I just read an article in the Army Times about new items the Department of Defense is adding in the MREs- the Meals Ready to Eat. The new delicacies include Skittles, Au Grain potatoes, Asian pepper steak fry, a Banana nut Ranger bar, and Asian pepper steak fry. Yummy.
MREs have been around a long while as the grandchild of C-rations, feeding soldiers on deployment, in the combat zone and during training when a hot meal is not available. I remember most of us groaning when MREs were the meal. Some of them were actually good though. The Chicken stir fry tasted like La Choy's canned version mom heated up now and then at home. The Beef Stew was also quite edible. I also enjoyed the freeze-dried fruit cocktail, which had the texture of styrofoam but melted in your mouth once inhaled. One I avoided however was the "Eggs with Ham". I did not want to eat any eggs that had been on a shelf for years! Along with the food I was amused by the chiclet gum, the small, small, small package of toilet paper ( I guess after the MRE constipated you they didn't think you needed much!!) and the tiny glass bottle of Tabasco.
I'd love to hear what your memories are of military food and meals. Comment below or tell the story in the forum.