After being married to a ex-soldier (He got out this past year, honorable discharge and all yipeeeeee!!!) for a couple of years you end up finding (strange to you normal to me) things laying around..for instance a bulletproof vest...(although that might come in handy when DS's are teenagers)...a 9Ibs kevlar helmet...a couple of knives and of course the pantry stocked with...yes boxes of MRE's each containing 12 complete meals yummmm...NOT!!! did I mention that my first date with DH was my first experience with these "rarely enjoyed meals"
anyways they are not all that bad and when you hit a good one you might en up with a bag of M&M's and the jalapeno cheese "monstrosity" (ooops did I just say that? I meant spread) DH loves it...yuck!!!
anyways they are amazing when you are camping (or in our case to tired to cook...) and you want a good meal.
Now it's not that hard to figure out how to prepare it but some people in my family were fascinated by it and asked if I could put it in a blog...
I put together a tutorial on how to make and prepare an MRE (Oh Lord have mercy...snicker...snicker...)
you can buy these at the army surplus store but they cost ya an arm and a leg...
Ready? Set? so here goes nothing...
Here is some basic info on MRE courtesy of urban dictionary:
Military acronym originally meaning "Meal, Ready to Eat."
Modern MRE's generally consist of a main course, bread and spread (grape jelly, strawberry or blackberry jam, jalapeno cheese, etc.), a desert (pound cake, M&M's,), powdered drinks, a condiment package, and a heating element (in case the soldier is interested in a semi-hot meal). Each MRE, when fully consumed, is approximately 2000 calories, the suggested daily caloric per day for an average person.
The quality of MRE's has consistently improved, though when compared to other food, it is still disgusting This explains why MRE's have several derisive terms:
- Meals Rejected by Everyone
- Meals Rarely Enjoyed
- Meals Rejected by Ethiopians
- Meals Rejected by the Enemy
- Meals Refusing to Exit* (they say the gum in the package is a mild laxative lol)
There are methods of enjoying an MRE so that it's not particularly terrible. "The Ranger Cookbook" is an unofficial military document which provides the soldier an effective means of mixing and matching MRE's so as to have the most enjoyable meal possible.
|so we start with the MRE package. You will notice I chose the cheese tortellini vegetarian (now a lot of people say they hate the vegetarian meals but this one is actually not that bad...)|
|Ok you got it open, good for you!!! by now (if you are me that is) you have lost about 5min lol. take the contents out of the bag.|
|As you see I opened the box...go... and do thoust likewise...|
|wow this is like a pass the package and take off the next layer...inside the box you will see a green pouch, this contains the food...I promise! take the pouch out of the box...KEEP THE BOX!!! we will use it later!|
|So now in your pile of food and condiments find the big green heating bag it looks like this...|
|On the top of the bag you will see "tear here to use bag"...as you guessed go ahead and...tear it|
|just in case you were lost and needed me to repeat ;-)|
|OK this is what it looks like open, inside there is a pack of little "rocks" or "crystals" (not quite sure what they are but they are cool you'll see)|
|next we need some water (don't worry I filled this bottle with tap water lol)|
|On the bottom of the heating bag you will find this inscription: "DO NOT OVERFILL" so please do not pour water past that line. Just so you know, it really doesn't take a lot of water so pour it in slowly!|
|next fold over the top (the bag will start to expand don't worry just work quickly cause it get's really hot to handle)|
|Put the folded heating bag into the original box the food pouch came from|
|Make sure the box is slightly elevated, I used the water bottle to elevate it. leave it there for a good 10min to 15min (so you can see the poor soldiers who had to eat their MRE's in 5 min...yuck, no wonder they got those names lol)|
|While you are waiting for your main course to heat, dig in to your other delicatessen mmmmm enjoy!|
|Be careful only to heat the beverage for 4-6min NOT longer!|
|OK did you enjoy the rest of your MRE? what, the crackers were too dry? really?wow your the first to say that lol well it's about time to eat your main course ready?|
|The bag is hot so be careful!|
|take the torn off end and open it up|
|Carefully take the pouch out of the heating bag, be careful it's hot!|
|I usually keep the original MRE bag so I can put all the trash into it at the end, that way it's all cleaned up in the end|
|Knead the pouch to distribute the heat all around...be careful it was pretty hot might want to wear some kitchen gloves (alright military guys have your laugh!)|
|find the little tabs on either side|
|And open it up, if you notice you will see additional tabs under the first ones, once you start eating your meal you can continue tearing them to make it easier to reach your food|
|Yum enjoy lol|