Please check out my new Facebook page if you haven't already. I hope to use it as an extension of this channel: https://www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Here's the MRE Basics installment about reading date codes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zZccfRz7HY Do you buy MREs by the case? Are you considering purchasing an MRE case? Do you know what the little orange sticker on the case is for? If you do then you don't need to watch this video. If you don't know, that little sticker is called a Time and Temperature Indicator, or TTI. It can be a useful helper for someone looking to buy genuine MREs by the case. Since you're most likely going to have to get your cases on the secondary market (eBay, Amazon, Craigslist...) unless you are in the military or have connections with someone on a military base, you probably won't know with certainty if the case(s) you're buying have been stored properly. Sellers will of course always say they were stored in a cool, dry basement. But how can you know that for sure? You can't. At least a TTI will give you a rough idea if the MREs in the case are still good. The TTI will darken over time (MREs are designed to last 3-5 years, though they can remain edible much longer than that). The shelf life becomes shorter a storage temperature goes up. A TTI will darken a lot faster in hot temperatures than in cool ones. It's not an exact science, but if a seller is offering two-year-old cases of MREs (which SHOULD be fine) and the TTI is black in the middle, there might be reason to be extra cautious. Check out MRE Info for more information: http://www.mreinfo.com/
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Taking a look at another MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat). This time it's Menu No.22, Chicken and Dumplings. Packaged by Ameriqual in 2008. It was very good as far as MREs go. Despite being over three years old most components tasted pretty fresh. The chocolate covered coffee beans were the only thing that really showed its age (see video). Contents: -Chicken and Dumplings -Wheat Snack Bread -Chunky Peanut Butter -Grape Jelly -Chocolate Dairyshake Powder -Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans -Shortbread Cookie -Flameless Ration Heater -Hot Beverage Bag -Accessory Pack: Instant Coffee, Sugar, Non-Dairy Creamer, Salt, Tabasco Sauce, Chewing Gum, Toilet Paper, Moist Towelette, Matches
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*CORRECTION* There are actually FOUR packages of each of the two types of biscuits in the box, not THREE as I mentioned in the video. Sorry for the mistake. Here's part two of my look at a French Individual Reheatable Combat Ration. I had never had one of these before and a YouTuber named MrCedewatt (http://www.youtube.com/user/MrCedewatt) was nice enough to send me one all the way from France! You can see Part One here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7bQeHlQdMk This video is the actual "review" part of this review. We see the food heated up and tried out. Everything I tasted was very good to excellent. The two main entrees (Beef and Carrots, and Braised Ham with Haricot Beans) and even the Pork and Mushroom Paté were all delicious. If I had to pick something that I was less than thrilled with it would probably be the citrus beverage mix. There was nothing wrong with it, but it simply didn't have the quality of the rest of the contents. While not an expert on French military rations I'm pretty sure that this one is meant for a whole day's worth of eating (or at least a couple complete meals). In addition to two full-sized entrees there is also the paté, a soup base and even some muesli for breakfast. There is a whole box filled with two different kinds of crackers (biscuits), and plenty of beverages to last for a lot more than one meal: The citrus drink mix mentioned above makes a whole liter of the stuff. There are also two packages of tea, two instant coffees and an envelope of hot cocoa. Finally there is a nice assortment of desserts and sweets to finish off each meal and give some much needed sugar and comfort to an active soldier. It's hard to directly compare this French Combat Ration to an MRE because they are so different in what they give you, but I do feel that the main entrees had a better taste than many of the MRE entrees I have had (and I actually like most of the MRE entrees).
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Here's another unboxing video. This was one I was pretty excited about. Gundog4314 ( https://www.youtube.com/user/gundog4314 ) contacted me a while back letting me know that he was sending a package my way. But he didn't mention what would be inside. But, knowing Gundog, I knew it was going to be something exciting! So, here's the unboxing, along with a little beverage nod to Gundog and the introduction of a new item that will probably be seen a lot in future videos.
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Click here to check out Kiwi Dude's channel. He has a multi-part review of another ORP as well as many other reviews of MREs and international rations: https://www.youtube.com/user/KiwiDudeMRE This is a 24-hour military ration from New Zealand. It's called an Operational Ration Pack, or ORP. This one is Menu D. The main entree meals are Vegetable Tagine and Thai Chicken. This rare ration was sent to me to review by Kiwi Dude. This will be a multi-part review. Since I've never had one of these before (and will probably never see another one) I wanted to make as thorough a review as possible. This first part will just be a look at the ORP and its contents. There will be a total of four parts. Parts two, three and four will looks at three meals made from this ration: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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In this second edition of the Mini MRE Review the girls check out some Pretzel Sticks, Kreamsicle Cookies and Peanut Butter on (non-MRE) crackers.
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http://www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Hey, if you get a chance (and are interested) please check out my new Facebook page! It's just getting started, but I hope to use it for a lot of stuff: like announcing upcoming videos and projects, answering questions and sharing information and links I think subscribers might be interested in: Here's my first review of freeze dried camping-type food. I have to say that I'm not particularly knowledgeable in this area, but I'm learning. I thought both these dishes (Breakfast Skillet and Chili Mac and Beef were excellent). Mountain House obviously knows what they're doing. I made a couple of rookie mistakes with these, but I figure it's all part of the learning curve. As an added bonus (and sort of as a comparison between freeze dried and reconstituted versions of the food, we also try out a Mountain House Freeze dried Ice Cream Sandwich! All of these items were sent to me by very generous subscriber Garrett Cody.
