Corporal Nanzaro had been a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet for two years now. He enjoys the activities and signs up for almost every event organized. Just a few weeks ago he went to a spring survival camp called Spring Thaw in Golden Ears.
I won’t even think about signing up for a camp where the day high temperature is zero degree Celsius … but he did … and he enjoyed it a lot. He brought back some of the rations that he had left over from the camp. So here it is … our blog about MRE’s.
Canadian Forces calls their rations IMPs which stands for Individual Meal Packs. The US Military calls theirs MRE’s (Meals, Ready-to-Eat). The ones that Nanzaro had at the camp are the US Military version because they ran out of the Canadian Forces IMPs.
The MREs are designed to feed an army personnel in battle or field conditions. Each day pack consisting of breakfast, lunch and dinner contains 3600 calories, sufficient for the energy needs of a soldier in active combat. The food are packaged into cardboard boxes.
On the flip side of the cardboard box, they can even double up as a post card. I wonder how many soldiers actually make use of this.
In each of the boxes are lightweight pouches. Normally, the boxes are discarded and it’s these tough pouches that are carried in backpacks. These pouches are designed to be resistant to punctures. These are good for at least one year.
While the MREs may be eaten by itself, the proper way is to boil them so that it becomes a hot meal.
There were many types of Entrees. The Mexican Rice was not too bad really — close to being good actually! We tried it and actually finished them. Arkensen said that it does not taste as good at home but remember that they were great during camps. I guess when you’re hungry anything tastes good.
We also tried the Lagsana Pasta too.
This is what we liked best … Lemon Poppy Seed Cake.
They are a lot more flatter than the normal ones we are used to. Other than that, it is simply one of the best we had … moist and flavorful.
They even have dessert too.
And Grape Jelly too.
A bit too sweet. I guess it’s sugar rich for the extra energy. Generally, these are snack items that is consumed on the move.
I could use some of these in the office. They are small enough for my shirt pocket to carry it around. You know, sometimes when meetings get a bit too long and stretches over lunch hours, this will be perfect to stave off the hunger pangs for an hour or two.
I wonder if we can buy these type of rations for camping. They are quite delicious and handy.