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  • Private pizza: Military meal that lasts three years almost ready

    02/14/2014 1:30:35 PM PST · by Kartographer · 60 replies
    They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat. Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.
  • For some troops, a holiday-dinner-in-a-box

    12/24/2013 10:16:21 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Dec 23 , 2013 | Olivier Knox
    For the American servicemen and –women on the front lines – those who will be spending the winter at remote outposts or on patrol in places like Afghanistan – “home for the holidays” is just a dream. That’s why a special military lab has stepped up to give them a little taste of home: A holiday dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet-potato casserole, and green beans. Hot sauce? That too.
  • Report: Disaster Looms: FEMA Scrambles To Stockpile Food Reserves

    08/05/2013 4:17:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 86 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/5/13 | Mac Slavo
    In recent years the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been regionalizing disaster supplies and rapidly procuring hundreds of millions of ready-to-eat meals, blankets, and body bags. Coupled with the Department of Homeland Security’s suspiciously massive purchases of ammunition, firearms, and riot gear, it is becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. government is positioning itself in advance of an as of yet unknown widespread calamity. The stockpiling of supplies often considered prepper staples has been occurring since at least 2008, and has increased in scope and velocity throughout the last several years. In fact, the government has been buying so...
  • A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder (Inspecting Foreign MREs)

    09/07/2010 1:28:41 AM PDT · by tlb · 25 replies · 3+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 4, 2010 | ASHLEY GILBERTSON
    Troops from nearly 50 lands dine on combat meals in Afghanistan — each reminding them of where they’d rather be. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ASHLEY GILBERTSON/VII NETWORK, FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES; FOOD STYLIST, MARIA WASHBURN
  • Vanity Best MRE s

    08/04/2010 8:26:13 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 75 replies
    n/a ^ | charlespg
    mre for hurricane season
  • Military Meals for Storm Victims Are Safe, Officials Say

    02/06/2009 3:50:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 621+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2009 – Though some of them contain peanut butter, the 660,000 packaged military meals the Defense Logistics Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are shipping to Kentucky and Arkansas storm victims are safe, officials here said. The meals -- known as “Meals, Ready to Eat,” or “MREs” -- will replace the commercial meal kits that have been distributed to the storm victims. DLA’s Defense Distribution Center in New Cumberland, Pa., is arranging shipment of the meals, scheduled for delivery today. A recent Food and Drug Administration recall of some products containing peanut butter has prompted the Defense...
  • Fattening menus for troops in Iraq

    When Spc. Matthew Curll left basic training for Iraq nearly a year ago, he traded a bland diet of MREs for burgers, pie and Fudgsicles. "You go from a lot of MREs and crappy stuff at the mess hall to prime rib on Sundays," said Curll, 21, of Lancaster, Mass., over a dinner of baked chicken followed by ice cream in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone. "I wasn't expecting it at all," added Spc. Joe Reen, 23, of Norwood, Mass., finishing a turkey wrap and green salad. "You wanted to try everything." The two indulged at first, but said they learned...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Enjoys a Lazy Sunday.. The Unoffical MRE Recipe Booklet...Sunday Jan 29,2006

    01/28/2006 7:17:17 PM PST · by alfa6 · 413 replies · 15,046+ views
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  • Thinner troops prompt military to beef up MREs

    03/29/2007 9:46:02 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 82 replies · 288+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 03/30/07 | AAMER MADHANI
    When Lt. Dave Moore visited infantry units in the remote, rugged mountains of Afghanistan late last year, the Navy medical officer was surprised to hear from many soldiers and Marines that they had lost significant weight. After conducting more than 150 interviews with medics, officers and troops on the ground, Moore concluded that the portable rations called "Meals, Ready-to-Eat" — long derided by troops, but valued by the Pentagon for their indestructibility — were not doing the job, causing the soldiers to shed pounds that they very much needed. The standard Meal, Ready to Eat [MRE] does not provide adequate...
  • MERC (New Army ration) request for information [Vanity]

    05/05/2006 9:21:04 PM PDT · by neutrino · 10 replies · 520+ views
    n/a ^ | 05/05/2006 | Neutrino
    I've heard that a new MRE component is being manufactured, but there seems to be limited information about it. Here's what I've found so far: Pocket Food (Includes a picture) And an older item that discusses the matter at: seabeecook The second article mentions GoodMark Foods Inc., which has been acquired by ConAgra. Anyway, I'm curious - has anyone come across such things? Who is the contractor that produces the components? How do they taste? Is there a viable (and legal) source? Yours for culinary excellence, Neutrino
  • Which MRE is best? [Vanity]

