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Chow Time: Who makes MREs?
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Posted on 11/15/2011 10:16:03 AM PST by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Apparently Brian Williams has a new show. Sandusky tried to smooth things over on it last night and it didn't go well.

This is a little sunnier so I figured I'd post it. It's a look at the MREs--or Meals Ready to Eat--that soldiers are stuck with. Pretty good.


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1 posted on 11/15/2011 10:16:05 AM PST by OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

I realize that eating anything - over and over - will get old, even eating Krispy Kreme donuts day in and day out will get old.

But, honestly - I think MRE’s are pretty good. I stock up on them when I can find them, for camping and hiking trips. Considering they require no refrigeration, no culinary skills to eat, and last decades - what’s not to like?


2 posted on 11/15/2011 10:18:47 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

I realize that eating anything - over and over - will get old, even eating Krispy Kreme donuts day in and day out will get old.

But, honestly - I think MRE’s are pretty good. I stock up on them when I can find them, for camping and hiking trips. Considering they require no refrigeration, no culinary skills to eat, and last decades - what’s not to like?


3 posted on 11/15/2011 10:19:01 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Hodar
I can assure you MRE’s are way better than the C-Rats I ate.
4 posted on 11/15/2011 10:21:02 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

MRE- Meals Rejected by Ethiopians


5 posted on 11/15/2011 10:22:45 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Hodar

I agree. They aren’t Gourmet but they are good meals that can be made anywhere.... I like to get them for hiking or camping as well. There are better ones and awful ones.....Also like them because they remind me of my childhood and visiting my Uncle at Ft. Bragg.(He would always give me something neat) LOL


6 posted on 11/15/2011 10:25:23 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings
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7 posted on 11/15/2011 10:26:44 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

When MREs first came out(in the 1980s) if you ate them they would PLUG you up. Have they fixed that?


8 posted on 11/15/2011 10:28:02 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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9 posted on 11/15/2011 10:28:52 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Well, I used to love the corned beef hash MRE. Ate it as many times as I could in the field. Never got sick of it. Sadly, it’s gone now.


10 posted on 11/15/2011 10:30:52 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Buy mine on-site here: http://www.militarydepotonline.com/

Sometimes at gun shows if at a good price (if you can find a case of 12 for $50, buy as many cases as you can).


11 posted on 11/15/2011 10:36:28 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

http://www.mreinfo.com/ has more info about MREs than you imagine.


12 posted on 11/15/2011 10:36:56 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: colorado tanker

Yes, MREs are good. There is nothing bad about them (though some side items may be a bit...odd). Keep a few in my car, eat maybe one a month just to keep a bit of turnover going.


13 posted on 11/15/2011 10:38:25 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Hodar

In basic training I was told this story from my Drill Sgt:

“During the Ethiopian famine..the US dropped millions of MRE’s
to the Ethiopian people...but because of the high calories,
and sodium content..their bodies went into shock at being uploaded with nutrients all in one shot, and a lot of them died shorty thereafter ...So when the US personnel on the ground would offer an MRE’s to the people in UN camps..they would reply NO,NO,No and violently wave their hands...Thus MRE’s became known as Meals refused by Ethiopians”


14 posted on 11/15/2011 10:39:11 AM PST by OL Hickory (Jesus and the American soldier-1 died for your soul/1 died for your freedom)
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To: colorado tanker

Nothing worse then opening up the cinnamon bun can and it was moldy. Yes, they did go moldy sometimes.


15 posted on 11/15/2011 10:40:39 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

When the Marine Corps first started using them in the early to mid 80’s we went from pretty decent c-rations to pretty bad MREs. At that time, there were only about 8 different ones to choose from and they all stunk!! There was beef patty which was like a rock, the frankfurters which were terrible. I could go on...

Over the years, they got better and better. Things like the heating pouch made it feasible to heat them up quickly. The best addition was when they came out with putting tabasco sauce in with each meal. I was on a small camp out last year and got a fajita MRE. Yes, that’s right. You heard me say it. A fajita MRE!! It was like a gourmet meal that took a half hour to prepare and eat. It was pretty darn good also. My how times have changed.


16 posted on 11/15/2011 10:42:22 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

One other thing about MREs. Has anyone else had the cold weather MRE’s? Got them once for cold weather training. They were awesome. Things like trail mix in them.

