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2007-08-21 09:58:59 AM  
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2007-08-21 10:16:32 AM  
I've never had a problem with them. Grab the ones you know you like. If you're not full, grab two. There's always plenty of MRE's. I'm surprised one of the comments didn't say, "Tastes nothing like the Hilton's Salisbury Steak". Well, actually, looking at their focus group for the most disgruntled ones, it probably would have read, "This steak is bombcrapneeds sauce is not cigarettes in bag wasn't full." I would have been content to see one comment that said, "Well... at least it's food where I probably won't have another choice."

They're meant to sustain energy in substandard environments. They are not meant to taste good and these morons should be lucky that any bit of it actually has a preferable flavor.

I lived off these things for six months. Why? Because Chili's wasn't exactly nearby. Three meals a day and it was no problem. It's quite simple as long as you don't grab the "Grilled Ham Slice" or the "Chicken Loaf" or anything that says Vegetarian on the pouch.

They shouldn't be called MRE's, they should be called STFU's.

MRE: "Hey, eat it or starve."
 
2007-08-21 10:17:57 AM  
I believe it was the dinner meal that caused this (chicken and dumplings) but it sounded like a flatulence symphony in my tent all night...

The granola mix was farking outstanding...the enchilada was a gift that keeps on givin', okay taste, heartburn, indigestion, and large amounts of gas


Where do we find such men?
 
2007-08-21 10:26:54 AM  
Razorwolf: I've never had a problem with them. ...

They shouldn't be called MRE's, they should be called STFU's.


Oooh! Hardcore! I guess you never got stuck with the farking ham loaf.
 
2007-08-21 10:27:40 AM  
*adjusts onino*

stop moaning until you've had to pick the last c-rat out of the box and it's ham and lima beans.
 
2007-08-21 10:28:01 AM  
Razorwolf: They are not meant to taste good and these morons should be lucky that any bit of it actually has a preferable flavor.

um, it was a focus group for testing what the soldiers thought about the meals. jebus. i think you needed a farking valium in your mre this morning.
 
2007-08-21 10:29:57 AM  
FTFA

"The vanilla pudding is so good that I ripped it open. Licked the inside and rolled around on top of it like a dog,"

An amusing image indeed!
 
2007-08-21 10:37:24 AM  
Do they still make the jambalaya MREs?

Mmmmm.
 
2007-08-21 10:38:45 AM  
It's been a while since I've had the privilege of dining on an MRE, but even in the early 1990's, there were several good ones. I remember Beef Stew, Chicken ala King, and BBQ Beef being pretty good. The dehydrated meat patties and the aforementioned Chicken Loaf were pretty bad, but it beat going without.

Two other things I remember MRE standing for:

Meals Rejected by Everyone

and

My Rancid Eats
 
2007-08-21 10:45:14 AM  
I love that some guy(s) keep saying the MREs need more liquor and cigarettes, and the guy who keeps saying "causes anger" or "anger is the result."

Along with the snark, there's a fair amount of good/useful responses there. I'm impressed.
 
2007-08-21 10:59:18 AM  
We always called them, "Meals Ready to Excrete."
 
2007-08-21 11:01:06 AM  
When I was little, my dad had a ton of MREs in the shed. I don't know if they were left from his tour in Germany in the late 60s, or if he'd picked them up from somewhere during Reserve weekends or what. But when my mom went out on Saturdays, Dad would make MREs for dinner for my brother and me. We loved them...thought they were the coolest thing ever, eating food out of a pouch. The crunchy peanut butter cookies were at the same time the nastiest and greatest things ever.
 
2007-08-21 11:01:35 AM  
albo: *adjusts onino*

stop moaning until you've had to pick the last c-rat out of the box and it's ham and lima beans.


Ahhh, Ham and MotherFarkers. One of the true culinary delights.

I've actually had them, and didn't think it was that bad. Of course, it was prior to my own military service (An older cousin in the Army at the time brought us several C-Rats to try).
 
2007-08-21 11:01:39 AM  
Complaining about MREs is an American military tradition.
 
2007-08-21 11:02:10 AM  
You go to war with the meals you have, not the meals you want.

Or something like that.
 
2007-08-21 11:03:02 AM  
Rev. Skarekroe: Complaining about MREs chow is an American military tradition.

There, fixed that for ya.
 
