Bovril, which was developed in the 1870s by John Lawson Johnston, is a thick, meat stock paste used to create warm, flavorful beverages and hearty snacks. The company that produces Bovril was created in 1889. During World War I, Bovril paste mixed with boiling water helped sustain ambulance drivers. As you can see, Bovril was just as popular in those days as it is now.
Today, people generally drink Bovril mix during the cold months and at sporting games. Bovril dissolved in hot water is often sold in stadiums in the United Kingdom to help keep spectators warm in the winter months. It is known as "beef tea." Bovril paste is also great for sandwiches, and Bovril mixed in water is great for making soups. You can purchase Bovril at the store, and with it you can add your own flavorings to the beverage or snacks you make.
To make the Bovril drink, first you need to heat water to a boil in a pot or kettle. Put one teaspoon of Bovril paste in a heat-proof mug. You can add more Bovril paste if you want a more beefy flavor, or you can use less water. Remove the boiling water from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Pour the hot water over the Bovril paste in the mug, then stir the Bovril in the water until it is fully dissolved. Some like to add other ingredients like grated cheese, pepper, and cayenne, but many prefer it plain. You can drink the Bovril water or you can use it in various recipes such as soups, stews, casserole, or porridge. This Bovril mix can be used in place of beef stock or bullion cubes. You can also buy Bovril as beef stock cubes.
Bovril isn't only good as a drink or as a beef stock for soups, it is also great as a snack. Bovril can be spread thinly on bread or toast as a snack. Some add a tomato or other vegetable to the Bovril spread on the bread to make a sandwich.
Bovril has been around for a long time. It was popular when it was first produced and it is as popular now as it was then. The Burton Albion Football club has even named their home end Bovril due to the sponsorship between them and Bovril. Bovril is a great snack alternative with many uses.