funny review by Edwin C. Pauzer in Grocery & Gourmet Food, 2014-02-08
MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat), Genuine U.S. Military Issue
As I was leaving the Army, they were introducing Meals: Ready-to-Eat, which were replacing the venerable C Rations that were packed in tins of which many of the discarded ones were used by the enemy in Vietnam to send back to our soldiers as shrapnel.
We were told that the MRE's were taste-tested by soldiers, and were lighter than the tin contents of C-Rations. You can imagine my shock as I stood out in a frozen wasteland, and tried my first packet. If you ever heard the expression, "I would rather starve than eat this!" that is what everyone in the tent heard me say. Soon dubbed, Meals Rejected by Ethiopians, the MRE's made us question the taste buds of the soldiers who had supposedly given this disgusting kludge a thumbs-up.
Now flash forward to present day.
One reservist brought a box into one of our classes, and I was offered whatever I wanted. I marvelled at the choices. Gone were... more