2007-08-21 11:03:08 AM  
Xanatos451: We always called them, "Meals Ready to Excrete."


Really, you should call them "Meals not Ready to Excrete". Eat them enough, and you'll get constipated.
 
2007-08-21 11:04:28 AM  
Yes Razorwolf, you're oh so hardcore. MRE's suck, plain and simple. If they can get them to taste good, why not? Soldiers have a hard enough job as it is, for little pay, why make them eat shiat too?
 
2007-08-21 11:04:35 AM  
I lived off these things for six months. Why? Because Chili's wasn't exactly nearby. Three meals a day and it was no problem. It's quite simple as long as you don't grab the "Grilled Ham Slice" or the "Chicken Loaf" or anything that says Vegetarian on the pouch.

Had your blood crystallized into pure salt by the end?
 
2007-08-21 11:04:43 AM  
kelmeister: When I was little, my dad had a ton of MREs in the shed. I don't know if they were left from his tour in Germany in the late 60s, or if he'd picked them up from somewhere during Reserve weekends or what.


The second one. MRE's were introduced in the 1980's.

Before that, it was C-Rations.
 
2007-08-21 11:05:37 AM  
Oh, and I call bullshiat on you living off these for 6 months. You're in the AF, you're never away from a mess tent for that long.
 
2007-08-21 11:05:49 AM  
An extra 3 cent packet of this will make anything taste better:

content.answers.com
 
2007-08-21 11:06:11 AM  
Tee first one to go was #6 - Beef Frankfurters... That shiat was off the hook with Tabasco sauce and cheese crackers
 
2007-08-21 11:06:41 AM  
Pelagius: Razorwolf: I've never had a problem with them. ...

They shouldn't be called MRE's, they should be called STFU's.

Oooh! Hardcore! I guess you never got stuck with the farking ham loaf.



Hell, I've gotten stuck with the freeze dried pork patty more times than I like to remember, but you know what? I ate the damned thing, and rarely complained.
 
2007-08-21 11:06:56 AM  
I'm the Smoking Gun and I'm bringing you: U.S. Soldier's review of new MRE's, and why the acronym stands for Meals Refused by Ethiopians, so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2007-08-21 11:07:17 AM  
haha, love the GO YANKEES comment on the 2nd page.
 
2007-08-21 11:08:04 AM  
Jalapeno Cheese sauce...mmm

I thought the MRE's were pretty tasty; I liked the, oh what was it, Beefsteak with Mushroom. No one else seemed to ever want it; I dunno what the problem was. Throw some Tabasco sauce in there, and it was just dandy.

The tough metallic packaging of the individual food items was good too; could just through those slimp packages in the drivers heater on the tank; who needs a heating pack?

And no talk of Tabasco heat packet bombs?? I'm disappointed..
 
2007-08-21 11:08:09 AM  
Absolute gem on page 3:

"Oil was a great idea Wink Wink"
 
2007-08-21 11:09:15 AM  
How do MREs compare with K-rations and C-rations back when they still had those?
 
2007-08-21 11:09:16 AM  
A symphony of flatulence...reminds me of a website I know...
 
2007-08-21 11:09:25 AM  
Razorwolf: They shouldn't be called MRE's, they should be called STFU's.

MRE: "Hey, eat it or starve."


Since the army is doing the taste test for new MREs they seem to disagree.
 
2007-08-21 11:10:23 AM  
*through* = Throw.

Im eating a subway sandwich and trying to hide my Fark browsing, please forgive me
 
2007-08-21 11:10:50 AM  
I've never dined on MRE's. We only had C-Rations. Now they were a food to behold!
 
2007-08-21 11:11:13 AM  
If you got creative you could make some pretty tolerable meals out of them. For instance, take the beef stew, heat it up, mix it with a crumbled up cracker, and stir in the jalepeno cheese while it's still hot (alternatively you could just mix in the cheese and eat it on intact crackers as a dip). For the teriyaki, mix in the peanut butter. The various shakes can be mixed into a sort of frosting by adding only a little bit of water (best if you get chocolate or vanilla), and eaten either straight like that or on top of bread.

Of course, if you're lucky you get the cold weather MREs, which are tasty anyway.

And they did not bring back frankfurters, sometimes old boxes of MREs just sneak into the new shipments.

