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Old 02-03-2011, 05:47 AM   #1
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I'm kind of old, so when I was in the service we had C Rations. MRE's didn't exist yet and freeze dried food in any form was still on the horizon.

I want to keep something in the vehicle for just in case and I'm thinking of either MRE's or some Mountain House meals. I have no idea if real MRE's are any good, although I guess they'll keep you alive. Mountain House products sound better than MRE's, but they seem overpriced.

I realize that staying alive is the number one priority, but if the stuff tastes half way decently, it's a big plus.

Help an old guy out here, what's your input ladies & gents?
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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I have some Mountain House stuff but haven't tried it yet. It's reputed to be pretty tasty and it keeps for a very long time. For much of their stuff, you need water to rehydrate it and some kind of stove to heat it.
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Some people really whine about MREs but in all honesty, they aren't bad. There are a couple that aren't good but if you read what's in them just use common sense and whatever you do, DON'T EAT THE MEATLOAF!!!!

The bad thing about keeping MREs in your car is that they don't like temperature change, it shortens their shelf life. I have 12 or 15 MREs that I keep here at the house in case of power outages or whatever but I keep them in a closet that's cool and dark. I would think that if you want to keep them in your car, freeze dried would be the way to go. Keep a couple of bottles of water with them and you should GTG.
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Mountain House and MREs are both pretty good. Not EVERY menu item, but that is a matter of taste. MRE shortcoming- they like stable temperatures, and despite legends, do NOT have the shelf life of a rock. About 2-3 yrs max. Mountain House shortcoming- they need hot water, and a pack generally feeds TWO.

Possible alternative- recreate the C ration. Beanie Weenies, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, crackers. I keep a couple of 2 liter bottles of water in the toolbox of the truck (leave about a cup out of bottle, squeeze bottle to take out air, cap it, and now you can stop worrying about freezing and splitting) If you have source of hot water, hot chocolate, oatmeal. don't forget a spoon.
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I'm kind of old, so when I was in the service we had C Rations. MRE's didn't exist yet and freeze dried food in any form was still on the horizon.

I want to keep something in the vehicle for just in case and I'm thinking of either MRE's or some Mountain House meals. I have no idea if real MRE's are any good, although I guess they'll keep you alive. Mountain House products sound better than MRE's, but they seem overpriced.

I realize that staying alive is the number one priority, but if the stuff tastes half way decently, it's a big plus.

Help an old guy out here, what's your input ladies & gents?
Don, you've been to Sportsmans or REI haven't you.

Mountain House is pretty good for for what it is. Much better than the MRE's I've tried. I tried some last summer when I packed into Desolation Valley and it was good to go. Also I keep some Tabasco, Lea & Perrins, and Tampatco hot sauce along with some salt and pepper in the backpack as well. Also try some of that Success brand Boil in the Bag brown rice. When vac packed it takes up very little space.

In the Mountain House you can get the single serving or double serving packets. Watch the calories each different meal provides as some are low and some are high in calories.
Your daily exertion or work load will determine how much in calories you will need.

REI has the better selection on the shelf over Sportsmans.

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Thanks, now I've got some food for thought.
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I have a couple cans #10 of the Beef Stew, I had the smaller packs - very tasty! I did get a couple of boxes of Sure-Pal 12 Meals. Same with these - tasty, granted it is not home cooked like the wife wants; but, she might have to adjust.

Last time I was at Sportsman's Warehouse, they carried MRE's in the case; question I had who was the manufacturer?

Also, I carry extra hot sauce - Tabasco and Louisiana Hot Sauce!

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I tried some at the gun show and it was first rate, I did not get to see if any cheating was being done tho...
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Okay, it looks like a taste test is in order. I have Zantac.
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I don't have any of the #10 cans, but I have used the pouches and it is good stuff.
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