rationtin440 wrote: but the water issue was similar to what was encountered in Vietnam with the LURP rations, according to many veterans' accounts.
I agree, the biggest drawback with freeze dried rations is the need of hot (!) water. Once you melt e.g. snow on a tommy/ESBIT cooker with your canteen cup and could pour it in, how do you keep it hot and allow it to soak? If you are in winter environment, it´s cold. That´s will cool down the ration real quick I guess. (We only had regular EPas at winter training)
I like the freeze dried ones for their almost unlimited shelf life and their non-weight but as you guy´s mentioned, you can´t eat them un"cooked"