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Here is a civilian/commercial MRE from Meal Kit Supply ( http://www.mealkitsupply.com/MRE/ ). It is Menu No.1, Spaghetti with Beef and Sauce and was packaged in January 2013, making it the oldest Meal Kit Supply meal I've had (not counting the five-year-old Canadian one I had a while back). I'd say that time's been kind to it as everything tasted fine! One of the nice touches of Meal Kit Supply is that this is considered a "Three Course" MRE and contains not only the main entree, but also a side dish of Au Gratin Potatoes (which were nice and cheesy). Check out the full menu below: Menu No.1 Spaghetti with Beef and Sauce (2013) -Spaghetti with Beef and Sauce -Au Gratin Potatoes -Crackers -Cheese Spread -Grape Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder -Strawberry Banana Dairyshake Powder -Accessory Pack (Spoon, Napkin, Moist Towelette, Instant Coffee, Sugar, Non-Dairy Creamer, Salt, Pepper)
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 http://www.omeals.com/ Here's the intro to OMEALS and review of the Vegetable Stew with Beef: https://youtu.be/ipBdtVcUtwA Here's a look at another of the OMEALS Adventure Meals. This time we're checking out their Creole Chicken with Brown Rice. It was very good, and made for a nice menu change from the standard MRE entrees.
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Here's my first look at an MCW (Meal, Cold Weather). This is the first MCW I've ever tried. Thank you again to xxcorruptionable (http://www.youtube.com/user/xxcorruptionable) for generously sending me some MCWs to try out and review! These rations were designed for arctic conditions where the "ready-to-eat" components of MREs would freeze.Entrees and sides in an MCW are freeze-dried. The fact they need to be reconstituted in water is the main difference between an MCW and an MRE. This one came from 2005. The fact that it's eight years old might be a bit of a concern with an MRE, but since the Scrambled Eggs with Bacon and the Oatmeal are freeze-dried they will last a lot longer than similar MRE components. The Scrambled Eggs and Bacon were very tasty, and contained more bacon than I expected. It reconstituted well and wasn't bad at all. The eggs do have a powdered-egg sort of texture, but that didn't bother me much. The oatmeal was okay (pretty much standard instant oatmeal). I'm not really a big fan of oatmeal anyway, so I might not be the best judge of how it was. The Nut Raisin Mix seemed to be as fresh as the day it was packed. The Fig Bars might have been showing their age a bit, but tasted pretty good anyway. MCW (Meal, Cold Weather) Menu 11 Scrambled Eggs and Bacon -Scrambled Eggs With Bacon (Freeze-Dried) -Instant Oatmeal Apple & Cinnamon -Nut Raisin Mix -Fig Bar -Cocoa Beverage Powder -Orange Beverage Base Powder -Spoon -Accessory Pack (Instant Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Tabasco Sauce, Matches, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper, Chewing Gum)
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This video takes a look at a First Strike Ration (FSR). A little background information about FSRs is detailed and the ration is compared to MREs (Meal, Ready-To-Eat), the standard military ration of the United States. After the background information the First Strike Ration is opened and examined. Two future videos will feature taste tests of two meals made from this one FSR. MRE Info: http://www.mreinfo.com/ MREinfo.com's FSR page: http://www.mreinfo.com/us/fsr/first-strike-ration.html
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I've opened a few cases of commercial MREs on this channel in the past, but have never opened up a case of genuine U.S. MREs. I picked this one up at a nearby Army/Navy surplus store that was closing. It's a "Case A". This one contains Menus 1-12. "Case B" contains Menus 13-24. If you want to skip all the introductory information about the case and go right to the actual unboxing, skip ahead to about the 4:30 mark.
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The First Strike Ration is designed to provide a soldier with 24 hours of nutrients. The components can be broken down into individual meals or simply eaten on the go whenever one feels the need to eat something quickly. For the sake of a review I decided to break this one down into two meals. In this final part of our review of a First Strike Rations we take a look at the second meal. Check out the other videos in this series for the full look at this FSR. A big Thank You goes out to gundog4314 ( http://www.youtube.com/user/gundog4314 ) for sending me this First Strike Ration! Part One: The Opening - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khCxCVddsYU Part Two: Meal One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE-TNNOdLeY Meal Two: -Tuna -Tortillas -Fat Free Mayonnaise -Mocha Flavor First Strike Energy Bar -Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake -Beef Sticks (Barbecue and Teriyaki) -Zapplesauce -Orange Beverage Base Powder -Stay Alert Gum -Moist Towelette -Spoon -Accessory Pack
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Bottom Line (in case you don't want to watch the video): You will get the exact same kinds of foods in TOTMs that you get in MREs--just less of it. Also, you will not get all the condiments/accessories that you get in an MRE. MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat) are the U.S. government's standard self-contained field ration for the military. They are also used as emergency food supplies in times of natural or man-made disasters. The TOTM (Tailored Operational Training Meal) is a similar ration. The main difference is that it contains somewhat less food and calories than an MRE. TOTMs are designed for training situations (either in the classroom or in the field) where students or soldiers won't be expelling the amount of energy they would be if they were in an actual field environment. They have fewer items and fewer calories per meal. The TOTMs are contained in a clear bag instead of the familiar tan bags of the MREs. They also contain a white spoon instead of the more "tactical" brown spoon of the MRE. They also don't contain matches or toilet paper (I'm guessing because a training environment would have restrooms available and wouldn't require starting a fire. TOTMs are new to me, and this video is simple comparison between two similar meals found in an MRE and a TOTM. If you are not familiar with TOTMs this might be useful information for you. Thank you for watching.