One word of caution is in order. Because in cold weather your body tends to burn a lot more calories, these things are loaded with calories. Something like 2000 calories on average per meal.


17 posted on 11/15/2011 10:44:42 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: OL Hickory

I think your Drill Sgt was pulling a fast one on you. We were calling them Meals rejected by Ethiopians for a long time. I’ve been on a couple humanitarian operations and they would never attempt to feed starving people MREs. They feed them this specialized porrage looking crap that gives them the nutrients they need.


18 posted on 11/15/2011 10:49:21 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

When I was in the spaghetti and meat sauce was the best.


19 posted on 11/15/2011 10:58:05 AM PST by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a second party)
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To: ladyvet
I knew it was a bad day when my C-Rat had fruit cake in it. :-))
20 posted on 11/15/2011 11:02:04 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

I know they are made in Indiana and the guy who owns the company is a Republican


21 posted on 11/15/2011 11:07:34 AM PST by Kimmers (Pray more and shoot straight.........)
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To: colorado tanker
I can assure you MRE’s are way better than the C-Rats I ate.

The C-Rats I had to eat in the mid 70s were dated in the late 50s. The eggs had a grayish tint to them and were awful. The ham wasn't bad and the peanut butter in the can would tie you up for a couple of days.

My first MRE in the early 80s had a package of meatballs and was quite good. Having to use my water to hydrate the rock hard potato cake was depressing but I would rather have the MRE than the C-Rat.

22 posted on 11/15/2011 11:07:45 AM PST by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: US Navy Vet

“When MREs first came out(in the 1980s) if you ate them they would PLUG you up. Have they fixed that?”

Sort of. The Tabasco helps you poop. They say the gum does, but I don’t think it does. Every once in a while you end up with the veggie burgers (no joke) that give you some major gas and make you poop. A bunch of them come with raisins and dried cranberries, which have the same effect. All-in-all, they will still stop you up.

They stopped doing the chocolate covered coffee beans (yep, they added those in for a while) and went to caffeinated mints. The mints are nasty. There is also the single serving Taster’s Choice coffee. I know some guys who actually mix it in their canteens. I just pop it in my mouth and drink a swig of water.

The one I hate that everybody else likes is the buffalo chicken. The package is full of the sauce, which is the consistency of water, and has tasteless chicken bits floating around in it. I do not understand why people think it tastes good.


23 posted on 11/15/2011 11:12:47 AM PST by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: OldMissileer

I agree, there was something just wrong about those eggs!


24 posted on 11/15/2011 11:13:08 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
No, it was a pecan roll not a cinnamon bun but it did have a bunch of Cinnamon in it. While in the field during basic in 1980 we got some old C-rats that still had the cigarette's in them.
25 posted on 11/15/2011 11:37:20 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ladyvet

I knew I wasn’t a smoker when I tried those free cigarettes and still didn’t like it. :-))


26 posted on 11/15/2011 11:52:21 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: cotton1706

I recently REDISCOVERED instant mashed potatoes. They have come a long way from what we ate in college in the 60’s and the taste was on par with the real thing .


27 posted on 11/15/2011 11:57:56 AM PST by Renegade
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Have yet to eat an MRE I didn’t like. My all time favorites bits are the cheese spreads.


28 posted on 11/15/2011 12:28:49 PM PST by 556x45
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To: colorado tanker

Amen. Have a lengthy supply myself, and rotate it regularly. They’re very good.

And the critics should keep in mind that they’re intended for combat conditions.


29 posted on 11/15/2011 12:40:47 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: Kimmers

OH NO!

Next thing you know, the Koch Brothers will be forcing the CIA to flood minority communities with them, addicting everyone.

(I’m sure you didn’t imply that.)


30 posted on 11/15/2011 12:49:08 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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31 posted on 11/15/2011 12:50:32 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: colorado tanker

I liked both. But then I will eat almost anything.


32 posted on 11/15/2011 12:54:29 PM PST by Ratman83
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I will say this. If you knew what to trade for and what you should just not eat and had your trusty bottle of Tabasco sauce, you could make a decent meal out of C-Rats.
33 posted on 11/15/2011 1:20:13 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: onedoug

ping


34 posted on 11/15/2011 1:57:33 PM PST by windcliff
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To: ladyvet

Had a Lady Professor in college in the sixties who smoke Wings. She claimed she had a source where the military meal packages were produced. I was stumped when I found out the cigs were still filled with not so dry tobacco.