    04/19/2006 5:25:34 PM PDT · by neutrino · 85 replies · 2,981+ views
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    I've been thinking of procuring some MREs as the hurricane/severe weather season approaches - and thought my fellow FReepers would be the best possible source of information. It appears that there are two general options - the MRE pack from SOPAKCO - an example of which is here The other supply seems to be assembled from contract overruns, for example the item at this link It appears that MREs are more cost-effective than freeze dried items. I prefer to have an assembled meal instead of purchasing individual items. Also, I recognize that the Sopakco meals don't have heaters - but,...
  • New year, new MREs

    01/04/2006 4:11:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 62 replies · 1,259+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Lance Cpl. R. Drew Hendricks
    U.S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, PACIFIC, CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii (01-03-2006) -- If you are tired of trying to make Meal-Ready-to-Eat menus more palatable, then your search may be over. The field rations have progressed a long way from the C-rats of the past, and they continue to change even to this day. Four of the current 24 MREs have been removed and are being replaced by new and improved menus, according to the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center, located in Natick, Mass. Usually the ASSC only replaces two MREs a year, but this year they wanted to give the...
  • Good eats means happy troops

    01/04/2006 5:27:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 623+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Master Sgt. Stanley Coleman
    1/4/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- An army marches on it stomach. Napoleon Bonaparte said, and believed, that in 1812. Truth is he might have been thinking more about the importance of a good supply line. But a visit to a military camp -- then or now -- would reveal that good eats and tasty treats are just as important to the troops. Get it wrong, and the troops are not happy. The Airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Services Squadron’s food service flight know that. It’s why they strives to provide the best variety of food -- meats, seafood, vegetables,...
  • U.S. Investigates Sale of MREs on eBay

    10/29/2005 10:22:27 AM PDT · by GeneD · 46 replies · 1,269+ views
    AP via Wired News ^ | 10/29/2005 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Uncle Sam has tried to feed millions of hurricane victims this year with Meals-Ready-to-Eat, or MREs, only to fear that some of them have become Meals-Ready-for-eBay. The government is looking into whether eBay sellers in Gulf Coast states are trying to profit from military foodstuffs handed out for free following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Representatives for eBay, the online auctioneer company, say it is impossible to prove that any of the meals were meant for hurricane victims. They note that MREs can be bought in camping stores and Army-Navy surplus outlets. But at least some of...
  • Shelter-seekers find long lines, noisy conditions in Superdome

    09/07/2005 7:34:16 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 43 replies · 1,383+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Mon, Aug. 29, 2005 | DAVID OVALLE
    Posted on Mon, Aug. 29, 2005 Shelter-seekers find long lines, noisy conditions in Superdome BY DAVID OVALLE Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS - (KRT) - As Hurricane Katrina pounded relentlessly on its roof, the tourists and the vagabonds, the poor and the frail dozed awkwardly - if at all - in Mardi Gras-colored chairs in the giant Louisiana Superdome. When they got hungry, there was not the beer-and-hot dog fare served up at Saints football games. More than 10,000 refugees from Katrina dined on the same instant meals as U.S. soldiers in Iraq, fitting because it was soldiers who were...
  • Ungrateful People

    09/02/2005 12:50:00 PM PDT · by stan_25 · 174 replies · 5,411+ views
    Septemeber 2, 2005 | stan25
    In the middest of the chaos and despair, that is in the City of New Orleans, there have been people waiting for at least three days for food and water. The media has been squawking the loudest about the slowness of the food convoys. When a truckload of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) finally arrived in to help feed the masses, that have not had any food or water; you would think that these people would be grateful. That seems to be not the case in the eyes of some people. Yes, that is right, there are some people that...
  • Gourmet Fare at Gitmo 'Gulag'