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I got another great "donation" from one of my subscribers. Gundog4314 ( http://www.youtube.com/user/gundog4314 ) was kind enough to send me a First Strike Ration (FSR)! This is the first FSR I've ever had. They're a lot harder to find--and generally quit a bit more expensive--than MREs. MREs are intended to be single meals. A First Strike Ration is designed to provide nutrition to a soldier over the first 24 hours of a deployment or mission where it would be difficult to get a regular supply of food. Normally a soldier would be issued three MREs for a 24 hour period. Giving them a single FSR instead makes for a lighter load. While MREs are "ready to eat", they do have components that can be messy or time consuming to eat. Everything in an FSR (other than drink mixes) is designed to be opened and eaten "on the run". People complain about MREs not being enough like "real food", but FSRs take that to a whole new level. This video is just the unboxing of the FSR that Gundog4314 sent to me. I guess you could call it a preview, of sorts. Future videos will give more information on the FSR, and review the contents. It's possible to find a few FSR videos on YouTube, but because of the rarity and expensiveness of them, many people just show off their FSRs and never actually open/eat them on camera. Gundog4314 has made a couple videos of FSRs where he actually opens them up and reviews them. Check them out while waiting for my videos to get published! Thanks a lot Gundog4314!
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 If this video is too long for you, please check out the Short Version here: https://youtu.be/hG93tq8V2oA Here's a look at a Chinese Type 13 meal I reviewed a while back: https://youtu.be/6kxS2niIGlk We're looking at a Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Self-Heating Meal, Menu 3 Chicken Fried Rice from 2017. This isn't a very comprehensive meal, but for what's there you get a good amount of nutrients and everything was pretty good. A nice ration overall! The only issue with it was that the "Spicy Sauce" packet had a small leak in it.
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 In the recent video where I opened up a case of 2018 MREs from XMRE I noticed a number of changes to XMRE's product from the last time I had some. The biggest change was the introduction of a brand-new Flameless Ration Heater that was quite a bit different from the standard FRH we're used to seeing in genuine issue MREs and most commercial ones as well. This one works on the same principle as the ones from Meal Spec that I reviewed a few years back and the ones included as part of the Omeals meals. IT's a much more powerful heater than the standard one we're so used to seeing in U.S. rations. Here is a closer look at the new heater, a demonstration of it in use and a comparison to a standard FRH. Here are links to some of the other similar heaters that I've looked at in the past: First Look: New Flameless Ration Heaters from MealSpec: https://youtu.be/WjSkQSViiws MealSpec Heater Cold Weather Test: https://youtu.be/3cg-nS34WdQ Breakfast with MealSpec Heaters: https://youtu.be/Ulxk0W4Rwdc Lunch/Dinner with MealSpec Heaters: https://youtu.be/qWPabkef9ug Omeals Overview and Review of Beef Stew: https://youtu.be/ipBdtVcUtwA Omeals Creole Chicken with Brown Rice: https://youtu.be/W2JDwVxtQjk Omeals Breakfast: https://youtu.be/EmpMv2xZpOE
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Here's bky guy's channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCF2mFIUwbn6bANVq8xbmjdg I've been meaning to try out more freeze dried camping foods, and a very generous subscriber named bky guy was kind enough to send me some stuff to review! Here's a couple Backpacker's Pantry items: Risotto with Chicken and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake. These were mostly easy to prepare (with the exception of the cheesecake being a little messy). And better yet they tasted great!
