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Re: RCW DATING

Postby housil » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:57 am

Thank you for your "condolences"... :cry:

I got a whole case of RCW, but for THAT prices... :shock:

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby LogDayFreshHots » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:44 pm

housil wrote:Thank you for your "condolences"... :cry:


It's okay Housil. Rub some MRE fruit cake on it and you will feel better :!: I promise :lol:
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby Ruleryak » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:16 am

Have to add my thanks for a great review thread steve :mrgreen:

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby TheOtherDave » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:46 am

Wow... I had no idea these were that popular-I've been sitting on 3 or 4 cases for years in my walk in closet!
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby alcockell » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:46 pm

steve1989 wrote:Candy, Chocolate Bar With Toffee Enriched, Sweet Type 7, Style 1! (I laugh when I read that every time... why the heck didn't they just call it Chocolate Toffee Bar..?!?! hehehe)


or...

TREEEOH! TREEEOH! I WANT A TRIO AND I WANT ONE NOW! (remember those, fellow Brits?)

http://www.childofthe1980s.com/2007/08/13/jacobs-trio/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-V-KCY7SMU

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby reddevil1311 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:12 am

:D That takes me back!
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby steve1989 » Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:56 am

Here is an High Definition-Style update on a 1998 RCW.

I opened one of my babies on this past February, and the reason was I heard the M&M's had bursted open in the -b component and that's all it took for me to say - "Ok I gotta open you".
Oh, and the Chocolate Covered Brownie's nuts tend to go rancid by about 15 years (in my experiences) and this one was 16 years old so I wanted to try it on one of it's last "good days".

I truly love these rations, and I don't ever open one unless I am desperate for some guaranteed entertainment and nostalgia. :twisted:

P.S. I actually ate every bite of this ration over the course of the whole day. even the kindof stale crackers. I sent the Accessory packet to a friend, and saved the orange drink because it was hard as a rock.

The brownie was perfect by the way.

Cookies and fig bar were perfectly good. Fig bar was a little darker but I've eaten them when they turned black so I ate it. 8)
Oatmeal was creamy cinnamon goodness. I love RCW Oatmeal.

Chili with beans was wholesome and filling. I added 3 ounces less water than instructed. Always use about 25% less water than directed on dehydrated entrees. They'll taste better!

I have about 20 more pictures of this ration so ask and I'll post more close ups if you want. :)
Thanks everyone! :) :) :)
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After all the fun on Valentine's Evening - I had the last part I saved of the RCW that I didn't eat earlier.
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Dip an RCW Oatmeal Cookie Bar into RCW Hot Cocoa.. Heaven!
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Just before hydrating.
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RCW's on Valentine's Day in Sunny Florida. It was a good night. ;)
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby mreheater72 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:30 pm

Steve, thanks a lot for that great review on a "vintage" ration 8) , that unfortunately will never be produced :cry: .

steve1989 wrote:Oh, and the Chocolate Covered Brownie's nuts tend to go rancid by about 15 years (in my experiences) and this one was 16 years old so I wanted to try it on one of it's last "good days".
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The brownie was perfect by the way.

You are absolutely right, the Chocolate Covered Brownie's nuts tend to go rancid, so congratulations that that RCWones were still fine :D .

steve1989 wrote:Cookies and fig bar were perfectly good. Fig bar was a little darker but I've eaten them when they turned black so I ate it.

I´m surprised that the Fig Bar was still good :o . The shelf life of that item is according to my experience very short. I had several in the past that were not so old and not good anymore :( !

steve1989 wrote:Chili with beans was wholesome and filling. I added 3 ounces less water than instructed. Always use about 25% less water than directed on dehydrated entrees. They'll taste better!

I made the same experience with freeze dried ration items, I mentioned that here in another topics before. It is always good to reduce the amount of recommended water adding.

steve1989 wrote:I have about 20 more pictures of this ration so ask and I'll post more close ups if you want.

If you have some close-ups of the Chili with Beans, they are welcome :) !

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Re: RCW DATING

Postby steve1989 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:54 pm

Hey mreheater, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my update on this neat old post, and on what I feel is one of the best military rations ever to be produced! :)

I feel badly you have had bad experiences in the past with the fig bars! :( Were they rancid or did they just taste bad? I personally enjoy the "different" (for a lack of a better term) flavor and texture of old MRE fig bars!
Like I mentioned, I've eaten them when they turned black - check the bottom of the first page of this thread. In 2010, I had a 1989 Rafco with fig bars, and those things were black and they tasted strong of fig, were oily, and sweet. Certainly a different experience! & I would love to try them again within the next decade..! :twisted:

I will now post 8 more photos, including your request of the Chili & Beans close-ups! :)
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M&M's got loose in the bag and are far from edible! Oh well, who cares about M&M's anyways? hehe
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Re: RCW DATING

Postby mreheater72 » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:21 pm

steve1989 wrote:Hey mreheater, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my update on this neat old post, and on what I feel is one of the best military rations ever to be produced! :)

I just browsed the whole post again (I have read sometimes in the past already), it is awesome :D . Detailed information and pics about a great ration that will never be produced again :cry: .

steve1989 wrote:I feel badly you have had bad experiences in the past with the fig bars! :( Were they rancid or did they just taste bad? I personally enjoy the "different" (for a lack of a better term) flavor and texture of old MRE fig bars!
Like I mentioned, I've eaten them when they turned black - check the bottom of the first page of this thread. In 2010, I had a 1989 Rafco with fig bars, and those things were black and they tasted strong of fig, were oily, and sweet. Certainly a different experience! & I would love to try them again within the next decade..! :twisted:

The old fig bars I tasted had turned dark, their smell was bad and the taste was a mixture between bitter and rancid :( . I could eat not even a little piece, I have to spit it out :( .

steve1989 wrote:I will now post 8 more photos, including your request of the Chili & Beans close-ups! :)

Thank you very much for the additional photos/close-ups :D 8) !

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