    06/12/2005 8:59:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 85 replies · 4,424+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 12, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    After Rep. Duncan Hunter's eye-opening description of how terrorist suspects are living high on the hog at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, prisoners from around the world will no doubt be clamoring for a 'gulag' cell of their own. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the House Armed Services Committee chairman began by detailing tonight's dinner menu at Gitmo - which all detainees, including one suspected of being involved in the 9/11 plot, will enjoy. "For Sunday they're going to be having Orange Glazed Chicken, Fresh Fruit Roupee, Steamed Peas and Mushrooms, Rice Pilaf - we treat them very...
  • Media Training Now Required for Iraq-Bound Soldiers

    01/18/2005 2:37:42 PM PST · by rightalien · 5 replies · 283+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | January 18, 2005 | Joe Strupp
    NEW YORK As the U.S. military approaches nearly two years in the Iraq conflict, media training for soldiers going into the war zone has been stepped up, becoming mandatory for Army troops since October, E&P has learned. "Talking point" cards for military personnel, meanwhile, are being updated regularly as the war progresses -- often as much as once a week -- to keep up with the conflict's changing issues and the proximity of embedded reporters. Among the current talking points: "We are a values-based, people-focused team that strives to uphold the dignity and respect of all." Soldiers preparing for deployment...
  • Company admits providing illegal workers (Military MRE plant)

    01/05/2005 4:20:58 PM PST · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 23 replies · 700+ views
    An employment agency pleaded guilty to falsifying forms to get illegal immigrants jobs at the nation's top producer of U.S. military battlefield rations.James Echensberger, vice president of San Antonio-based Tollin Group Inc., on Tuesday pleaded guilty on the company's behalf to one count of conspiracy to provide false and fictitious statements during an FBI investigation.Investigators found that Tollin, which does business as Remedy Intelligent Staffing, was trying to cover up hundreds of fraudulent "I-9" employment eligibility documents. The illegal workers were hired by Wornick Co., which packages high-calorie "meals ready to eat" for troops in Iraq.The FBI initiated the investigation...
  • Military trying for better eggs to replace rubbery version

    11/26/2004 5:55:02 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 577+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 25, 2004 | AP
    The military is trying to make the egg edible for soldiers. Researchers at Ohio State University and two other schools are working on a new process designed to produce a tastier, more tender egg that can be used in combat rations. The use of eggs in ``meals-ready-to-eat'' pouches - or MREs - was discontinued about 10 years ago after soldiers complained they were rubbery, tasted bad and had a grayish tint. ``Eggs are a real challenge to get that quality that is appropriate to heat and serve,'' said Patrick Dunne, senior adviser in the Combat Rations Directorate at the U.S....
  • Marine takes advantage of Meals Ready to Mail

    07/02/2004 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Arrowhead1952 · 16 replies · 393+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Thursday, July 01, 2004 | JOHN KELSO - COMMENTARY
    Like they say about the mail: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor sand . . . You can imagine Joe Huff's and Aloma Adams' surprise when they got a note in the mail several weeks ago from their son, Tony, 20, a U.S. Marine who is stationed in Iraq — written on part of an MRE combat food ration box. MRE stands for Meals Ready to Eat, though some folks joke that it stands for Meals Refused by Ethiopians. The field rations aren't making anybody's list of fine cuisine to be featured in Gourmet magazine. But the box sure works good...
  • THE WAY THINGS REALLY WORK: The Assault Ration Returns

    12/23/2003 6:47:25 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 36 replies · 314+ views
    StrategyPage.com ^ | December 23, 2003
    Now, after an absence of over fifty years, the "assault ration" is back. The U.S. Army just announced a new, lightweight, "assault ration" for combat troops, especially those who march long distances carrying all their gear. During World War II, two special, lightweight, rations were developed for troops going into an offensive where they might not be resupplied for a few days. The "K Ration" was smaller and lighter than the C Ration, using more food in pouches. Three meals, containing 3,000 calories, weighted 2.31 pounds and could be carried in the large pockets of the combat uniform. There was...
  • Natick to Field New Combat Ration for Troops on the Move

    12/19/2003 7:33:49 AM PST · by Calpernia · 39 replies · 244+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 19, 2003 | By Donna Miles
    --"Ration stripping," they call it when forward- deployed combat troops jettison all but the most essential items from their Meals, Ready to Eat so they don't have so much to carry as they set out on a mission. Troops in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan reported sacrificing all but a few carefully chosen food items from their MRE pouches to lighten their pockets and rucksacks. These reports alarmed food technologists at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center at Natick, Mass, who recognized that warfighters weren't simply tossing aside "luxury" items like flameless heaters and Tabasco sauce. Janice Rosado from the Defense...
  • MRE menu debuts new items

