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Ok - you guys have inspired me. I am in the process of heating up the entree on MRE Meal #7 from 2011. Beef brisket, biscuit, crackers, cheese spread, cocoa beverage, creamsicle cookies and two tootsie rolls.

No way could I eat all of this in one sitting unless I was backbacking all day. So far, the cheese spread was leaking, so I had to toss it, all the other containers were intact, but covered in oil from the cheese spread.

The cocoa tastes like cold hot chocolate. I think I would heat that up next time. The cookies are great! Taste like citrus flavored chips-ahoy. The biscuit is dense and bland and the crackers are much more dense than typical saltines. I saved the tootsie rolls for the kids.

So far, so good. The FRH is putting out a lot of heat and warming up the brisket. I'll report back shortly on how it tastes.
Well - that was a disappointment.

I knew it once I opened the pouch. It was just a gelatinous goop and smelled like dog food. Imagine taking a pack of beef jerky and beef fat and cooking them down together until the jerky crumbles. That would describe the look and taste. I wish it contained some hot sauce because it would have at least helped the flavor.

Oh well, it served it's purpose and I'm full, for sure. I hope the other entrees are better because that one would get old real quick!
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I hope the other entrees are better because that one would get old real quick!
I hate to break it to you, but that was one of the better ones!
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I've eaten more MRE's than I'd care to remember. Point in fact, I wonder if my body will rot slower than the average when I'm gone....

Either way, the old tried and true Ranger Bowl never hurts! (Roll the sides of the bag down half way then dump everything in and mix, voila! Chicken Fiesta Bowl, Brisket Bowl, Misc. crap in a bowl, etc.). That's always been good enough for me, cleanup is simple and you can take practically the entire meal with you wherever you're called to.

That said, a few tips I always used in the field:

1) if you can boil water in a large enough container, use that to heat the foil MRE pack

2) beverage bags are a pain to use for beverages, but as said, they make outstanding: phone, map, notebook cases!

3) fill the heater over the line for a minute or so, then dump it out to the line. Stick the entree in the heater bag, fold the top over the side not touching heater then put it in the box it came in,open side down. That helps contain the most heat and keep it useable for the sides.

Golden Rule) carry hot sauce! Tobacco is alright in a pinch, but I've never preferred it. I'd always carry a glass bottle (duct taped up) of Dave's Carribbean or a small plastic snap squeeze bottle of Sriracha. It's good to have something you love the taste of to break up the monotony of a month of plastic wrapped preserved delicacies, or better yet, if you're getting supplies off the local populace or eating off the land, a familiar taste might make exotic fare a little more palatable!

P.S. Have Choc-Butter, Want JalapCheese!
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In the past when I have had this problem it is usually because I added too much water, or because it didn't get thoroughly wet. Fine line to walk.
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Some of the MRE's I've liked best:
chili and macaroni - actually taste somewhat like chili and mac
spaghetti with meat sauce - kinda chef Boyardee-ish
pork and rice with BBQ sauce - an odd but tasty meaty-like substance

Some of the worst:
tuna with noodles - thin goo mixed with a smelly thicker goo
jambalaya - a multicolored wet clay-like texture melody that tastes like burned kale
cheese tortellini - this one flat out looks and tastes like vomit

All MRE's need some tobacco, Mrs. dash, and lot's of black pepper to make it more palatable.
A cold beer helps out too...
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Were you originally Air Force and then enlisted in the Army too?

I only ask because I don't think I have met anyone else like myself who did that? Although I have heard of it on many occasions, most people don't realize there are a lot of folks who switched branches for one reason or another.

When I tell people I get that third eye in my forehead look, like they think I am either lying or crazy.

Since my AFSC and MOS were very close in mission and training it was an easy transition.

Just never met another lying crazy dude before.

IIRC that Maine Prepper guy is another one, I think he went from Marines to Army?
I just recall some guys calling him out for being a poseur because they thought he was lying.
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I was assigned to an Army post for 4 years in my USAF career. Unit provided Close Air Support, so - Army mission, we went and 'played' Army, lived on post etc. Humped ruck, went on FTX's and so on.

I loved to go camping. After a 4 year stint working with grunts - not so much. There is nothing on this earth that the Regular Army cannot suck the fun out of for a lifetime....

While on-post I met a guy that had a SAC patch on his shoulder, he did a tour in RVN, so, that was his 'combat' unit patch - pretty funny.

I know of several others. Marines to Army? That I find hard to believe...
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Please tell me you had a typo, and meant to type Tabasco.

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Golden Rule) carry hot sauce! Tobacco is alright in a pinch, but I've never preferred it. I'd always carry a glass bottle (duct taped up) of Dave's Carribbean or a small plastic snap squeeze bottle of Sriracha. It's good to have something you love the taste of to break up the monotony of a month of plastic wrapped preserved delicacies, or better yet, if you're getting supplies off the local populace or eating off the land, a familiar taste might make exotic fare a little more palatable!

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you chose wisely
Try the vegetarian pasta meals.
Cheese tortelini is the bomb, man! We fight over that one in my unit.
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Some of the MRE's I've liked best:
chili and macaroni - actually taste somewhat like chili and mac
spaghetti with meat sauce - kinda chef Boyardee-ish
pork and rice with BBQ sauce - an odd but tasty meaty-like substance

Some of the worst:
tuna with noodles - thin goo mixed with a smelly thicker goo
jambalaya - a multicolored wet clay-like texture melody that tastes like burned kale
cheese tortellini - this one flat out looks and tastes like vomit

All MRE's need some tobacco, Mrs. dash, and lot's of black pepper to make it more palatable.
A cold beer helps out too...
OMG how dare you bash on my cheese tortellini! SO GOOD!! Also, chili with beans... mmm...
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That's weird about the heat packs. I have always gotten excellent heat out of them, usually more than enough. What was the ambient temp and the temp of the water you used in it?

I have found that if you eat a steady diet of MREs for more than a few days, you will find Meals Refusing to Exit is what MRE actually stands for. Laxatives or fruit come in handy. Guess the military didn't want you to have to use up all that "toilet paper"!!
Yup, you guessed it! By the time you get it to exit you should have enough wipe saved up that you don't have to do it "Ranger Style". Not that it matters by then since it drops out like a cinderblock with tapered ends.
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