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PostSat Jan 03, 2015 11:28 am 
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Good alternative for food on the (wild) go, right?
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PostSat Jan 03, 2015 11:34 am 
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They're not terrible, IMO, but they are not lightweight or particularly compact.  They are designed for un-refrigerated shelf life, calorif content (fuel) and basic nutrition.  They only have to be appetizing enough to ensure that a hungry soldier, sailor or Marine will eat them.

I haven't eaten any recently, but was in the Army when they were new and haven't felt a need to try them again since.  Draw your own conclusions from that  wink.gif
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PostSat Jan 03, 2015 1:15 pm 
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Most of the ones I've tried have been anything from just ok to pretty good depending on what it was (and the fact that I'm a finicky eater) but as mentioned, they're not exactly lightweight. I normally break them all down and just take parts of the meal instead of leaving them in the bag and taking the whole thing. If you leave them in the bags, you won't have much room for anything else.

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PostSat Jan 03, 2015 7:47 pm 
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and now it's time for the gnome to mention PACKITGOURMET...WHY would u eat anything else!!?? lol.gif
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PostSat Jan 03, 2015 8:01 pm 
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Knorr pasta and rice sides
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PostSat Jan 03, 2015 8:34 pm 
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ate a lot on fires working for the FS.  nothing to write home about.  i wont repeat some of the derogatory terms i heard used to describe them
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PostSun Jan 04, 2015 12:46 am 
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Some years ago, in the desert outside Cairo, this was all I ate for a week until some mess tents were set up. I didn't have a BM for 6 days. Draw your own conclusions.

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PostMon Jan 05, 2015 10:18 am 
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graffiti wrote:
I normally break them all down and just take parts of the meal instead of leaving them in the bag and taking the whole thing.

Most soldiers do the same. I hear they have gotten better since when I last had them about 15 years ago. The crackers are still the driest thing on Earth.

And williswall is also correct about them being able to 'stop' you up. That's why the tootsie rolls they had then also supposedly contained a laxative.  poop.gif

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PostMon Jan 05, 2015 3:44 pm 
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I personally think they are much better than most dehydrated meals but the weight and bulk are prohibitive for backpacking.

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PostWed Jan 07, 2015 12:12 pm 
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I really like MRE's for certain trips like a single overnite or a big day hike or mtn climb.

Its all relative to mountain hunger. at home they aren't so good but when your cranking calories some hot or cold chicken ala king goo works like few other food sources.. But then I didn't think the old C rations (in a can) during boot camp 1980 was that bad either.

definitely too heavy for multi day trips but great for the single day with out a stove. another way to look at it. If its good enough for our troops then its more than good enough for you! its malamute approved  agree.gif

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PostMon May 25, 2015 8:42 pm 
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They aren't horrible tasting, but they are bulky just because of the way they're packed.  I agree with harrymalamute, for certain things like a longer day trip or an overnight trip where you're not too far out, an MRE would work great.  You could probably even get away with taking just one with some extra snacks.

I pick one up almost every time I go to the commissary for our emergency bucket.

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PostTue May 26, 2015 7:05 pm 
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"Meal Refusing to Exit".

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PostWed May 27, 2015 3:00 pm 
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We always said it was Meals Refused by Ethiopians

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PostMon Jun 15, 2015 7:17 pm 
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Not that I eat these, but you can get just the "pieces" from beprepared.com (or Emergency Essentials...same group) for $2-3 an item.
Sites like: http://www.prepper-resources.com/mres-the-best-and-the-worst/
will give opinions as to what is edible, and what to stay away from.
I had heard the "rear-end cork" reaction, and for my sensitivities have not gotten involved. I tend to go FD from the same supplier.
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PostSun Oct 18, 2015 2:32 pm 
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In the national guard we were used as a test case for a then new food item for the military called LRRP (long range ration patrol) they were dehydrated and you had to reconstitute them before eating..precursor to todays freeze dried I think. Later the mre's came about. For my money mre's are expensive and the bulk it to much for extended hikes. The commercial freeze dried foods are also to expensive for me. I carry my own home food supply, tried and tested over many hikes.  The list is way to long to post here..
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