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Many of those who have been in the service have had the ‘pleasure’ of eating MREs in the field. If you haven’t experienced an MRE, it is a pre-packaged meal kit packed full of calories and sealed in a pouch. MRE stands for Meal, Ready to Eat and they are issued like they are going out of style in any military branch. The packaging makes them tough enough to carry in the field, but comfortable enough to shove into a cargo pocket.
Every few years the menu offerings are updated, but for the most part MREs change very little year to year. Cases sold to civilians often do not include the chemical heater. This may be a good thing or bad thing, depending on your capability to heat the pouches without the chemical heater. They are convenient, but have been known to start a fire or two in storage warehouses.
Most people are familiar with what MREs are, but which menu items are the best tasting? We share our favorites in the most current menu in the article below. Feel free to chime in with what sustained you in the field and what your favorite MRE is.