Steve's International Ration Thread

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:46 am

Next, I got a German EPA from another really cool dude that I greatly respect -

This is a very high quality ration, folks. It's one that I can say everyone should get a chance to try some day!

Ok, I will first start with photos to get the ball rollin'

First off, I'll bet everyone can see if they look relatively closely at that one Bierwurst, that it leaked through the can.

I did something that I will most likely never do again and will never recommend to anyone reading:

I ate that Bierwurst that leaked. And I did NOT get sick at all!

This is why: That top label in conjunction with the gelatinous fat surrounding the bierwurst created a thin protective seal that essentially kept it preserved. That Bierwurst was maybe 15-20% drier than the other 2 Wursts in this Ration.
My buddy Doug, myself, and my dog, Scooter ate that Bierwurst - all agreed it looked, smelled, and tasted good and lived to tell the tale.

Again, don't be stupid like me - if you ever have leaking food do not eat it... please!


That Bierwurst was delicious by the way, and the one with the green olives in it was a pleasant surprise as well because the olives weren't overpowering in any way.
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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:03 am

You know, I must say - I think the Hartkeks Crackers are some of the best Ration crackers produced!
The taste sortof like a firmer version of Animal Crackers!

I would rate the German Hartkeks at an equal with Biscuits-Brown. Certainly beats U.S. MRE crackers!
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So I am guessing this is a sanitizing wipe? I also put this in part of my hiking kit (in my toiletries)
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Hey Housil or MREheater72, could you translate this for me? I have these Water Purification Tablets in part of my hiking vest's survival kit and I want to make sure I use the right measurement of water.
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A little beat up - this one concerns me. (bottom of Beef Medallions in Yellow Rice)
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Leaking Bierwurst.

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:24 am

The 3 total "Wursts" are quite the nice accompaniment to those Hartkeks.

The mildly sweet flavor and firm texture of cracker along with the very accessible flavor of the Bierwurst is a combination like Cheese & Crackers. It just makes sense.
The Wursts are like a moist and mild summer sausage. You could easily cut through it with a spoon - its easy to eat and quite a pleasure to have.
Something that I would absolutely love to have again when I'm on a long hike and want something savory, accessible, and satisfying. All while maintaining that efficient on-the-go nature a Military Field Ration really needs.
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Hartkeks broke up a little, but not too badly.
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Leaked Bierwurst on Left - Wurst W/ Green Olives on Right. About to have some with the Hartkeks!
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This is the hard fat seal that protected that Bierwurst. I honestly think it happened within a week before I'd gotten it. Perhaps even during shipping.
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Looks OK
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See where it leaked?
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These Drink Mixes have Aspartame in them - sorry I don't do the whole artificial sweetener thing if I can avoid it!

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:38 am

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Meant to take more detailed photos of the Blackberry Jam too - sorry this is the only one of it. Very distinct and sweet blackberry flavor. I loved it.
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Apricot jam - very high quality and delicious jam with a perfect spreadable texture. Again, I wish I had like a hundred more of these things stashed away for my camping trips.
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I think there is a better way to eat this than like how I did it. I coulda just eaten it with a spoon straight out of the can. This sour rye bread is delicious. I wish I had more of it!
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Bread in a can.
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Hartkeks just before fully unpacking.

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:53 am

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The Tea Extract is a very finely ground texture. It mixed very easily in the hot water I had for it (6oz)
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This was a pleasing combo. Something I would actually enjoy a lot for breakfast.
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I've gotten sick from some of the ration items I've eaten. This leaked Bierwurst was not one of them.
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Oh boy - there I am being a Ration nut as usual.
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My buddy Doug tried that leaked Bierwurst first - so really I have to give him the credit.
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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:11 am

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Sweet it with Zucker! Brought to you by the fine folks of Germany! :-)
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Tea on Left - Coffee on Right
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Coffee is very fine ground too - kinda like Lithuanian Coffee or U.S. Coffee Instant Type 1 that I've had.

