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Old 07-27-2009, 02:25 AM   #1
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I have a couple of cases of MRE's that were producted by Mil-spec's for DoD
The company that I work for is a defense contractor and they were going to discard this 10 cases of MRE's because they were expired.
My question is: the mre's do not have any markings on them that states a date of expired on them. There is no expired date on the outer box nor on the mre's itself. They are in indivdually wrapped thick plactic bags and are air tight. They are not leaking & are very good conditon.
Would you use them to put in your BOB if the SHTF ????

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Old 07-27-2009, 02:30 AM   #2
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First off, welcome to the FTF community. Head over to the New Member section and introduce yourself to the folks.

Secondly, if there's no date, how are they expired? I'd think there has to be some kind of date code somewhere.

MRE's are after my time.

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I've never seen MRE's without an expiration date...you sure there's no date code? Open one up and check the can of meat - any rust or corrosion? I would keep them for emergency use...or pass them out to your friends...if after a few weeks you don't have any friends left...well, you'll know they were no good...

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If they are expired I'd open them up and pull out the non perishables and repack them with stuff from the semi-MRE thread that's buried somewhere.

If they are still good, keep them cool and they'll last longer (obviously)

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MRE's can go bad but if stored properly they will last for years. Cool, dry, constant temps and they're happy. Also, there should be a date somewhere, the military dates everything!

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You are referring to the new MRE's in the light tan packaging with the ration heaters in them, right? I have a few of them and there are no dates on the outside packaging. On the ones I have anyway. They just say what they are etc on the packaging........For example, the one I am looking at says just menu#10....chile and macaroni....meal-ready-to-eat....Ameriqual Packaging, Evansville, In 47710.....US Gov Property....Commercial Resale is Unlawful.....etc. There is not a date anywhere. I don't know why there is no date because the military dates everything in my experience. Perhaps the dates were on the cases they origionally came in, which I don't have. I think they came 12 in a case.

If it's the older type of MRE's in the OD pouches, I don't have any of those currently. I know the old "C-Rats" (the OD cans) had dates. The old "K-Rats"...I don't remember.

If stored at normal room temp, they should last a long time I would think.

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That's funny. We just broke open a 15 year old pack here at my house. Everything was fine (not to be confused with tasty).

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I'm willing to bet they were tasty. Just not good tasty.
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I'm willing to bet they were tasty. Just not good tasty.
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The newer MRE's are much better than the older ones which were not good at all in my opinion. Not exactly 5 star cuisine but only "tasty as in edible." They are a complete hot meal in minutes, and are easy to pack as they don't weigh anything or take up much space. I use them on runs and when I am in the boonies. If there is another alternative they usually come back home unopened, so they are my back-up.

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Im my opinion, a BOB is packed with minimal survival needs in mind. When it comes to weight and size issues, I only use US Coastguard "style" coconut food bricks for a BOB. They are small, light and are not thirst provoking.

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