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This is a Menu No. 12, Veggie Burger in Barbeque Sauce MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat). It was packaged by Sopakco in 2010, and was about three years old when this video was made. I'm not a vegetarian and the vegetarian MRE menus have always been among my least favorites (more because they don't have meat than any problem with flavor or anything like that). The first time I had a Veggie Burger MRE I was prepared to hate it, but was surprised by how good (good being a relative term when talking about MREs) it was. You don't really feel like you're eating beef, but you really wouldn't guess that you're eating veggies formed into a patty either. For the most part it's on par with the processed meat that is found in most MREs. The BBQ sauce certainly helps hide the fact that it's a Veggie Burger too. Menu No.12 Veggie Burger in Barbeque Sauce (2010) -Veggie Burger in Barbeque Sauce -Mango Peach Applesauce -Wheat Snack Bread (2) -Chocolate Banana Nut Muffin Top -Apple Cinnamon First Strike Energy Bar -Lemon-Lime Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder -Accessory Pack (Instant Coffee, Non-Dairy Creamer, Sugar, Salt, Tabasco Sauce, Chewing Gum, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper, Matches) -Flameless ration Heater -Hot Beverage Bag -Spoon
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Here's another MRE review. This one is menu number 15, Beef Enchilada from 2008. For something with with a Mexican vibe that includes beef enchilada and refried beans, this was surprisingly mild. Luckily, the included picante sauce, ground red pepper and cheese spread with jalapenos gave it a more spicy kick. Turns out to be a good choice for both those that like and don't like spicy foods! And the "Kreamsicle Cookies" were very tasty, with an orange flavor. Contents (packaged in 2008): Beef Enchilada in Sauce Refried Beans Vegetable Crackers Cheese Spread with Jalapenos Kreamsicle Cookies Orange Beverage Base Powder Picante Sauce Ground Red Pepper Flameless Ration Heater Hot Beverage Bag Spoon Accessory Pack - Instant Coffee - Non-Dairy Creamer - Sugar - Chewing Gum - Moist Towelette - Matches - Toilet Paper
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9/ Here's the earlier Meal Kit Supply Hash Browns review: https://youtu.be/994f31nD9SU This is actually the second Menu No.9 Hash Browns MRE from Meal Kit Supply that I've reviewed. But this time it's outdoors. I think this video is a good example of why I think the Hot Beverage Bag was such a good addition to MREs (especially when in the field). Meal Kit Supply MREs do not come with Hot Beverage Bags, but I saved one from an earlier review. This video also has a major technical difficulty. One of the video clips was corrupted and the audio did not match up with the video. The only way I could save the review was to detatch the audio and line it up with the video as best I could. Unfortunately that meant that there's an almost four-minute-long segment with the Flameless Ration Heater that has no edits. It not only made for a longer video than I wanted, it also meant that you can see some of the stuff that I would normally edit out before posting videos.
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 www.xmremeals.com It's kind of hard to believe that it's been almost three years since I've gotten and new MREs from XMRE. They're still a relatively young company and one thing about them is that they're always working to improve their product. I recently got a case of 2018 MREs from them and figured I'd make a video looking at what sort of changes they've made since the last time I checked them out. And there definitely ARE some changes! Reviews will be coming soon!
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Here's a look at a case of commercial MREs from a company called Meal Kit Supply. Their website is http://mealkitsupply.com/ (they have locations in both the U.S. and Canada). This case contains 12 complete MRE meals (with flameless ration heaters) and costs $129.99 from the company. That price includes free shipping to the continental U.S.. This is just a look at the company and the case of MREs. Reviews of some of the meals will be coming up. I have to say that Meal Kit Supply gives a lot of information with its products. The case itself has a lot of useful information for people who might not be too familiar with MREs (like how to read the date codes and an explanation of the expected shelf life). In addition to that, the MRE bags themselves tell you exactly what is inside each one and it gives you all the nutritional information of each component (neither of these is listed on genuine MREs). And for more information, visit the company's website. It will tell you exactly what MREs you get in a case, exactly what is in each meal and all the nutritional information. You'll be an MRE "expert" after visiting the site and ordering a case!
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*** IMPORTANT UPDATE: After posting my recent unboxing video of the case of four 24-Hour Rations from XMRE I was contacted by the company to clear up some issues. I was very glad to hear from them that the one big apparent problem with the rations shouldn't be a problem for customers making purchases. Overall I thought the 24-Hour rations looked like a good product, but upon opening one up I discovered that the two included entrees were nearly three years old (in an otherwise very fresh ration sealed up in June 2015). As it turns out, the case sent to me for review was actually a "beta" version that was being used for testing and feedback. It was sort of a mock-up of the "real" product that customers would purchase. I was assured that the entrees in the rations sold on their website would be much fresher than that. Good news indeed! Visit XMRE and order at: http://xmremeals.com/ This is the first of a two part look at a new 2015 24-Hour Ration from XMRE. This is Menu 1, which is has two beef entrees. While this is intended to be used over 24 hours I decided to split it up into two rather than three meals. It worked out pretty good and this video will look at the first of the two meals, which is based on the Southwest Beef in Black Bean Sauce entree and other components that I chose. Obviously anyone buying these can take all the components and divide them any way they see fit. This is only meant as an example of what one meal might look like.
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This is one of those mystery MREs that has no date code printed or stamped onto the outer bag. That's not a problem if you happen to have the case it came from, but can be an issue if you bought it on eBay (like I did) and have no idea how old it is. Turns out this one was packaged in early 2008 and most of the components are from late 2007. It's a Menu No.7 Meatloaf made by The Wornick Company. Menu No.7 Meatloaf -Meatloaf With Brown Onion Gravy -Mashed Potatoes -BBQ Sauce -Crackers -Peanut Butter -Apple Jelly -Oatmeal Cookie -Candy, Toffee Rolls, Chocolate (Tootsie Rolls) -Flameless Ration Heater -Hot Beverage Bag -Spoon -Accessory Pack (Ice Tea Drink Mix, Butter Buds, Salt, Chewing Gum, Matches, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper)
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MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) Menu No. 5 Grilled Chicken (packed 2007) CONTENTS -Chicken Breast -Cornbread Stuffing -Wheat Snack Bread -Cheese Spread with Jalapenos -Caramel Apple Ranger Bar -Reese's Pieces -French Vanilla Cappuccino Powder -BBQ Sauce -Accessory Pack "B" (Iced Tea, Matches, Salt, Moist Towelette, Gum, Toilet Paper) -Flameless Ration Heater -Hot Beverage Bag -Spoon This MRE had a date code of 7108, meaning it was packed on the 108th day of 2007. All in all this was a very good meal that held up well despite being five years old. The only exception was the Cornbread Stuffing--which was a bit of a disappointment. It was very bland and boring. The chicken itself tasted fine.