35 posted on 11/15/2011 2:07:15 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: colorado tanker

When I was in Vietnam MREs came onto the field. I liked Ham & Eggs and Corn Flake bars. Okay, fire away.


36 posted on 11/15/2011 4:13:09 PM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: onedoug
Fire away? Hell no! I loved you guys!

Hey buddy, what have got to trade for my ham and eggs??

37 posted on 11/15/2011 4:31:19 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yeah, but fruit cocktail was money in the bank!


38 posted on 11/15/2011 4:39:36 PM PST by 11Bush
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To: 11Bush

Oh, I don’t think I ever traded away fruit cocktail!


39 posted on 11/15/2011 4:43:36 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

40 posted on 11/15/2011 4:44:41 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: Hodar

I understand they make you repeat yourself


41 posted on 11/15/2011 4:44:45 PM PST by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: colorado tanker

C-rat fruit cake was my favorite.

..AND GET THOSE DAMNED APRICOTS OFF MY TANK !!


42 posted on 11/15/2011 4:49:35 PM PST by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Kimmers
I know they are made in Indiana and the guy who owns the company is a Republican

Shelf-Stable Foods, of Evansville, IN. And other corporate entities....

43 posted on 11/15/2011 5:33:26 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: onedoug; Squantos; Travis McGee
When I was in Vietnam MREs came onto the field. I liked Ham & Eggs and Corn Flake bars. Okay, fire away.

It beat the canned Ham and Lima Beans in C-rations. However, the USAF had flight C-rats, which left out the c-rat offerings with beans, due to the unfortunate side effects they had on the eatee at altitude. Instead, the USAF rations had tinned tuna fish, very nice, and very tradable.

Best meals going? The freeze-dried LRRP rations. which included, among other things, freeze-dried ice cream.

44 posted on 11/15/2011 5:37:16 PM PST by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: archy

Ham and MF’rs........hmmmmm ummmmm muuuuum !

Flatulent Feast for fighters if every there was one....:o)

MRE’s during Vietnam ? Saw an had LRRP rats but never was far enough on the dark side to see a MRE’s till after April of 75 myself. Was on steady diet of C’s in early 70 for 6 months and then again in 90/91 for about 6 months.

One can survive on Pound Cake and Peaches. Spaghetti and Meatballs, beef jerky from the Ft Lewis WA donations and donated Corsicana Texas fruitcake for YEARS !......LOL .

Bedouin green tea with Camels milk was a gagger but goat fajitas with some lemons and steamed kale leaves chased with smuggled Vat69 and Tiger Beers was awesome desert Storm fare.

Military travels on it’s gut...... treat it well.

Stay safe Archy !


45 posted on 11/15/2011 5:57:35 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: archy

That´s what they were. LRRP Rations. Though they marked the beginning for the MREs.

You´re right. Ham & Lima Beans.... Yuck! Pretty funny about the beans at altitude.

Best. And Thanks for Your Service.


46 posted on 11/15/2011 7:27:34 PM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: colorado tanker

Gee, what were the others?... Roast Beef? Rice and Beans? A long time ago.

Thanks. Best to You and Yours.


47 posted on 11/15/2011 7:33:08 PM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: colorado tanker

Yep, Tabasco always helps


48 posted on 11/16/2011 4:35:52 AM PST by Ratman83
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To: OnlyTurkeysHaveLeftWings

Yum, the Beef Stew and BBQ hockey pucks were the best. Plus the cherry chocolate “cake” and ranger pudding made out of the hot chocolate, coffee, sugar and creamer packs.

Always avoid the Tuna casserole.


49 posted on 11/16/2011 10:34:44 AM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: colorado tanker

Had C-Rats back in the day { Some sort of Meat Patty soaked in 30 weight. The Sarge said I was lucky to have it, I wasnt so sure}.
The MREs are better. The Veggie ones seem gross. The one thing I noticed about the Chocalite cookies is that they seem to have a adverse effect on my sex drive. Then again it could have been me.
Stay away from the Chicken Chow Mein. It looks like chunky bloodhound drool.


50 posted on 11/24/2011 2:44:06 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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