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#288811 - 04/24/18 08:55 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Ratch Offline
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Registered: 08/05/17
Posts: 26
IMPs? What that?

Edit: OK, I went on eBay, searched for imp meals. They seem to be Canadian and british military meals. Are they that much better?


Edited by Ratch (04/24/18 08:59 PM)

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#288817 - 04/25/18 01:09 AM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Burncycle Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 515
They are part of my long term food storage (in addition to canned food) but for outdoor purposes the form factor is what attracts me to them. I don't like bulky gear, and since the entrees are flat I can line the inside of my pack with them without sacrificing a whole lot of room inside, allowing me to turn a daypack into a 3 day pack. It is a little heavier, but the more I eat the lighter it gets wink

Also I rather like the taste, especially the crackers and jalapeno cheese.

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#288825 - 04/25/18 05:55 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: Ratch]
Roarmeister Offline
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Registered: 09/12/01
Posts: 893
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Originally Posted By: Ratch
IMPs? What that?

Edit: OK, I went on eBay, searched for imp meals. They seem to be Canadian and british military meals. Are they that much better?


Rumors were that in Afghanistan, the Americans would barter willingly and deeply to get their hands on the Canadian IMPs. They have a higher moisture content and are slightly heavier but will work in the US heaters.

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#288876 - 05/05/18 10:32 AM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
adam2 Offline
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Registered: 05/23/08
Posts: 427
Loc: Somerset UK
It was also rumoured that UK MREs were preferred to the American ones, in Afghanistan and other conflicts in which British and American troops served.

MRE is said to stand for "Meals Rejected by Ethiopians" !

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#288878 - 05/05/18 12:21 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Montanero Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1404
Loc: North Carolina
While it is nice to have a little variety, I did not prefer the UK meals to MREs. We traded extensively, and the Brits would trade a lot for MREs. All personnel from all countries would trade with others to sample their rations and to get some variety. MREs have changed a lot since they first came out. Those first ones were terrible, for sure. There are more menus now, better flavors and more accessories and supplements.

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#288881 - 05/05/18 01:38 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: Montanero]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6583
Loc: southern Cal
Back in the day, there were C rations. Definitely not gourmet, but a pretty good choice when there was no other option. I first experienced them as fire rations while engaging wild fires.

Later in the military, our chow hall in Korea would serve C rats about once a month. We were using up the surplus before they reached expiration dates. Does green mold on your meatloaf count as a vegetable?

In my day, the eleventh general order was to complain about the chow (an easy directive to follow). The military has gone to considerable effort to provide good chow, effort well spent...
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#288882 - 05/05/18 02:52 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Montanero Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1404
Loc: North Carolina
The original MRE was a drastic step down from C rations. You could not live on the first MREs, not enough calories. Too many required rehydration as well. We stuck with C rations and LuRPs for as long as the supply system would support us. I think the new MREs are an improvement over C rations in quality and variety.

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#288885 - 05/05/18 05:31 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
hikermor Offline
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Loc: southern Cal
As a college student, I scavenged some C rats left in the field as the byproduct of a long and sustained search effort (also my baptism by fire into SAR). They served quite well as hiking snacks and supplemental chow. The desserts (especially pound cake something or another) were actually quite tasty. While not gourmet, C rats kept you going at a full head of steam.
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