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For more information on date codes and anything else you might want to know about MREs, please visit www.mreinfo.com. This is the first in what should become an occasional series called MRE Basics, where I'll take one small aspect of MREs and go into more detail than I can generally give in a regular MRE review. This first one looks at something that a lot of people not familiar with MREs have asked me about--the date codes. It's important for someone interested in buying MREs to know exactly how old any they might find for sale are. But since they use the Julian Date Code method of dating rather than simply putting the date on the packaging it can be kind of confusing. Reading a Julian Date Code is pretty simple once you see a few and know what to look for. While this is a longer video than I had intended, if you really just want to learn how to read a four-digit date code I explain that in the first minute of the video. The rest goes into further detail about where you can find the codes (outer bags, most components inside the MRE and on the cases themselves) and how you can determine the date even though the code only gives the last digit of the year of manufacture (does a "0" indicate 1990? 2000? 2010?). It's not the most exciting video I've ever produced, but I hope that it will be useful to some people.
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Here's a look at a few examples of The Bridgford Company's shelf stable foods. We're trying a Honey BBQ Beef Sandwich in Bread, a Sweet & Sour Chicken in Bread sandwich and an Apple Turnover. These were sent to me by gundog4314 ( https://www.youtube.com/user/gundog4314 ). While not what might be considered true "MRE components" in the traditional sense, these things can be found in many MRE products. the sandwiches are found in First Strike Rations (FSR) and other Bridgford bread products can be found in some MREs. I liked the BBQ Beef sandwich. The Sweet & Sour chicken sandwich wasn't great, but it was edible. Seemed a little more bland than what I'd expect from something that was supposed to be "sweet & sour". The Apple Turnover was very tasty. Sweet, but not too sweet. The "turnover" part is more or less just bread, but it's sweetened up with cinnamon. Not too surprisingly, the sandwiches are very high in sodium. Overall I'd definitely consider getting some of these as lightweight alternatives to MREs. they'd be great for taking along on a backpacking trip and could even be used as a base for someone's homemade MREs! Here's Bridgford's website. There's a lot of information there about all their products. http://www.bridgford.com/ These products are commercially available. Bridgford has a page that gives online and retail sources. http://www.bridgfordfoodservice.net/ready_to_eat/how-to-buy.php As I mention in the video, The Epicenter sells Bridgford products. They can be found here: http://theepicenter.com/ And The Epicenter has a YouTube channel where they review a lot of MRE and other camping-type foods. https://www.youtube.com/user/EpicenterBryan Here's a link to a review The Epicenter recently did of Bridgford's BBQ Beef and Sweet & Sour Chicken sandwiches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2USb0OStQhE
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Here's another one of the Meal Kit Supply ( MealKitSupply.com ) MREs. This one is a 2013 Menu No.9 Chicken Fajita. It was very good. The tortillas included were the best I've had in an MRE. Whether they've improved or whether it's simply because these were much fresher than others I've had I don't know. Despite having a Tex/Mex sounding name this meal isn't particularly spicy. But the "pepper sauce" packet included adds a lot of heat for those who like their food spicy. Menu No.9 Chicken Fajita (from Meal Kit Supply) -Chicken Fajita -Fried Rice -Tortillas -Spice Pound Cake -Orange Beverage Powder -Cocoa Beverage Powder -Flameless Ration Heater -Pepper Sauce -Accessory Pack (Instant Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Napkin, Moist Towelette)
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Here is a Tailored Operational Training Meal (TOTM)--which is a slightly smaller version of an MRE. This one has a "Pork Rib, Boneless, Imitation" as the entree. TOTMs contain fewer items than standard MREs and this one doesn't really have a side dish. See the video that this one is a response to to see the differences between TOTMs and MREs. Contents: -Pork Rib, Boneless, Imitation -(2) Wheat Snack Bread -BBQ Sauce -Beverage Base Powder, Lemon-Lime -Skittles -Crushed Red Pepper packet -Flameless Ration Heater -Accessory Pack (spoon, napkin, moist wipe, instant coffee, creamer, sugar, salt, pepper)
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Rotating out another older MRE. My first time trying out the Tuna menu. Surprisingly small entree (3oz.), but lots of snacks to go along with it. Probably the most interesting thing about this one is the fact that it's the only MRE that doesn't come with a flameless ration heater (FRH). Menu No. 21 TUNA -Tuna -Tortillas -Fat Free Mayonnaise -Salt-Free Seasoning Blend -Kreamsicle Cookies -Chocolate Flavored Toffee -Pretzel Sticks -Strawberry Dairyshake Powder -Spoon -Accessory Pack Spiced Cider Salt Chewing Gum Moist Towelette Toilet Paper Matches
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Bisgear Camping Cookware Set on Amazon: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FE07VYS/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_1_w Here's the review of the smaller cookset from LighTake from a couple years back: https://youtu.be/HZo78VGYMzQ Bisgear recently contacted me and asked if I'd review their Camping Cookware Set. Here it is. Like the LighTake cookset I reviewed a couple years ago (and refer to in this video) this is a very inexpensive (currently listed at $25.99 at Amazon) alternative to some more pricey versions made by more well-known companies. Of course in a side-by-side comparison the high-end name brand stuff would always outperform something like this. But, sometimes you just can't afford to buy top of the line stuff all the time. I know that my money is very limited and I have to be careful how I spend it. If you're in the same boat you might sometimes consider equipment like this that you see advertised online. It will save me a