xii: Drink beef tea
– assuming you have made some earlier, as it takes time. I make mine in the slow cooker.
Our Victorian ancestors swore by beef tea for the sick, but it has been rather debunked since. We forget that they had to nurse very sick people at home, who would now be straight off to hospital with an IV drip put up. I don’t know anything about its nutritive properties, but suspect that beef tea was useful as a rehydration drink, containing all the salts and suchlike leached from the meat, but no fibre, no acid, no fat – absolutely nothing to place demands on a dysfunctional digestion.
It is a curious fluid, and smells unappealing; the first time I made it I nearly put it down the sink. But you know what, it really does slide down most comfortably.