Meal Ready to Eat: MRE

vegetable crackersDuring Operation Desert Storm, MREs were eaten by troops for far longer than they were originally intended. Originally intended for 10 days or less, many troops ate them for 60+ days. As a result, three changes were quickly made to supplement the MREs and enhance their acceptability: shelf-stable bread in an MRE pouch was developed, a high-heat-stable chocolate bar was developed that wouldn’t melt in the desert heat (this had been attempted before but the bar had a waxy taste and wasn’t widely accepted), and flameless ration heaters were developed as a quick and easy method for troops to heat their entrees.

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2 thoughts on “Meal Ready to Eat: MRE

  1. It doesn’t need a cup! Use your teeth to tear off one of the bottom corners of the bag, drink it like that. Much easier than having to clean a canteen cup later.

    • oh akycha!

      LOL! I’m sure you are right.

      I’ve never been in the armed forces, but long ago my future husband and I shared a memorable breakfast hitchhiking and spending a night on a Lake Michigan beach just north of the Mackinac Bridge. A can of water heated over some driftwood, a teabag, and some dried figs soaked in it.

      Well, we did similar things more than once…

      I don’t mean to make light of the difficulties faced by people in harm’s way, but the comradery and shared food might well become happy memories?

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