encountered the jar 10 years later, “the family had developed 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 says. But when his wife died, he decided the meat had waited long enough, and invited all his neighbors over to eat it. So how was it? “It didn't smell much,” he says. “I shouldn't exaggerate though, it was no delicacy.”

This is stock imagery; the actual beef was brisket.
This is stock imagery; the actual beef was brisket.   (Shutterstock)
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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. - Eskil Carlsson

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