Irene Meal

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Irene Meal

Post by Name_not_found » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:50 pm

Today we have a special review.
This meal is from a friend of mine who was working in a town closed down by the national guard due to hurricane Irene.
This is one variety of support that was given out and he happened to have left over for me to try.
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Impressive nutrition
Open box and overall contents
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Main Meal, cookies, broth mix, accessory pack, flameless heater, salt water to activate heater, wetnap
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Re: Irene Meal

Post by Name_not_found » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:54 pm

Snack first, the cookies
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Very good, like the store brand
Now the broth
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pretty good, chicken flavor was nice not too strong or salty
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Re: Irene Meal

Post by Name_not_found » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:06 pm

Time for the Main Meal
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Turkey and Mashed Potato's
The Heater and salt water activator
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Larger bag and slightly larger heat than a standard FRH
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Activator
Bag Sealed, it has a sticky tab to use so it stays shut
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FRH in action
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It steamed open the glue on the far end of the box

Finished cooking
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Looks.....ok it smells good though
Plated
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Eaten
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First Bite
Overall this was tasty.
I added some of the broth to the potatoes to improve them.
The meat was ok, like thick sliced luncheon meat, ok texture slightly smokey flavor.
I finished everything

Keeping in mind i like the old chicken breast patty menu enough to eat it cold with nothing on it, i think others would rank this higher than that.

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by housil » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:25 pm

I like this selfheating, fancy meals :D
Thx for posting

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by rationtin440 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 4:59 pm

Great review and pics NNF! It seems that many meals like that seem to have a very salty taste, mebbe from the preservatives. In the vintage Sci-Fi novel series "Deathlands" by James Axler, the survivors eat food from "self-heats" actually self heating cans of food that are warmed by pulling a ring which activates heating chemicals between the layers of the double-layered cans. The reason I mention this is that I recall some company trying something like thatthat a few years ago but it never took off for some reason. Does anyone else recall it?

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by MCIera » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:38 pm

Actually, self heating cans are currently in production and are available from Sunmeadow in FL. http://www.sunmeadow.com/content/26/Sel ... ducts.aspx . I believe the same product(s) or products using the exact same technology are marketed in the UK under the brand name of Hotcan. No website available for the company yet, but here's an article from the Daily Mail newspaper.
rationtin440 wrote:Great review and pics NNF! It seems that many meals like that seem to have a very salty taste, mebbe from the preservatives. In the vintage Sci-Fi novel series "Deathlands" by James Axler, the survivors eat food from "self-heats" actually self heating cans of food that are warmed by pulling a ring which activates heating chemicals between the layers of the double-layered cans. The reason I mention this is that I recall some company trying something like thatthat a few years ago but it never took off for some reason. Does anyone else recall it?

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by rationtin440 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:43 pm

Cool site MCIera and thanks! Does anyone recall the flavored coffees that came out quite a few years ago where you pushed in a button on the bottom of the "can" and it started a chemical reaction that got the coffee pretty hot? All kinds of warnings on the "can" about not re-using it.....well duh? :roll:

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by alcockell » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:20 pm

Yeah - I remember them. Tried them at Butlins Minehead during Spring Harvest 2002... only issue was - in a 12oz/330ml form factor, you got about 150ml of coffee.... so *not nearly enough*

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by rationtin440 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:27 pm

Thanks for reply alcockell! One thing that surprised me was the British medical unit that was near us during desert storm, most of the people in their ambulance/evac section did not drink tea but they loved our coffee! I always thought it was a tradition in the UK that tea was the drink. We exchanged some good-natured ribbing though about the custom of calling cookies biscuits, actually I made a comment that biscuits would not be my first choice to go with tea or coffee, then it was explained to me..... :lol: :oops:

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Re: Irene Meal

Post by Name_not_found » Wed Sep 07, 2011 1:16 pm

--The self heating coffee/soups in the USA a few years back were Wolfgang Puck brand, not sure who the manufacturer was

--Does anyone have a Hormel completes that would check to see if it will fit in a FRH
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