LOT of money, but will what I get for that money be worth it? Or will it simply be a waste of money that could have been better invested by putting it toward the name brand equipment? Is it cheap in price, quality, or BOTH? Those are difficult questions to answer, and the answers will probably be different for many different people. After checking the set out I will say that it seems to be pretty well made. It's cheap, but doesn't seem like it would let you down in a light-to-moderate use scenario. You wouldn't want to depend on a set like this if you were taking on a major outdoor activity like a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail, but for a quick weekend camping or hiking trip it would probably do just fine. My biggest "complaint" would actually be the same if this had cost more money. The anodized aluminum construction makes for very light equipment (a plus), but it's not the greatest material for the actual cooking of food (a minus). You might want to consider how important the weight vs. quality issue is for you. As I mention in the video, this set is great for heating/boiling water, and if that's all you'd need it for (for making coffee, reconstituting freeze-dried foods, making oatmeal...) it should work out great. But if you're actually planning on doing some real cooking the aluminum doesn't really do a great job of that. And that's not really a knock on THIS product as much as it is on the idea of using aluminum for its lightness (whether in a cheap or expensive product). If you're looking for top quality equipment that you can really count on and that will last, go for the "real" stuff by the name brands. But this could help you out in a pinch, and not hurt as much in the wallet! Pros: Price, Lightweight, Comprehensive set, Great for heating up water Cons: Cheap construction that probably won't stand test of time, Tough to cook food in the anodized aluminum pot and pan
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A huge thank you goes out to Gundog4314 for sending this great ration to me! Visit his channel for lots of great ration reviews (especially rare international ones): https://www.youtube.com/user/gundog4314 Here's Gundog's review of another Lithuanian Ration (Menu 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82fDlxdKnaE And here's Kiwi Dude's look at Menu 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KkrX0rOOm8
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Check out XMRE here: http://www.xmremeals.com/ XMRE is the only company (that I'm aware of) which makes a civilian 24-hour ration. It's an interesting concept that I've never tried out until now. Here we take a look at a 2015 case of four of these 3000XT 24-hour rations. According to the website these provide 2,500-2,800 calories per ration. That's pretty close to the 2,900 calories on average that a genuine First Strike Ration (FSR) supplies. I know this is a rather long video for an unboxing (and the unboxing itself doesn't even happen until halfway through), but since it's something new to me I wanted to provide as much information as I could in this first look at them.
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9/ The Epicenter: http://theepicenter.com/ The Epicenter's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/EpicenterBryan Epicenter's review on S&S Pork UGR tray: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWnL9kQhU1U This is the first time I've ever tried out UGR (Unitized Group Ration) trays. So please be patient while I give all the "gschultz9 background info" and if I make any mistakes in this video! These trays were very generously sent to me by subscriber Darin (ballistic-options.com). Thank you Darin! Anyway, these trays were almost six years old by the time I got into them. They would have been part of a larger package that includes two more of these types of trays and a bunch of other stuff to make a complete meal for about 18 soldiers (a "Unitized Group Ration"). For whatever reason these things have become very hard to find in recent years. The Epicenter used to sell them, but haven't had them in stock for some time now. But you can check out their YouTube channel for some reviews they did on UGR trays a while back (including the Sweet and Sour Sauce over Pork Choppettes one seen in this video). Who knows, maybe one day these will become more readily available.
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Here's another outdoor review. This one will be a little different because I'm going to do it under more "realistic" field conditions than usual. For this one I'll skip the "luxuries" of a tray, mess kit or utensils (other than the included spoon of course). The only thing I'll have available to me is water. This is kind of like a "sequel" to the MRE Basics video "Just How 'Ready-to-Eat' is an MRE?" where I tried out an MRE just as it was, without any water or preparation. That video was meant to be a bit of an extreme test of the "ready-to-eat" nature of MREs, but a lot of people complained that soldiers are always supplied with water or that they wouldn't ever be caught without water. I thought the point of that one was pretty clear, but some people just didn't get it. This one is similar, but WITH water! Here's the MRE Basics video in case you want to check that one out. Thank you for watching! MRE Basics: Just How "Ready-to-Eat" is an MRE?: https://youtu.be/rvtjV8TcDp0
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Check out The Magnus: www.youtube.com/user/joebryer Here's the first look at some of the stuff from the box of Swedish treats that The Magnus recently sent me. We take a look at two different brands of Julmust (a Christmas drink) and try out some Juleskum (a Christmas candy treat). I wanted to try to get this one filmed and posted before Christmas!
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A box arrived from eBay today with four MRE's (Meals, Ready to Eat) that I had won at auction. A while back I got three MRE's from a different seller who labeled them as "Fresh" in the description. Turned out that two were from 2006 (five years old) and one was from 2003 (EIGHT years old)! Strange idea of "fresh". Anyway, I'm glad to say that I discovered during this unboxing that these four MRE's were all from 2009, which means they're only about two years old (a little less judging by the full date codes)!
