US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

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US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby BTemple » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:12 pm

It's been a while since I've cracked open a ration and eaten it, and I didn't have time to properly dive into a 24hr ration of any kind today(baby was asleep and time is precious while he naps Haha) so thus we have my next US MRE, the highly divisive Chicken Pesto Pasta!

As a side note, Menu 23 was the first non-commercial ration I had ever eaten, but that one was a 2007 that I managed to win in a giveaway on RC Gusto's YouTube channel... and so the madness began. The components were a lot different so I was looking forward to it.

First off we have the standard beverage base mix, this one being the orange flavour. I believe I may have put too much water in the glass, the beverage was almost too clear and the flavour was certainly lacking. It was refreshing though, which is at least a plus.

Next up we have the Patriotic Cookies. They have certainly seen better days, but I was able to salvage a few perceptible shapes. Even though I'm Canadian I can certainly enjoy these cookies. They tasted like a mix of Arrowroot cookies and those British Social Tea biscuits... with only the slightest hint of lemon... as if a truck full of lemons drove by the factory these cookies were made in.

Moving on to the other dessert portion, we have the Cinnamon Bun. I didn't have the highest hopes for this, but I was pleasantly surprised. The bun had a perfect texture, it wasn't too dry or wet, and had a nice cinnamon to sugar proportion.

To go with the main entree we have an item I've never tried before, the Italian Breadsticks. I absolutely loved these, I'd rather have these than any wheat snack bread or cracker. Perfect mix of oregano and rosemary and they weren't very dry at all. The cheese spread went well with it as well.

Lastly we have the entree itself... Chicken Pesto Pasta. I usually love pesto so I assumed I would love it. The experience I had the last time I tried this entree ended up being the same today. I voraciously dug into the entree and it was amazing... but then each subsequent spoonful got worse and worse, until I couldn't even finish it. I can't even understand why that would be my reaction to it... but there it is. The entree has the potential to be amazing... but there is indeed a difference between theory and practice.

All in all, aside from the entree I enjoyed the ration a great deal.

Thanks for stopping by everyone, have a good one!
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Re: US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby Synthpeter » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:30 pm

BTemple wrote:Lastly we have the entree itself... Chicken Pesto Pasta. I usually love pesto so I assumed I would love it. The experience I had the last time I tried this entree ended up being the same today. I voraciously dug into the entree and it was amazing... but then each subsequent spoonful got worse and worse, until I couldn't even finish it. I can't even understand why that would be my reaction to it... but there it is. The entree has the potential to be amazing... but there is indeed a difference between theory and practice.


What was it about it that made you not finish it? Pesto taste weird after a while?

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Postby BTemple » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:42 pm

Synthpeter wrote:
BTemple wrote:Lastly we have the entree itself... Chicken Pesto Pasta. I usually love pesto so I assumed I would love it. The experience I had the last time I tried this entree ended up being the same today. I voraciously dug into the entree and it was amazing... but then each subsequent spoonful got worse and worse, until I couldn't even finish it. I can't even understand why that would be my reaction to it... but there it is. The entree has the potential to be amazing... but there is indeed a difference between theory and practice.


What was it about it that made you not finish it? Pesto taste weird after a while?


It's just one of those weird things you can't quite put your finger on. It's very oily, rich and the pesto itself does have a taste that certainly isn't nearly the same as "regular" pesto. That and the fact that MRE chicken never seems to taste as good as it should.
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Re: US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby shawker71 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:41 am

It's funny with this one. My daughter will actually do chores without complaining if she can get one of this menu. Me, I can take it or leave it.
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Re: US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby Mountainmisty » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:42 am

Looks like I would need to add salt lol
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Re: US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby Conrad » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:32 am

I am a bit wary of the MRE chicken menus

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Postby BTemple » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:54 am

shawker71 wrote:It's funny with this one. My daughter will actually do chores without complaining if she can get one of this menu. Me, I can take it or leave it.


I'd do chores all the time for a steady stream of Menu 18. Hahaha
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Postby BTemple » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:56 am

Mountainmisty wrote:Looks like I would need to add salt lol


I didn't add any salt but it's certainly missing "something". I put some of the crushed red pepper on it but that stuff always seems to be too little or too much, no grey area. Haha
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Re: US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby BTemple » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:57 am

Conrad wrote:I am a bit wary of the MRE chicken menus


I find you can't go wrong with the MRE entrees which are basically glorified Chef Boyardee. Hahaha
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Re: US MRE 2014 Menu# 23 Chicken Pesto Pasta

Postby Mountainmisty » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:05 am

BTemple wrote:
Mountainmisty wrote:Looks like I would need to add salt lol


I didn't add any salt but it's certainly missing "something". I put some of the crushed red pepper on it but that stuff always seems to be too little or too much, no grey area. Haha


Be nice if they had real chefs design them
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