The deeper I dig......

Discussions about US MREs and other US rations
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The deeper I dig......

Post by PanzerDivision666 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:46 pm

it's been a long time since I've been on here. i forgot my damned password.
A few things I've been wanting to share with you all:
1.) I have been noticing more and more with the last few cases of very fresh 2013-2014 MREs that there is a lack of matches in accessory packs. Unless, that is, it has coffee in it. I got a case of B Menus and the coffee comes in plain manila colored packs, just like all the old blasted-dried stuff they used to issue.

2.) They are sorta kinda bringing back some old menus, I was shocked to find Au Gratin Potatoes in my Meatballs With Marinara Sauce ration. I mean, i had to do a double take. So i ate it hot and it was AWESOME. :D I think some of the menus I've had taste sorta like some of the older menus too. Beef Brisket tastes like Beef, Diced With Gravy. The Maple Muffin Top tastes a lot like a Maple Nut Cake.

3.) That new fangled multigrain snack bread SUCKS. Made me sick as hell.

4.) Apple Turnovers. Christ, I have a shitload of them. it seemed like every time i opened a ration to see what was inside, there it was. i keep these stashed away... Ditto with the fudge brownies, and marble poundcake...
5.) Every goddamned beverage base powder pack in two cases of 2013 A/B were Tropical Punch Flavored. Every. Last. One.
6.) Gone are those horrid apple cider packs. bastards took out the iced tea. Which sucks.
7.) I discovered, much to my horror, that when you are REALLY starving, even what I call Barf Bag Menus taste really good. I hadn't eaten all day after a twelve hour shift. Just drank alot of fluids and snacked here and there, but by the time I got home it was late and it was also December 7th, So i watched "The Pacific" and opened up a piping hot abomination of Chicken With Tomatoes And Feta Cheese. I lovingly call this concoction Bile In A Bag because I tried to eat the meal luke warm and all it did was piss me off and i thought it tasted kinda like something you inadvertantly vomit into your mouth :shock:
But this time around I found the meal to be quite satisfying, and seeing as how I have these thrown into my Barf Bag Stash a meter or two deep, I might not be so hasty next time when trying something new to turn my nose up at it. As my mom likes to point out, she don't run a diner. Same goes for Uncle Sam. Not a meal I could eat at 0darkthirty.
8. Lastly, I'd like to extend my best holiday wishes to all, especially those serving here at home and abroad who may not be able to get back to their loved ones for Christmas My gift to you this year : I found a recipe for MCI Poundcake at a a blog called the The Joy Of Field Rations. Turns out the guy who posts to it is a military man and is a chef by trade, and he re-creates all sorts of awesome recipes, like Army Bread, WW2 Recipe, I can make it right in my mess kit. There are recipes for Army cinnamon ro;s, coffee cakes, you name it. It is a culinary history lesson you will love. I plan on making C-Rat Poundcakes for Christmas for the team and for a few ole timers at work who last had this dessert in a tropical Southeast Asian Country long before my time.

Enjoy and God Bless!!!!!

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Re: The deeper I dig......

Post by elandil » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:08 pm

howdy, welcome back, and salutations.

Yeah, i've noticed that only the A accessory packs have the matches in them. Dunno why. Also that instead of the cider and tea they have been putting the lemonade/raspberry lemonade sticks in.

I guess it's all part of a modern, bottled water, camelback wearing, non-smoking encouraged force... :wink:

As for this blog you mention...way to tease without a link... :lol:

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Re: The deeper I dig......

Post by housil » Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:47 am

PanzerDivision666 wrote: a blog called the The Joy Of Field Rations.
Great find!

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Re: The deeper I dig......

Post by Norton » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:46 pm

Great post and I also like the Iced Tea drink mix. I tried it on a summer camping trip and thought it was a great addition for American ration menus. The Kool Aide drink flavors are fine for certain meals, but I don't like Raspberry drink mix at all .

The ice tea fits other meals far better. Such as sweet flavor tomato base Brisket, iced teat just goes better. When I tried it, I thought why did we not have iced tea mix in the 1980's ? Maybe we did I never drew that meal. I have mixed feelings on the cider, I would not mind mixing it with Hot civilian tea as a cold weather mid day drink. I also like the Joy of Field Rations blog. It motivates me to try WW 1 or WW 2 soldier style field cooking on the river bank. That site has many recipes that seem Very flexible as they say season to taste.
I cooked the British WW 1 style Corned Beef and potato recipe a while back. :oops: It took me two tries to get it right

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Re: The deeper I dig......

Post by Horsesoldier » Tue Dec 23, 2014 4:17 am

The Joy of Field Rations blog is really great -- I just wish the author would post some more recipes. I've tried some of the recipes there and have to say some were great and some . . . acquired tastes.

As for the matches going away, that's fairly odd. Probably is an artifact of a decade + of war in a place and in circumstances where things like field prepped coffee has become a sort of lost art. (And all the smokers I ever knew downrange tended to restock lighters at the haji shops rather than resort to matches.)

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Re: The deeper I dig......

Post by rationtin440 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:27 am

There was a link at once upon a time to a site that was something like vietnam database, where the guy was talking about re-producing the MCIs and he mentioned about poundcake. Funny how when I first enlisted in the national guard back in the mid-late 1980s when we still had MCIs we'd get dropped for push-ups if we called them c-rations. Anyway there is so much more variety in the new MREs from what we had in the brown pouch ones after they stopped issuing the MCI. Of course one nice thing about making your own poundcake and other stuff from the MCI (which is also nice about the MREs); you don't have to worry about trying to pick out the flakes of green paint from the food in the can at zero-dark-30 with nothing but fingers and a red lens flashlite! :shock: :oops:

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Re: The deeper I dig......

Post by noderaser » Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:38 pm

Horsesoldier wrote:Probably is an artifact of a decade + of war in a place and in circumstances where things like field prepped coffee has become a sort of lost art.
Who needs matches?
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