Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Page 2 of 2 < 1 2
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#116318 - 05/20/09 06:05 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Bearpaw]
caddis Offline
member

Registered: 09/12/03
Posts: 60
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.

Quote:
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
_________________________

Top
#116358 - 05/21/09 12:25 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: caddis]
finallyME Offline
member

Registered: 09/24/07
Posts: 2710
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
_________________________
I've taken a vow of poverty. To annoy me, send money.

Top
#116433 - 05/24/09 02:56 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: r-ice]
frenchie Offline
member

Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 461
Loc: Lyon, France
Tried the french ones once.
Vile....

Top
#116434 - 05/24/09 06:53 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: frenchie]
arolfsen Offline
member

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.

Top
#116573 - 05/26/09 10:21 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Bearpaw]
Glenn Offline
member

Registered: 03/08/06
Posts: 2617
Loc: Ohio
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

Top
#116592 - 05/27/09 09:56 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Glenn]
Pika Online   content
member

Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 1726
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
_________________________
May I walk in beauty.

Top
#117072 - 06/09/09 08:27 PM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: Pika]
300winmag Offline
member

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 1342
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.

Eric
_________________________
"There are no comfortable backpacks. Some are just less uncomfortable than others."

Top
#117126 - 06/11/09 11:45 AM Re: MRE Rundown [Re: 300winmag]
Folkalist Offline
member

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!
_________________________
Why am I online instead of hiking?

Top
Page 2 of 2 < 1 2

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Bivvy Sack combo Arrangement
by Jim M
Today at 01:58 AM
what is the lightest framed backpack around 40L
by toddfw2003
10/16/17 07:23 PM
a worthy challenger to the msr pocket rocket2
by the-gr8t-waldo
10/16/17 01:28 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Napa Fires
by balzaccom
10/11/17 07:43 PM
Backpacking the Ouachita Trail thanksgiving
by toddfw2003
10/05/17 11:54 PM
Rockfalll on El Capitan in Yosemite
by balzaccom
09/28/17 09:47 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
alcohol stove comparisons
by Bike_packer
10/03/17 08:56 PM
Can footprint plasticizer harm tent ground-sheet?
by Weston1000
09/10/17 02:24 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
1 registered (), 28 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Pasquale, Rahultravel, Tated, fester225, TwodoGz
12420 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com