Why not Ramen Noodles?

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Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by RGoodellSr » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:41 pm

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How difficult would it be to put one of these into a nice re-sealable gusseted retort like any other freeze-dried entrée for inclusion in a ration? The cost per-serving is only pennies, weighs almost nothing and who doesn't like Ramen?

Personally, I enjoy these noodles in various flavors and they make a nice hot comfort meal. I would not be disappointed to find this in a ration some time, somewhere out in the field.
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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by StressfulGengar » Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:52 pm

RGoodellSr wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:41 pm
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How difficult would it be to put one of these into a nice re-sealable gusseted retort like any other freeze-dried entrée for inclusion in a ration? The cost per-serving is only pennies, weighs almost nothing and who doesn't like Ramen?

Personally, I enjoy these noodles in various flavors and they make a nice hot comfort meal. I would not be disappointed to find this in a ration some time, somewhere out in the field.
I think its a multitude of factors, especially for the single meal rations.

#1 If wet packed they would need to be modified to not break down with being in fluid for a long time, this would also add more weight to the ration.

#2 The dry weight is low but the dry size is pretty large and they are just as crumbly if not more than MRE Crackers, so you'd end up with Broken Noodles.

I know that the Australian CR1M does (or did) contain Mi Goreng noodles, packaged much like Ramen. Steve did a review of the CR1M and the noodles can be seen at this link:

So I guess it just depends on if it can be easily worked into a ration or not.

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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by RGoodellSr » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:07 pm

StressfulGengar wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:52 pm
If wet packed they would need to be modified to not break down with being in fluid for a long time, this would also add more weight to the ration.
I couldn't imagine trying to manufacture a wet-packed entrée. I was envisioning dry (as they currently exist), but in a pouch you can add water to and reseal like a hot beverage bag and then eat from.
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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by Cortexmelon » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:29 pm

RGoodellSr wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:07 pm
StressfulGengar wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:52 pm
If wet packed they would need to be modified to not break down with being in fluid for a long time, this would also add more weight to the ration.
I couldn't imagine trying to manufacture a wet-packed entrée. I was envisioning dry (as they currently exist), but in a pouch you can add water to and reseal like a hot beverage bag and then eat from.
They actually are in some MCW menus as of 2016:
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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by RGoodellSr » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:54 pm

Cortexmelon wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:29 pm
They actually are in some MCW menus as of 2016
That's awesome, I had no idea. I learn something new here every day!
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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by housil » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:54 pm

The Brits had them in their 10 man rations
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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by housil » Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:55 pm

Cortexmelon wrote:
Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:29 pm
They actually are in some MCW menus as of 2016:
Wow, great, also haven´t seen them yet

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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by blue87fj60 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:17 pm

Yes, I too have a ramen side in the basement.
Don’t remember which meal it came in.

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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by RockyRaab » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:10 am

There is also almost no nutritional value in the cheap versions of what they euphemistically call "ramen". You'd get an equal effect by just downing the packet of salt in your acc pack.
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Re: Why not Ramen Noodles?

Post by cavguy » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:24 am

Some soldiers do in fact bring ramen on field exercises or deployments, or get them sent to them. Mostly it was the old timers in my experience.

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