Meet an MRE

What is an MRE?
The Meal Ready to Eat is a totally self-contained complete meal.It’s the main operational food ration for the United States Armed Forces. One MRE = one meal.The packaging of an MRE is designed to withstand rough conditions and exposure to the elements. Inside each MRE bag is an entree and a variety of other food and drink items. MREs come packaged in cases with 12 MREs per case. There are currently 24 different “menus” or varieties of MREs. Menus 1-12 are packaged in a case designated Case A and menus 13-24 are packaged in Case B.

What’s in an MRE?
You can find a listing of the exact components of each MRE on the MRE Menus page . The military makes a few changes to the menus every year so you will find a different menu listing for each year. In general, though, each MRE contains the following:

Entree – the main course, such as Spaghetti or Beef Stew
Side dish – rice, corn, fruit, or mashed potatoes, etc.
Cracker or Bread
Spread – peanut butter, jelly, or cheese spread
Dessert – cookies or pound cakes
Candy – M&Ms, Skittles, or Tootsie Rolls
Beverages – Gatorade-like drink mixes, cocoa, dairy shakes, coffee, tea
Hot sauce or seasoning – in some MREs
Flameless Ration Heater – to heat up the entree
Accessories – spoon, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, chewing gum, toilet paper, etc.

Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13% protein, 36% fat, and 51% carbohydrates) and 1/3 of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day’s worth of meals would consist of three MREs. Watch the actual unboxing below:

I’ve been wanting to try them so badly for some time now after randomly coming across several vids from youtube! I wasn’t even expecting on getting one by surprise. Thanks to the cousin Eka who fotunately had the luck to visit a military surplus store before leaving.

She brought with her two kinds of MRE(Meal Ready-to-eat). It was Menu 12 which i’ll be taste-testing and Menu 5 to which will be part 2. Now take note that I opened mine a tad too early considering that I got too overexcited before grabbing the camera. I’ve also listed what this menu contains below:

MENU 12 (Vegetarian)
Penne with Vegetable Sausage Crumbles
Toaster Pastry (Chocolate Chip)
Instant Pudding (Chocolate)
Filled Pretzels
Wheat Snack Bread
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte (Grape)
Hot Sauce (Pepper Sauce)
Accessory Packet A
Spoon
Flameless Ration Heater
Hot Beverage Bag

If you want to know more about MRE’s then I suggest you go check out this site: http://www.mreinfo.com

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