T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews wanted.

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Re: T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews want

Post by housil » Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:45 am

Lifesaver wrote:
I have seen dining facilities (mess halls for us old guys) that did not have the assortment and volume you do. That is quite the collection. Thanks for sharing the photos with us.
Thx mate :D

I realy love MIL-Rations.

But that was just my T-18 rack you saw.

See my "other european rations rack":
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with Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Russian, Spain, UK

One of my german EPa racks:
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with enough EPa for 3 month and 100kg of field kitchen cans, 40kg full grain bread a.s.o.


and over 20 cartons of MREs, another 20 cartons of EPa light, 3 x brit. 10/24 cartons...
A total amount of 1800 servings.
Enough to feed me and my whole family for almost 2 years down in the basement. Three times a day :D

Don´t ask me why, it´s just for "to have them".

I hope I´m as normal as you. Isn´t it :P

And that was just one side of my basement.
Did I told you that I have rent an extra garage for all my other stuff... :o

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Post by jubifahrer » Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:54 am

Hi,

I love the basement of housil. Everything is so lovely displayed. Like a museum.

Iam happy to call housil my friend and so i stayed many times with him in this showroom.

My storage is not as nice as that of housil, and not so much :cry:

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That will be enough for my familiy over 150 days.

but first time we have to eat this:

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my wifes supply. :)

best regards

jubifahrer

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Re: T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews want

Post by Nawt » Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:10 am

Unfortunately my only metal tray ration with: potatoes didn't survive a short battle with gravity :(
After that it also lost the fight mith me and my stomach :D

Metal tray:
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Potatoes, sweet, glazed
date codes (not sure but it's an oldy):
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date code
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side
The big ding with a hole:
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dinged up
"Yummie" sweet potatoes:
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inside the spuds
I did save some for later, it ends up in the freezer.
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Since I can't finish a whole tray
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Nawt.

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Re: T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews want

Post by housil » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:33 am

Date code is "3018".
How did they taste?

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Re: T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews want

Post by Nawt » Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:00 am

Hello Housil,

Thank you for the help on the date code. I was a little confused by all the numbers.

My post should have been more elaborate indeed.

Taste was alright actually. They were sweet, tasted like a sweet potato but not like a fresh one. With a mixed blend of 'military ration taste'. Kinda hard to describe. The texture of the potatoes was a little 'mashy', it still had the firm pieces but texture was softened. I guess from being stored in a tray for all those years.
Not a winner but good to eat.

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Post by housil » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:01 am

For once I had a spoiled T-18 apple dessert, the apples were "dark" and had a "nasty" taste.

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Re: T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews want

Post by Nawt » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:44 pm

That's too bad. alsways a pitty.

I 'discovered' a spoiled t-18 scrambled eggs with turkey..something (I don't exactly recall it) in my collection once....

the smell prevented me from taking a picture for here and it ended up in the bin straight away! hmmpff... it made me gag when I got a good whiff of it and out went the tray.
For a split second I probably had a green shine on my face :mrgreen:

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Re: T-Rat's..or Tray Ration if you prefer, your reviews want

Post by mreheater72 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:04 pm

Nawt wrote:…Taste was alright actually. They were sweet, tasted like a sweet potato but not like a fresh one. With a mixed blend of 'military ration taste'. Kinda hard to describe. The texture of the potatoes was a little 'mashy', it still had the firm pieces but texture was softened. I guess from being stored in a tray for all those years.
Not a winner but good to eat.
Hi Nawt,
sorry, but the “Potatoes, Sweet, Glazed” do not look really appetizing :( .
housil wrote:Date code is "3018"…
Olli, sorry, but I cannot agree :( . I´m quite sure the date code is the numerical sequence 7337 2, that means the tray ration was packed (also according to the appearance) December 3, 1997. I´m sure the "EST" number is not the date code, although I don´t know what "EST" means (it appears on many US ration items), perhaps someone here can help.

That metal tray was packed 0249 (September 5, 2000) by STAR FOOD PROCESSING, INC., "EST" is also 13018 :!: :!: :!:
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That plastic tray was packed 5189 (July 8, 2005) by the WORNICK COMPANY, "EST" is 19076
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Here some "EST"-numbers, note that the "EST" 13018 of Nawts tray ration produced by STAR FOOD PROCESSING, INC. is the same as from MRE entrees produced by STAR FOOD PROCESSING, INC. :!: :!: :!: It seems that every company has its own "EST" :idea: :?: :

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Post by housil » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:40 pm

mreheater72 wrote: Olli, sorry, but I cannot agree :( . I´m quite sure the date code is the numerical sequence 7337 2, that means the tray ration was packed (also according to the appearance) December 3, 1997. I´m sure the "EST" number is not the date code, although I don´t know what "EST" means (it appears on many US ration items), perhaps someone here can help.
I see.

Maybe any markings like these here?

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Post by Bypah » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:24 pm

Well hello to my okie friend...Twobravo :mrgreen:
I see now the Sooner state is well represented. :lol:
I have several T-rats. I had tasted cakes( old "tin" cans ones), scrambled eggs, potatoes and several mystery meats with gravy and they are awesome.
Except for the cakes that we ate straight up from the can the other ones I simply warmed them with hot water since they are in plastic trays. :wink:
I still have a few left of "mystery meats" with gravy left.

Peace!
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