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Okay, here's a little something on the lighter side. Here is my attempt to take on the infamous MRE Cracker Challenge. This is where you have to eat the two big crackers in an MRE Cracker package within two minutes. I tried this once before...and failed. Could I do better on the second attempt? After a few days I'm going to change the title to reflect if it was a success or a failure, but for now, see for yourself!
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A company called MealSpec is now selling an alternative to the standard MRE Flameless Ration Heater and its commercial equivalents. These new heaters will actually boil water and reach a peak temperature of about 220 degrees. This is much higher than the MRE's FRH peak temperature. Because of this, these new heaters can actually cook food rather than simply heating them up. This makes it a much more useful item for campers, backpackers, preppers and survivalists to carry in their gear. While they certainly can heat up MRE entrees or other pre-cooked foods, it can do a lot more too. The company sent me a box of their heaters to try out and review. This is a first look at what they can do. I was very impressed with the results. Please visit the company's website to learn more about the heaters (and purchase some if you want). Tell them gschultz9 sent you! http://www.mealspec.com/
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This MRE is Menu No.8, Meatballs in Marinara Sauce. It was packaged in 2008 (five years old). Considering how old it is it wasn't too bad. The flavor of the meatballs seemed a little bland, and the cheese sauce had a strange consistency. These problems might have been because of the age of the meal. Otherwise it was all fine. Menu No.8 Meatballs in Marinara Sauce (2008) -Meatballs in Marinara Sauce -Wheat Snack Bread (2) -Cheese Spread -Cheddar Cheese Pretzels -Peanuts, Dry Roasted, Salted -Lemon-Lime Beverage Base Powder -Spoon -Flameless Ration Heater -Hot Beverage Bag -Accessory Pack (Instant Coffee, Sugar, Non-Dairy Creamer, Salt, Chewing Gum, Matches, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper)
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This review is a little different from most of my previous ones. It's a bit of a family affair. We were camping in the Otter River State Forest recently and I wanted to make a couple outdoor MRE videos while we were there (which in itself is kind of different for my videos). One side of my wife's family comes from the Buffalo, NY area, so I wanted her opinion on an MRE's version of Buffalo Chicken. Keep in mind that she's not a fan of MREs (which balances out the soft spot I have for them), so when she says that the food is "edible" that's a pretty high compliment! My kids (who have been seen in my Mini MRE Reviews) also make an appearance. Please understand that I'm doing something kind of different by putting my whole family in this video. I'm hoping that people will respect me and my family and keep the comments civil. I will pull this video down if it doesn't seem like people will be willing to show that respect. I know that's a very real possibility on YouTube, but just wanted to give my viewers something a little different to watch. The Buffalo Chicken was pretty tasty. It's definitely got a little kick to it, but it's not too spicy (I'm actually surprised they didn't include some Tabasco Sauce for people who want their Buffalo Chicken really spicy). The Fried Rice isn't anything exciting, but it's pretty good, and mixing the two together seems to be the way to go. I don't like coffee, but the sweet Mocha Cappuccino drink is delicious. Menu No.24 Chicken Pulled In Buffalo Style Sauce (2010) -Chicken, Pulled, With Buffalo Style Sauce -Fried Rice -Wheat Snack Bread -Cheese Spread With Jalapenos -Patriotic Sugar Cookies -M&Ms -Mocha Cappuccino Instant Powder -Flameless Ration Heater -Hot Beverage Bag -Spoon -Accessory Pack (Iced Tea Drink Mix, Salt, Chewing Gum, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper)
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Check out Meal Kit Supply and order at: http://www.mealkitsupply.com/ I first tried out Meal Kit Supply MREs almost three years ago (here's the unboxing of that case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBQ4H7hyPlA ). The company recently sent me a new case for review. They have made some changes since the last time I got a case from them. The good news is that the changes aren't very big. The product was already very good (in my opinion) and didn't really need a lot of work. It has mainly been pretty minor tweaks. A few entrees have been changes, and they have added some Trans Fat Free (TFF) desserts. Check out the video for all of my observations and then stay tuned for reviews of some of the MREs themselves.
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*Be sure to stick around until the end of the video to see an outtake that demonstrates an example of the kind of thing that needs to be edited out of a video before I can post it to YouTube! Website images have been borrowed from MREinfo.com. Visit the site for any questions you might have about MREs: http://www.mreinfo.com/ For more information about the Dairyshake recall, check out this page: http://www.mreinfo.com/us/mre/mre-dairy-shake-recall.html Back in 2007 it was discovered that one of the companies that supplies dry milk used in making the Dairyshake Powder drinks in MREs may have sent out a batch that was contaminated with salmonella. While the chances of contamination and the chance of getting sick were small, just to be safe all Dairyshakes in MREs packaged from June 2007 to June 2009 were recalled. Everything else in the meals was safe, but you were supposed to throw the Dairyshakes away if you got one. It's been over five years since the end of the recall, but it's still a good thing to be aware of. Hopefully nobody at this point has or will be buying 5+ year old MREs to stockpile or use for hunting/camping/hiking. I have made reviews of MREs from the recall period and have mentioned the recall in some of those videos. Because of this many people have commented on videos asking about the recall. That's why I decided to make this video. Rather than explaining it over and over in the comments sections I can now just direct people here.
