Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

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What MRE should be my first review?

Poll ended at Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:11 pm

Lemon Pepper Tuna
1
17%
Maple Pork Sausage
3
50%
Beef Stew
0
No votes
Homemade Tuna
0
No votes
Homemade Salmon
2
33%
 
Total votes: 6

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Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by EmRE » Tue Oct 14, 2014 4:11 pm

Hey all!
I'm going hiking tomorrow and I love having MREs as lunch on the trail. I've already had two (spicy penne pasta and beef roast) which I made review videos/pictures for, but something kept coming up that presented a problem. The pictures didn't actually take, the video was cruddy, or (in both cases) I just didn't like the food. This time, I've scoured heaven and earth (read: eBay and the local surplus store) and found a couple of meals that tickle my fancy. I think the third time's the charm, but I'd like to know what the target audience (you awesome people who appreciate MREs) would like to see.

The meals I have are--
Menu 21: Lemon Pepper Tuna, stripped of the cobbler (date code: 1038)
Menu 4: Pork Sausage Patty, Maple Flavored (date code: 1005)
A homemade MRE using scavenged MRE beef stew and the cobbler from the tuna meal
A homemade MRE featuring tuna
A homemade MRE featuring salmon

And in case anyone wants to factor in the conditions of the hike, here's the forecast--
Mostly sunny
High: 68°F/20°C
Temperature around the time of the hike: 55°F-66°F/13°C-19°C
Winds: NW at 10-15 mph/9-13 knots

If there are any other questions, please ask!

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by housil » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:03 pm

First of all, welcome to forums.

I voted for the salmon as "fish" is pretty rare with any rations.

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by rattattoo » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:16 pm

I'm in for the Salmon, too.
I've got a couple of pouches of the salmon and tuna from the big-box stores that I haven't worked into a menu yet. I'd be interested to see what you do.

Also: love to know where you're going...
Alsoalso: that 2010 Maple Sausage Patty looks to be one of the best breakfast menus I've seen. I can tell you the blueberry granola is really worthwhile, and the Mapletop muffin and apple fruit butter sound like they be pretty hot stuff as well. If you can find a spare hashbrowns, they are great with the maple sausage patty... They soak up all the juices really well.

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by EmRE » Tue Oct 14, 2014 5:50 pm

Hey, thanks guys! :D
I'm still deciding between a couple of places for the hike. I'm not sure if I want to take one of my two standby trails or if I want to try somewhere new. We just got a ton of rain, so now I may try a place I haven't been in a couple of years that has a nice waterfall when it's been wet enough.
Right now, the salmon has the lead, but even if that changes, I'll be sure to post a review when I do use it.
I'm almost out of my real MREs, so I've either got to find the time for another trip to the surplus store or start getting super creative with my homemade ones.

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by Norton » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:27 pm

Welcome to the club and we share a common interest. I also use MREs and other military rations for Hiking, canoeing and camping meals.
I have eaten civilian retort pouch Salmon on the A/T trail for a lunchtime meal, so I know it's full of nutrition.
Same with Tuna, so I would like you to review Military versions of the same product.

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by Apocalypse » Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:21 pm

All reviews, especially ones where you don't like the food, are welcome and encouraged.
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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by Bypah » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:34 am

I will go with the salmon. Is rare , so that's why I voted for it. ;-)
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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by rattattoo » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:25 am

Ahhh... there may be a problem with the vote thingy.
Three different posts say they voted for the salmon, but there only two votes recorded...

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by steve1989 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:43 am

I vote Salmon!
What is the oldest thing you've ever eaten?

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Re: Help me pick an MRE for my first review!

Post by EmRE » Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:34 pm

rattattoo wrote:Ahhh... there may be a problem with the vote thingy.
Three different posts say they voted for the salmon, but there only two votes recorded...
I think some people may have posted opinions without voting or arrived after the poll closed. I ate the salmon and am working on writing the review, but since there was apparently quite a bit of interest in the maple sausage, it will probably be my next review.

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