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by housil » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:37 am

Great review!
I always enjoy to read how other peoples rate rations and our food.

steve1989 wrote: Erfrischungstuch
Water purification
Steve, that "Erfrischungstuch" is a moist towelette. Do NOT wipe next to your eyes!
About the water purification, it says use 2 tablets for 1 liter (= 0,91 quart), let it sit for 20 min before drinking. Use within 24hrs.

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by Norton » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:12 am

Steve that was a great review and thanks for giving some of us North Americans a flavor yardstick to use.
e)

Such as
steve1989 wrote:You know, I must say - I think the Hartkeks Crackers are some of the best Ration crackers produced!
The taste sortof like a firmer version of Animal Crackers!

I would rate the German Hartkeks at an equal with Biscuits-Brown. Certainly beats U.S. MRE crackers
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The Rye bread in the can would be just the sort of thing I would want to spread the Bierwurst on. It looks like a great combination. Mt father would make sandwiches out of liverwurst for deer hunting and we always found it very filling. I like the idea of the disk shaped bread in a real can to protect it from being smashed, if you broke down the meal into separate portions. The Jam looked good I would have to save that for breakfast. Now was the coffee?
Last those foil tops always worry me when we get civilian goods sealed like that. I wonder about small punctures from shipping.
But I guess your meal had enough salt to protect it short term.
Again great review Thanks

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:43 am

Hey Housil & Norton,

Thankyou so much for the positive response and for checking out my reviews! I actually decided to stay in and do reviews til' late. A sure way for me to spend my late night.

I didn't get a chance to finish the German EPA review yet so I'll see how much I can get done before I have to go out to work.


Oh yeah, and the coffee!! It's delicious, Norton! I think it beats out our Taster's Choice here at home. Bolder flavor but it was also smoother. Like an instant dark roast.. but not very bitter so it was impressive. Also had a good caffeine kick - but then again I did drink it same time as the tea.

Come to think of it, I think it and the tea make more than 6 oz, because I remember sharing both that tea and coffee with my buddy, Doug. We had about 5-6oz each of the tea and coffee from 1 sachet of each. So I think they both make at least 8oz of strong tea/coffee.

That sounds very cool Norton! My parents were very Liberal when I was growing up - it was nice but I never got to go hunting, let alone hunting with my dad.
It was me who turned it around and was the military/weapons/rations enthusiast of the family. Now my mom has her concealed and packs a 40. - go figure!
I've been opening up military rations since I was maybe 8 or 9 years old when I made my parents take me to Army & Navy stores.
First MRE I ever had was 1993 Tuna W/ Noodles. I absolutely loved it - couldn't figure out how to get the FRH working right as a little kid so I ate it cold and thought it was great.

ok ok, back to the German EPA sorry about that -

Here's a couple more photos - unfortunately I just got a call from a good friend and he needs his car battery jumpstarted so I gotta be brief.
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Here's a preview of what I've got next, folks!
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It's like having mini burger patties in a bed of Yellow Rice. A simple dish, yet delicious and nourishing! I have 1 more of these and I am planning on eating it on my camping trip this coming week.
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German Chocolate. Some of my favorite! I actually had a Slovenian ration, and they use the same chocolate!

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Re: Steve's International Ration Thread

Post by steve1989 » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:07 am

I'd forgotten to share this Fruit Salad type thing with you guys.

Thankyou Housil for the warning on the Wet-Wipes - they must have some sortof soap that is less mild than the US MRE Moist Towelette - Probably best mixed with a little water or just to stick to cleaning your hands or less sensitive parts of the body.

Now if you could help me with this translation - what is this stuff?

I loved it! A soft textured bread pudding/ fruit salad of sorts. It was even better paired with the bread and hartkeks.
It was sweet, mildly creamy, and I seriously wish I could just go to the store and buy these same things. Alas, it's probably not so easy. :(
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