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If you would prefer a quicker video with less detail and information, please check out the Short Version here: https://youtu.be/y3waCwBmZdY Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Check out MultiMagnum62's channel: www.youtube.com/user/MultiMagnum62 Here is a Canadian IMP (Individual Meal Pack) from 2015. It's Menu No.7 Sausage and Hash Browns. I kind of took my time with this one to try to cover as much information as possible. Because of that I have posted a "Short Version" for those not interested in hearing me talk.
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***Sorry for any confusion. Obviously I means to say gundog4314 (not 4313)! A BIG thank you goes out to YouTuber gundog4314 for sending this to me to review! www.youtube.com/user/gundog4314 This is a U.S. military Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (LRP). It is Menu No.8, Spaghetti With Meat Sauce, and was packaged in 2011. These new versions of LRPs replace older LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) rations, and they are also designed to replace MCWs (Meal, Cold Weather). LRPs are very similar to MREs, and use some of the same components. The main difference is that the main entree in these is freeze-dried and needs to be reconstituted with hot water before eating. MREs are "ready-to-eat" and don't require any real heating/cooking/preparation before eating. It doesn't contain a lot of components, but the freeze-dried entree gives you more than twice the amount of food as a regular 8 ounce MRE entree. I thought the spaghetti was very good. If you prefer freeze-dried food to the canned food taste you get with MREs this might be better. I like the fact that it tastes slightly different (not necessarily better or worse) than the typical MRE pasta taste (which is usually very much like a canned, prepared sort of taste. Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (LRP) Menu No.8 Spaghetti With Meat Sauce -Spaghetti With Meat Sauce (Freeze Dried) -Vegetable Crackers -Chocolate Peanut Spread -Nut Raisin Mix -Plain M&Ms -Orange Beverage Base Powder -LRP Accessory Pack (Instant Coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Salt, Chewing Gum, Matches, Moist Towelette, Toilet Paper (2)
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Join me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9/ Meal Kit Supply can be found at: http://www.mealkitsupply.com/ Here's a look at another of Meal Kit Supply's 2015 lineup of MREs. This one is Menu No.6, Beef Taco. I was looking forward to this one, as I don't believe I've ever had a Beef Taco MRE before (genuine or commercial). I wouldn't say that I was disappointed, but maybe I had hyped it up a bit too much in my mind and expected too much from it. The Beef Taco Filling entree was fine, but nothing incredible (not that one would expect something in an MRE to be "incredible" or anything). It reminded me a lot of the taste of a canned chili, like Hormel's. It has a little bit of spiciness, but you can kick up quite a bit with the included pack of hot sauce (a great touch by Meal Kit Supply that I haven't seen in other commercial MREs). The Black Beans in Seasoned Sauce were an appropriate side dish in this one (unlike the odd pairing of it with the Beef Ravioli in a recent review). Overall it was another very good offering from Meal Kit Supply! Menu No.6: Beef Taco -Beef Taco Filling -Black Beans in Seasoned Sauce -Tortillas -Spice Pound Cake -Cocoa Beverage Powder -Orange Beverage Base Powder -Hot Sauce -Accessory Pack (Instant coffee, Creamer, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Spoon, Napkin, Moist Towelette)
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Join gschultz9 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9 Here's another outdoor review of an MRE. This one is Menu No.1 Chili With Beans from 2011. It held up very well over the past five years!
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Join me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gschultz9/ Steve1989 MREinfo: www.youtube.com/channel/UC2I6Et1JkidnnbWgJFiMeHA Darin F.'s website: http://ballistic-options.com/ Here's yet another unboxing video! I recently got some GREAT stuff from some very generous friends and subscribers! Check out the vintage goodies from the great Steve1989 MRE info, a Korean ration pack sent from steve (a different Steve) from Korea and a bunch of goodies (including something I've NEVER had before) from Darin F.!
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Here's the first of the reviews of the stuff from the Mystery Benefactor. This one is a Menu No.19 Beef Patty, Jalapeno Pepper Jack from 2013. I found the Beef Patty to be very tasty and flavorful. It's definitely one of the boldest named entrees of all-time, and it lived up to the name pretty good. After first tasting like the regular Beef Patty the heat started to build. But it certainly wasn't overwhelming by any means. I'm not a big fan of spicy foods and I had no problem with this one. I think someone expecting something REALLY spicy might be a bit disappointed by the heat generated by this one. But a little hot sauce would probably make it perfect for a fan of spicy stuff. Another disappointment might be the fact that the peppers seen in the patty seem to be just red and green bell peppers. Apparently the Jalapeno element is merely a "flavor", and you don't find actual jalapenos in the patty. The biggest surprise I got from this recent menu was the lack of a Hot Beverage Bag! The Accessory Pack was a bit different too (no coffee and no matches, but it did have sachets of both Heinz Ketchup and Mustard). Considering the small size of the entree (3 oz) there wasn't a ton of "stuff" in this one, but I'm sure the calories were up there with the rest of the menus. Menu No.19 Beef Patty, Jalapeno Pepper Jack -Beef Patty, Jalapeno Pepper Jack -Wheat Snack Bread, Twin Pack -Cherry Blueberry Cobbler -Cheese Spread with Bacon -Oatmeal Cookie -Cocoa Beverage Powder -Spoon -Accessory Pack (Lemonade Beverage Base Powder, Salt, Ketchup, Mustard, Chewing Gum, Toilet Paper, Moist Towelette)
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