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#116318 - 05/20/09 06:05 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Bearpaw]
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Loc: California
Originally Posted By Bearpaw
I spent 9 1/2 years as a Marine and have consumed MANY MRE's.
Thanks for your service thanks



but I really like the cherry nut cake and cheese spread that came with them. No matter what you do, don't bother with the cardboard crackers, the one truly foul part of every MRE.[/quote] Funny you say this because I have the opposite tastes. I have a friend in the reserves that gives me a case of MRE's every time he's out (He's in a mobile unit and they haul there own food around) I can't eat any of the cheese products..I can taste the vitamins and it makes me gag. But I always eat the crackers and peanut butter. They are great trail snacks.

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I really liked chicken stew, cheese tortellini, and tuna with noodles.
My fav's are the chow mein (Only found one of those and it had a lot of black pepper) and the solid meats...ham, chicken.

The best addition is the ziplock for heating a cup of coffee. I toss a heater, ziplock, small straw, and an instant coffee (Usually the coffee with creamer and sugar that I buy in asian stores) in my fishing gear. It's a nice pick me up whenever I'm on a high country lake far from camp
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#116358 - 05/21/09 12:25 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: caddis]
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Loc: Utah
Originally Posted By caddis
I can't eat any of the cheese products..I can taste the vitamins and it makes me gag.


You would be the first person I would want to find. I always searched out those type of people to trade with. The jalapeno cheese is the absolute best, and the normal cheese is also good.
grin
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#116433 - 05/24/09 02:56 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: r-ice]
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Tried the french ones once.
Vile....

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#116434 - 05/24/09 06:53 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: frenchie]
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Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 38
Loc: alabama
chicken with salsa.

its so good you can eat it cold. and the pack comes with that really good bread (forget what its called) and skittles.

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#116573 - 05/26/09 10:21 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Bearpaw]
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Posts: 2617
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My brother-in-law (career Army) said MRE's were three lies for the price of one:

Meals
Ready to
Eat

Never got to try them; we were still trying to eat up the stockpile of leftover Korean War C-rations. They made you long for that chow hall specialty of creamed chip beef on toast (aka S--- on a Shingle.) smile

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#116592 - 05/27/09 09:56 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Glenn]
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Registered: 12/08/05
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Loc: Rural Southeast Arizona
The C-rations I particularly recall are the sausage patties. I think they just stacked the cooked patties in the can and then filled all of the air space with melted tallow. Just thinking of them gives me heartburn! sick
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#117072 - 06/09/09 08:27 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Pika]
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Loc: Nevada, USA
I've never served in the military (just with it) but I've et a lot of MREs. Some are good, some are just so-so and the "crackers" are positively cardboard.

I've used MREs mainly on canoe and sea kayak trips, due, of course, to their weight. Contrary to popular belief the (U.S.) military spends considerable time and money trying to improve the taste and calorie content of MREs to keep morale higher in the field.

I know of soldiers that said the German soldiers on maneuvers with U.S. troops ALWAYS wanted U.S. MREs instead of their own - just like Brits always coveted U.S. backpacks in recent years. They are more comfortable and they don't fall apart.

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#117126 - 06/11/09 11:45 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: 300winmag]
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Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 374
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA
LOL
I like the crackers! To each their own I guess. MREs are one of the few "heavy" items that I don't try to talk my sister out of carrying. She always gives my the crackers and cheese!
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