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Who carries MREs in there bag

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by ncfishman, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Timbokhan

    Timbokhan Loaded Pockets

    Apr 17, 2008
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    Well, pretty simple, really. First Tabasco is a necessary item for general purposes. Second, you learn how to save stuff and combine it with other stuff. For example, if you saved a package of crackers and you also saved a packet of cheese spread, when you got the ham slice you could then make a ham and cheese sandwich. Pretty tasty! The cheese spread was also very good mixed in with the spaghetti. In fact, that was my favorite one. You could use the cocoa, creamer and sugar, mixed with a little water to make "Ranger Pudding", which was actually kind of tasty. I don't know if the new generation of MRE's have them, but we were saddled with the notorious "Oatmeal Cookie", which was nothing more than a compressed block of something. Very, very hard and very, very little flavor. I would save them for a snack on long patrols or as a late night snack, but in the end, there wasn't a whole lot you could do with them. The maple cake was pretty good, and the chocolate chip cake was really good. Some guys liked the apple jelly on the ham: I was never a fan, although I did like it on the crackers by itself. Also, despite being told not too, we always used the kool-aid packets we got in our canteens: Water taken from a water buffalo (not the beast, for those not in the know) that has been sitting in the sun for a few hours, while safe, isn't particularly tasty. Luckily by the time Somalia rolled around, we were mostly just given cases of bottled water, which was much better tasting.

    I guess the main thing is that with the exception of the omelet, I never thought they were that bad. Given 11 other choices and my buddies never-ending love of the omelet, I never really had a problem. When I was a kid, my dad would occasionally send me to school with c-rats for my lunch (which I thought was the coolest), and compared to those, MRE's are haute cuisine. My time was right before the heaters came, so for the most part I ate everything cold. We would warm stuff up occasionally over nesbit stoves, but it was more of a pain than it was worth, really. We also supplemented from home: Mostly in the form of kool-aid or gatorade mix, of which my mom sent plenty. Dried soup mixes were handy, jerky, and M&M's. Also, toilet paper. MRE's come with "toilet paper", but it is pretty useless. You can't eat it, but TP was worth it's weight in gold x5. Oh! Also, we could make a type of pruno if someone got yeast sent from home: Mix water, yeast and dehydrated fruit, let ferment for a week or two, strain through a sock, drink. Godawful and largely unnecessary as none of us was an alocholic, but it was just something fun to do in the field that broke up the monotony. Back to the MRE's: You guys may find it strange, but when I finally came home from Somalia, you know what I wanted more than anything? You might think steak, or ice cream or beer, but it was none of those things. What I wanted was a nice, big glass of ice water. After drinking lukewarm water for 5 months, ice water was like a gift from god. To this day, ice water remains my favorite drink, and I can't hardly choke down warm water.

    Incidentally, we always saved a packet or two of the peanut butter, because nothing was better at stopping the runs than that peanut butter taken straight. Sounds a little gross to point out, but I spent time in Desert Storm, Somalia and Panama, and the runs were a frequent, potentially dangerous, affliction.
  2. Synaptic Misfire
    • In Omnia Paratus

    Synaptic Misfire Loaded Pockets

    Nov 15, 2008
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    I also EDC packet tuna and Kashi granola bars, I am diabetic so having something to eat is super important.
  3. froldt

    froldt Loaded Pockets

    Nov 13, 2008
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    I don't EDC any MRE's on my person (do need to replenish my snack stash, though...) Since I'm generally in an urban environment, I generally have ready access to some sort of food.
    I do have a couple that I keep in the car, in case I get stuck somewhere for whatever reason. They're the newer ones and not half-bad tasting. Field-stripping them is necessary, it's amazing how much waste is in one of those bags!
  4. charlie fox

    charlie fox Loaded Pockets

    Jun 4, 2006
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    I don't carry MRE's in my EDC bag, but I carry two in my truck bag along with a cup, Esbit stove and extra other stuff. In my EDC bag I usually have a couple of granola bars and some rice crackers as well as a liter of water.
  5. zenlunatic

    zenlunatic Loaded Pockets

    Oct 4, 2007
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    I don't EDC MRE. I EDC a clif bar in my JUMBO, and for my night class which is four hours, I throw in a single-serv bag of trailmix. I got like 10 or so bags bulk at costco. An MRE would take up the whole main compartment by itself.
  6. gern_blanston

    gern_blanston Loaded Pockets

    Feb 25, 2009
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    A couple of balance bars, rotated regularly, and a couple of SOS bars buried in the bottom. They last for years, not to bad tasting.
    No MREs.

    BIG-TARGET Empty Pockets

    May 18, 2006
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    Beef jerky count??? :shrug: