Re: BACKPACKING FOODS FROM THE SUPERMARKET
Don Newcomb (newcomb@NAVO.NAVY.MIL)
Tue, 27 Apr 1993 21:29:43 CDT
> I also read where there was going to be a commercial brand of A
> NEWER style military meals or MRE's (meals ready to eat). I am
> from the old generation of 'C' rations, so would any of the
> younger bunch have any comments on 1) MRE's in general as
> far a taste, weight etc 2) Availability of MRE's to scouts?
> and 3) cost of MRE's and are there as yet an commercial
> versions of MRE's of subsets such a meat packs or etc.
1. Like "C" rations MREs come in various flavors. They range from good
(ham turkey) to grim (beef in spiced gravy). The candy isn't any
where as good as the "C" ration candy.
2. Well, I don't think the Govt. is giving them to the BSA. But they
can be obtained from a variety of sources.
3. MREs cost about $2.25-$4.50 per meal depending on where, how, who
etc. The MRE is just a military version of a retortable pouch
meal, such as those sold on the grocery store shelves for microwave
One of my favorite grocery store backpacking foods is Couscous. Good
as rice or pasta and cooks in seconds. Many tasty recipes but most
kids would find it "strange".
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