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by Tedster
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: MREs
Topic: How Would You Improve MRE's?
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: How Would You Improve MRE's?

As more fat as faster the rations spoils. Fat gets rancid. This is true, although it depends a great deal on the type of fat. Rations are no slouches when it comes to fats. Freeze Dried entrees on the other hand, are very much stripped of fats. They "wash" the food prior, as fats tend to interfere ...
by Tedster
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Other US Ration Reviews
Topic: 1980 B-2 Unit
Replies: 7
Views: 4290

Re: 1980 B-2 Unit

Well the crackers were arguably better then. Don't get me started on "wheat snack bread" The modern issue Cocoa doesn't hold a candle to old stuff. So in some ways they've gone a long way ... downhill. Somebody could probably setup a nice little cottage industry selling B units in cans, just like th...
by Tedster
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: MREs
Topic: How Would You Improve MRE's?
Replies: 3
Views: 83

How Would You Improve MRE's?

For my part I think DOD does really, really well with them, considering the cost restraints and operational requirements. But the fat/carb/protein mix in each meal is way out, I think. The main entree is only eight (8) ounces - roughly half of a typical serving of a can of stew at the supermarket. T...
by Tedster
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: MRE Reviews
Topic: 1984 Beef Stew
Replies: 1
Views: 586

Re: 1984 Beef Stew

In those days they used genuine stew meat, real beef. It was considered the best MRE by most of the troopies. Now they use floor sweepings and "meat glue" to hold it together, which is pretty damn sad if ya ask me.
by Tedster
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: MRE Reviews
Topic: 1991 Meatballs,beef and rice,in spicy tomato sauce
Replies: 7
Views: 789

Re: 1991 Meatballs,beef and rice,in spicy tomato sauce

I remember that meal, it had a tenacious thick tomato sauce that seemed to stain both the spoon and the inner mylar pouch. It was tasty AF, and filling. Naturally they stopped making it.
by Tedster
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: MREs
Topic: Why’d they ruin the cheese spread (1.5oz to 1oz)
Replies: 4
Views: 716

Re: Why’d they ruin the cheese spread (1.5oz to 1oz)

Even prior to the portion reduction I noticed a decline in the product. "Fresh" is not a word generally used along with MRE but if you've eaten rations that were just issued into the system, they had been held since manufacture under carefully prescribed storage conditions. MRE cheese couldn't be co...
by Tedster
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: MRE Reviews
Topic: 1991 Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Replies: 3
Views: 440

Re: 1991 Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

I've noticed that A LOT, early 80s MREs hold up so well compared to other MREs. I always wonder what the true story is on that one haha ;) You aren't the first to notice this, that's for sure. I believe it has to do with the quality or shelf stability of some of the ingredients used, particularly s...
by Tedster
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: MREs
Topic: Tabasco Bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 2480

Re: Tabasco Bottles

I agree. I think Natick should be enjoined from deleting any items* from the menus. Assuming they can find a supplier, at least. The combination knife sharpener/oatmeal bar was a culinary masterpiece , guaranteed to cause an intense craving for at least a quart of milk! I miss the caffeinated mints,...
by Tedster
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: MRE Reviews
Topic: 1983 Diced Turkey with Gravy
Replies: 9
Views: 1929

Re: 1983 Diced Turkey with Gravy

Honestly? I suspect cost. Freeze-drying is an inherently expensive process. I'm not sure what the actual unit gubbmint cost is for a case of MREs but it is somewhere around $120 or so. They have to keep all of the items in a menu around for at least a little while, they have to pencil every single i...
by Tedster
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: MREs
Topic: What Happened To MRE Bread?
Replies: 11
Views: 3162

Re: What Happened To MRE Bread?

I tried that bread shelf stable in the brown package in the 90's and thought it tasted like (damp) cardboard.... That seems more like a description of the "Wheat Snack Bread", the shelf stable bread wouldn't win any awards, but it wasn't particlarly bad as I recall. It is certainly identifiable as ...