    09/08/2003 7:37:25 AM PDT · by Spruce · 27 replies · 332+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Sep 4, 2003 | Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    MRE menu debuts new items by Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez Air Force Print News 9/4/2003 - WASHINGTON -- Servicemembers in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere will soon have several new MRE options to choose from for their deployed-dining pleasure. The newest meals, ready-to-eat, feature three new entrée items: pot roast with vegetables, barbecue pork ribs and vegetable manicotti. The menu also includes clam chowder, both peanut butter and crispy M&Ms, almond poppy seed pound cake, pumpkin pound cake, chocolate mint cookies and vanilla waffle-sandwich cookies. The new entrée additions come at a cost, according to Defense Logistics Agency spokesman Jack Hooper. "We are...
  • Burger King offers free July 4 Whoppers to overseas troops

    07/04/2003 8:44:49 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Navy Times ^ | July 03, 2003 | Karen Jowers
    <p>Active-duty troops overseas can get free hamburgers at Burger King restaurants July 4.</p>
  • Hard Tack

    04/29/2003 8:02:02 PM PDT · by gcruse · 4 replies · 434+ views
    OpenDemocracy ^ | April 17, 2003 | Daniel Zinder
    The effort of coordination required to feed the ranks in war creates its own culture of humour and memory. The Commander of the United States Navy’s Medical Corps offers a consumer’s guide for the hungry soldier in the field. Food in war has been used to assess enemy forces as well as motivate our own. Most importantly however, the binding ritual of sharing food that we experience in our own homes continues, even in the most adverse circumstances. In times of war, changes in diet play a large role in the lives of both combatants and civilians. Usual supplies...
  • U.S. forces outran water, MREs in rush to Baghdad By Rowan Scarborough

    04/24/2003 11:29:17 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 30 replies · 281+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 April 2003 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The military's top supply officer says American ground troops drove so fast to Baghdad they sometimes outran supply lines bringing bottled water and fresh rations of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).</p> <p>Army soldiers and Marines wolfed down most varieties of the vacuum-packed, 1,300-calorie meals without complaint at the rate of hundreds of thousands a day. But they held their noses at one dish — beef with mushrooms. Now, it's now off the MRE menu.</p>
  • Marines Feast on Saddam's Wild Gazelles

    04/19/2003 6:46:15 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 22 replies · 543+ views
    AP ^ | April 19, 2003 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) -- Supper time has become a double treat at a Marine base outside Saddam Hussein's hometown - not only is there fresh meat, but it's from Saddam's personal hunting preserve. The Tikrit South airfield, where Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 set up base in this week's campaign to take the city, is on the edge of a preserve where Saddam and favored guests once hunted gazelle.Now, Marines are venturing into the woods to hunt the animals, which stand about waist-high. They haul back the carcasses as a welcome substitute for the prepackaged Meals Ready to Eat that...
  • US Marines Hunt Gazelles With Rocks (Grill it and Kill it at Saddam's Private Game Preserve)

    04/18/2003 5:05:21 AM PDT · by ewing · 43 replies · 639+ views
    Ananova News Wire ^ | April 18, 2003 | wire staff
    United States Marines are hunting gazelles with rocks and pistols-to avoid having to eat MRE's.The soldiers at a base outside of Tikrit say they are enjoying eating the unusual meat from Saddam Hussein's personal hunting preserve. Marine Wing Support Squadron 271 are venturing into the woods to hunt the animals before hauling them back as a welcome substitute from the pre packaged Meals Ready to Eat.'It was delicious, I don't know if it was because we were eating MRE's for two months, but everyone has enjoyed it a lot, said Corporal Joshua Wicksell age 26.
  • Eating well under the gun

    03/11/2003 4:45:35 PM PST · by Radix · 44 replies · 907+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 3/11/2003 | Beth Greenberg
    Each single-meal MRE is targeted at 1,300 calories, and it's a challenge to get soldiers to eat all the nutrition they need.
  • Alert: Yellow

    02/27/2003 7:30:12 AM PST · by smith288 · 24 replies · 276+ views
    ABC News | 2-26-2003 | ABC News Radio
    At 11 (or about) they will drop alert from orange to yello