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MRE Perfume?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:38 pm
by RECNEF
G'day G'day!

Have any of you ever had this experience:

I opened a Menu 20 Pork Sausage and Cream Gravy a few minutes ago and a wave of what is without doubt perfume hit me in the face. The only conclusion that I can come to is that whoever packed this MRE was female - or a guy with some pretty hinky cologne.

Have any of you ever experienced that???

Cheers!

Chris

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:40 pm
by elandil
no, but I have not opened my Menu 20 yet....I'll keep a nose out when I do, see if anything comes out.

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:42 pm
by Nighthawk1097
I bet it was just that pork sausage and cream gravy. She was trying to get your attention. :wink:

Everyone been saying the sausage and gravy is great, and I for one always thought it sounded pretty gross; but now I feel like I need to buy the ones at my local army navy and give it a try.

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:03 pm
by DonJa
Nighthawk1097 wrote:I bet it was just that pork sausage and cream gravy. She was trying to get your attention. :wink:

Everyone been saying the sausage and gravy is great, and I for one always thought it sounded pretty gross; but now I feel like I need to buy the ones at my local army navy and give it a try.
Get ready to be underwhelmed.

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:20 pm
by SentientTootsieRoll
I have. It was a 1996 Chicken and Rice MRE I reviewed on this forum!
At the time, I didn't think it was worth mentioning but I also noticed a strong perfume odor upon opening it. I really do wonder where the smell came from. I began hypothesizing and came to the conclusion that it was probably stored in a house where perfume was commonplace so it eventually picked that smell up over the years. Your conclusion isn't one I had drawn, but now I'm beginning to wonder if that's the cause behind it. Maybe the same person packed it! Very strange indeed.

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:43 pm
by RECNEF
Everyone been saying the sausage and gravy is great
I don't know that I would necessarily say that they are great... They're good - and when you think about it they were the last real breakfast menu other than the hashbrowns.

My son and I like them but there is a trick to eating them: they MUST be eaten quickly and while hot.

If you allow them to cool - even a little bit - they start to turn all gelatinous which I suspect is the starch in the gravy completing a chemical change it has been wanting to do since 2 months after it was cooked and packed in there...

But yeah eat them fast and hot and you will probably like them as much as we do!

Cheers!

Chris

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:46 pm
by RECNEF
I have. It was a 1996 Chicken and Rice MRE I reviewed on this forum!
At the time, I didn't think it was worth mentioning but I also noticed a strong perfume odor upon opening it. I really do wonder where the smell came from. I began hypothesizing and came to the conclusion that it was probably stored in a house where perfume was commonplace so it eventually picked that smell up over the years. Your conclusion isn't one I had drawn, but now I'm beginning to wonder if that's the cause behind it. Maybe the same person packed it! Very strange indeed.
I mentioned it to my son this afternoon and he told me that no, the smell I smelled did not come from INSIDE the bag, it came from the bag itself. Apparently all five of the MREs he just bought online arrived smelling like that - he says he's keeping those bags separate from our supply because of that.

Mystery solved it seems.

Cheers!

Chris

Re: MRE Perfume?

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:36 pm
by [ex-Member1]
RECNEF wrote:Have any of you ever experienced that???
Yes it happens sometimes when you open Russian rations you can smell the girl parfume. Then I imagine someone looking like Elizaveta Boyarskaya packing IRP's.