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Re: RCW - Brownie, Chocolate Covered and Oatmeal Cookie,CC

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:42 am
by Norton
Steve
thanks for the great post. Some of these components look thicker and this bar far more dense.
Is the idea behind RCW to provide higher calories than normal MRE, as the troop would be using more calories to stay warm?

How did these taste

Re: RCW - Brownie, Chocolate Covered and Oatmeal Cookie,CC

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:21 pm
by steve1989
Hey Norton! Thanks as always, man. It always feels good to know I caught your interest on something I posted.

The RCW's were produced from 1989-2000. I have only had access to 1989 Rafco's, 1990-1993 Cinpacs, 1 So Pack which I think was a 1995 DoP, and the Wornicks from 1998.

Ok, so they had the "Fruit Soup" ONLY in the 1989 Rafcos - I would pay someone $20 to get one of those to review here on HD pics to show everyone. Lemme know folks.
Anyways - the fruit soup came in Raspberry and Strawberry - it was like Kool Aid but all natural but with pectin added.. one of these days I am going to attempt to re-create RCW Fruit Soup.. and again I got $20 on who ever brings me one. Hope that's a fair #.

Ok, I'll keep rambling here - had my coffee and am feeling inspired.. thanks again Norton!

Anyways, these RCW's had like 4,500 calories in em' - ok actually I am going on Kman's main Home Page and I will copy & paste his perfect information here.. thanks again to Kman - I remember over 10 years ago looking at your RCW page and it was the only bit of info I had on these things.. still an inspiration. Always will be.
(Coped part in asterisks)
**Each menu provides approximately 4500 kilocalories (8% protein, 32% fat, and 60% carbohydrate). The RCW provides sufficient kilocalories to meet energy expenditure during heavy exertion in extreme cold, while limiting sodium and protein content to reduce the risk of dehydration in arctic environments. The sodium content is 5 grams per ration. **

Ok back to the Fruit Soups, they took em' out in 1990 - and for over 3 more years the darned Oatmeal Packet's instructions still suggested adding Fruit Soup for flavor variation although the Fruit Soups had been replaced with the AWFUL Chicken Noodle Soup (Cambell's brand never had a fresh one.. guess the salt and broth was more valuable than yet another sugary drink like the Fruit Soup).

Anyone else notice how much darned sugar is in one of these things? Guess it's another preservative - and all that sugar would maybe be nice for bulking the food's caloric content.

These things take like 90 OZ's of water just to fully re-hydrate all contents... I should take a picture of 90 ounces of water and we can all get an idea on that one.. that's like over 5 pounds of water!



Norton, that Granola Bar pack there is from a 1998 Wornick RCW - they used to put the Oatmeal Cookie Bar & Granola Bar in the same pack and were both rectangular.. then they switched that in 1998 and put the 2 Granola Bars in one pack and kept them the same Rectangular shape and thickness. The Oatmeal Cookie Bars were essentially doubled in width and reduced the thickness by half.

Oh - those 1998 Wornick Granola Bars are fantastic! Sweet cinnamon, and apple undertones! Very nice mild flavor and I would seriously like to try crumbling some up one day out primitive camping and only thing I add to em is hot water and an Accessory Packet Creamer. Maybe a tad bit of salt too.. like a dash.. oh heck that sounds decent!!

Lemme see if I can get ya on a good comparison here in pics.

Re: RCW - Brownie, Chocolate Covered and Oatmeal Cookie,CC

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:31 pm
by steve1989
Who wants to see something that is just absolutely beautiful? :D


These pictures are dedicated to the Great Norge!

I will never forget your amazing contributions to the site and everyone who saw your amazing reviews before that Photo Bucket thing a couple years back will always have fond memories of your experiences.


Miss ya, brother, and we all hope you & your son are doing well!

Re: RCW - Brownie, Chocolate Covered and Oatmeal Cookie,CC

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:41 pm
by steve1989
Continued.

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Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:50 pm
by steve1989
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Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:59 pm
by steve1989
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by steve1989
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Re: RCW - Brownie, Chocolate Covered and Oatmeal Cookie,CC

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 1:09 pm
by cavguy
Cool pics! The RCW is my favorite ration because most everything holds up so well through time and most everything tasted so good ( minus the added MSG in the meals)!

Re: RCW - Brownie, Chocolate Covered and Oatmeal Cookie,CC

Posted: Sun Nov 08, 2015 7:23 pm
by housil
Great pics and review, thx for sharning