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Sat Jun 12, 2021, 07:55 PM

NYT article "Meals, Ready To Eat"

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/dining/mre-meals-ready-to-eat.html

Pretty interesting to me as the mom of a soldier and a foodie. I think the job of developing these would be fascinating.

The comments are really interesting too.

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Reply NYT article "Meals, Ready To Eat" (Original post)
Cairycat Jun 12 OP
11 Bravo Jun 12 #1
flying rabbit Jun 12 #3
11 Bravo Jun 13 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 12 #2
rsdsharp Jun 13 #6
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 13 #7
rsdsharp Jun 13 #8
I_UndergroundPanther Jun 12 #4

Response to Cairycat (Original post)

Sat Jun 12, 2021, 08:03 PM

1. AKA: Meals, Rarely Edible

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 12, 2021, 08:39 PM

3. They have gotten better.

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Response to flying rabbit (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 01:48 PM

5. I was basing my response on what I've heard from younger service men and women.

When I served we were issued C-rats. The peaches were palatable (loved that juice!), but the ham and mother-fuckers (lima beans) were considered cause for desertion.
Then again, when one is hungry enough, or has sufficient tabasco sauce, one can eat damned near anything.

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Response to Cairycat (Original post)

Sat Jun 12, 2021, 08:34 PM

2. oh, dear lord.

I cannot begin to imagine willingly eating these things.

I'm hardly a gourmet cook. I will attempt to claim being an adequate home cook -- visit me and judge for yourself and I've found that it's not at all hard to cook decent meals from scratch. Not at all.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 01:57 PM

6. It is rather difficult when you have no way to cook anything.

No kitchen, no mess, no field kitchen. Hence, MREs. And before that, C and K rations. Man portable, self contained rations, that donít require cooking, and/or include a means of heating the ration without fire.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 03:46 PM

7. But the story isn't about people with no way to cook anything.

It's about ordinary civilians who no doubt have a kitchen.

Oh, well, I'm sure lots of people would judge what I cook and eat.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 04:09 PM

8. My apologies. I can't read the article.

Itís behind a firewall.

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Response to Cairycat (Original post)

Sat Jun 12, 2021, 10:03 PM

4. In the 70s

My father being military brought home the army green cans of food. Once he brought home a ton of butter it was like 100 packs
He also brought home the delicious government cheese.

I actually miss the awesome grilled govt .cheese sandwiches .

No cheese you can get now like Velveeta or Kraft singles can touch government cheese.

I will never forget when I dropped a huge can of army green peas on my toe. It must have been 5 pounds of peas in it.

I yelled so loud my father heard me over the planer machine in the basement shop.

My toe hurt so bad even a cotton top sheet touching it made me howl in pain.

I was glad he brought the food home because alot of it was quite tasty. Never will forget the dry canned walnuts.

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