MRE Question

Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

MRE Question - 08/12/19 05:39 PM

I know an MRE comes with a heater to heat the meal. The military version does, at least. What I'm wondering about is the packet of instant coffee that comes with each MRE. In the military, when they are out in the field, how do they heat a cup of water for coffee? What do they bring with them besides the MRE?

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: gonewiththewind

Re: MRE Question - 08/12/19 06:15 PM

Compressed solid fuel tabs. The old military ones could boil a canteen cup of water with no problem.
Posted by: M_a_x

Re: MRE Question - 08/12/19 06:41 PM

The German army has the ESBIT stove. It has about the size of a deck of cards (poker not bridge) and doubles as a container for the fuel tablets.
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 01:14 PM

Iíve never served in the military but Iím told sometimes the instant coffee is consumed cold, or even chewed without water.
Posted by: gonewiththewind

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 01:59 PM

A pinch between the cheek and gums!

There are solid fuels out there that are packable. I have not been able to get a single Esbit cube to bring an 8 ounce cup of water to a boil though. These cubes are smaller than the old "Heat Tabs" and do work well. The test was near sea level in mid 40s (F) temperatures. It took 2 cubes to reach a boil. Boiling is not required for a cup of coffee, especially instant. In the woods, I usually use the Esbit to help start a good wood fire rather than for cooking by itself. It depends on the rules where you are.
Posted by: Russ

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 02:35 PM

I bring the water for instant coffee to 160ļF and call it good.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 02:38 PM

Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Iíve never served in the military but Iím told sometimes the instant coffee is consumed cold, or even chewed without water.

If it is chewed without water, how do you add the powder non-dairy cream?

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 02:41 PM

I was looking for a solution to my situation. Believing that the military had that problem worked out, I posed my question. I like to seek the counsel of someone who is smarter than me. From there I can make the determination as to will it work for me.

Originally Posted By: Montanero
There are solid fuels out there that are packable. I have not been able to get a single Esbit cube to bring an 8 ounce cup of water to a boil though. These cubes are smaller than the old "Heat Tabs" and do work well. The test was near sea level in mid 40s (F) temperatures. It took 2 cubes to reach a boil. Boiling is not required for a cup of coffee, especially instant. In the woods, I usually use the Esbit to help start a good wood fire rather than for cooking by itself. It depends on the rules where you are.

I don't need my coffee boiling. I just need it warm.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: chaosmagnet

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 02:44 PM

Originally Posted By: Jeanette_Isabelle
If it is chewed without water, how do you add the powder non-dairy cream?


This I do not know. I dislike instant coffee enough that I'm more likely to do without than to consume it.
Posted by: Jeanette_Isabelle

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 02:50 PM

I should have been given the Japanese name 千尋 which means "a thousand questions."

Edit: It appears that this forum does not accept Kanji.

Jeanette Isabelle
Posted by: LCranston

Re: MRE Question - 08/13/19 06:51 PM

US MRE meals come with a heater.

You take the MRE heater, (looks like a big bag.) open up the bag, and add a bit of water- (ounce or 2) The MRE is added into the bag for heating.


For Coffee-- there is a hot beverage bag. Add the instant coffee to the hot beverage bag. Seal. Place inside MRE heater bag.

When hot, pull out, pour in to cup (kinda hard to drink from bag)

MRE heaters could be used for heating many things that need warming, but not true boiling (about 100 degrees above ambient- 200F ish)
Posted by: Bingley

Re: MRE Question - 08/14/19 04:58 PM

Originally Posted By: Jeanette_Isabelle
Edit: It appears that this forum does not accept Kanji.


本当?
Posted by: Ren

Re: MRE Question - 08/14/19 06:53 PM

Barocook have whole kits for using flame less heater packs.
http://www.barocook.net/eng/product/flameless-cooking-system-cafe-flask-bc004-400ml/

Though last time I heard, UK was issuing Jetboils. And now I believe the Jetboil patents have expired(?)... can pick up a Fire-Maple Star FMS-X2 for £30 ($36).