Monday, March 3, 2008

A complete MRE, or "Meal, Ready to Eat"

Hashbrowns with bacon

Nutrition label for hashbrowns

Cinnamon scone

There are a lot of things about the military that I'm still learning about, and Zach felt that it was time I was introduced to MREs, or "Meals, Ready to Eat." They have many other names too, such as "Meals, Rejected by Everyone," and "Meals, Rarely Edible." I figure that many of you probably haven't ever seen or tried one, so I thought I'd share my experience.

We bought a few different ones to have on hand for emergencies, and one for tasting. The one we opened was a veggie omelette and hashbrown meal. We didn't eat everything after I read the calorie count and sodium content on the nutrition labels. The soldiers who have to eat these in the field are working hard all day, burning bunches of calories and sweating a lot, so it makes more sense that they would eat an entire meal. By the way, if you want to know more about them, there is lots of info on the Web. In fact, some people have reviews of all the different meals and rate them according to how good they taste.

We ate the hashbrowns and the cinnamon scone, and they weren't too bad. The hashbrowns had a sort of slimy texture though. (For those of you who worked at The Wright Group and remember the food bar in our disaster kits, I think you would agree with me that eating an MRE would be a much better option.) The meal comes with its own heater kit and condiments like tabasco sauce. It also has a powdered beverage and bag to heat the beverage in.

So, that's an MRE---just in case you were wondering. :-)


Karen said...

I'm really glad it's not as bad as it looks. Because it looks kind of bad.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little surprised. The hashbrowns are apparently mostly made of things found in nature. Karen's right. They do look kind of bad. ---Carol