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Old 11-17-2011, 07:07 AM
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I just went through my first "REAL" natural disaster, in my life. The Noreaster that hit Southern New England. A wake up call to say the least. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ME! My only downfall was not enough back up gasoline. Other than that I did just fine.

To the point. My girlfriend is ex-military and says MREs just plain suck. I want to put it out to the forum and those of you who actually tried these things. What is the best tasting MREs/ dehydrated foods on the market today? Cost is of little importance to me cause I budget a part of my income regularly to "Emergency Gear". I cannot put a dollar amount on my survival, and I refuse to waste my hard earned dollar on cheap crap. With this being said I put it out to you the good and knowledgeable people of this forum to guide me in an area to which I know nothing about. Thanks-chinagreen
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pork with rice in bbq sauce.

i don't even know if they make that one anymore - but it was AWESOME back in the mid 90s.
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The military calls MREs three lies in one. It's not a meal, it isn't ready and you can't eat it.

I have also heard they taste like wet sawdust, but I've never tried one myself. YMMV
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The Norwegian company Drytech / REAL makes quite good dehydrated food. The bags are vacuumed packed so they take up very little space in pack as well. They also make 24 hour rations for military units; I’m very surprised that Mountain House or Shelf Reliance has not introduced a similar concept.
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I just did a comparison between Mountain House and Wise Foods.
It's on my blog: http://surviveinthesuburbs.blogspot.com/
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The military calls MREs three lies in one. It's not a meal, it isn't ready and you can't eat it.

I have also heard they taste like wet sawdust, but I've never tried one myself. YMMV
Than if you haven't tried them how can you say they are bad?

I happen to enjoy MRE's. They are quick, easy, and filling. Theres nothing wrong with them.
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To the point. My girlfriend is ex-military and says MREs just plain suck.
Of course she would say that. It's the soldier's way. Even when the food is ok, it sucks.

MRE's are ok. For lightweight, convenient food on the go, they are ok. Not great, but ok. I have eaten thousands of them.

My favorite part of an MRE is the compressed oatmeal cookie bar. It is food direct from the gods of war. Second would be MRE cheese (especially the jalepeno cheese) and the MRE crackers. Beyond that, it all starts pretty much tasting the same, anyway.

I have friends who really like them. And kids tend to think they are the coolest thing on earth.

I have to say that the current MRE's are way better than they were when the first came out. The dehydrated pork patty---what the hell was that thing, anyway??????
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The Chicken and Dumplings MRE was probably my favorite.
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MREs are a decent choice for short term disasters. No cooking required, no cooking smells, etc. They're bulky and expensive for what you actually get. But they do the job exceedingly well. They just don't make a good long term diet.

I'm not a fan of them myself, but I keep a few cases on hand simply because they make sense in some situations.
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I have eaten quite a few MRE's over the years whille wildland firefighting. I'm not a huge fan of them but they will work when needed. Yes, I have a couple of cases on hand. (I double dog dare you to try the Omelet)

As for all freeze dried and dehdrated products out there the only commercial that I really like is Maryjanesoutpost.org. All the rest have far too much sodium for my taste. MH is the absolute WORSE!

For dehydrated I've been experimenting with making my own meals. It's really quite easy if you have a dehydrator.
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I have to say I like Mountain House meals but if you want to put a little money in it try some from Packit Gourmet.
They are geared towards backpackers but they are awesome. Never heard a bad word on any of them.

Having said all that, why not make your own?
You already like it and you know where it comes from.

Or do it like I do and make meals from dry ingredients at hand. You pack it up now and use it when you need it.
To extend the shelf life pack it in your freezer.
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I think she's right they do suck.
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I remember liking the black bean burrito a lot and chicken with salsa is not bad. Just remember hot sauce is you friend with MREs (meals ready to excrete).
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(meals ready to excrete).
With me, it's more like "meals reluctant to excrete". And I usually have the opposite problem with most foods. But 3 days on MREs will plug me up solid as a brick.
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the packet of peanut butter is what always plugged me up. but i never missed the chance to eat it.

i dunno, i liked most of the MREs we had. but that is when they only made 12 kinds. ham slice was the WORST!
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With me, it's more like "meals reluctant to excrete". And I usually have the opposite problem with most foods. But 3 days on MREs will plug me up solid as a brick.
High energy, low residue. In Haiti, a well meaning field sanitation guy figured if a little bleach in the water was good, double would be better. Everybody in the camp who ate regular food got the runs. Those of us who ate MREs just went back to normal.

+1 on the Mountain House Chili Mac.
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Has anyone tried these mre tortillas! (link below) I grow vegs for salsa and can it. Tortillas would be great to go along with the TVP taco 'meat' I've got in #10 cans!

It's a little past half way down the page. Does anyone know of other long shelf life tortilla suppliers out there?

http://theepicenter.com/mre_military...dy_to_eat.html

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MRE star got the best taste test write-ups.
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Has anyone tried these mre tortillas! (link below) I grow vegs for salsa and can it. Tortillas would be great to go along with the TVP taco 'meat' I've got in #10 cans!

It's a little past half way down the page. Does anyone know of other long shelf life tortilla suppliers out there?

http://theepicenter.com/mre_military...dy_to_eat.html

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Tortillas are too easy to make to worry about storing. At least the flour ones are. And the corn ones are just as easy if you store the dry masa mix. Making the masa from dry corn is a different story.
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While not a true MRE a store in my area has MTR & Kohinoor brands of Indian food and I haven't tried a variety of either brand I don't like I have been taking them in my lunch on fairly steady basis for about 6 years now. All the ones I currently have expire in July 2013/2014 so self life isn't too bad. They are single serv entree's not an entire meal/cracker/dessert package like an MRE but are heat & eat and pre-cooked in a foil pack. I don't mind a regular MRE but have thought about buying some dessert's & other add on's from regular MRE's, just to keep with them in my BOB.
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