Thanks for that tip regarding rehydrating in the plastic bag. That makes perfect sense.
cavguy,cavguy wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:54 pmGreat find! So I have never heard of SI Equipment LTD. But I found this online in an old archive;
So appears that this company was a major seller of survival gear. Also I have never seen those freeze dried items sold separately!SI Equipment Ltd., 17019 Kingsview, Carson, CA 90746. One of the most comprehensive
catalogs for the survivalist. Except for the self-defense books by Tegner and a couple of
overpriced pamphlets, you can hardly go wrong with this list. Catalog price: $2.00.
Tedster,Tedster wrote: ↑Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:22 amLooks like you got an excellent deal. Freeze-dried items generally last just short of "forever" or near enough (unlike canned goods, or "retort" packaging wet pack foods).
Unfortunately the Freeze Dried fruits included in the earliest MRE had some problems. Why, I'm not sure. I've heard some people say the packaging had "pinholes". I'm not persuaded that was the specific or exact problem. I do know that even when "new" or at the time of issue when I was a member of the .mil they would (sometimes) be slightly soft. At the time I kind of thought they were more trouble than they were worth for just a bite or two. The Pork and Beef patties are not known to have any problems.
And just think the original purchaser probably filled out an order form or wrote a letter from a magazine ad. Then sent a money order. LolHardtack wrote: ↑Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:37 amSI Equipment might have been an early name of what is now Major Surplus and Survival which has for been in buisness in the Carson/ Gardena area for years. They do mail order and operated out of a variety of open to the public warehouses in the area. The have sold MRE components by the case or in singles for many years.
When I googled "SI Equipment Ltd. surplus" Major Surplus and Survival come up so its probably them.