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Sure-Pak MRE Complete Meal Kit with Heater-Single Meal (Main Course May Vary)
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- The Sure-Pak Genuine GI Military MRE (Meals Ready to Eat). Manufactured by US Government Contractor, Sopacko
- Always check packaging for date code, first number indicates year of manufacture. Do not be fooled by expired or counterfeit product
- Possible Main Courses include: Beef ravioli, Beef Taco, Apple Maple Oatmeal, Pot Roast, Garlic Chicken and Chicken Fajitas. Each MRE includes a Main Entree, Side Dish, Dessert, Crackers, Spread, Coffee, Beverage Mix, Accessory Pack and Flameless Heater
- No refrigeration required with up to a 5 year shelf life-when stored at 70 degrees. Higher temps reduce shelf life. Do not freeze
- Waterproof packaging for each meal- Dimensions: 8.5" x 3.5" x 5.5". Ideal for Emergency Situations & Disaster Preparedness
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|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.25 pounds|
Sopakco Sure-Pak Genuine GI Military MRE (Meals Ready To Eat). Direct From US Government Contractor. Delicious Ready To Eat Meal included per sample picked randomly from the Various & Assorted Menu Types. Possible Main Entrees include: Beef ravioli, Beef Taco, Apple Maple Oatmeal, Pot Roast, Garlic Chicken and Chicken Fajitas. Each MRE Includes a Main Entree, Side Dish, Dessert, may include Crackers, Spread, Coffee, Beverage Mix and Accessory Pack. Ideal for Emergency Situations & Disaster Preparedness. Sopakco has been the top supplier of MRE's to the US Military for more than 30 years. This pack includes the flameless Heater. Sure-Pak Meals contain between 900 to 1,250 calories per meal, depending on the entree and individual components. A minimum of two meals per person per day is recommended for a 72-hour period.
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I got it, prepared it and was satisfied with the amount of food in the package. I got pork sausage patty and it was good, not good as in something you'd get at a restaurant but good as in better than-high-school-food and better than cooking-burgers-in-the-mountains.
I finished almost everything except for the oatmeal cookie (pretty darn good by the way) and the peanut butter, because I was full by then.
The MRE has plenty of calories so this is not the stuff you want to be eating at home, but those calories are more than welcome when I go camping.
The only thing I disliked is that the pork sausage patty was too small for my liking, it was about 1 and a 1/2 inches wide by about 3 inches tall by about 1/4 inch thick. Pretty small if you ask me. It tasted good by the way.
Also the whole package is pretty big so they will take up a lot of space when I put them in my backpack.
Overall I highly recommend them for camping and hiking, easy to make, the food tastes above average with the only downsize being that the main entree was a bit too small and they take up a lot of space.
I'm definitely buying more to take them next time I go camping.
Update: 6-27-13. I looked at the remainder of the pack again. The condiment pack had salt, pepper and two packets of sugar, as well as powdered coffee and creamer and the food heater. I ate the scone with some vanilla ice cream at home. It was tasty. The tropical fruit punch was doable, but basically so. I still plan on buying more, as the amount of food is filling, with no gastronomical problems after.
Update: 8-20-13. I ordered two more of these meals.
MRE came in a clear plastic "peelable seal" pouch. The plastic is nice and thick, but the pouch cannot be resealed once opened - found out the hard way & had to close it back up with packing tape so the pouch contents wouldn't spill out in my pack while on my hike (turned out to be a blessing - I could unseal/reseal the pouch as necessary & use it for trash when I was all done).
My "reduced sodium" MRE pouch contained:
- Two one-ounce pouches of jelly, one grape & one apple
- Cheese tortellini main course
- Heater pouch
- Two-pack of brown sugar cinammon Pop Tarts
- 14g Tootsie Roll bar
- Pouch with plastic spoon, napkin, pepper, and a pack of "Papa's Perfect Salt-Free Seasoning."
No coffee with cream & sugar, powdered drink mix, wet nap, or side dish like I've seen advertised in other MRE packs (including the one pictured above), so not sure what's up with that. My pack arrived sealed, so not sure why some meals have the extras while mine didn't. As for the food:
- Crackers: dry and crumbly. The crackers are about four inches square and come two per vacuum-sealed pouch (which says 1.33 oz). As soon as I opened the pouch, the crackers crumbled, and the largest piece I could extract was maybe the size of a quarter. If I had thought, it would have been easier to just scrunch up all the crackers in the pouch, squirt in a whole tube of jelly, and eat it all with the spoon. The jelly was really tasty, but that was expected since they were almost pure sugar!
- Cheese tortellini: bland. Probably because I had the reduced sodium meal - these really needed salt (which I forgot to bring with me)! Heating this up with the heater pouch was a snap, though I'd recommend reading and following the directions very closely. The heater gets hot really quickly after it's exposed to water, and within a few seconds, it may be too hot to hold by hand. Also the heater stays hot for a whole 15 minutes (mine was still warm to the touch a half hour later), so keep that in mind if you're only stopping for a quick rest. My paratrooper friend says they never bothered with the heater & just ate everything cold, but I wanted to give it a try. My tortellini pouch was hot to the touch after five minutes, so I pulled it out of the heater thinking it was done. Unfortunately, it wasn't hot all the way through, so it's best to leave the meal in the heater for the whole 10-15 minutes if you can! And you don't need a lot of water to activate the heater - maybe an ounce or two. You could also toss the food pouch into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes to warm it up, but if you want a hot meal without using a lot of your water supply, the heater is the way to go.
- Pop Tarts: dry and crumbly! First of all, there was a discrepancy on the nutrition info label - the outer package said it contained only one pastry for 210 calories. However, there were two pastries inside, for 420 calories. When they vacuum pack the pastries, they kinda meld together into one super thick Pop Tart that you can't pull apart (without it exploding into a thousand crumbs)!
- Tortellini: 260 calories, 6g fat, 38g carbohydrates, 12g protein
- Crackers: 180 cal, 6g fat, 28g carbs, 4g protein
- Jelly (both): 140 cal, 0g fat, 36g carbs, 0g protein
- Pop Tarts (both): 420 cal, 14g fat, 68g carbs, 5g protein
- Tootsie Roll: 50 cal, 1g fat, 10g carbs, 0g protein
Total: 1050 calories, 27g fat, 180g carbohydrates, and 21g protein
Lighter on protein than I expected, but very heavy on carbs, but I guess that's what you want if you're hiking through the boonies all day long. Not your best meal choice as far as nutrition goes (especially if you're trying to avoid preservatives), but these probably weren't intended to be eaten for every meal every day. The bonus is that they will last forever, so you don't have to worry about spoilage if you don't go camping this summer. Compared to other "camping" food I've tried recently, this MRE wasn't as tasty but provided more variety and more calories for the same price - the MRE probably weighs more than even the 2- or 2.5 serving dehydrated food pouches, but when you consider you don't have to carry a camp stove, fuel, extra water, and a pot, the weight differences probably disappear. Regardless, I intend on burying one of these MRE packs deep into my backpack in case I'm lost on the trails for a couple days and stashing another in my glove compartment in case of another "snowmaggeddon."