And of course when you're done, take one of the old school heaters, crumble it up inside the heating bag, empty the bottle of tabasco into it, seal it with some duct tape, and throw it into the PL's tent. Hilarity sometimes ensues, depends on your PL's sense of humor. Luckily ours had a really good one, and all that ensued were some front-back-gos in the mortar pits.
 
2007-08-21 11:12:15 AM  
MRE's have been getting steadily better since they were introduced, way farking better than c-rats ever were, both in quality and variety.
 
2007-08-21 11:12:29 AM  
i've had some that were good others bad---and thats about the same as it goes for any frozen/microwave dinner you can buy at the store--- i bet you money that the opposing force is left to find their own food and not have it handed to them in a pouch---our soldiers are far more fortunate to have such logistics--

/i always like the mini bottle of tobasco that came with it
 
2007-08-21 11:12:39 AM  
Chicken Loaf. FTW

/hated MREs
 
2007-08-21 11:13:00 AM  
Really, you should call them "Meals not Ready to Excrete". Eat them enough, and you'll get constipated.

At survival school, we called them "meals refusing to exit".

After a week in the field, I thought I was trying to push out a cinder block.
 
2007-08-21 11:13:04 AM  
MRE's are good. Todays are much improved over the ones from the early 80's. Some of ours were packaged by "Cadillac corp." I always thought that may be the dogfood company....

Hunters in our state will scarf up every extra MRE we had left over. Matter of fact they pay up good money to buy them thru mail order companies.

/not better than Navy chow though...
 
2007-08-21 11:13:26 AM  
bdesign: Soldiers have a hard enough job as it is, for little pay, why make them eat shiat too?

Support the troops!
 
2007-08-21 11:13:55 AM  
My kids love MRE's. When my husband comes home from the field it's like Christmas around here. (yes, my kids are odd) My son got the jackpot..beef patty, combos and a slim jim.
 
2007-08-21 11:14:03 AM  
Nothing like a good Mr. E (Mystery) to ruin the appetite.

/I neither enjoyed nor disliked the MRE's. It was food. I was partucularly disgusted by the ashy white chocolate bar, and the M&M's adrertising the 1992 Olympics (this was in 1995-1996 time frame.

//I will say the during my 9 years on active duty the menu changes signifigently, but the overall quality remained about the same.
 
2007-08-21 11:14:26 AM  
I had an MRE not too long ago. I filled the heat-pouch with way too much water because I was in hungry and didnt pay too much attention to direction and this navy guy was like, "noob."
 
2007-08-21 11:14:29 AM  
I thought it was amusing that most people loved the granola. I didn't know we had dirty hippies in the service!

But, hey, how hard is it to screw up granola? Plus, if you do it right, it'll keep you going for a while.
 
2007-08-21 11:15:11 AM  
Oh, and we called MREs "Mostly Retching Everyday".

/support the troops? Send them a good pizza.
 
2007-08-21 11:15:28 AM  
Dock: I've never dined on MRE's. We only had C-Rations. Now they were a food to behold!

yep. chopped scrambled eggs and ham--try eating that cold. chocolate candy disk you could slice your veins open with. canned cake that looked like canned poo
 
2007-08-21 11:16:04 AM  
I've had a few MRE's and they really weren't bad. I mean, it wasn't a steak dinner, but any MRE is better then most survival food, and it sure beats the hell out of starving.

The biggest problem is that they are kinda expensive on the civilian market. I would love to keep a case of 50 or 100 tucked in a closet in case of a power outage / zombie attack, but I can't justify spending $10 a piece for them.
 
2007-08-21 11:16:20 AM  
Kinda funny... I buy MRE's for camping. I rather like them.
 
2007-08-21 11:16:27 AM  
doublesecretprobation: um, it was a focus group for testing what the soldiers thought about the meals. jebus.


Heh. "We asked Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady to evaluate MRE's. Here are his notes:"

"Much better than raw bugs."

"Vast improvement over muddy water strained through a sweaty sock."

"Meat was better straight up -- I conserved the sauce for scrub grass and that much improved the overall meal."
 
2007-08-21 11:16:39 AM  
I remember when I was in and if you were the last guy to the pile of MRE boxes out in the dirt you probably were stuck with the dreaded Ham and Chickne Loaf. It just wasn't right.
 
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