My motto is, if it ain`t dehydrated, it ain`t worth eating.
Call me spoiled from the military foods but the convenience of add water or with the MRE`s, add water to the carbon cooker and you are off like a herd of turtles. It takes generally 7-10 minutes for the heater to heat up and cook the package all of the way through.
Then you have all of the little extras in there too. Usually an entree with a side dish. These can average corned beef and hash to potatoes au gratin. Not sure about spelling. Then you get a beverage base powder for your pleasure. Don`t expect grape. It`s usually lemon lime and nasty. There`s not enough sugar in the world for that one. So stick with the coffee in a pinch.
They do offer creamer and sugar if you don`t like the coffee too strong. Then there are your crackers and spread (usually peanut butter or jelly but sometimes cheddar cheese spread). The peanut butter is greasy but digestable. The rest are great. I used to amaze people when I was selling the individual componants of an MRE by picking up the pack of crackers and knocking them against my knuckle. It sounded just like they were made out of ceramic. Then I`d straighten a corner out and toss it at a piece of styrofoam in the corner. It`d stick. Then I`d just open it up and let the customer sample it. I usually sold 10-12 packs a day like that.
Don`t ask how I demonstrated the TP. Not the way you are thinking but it may not be for the faint of heart here.
Then you usually had a desert cookie or cake. The pound cake is excellent but the cookie bars are lacking in flavor to anything edible. The oatmeal cookie bars used to be in high demand but those have stopped being produced. Go figure. Something everyone loves and they stop it.
And to top it all off, you have your candy which can range from a larger tootsie roll to a tube of charms hard candy (favors Jolly Ranchers in taste only but shaped like a Vick`s cough drop).
Now don`t think the military hasn`t got a sense of decency. They have a condiments package which comes with the meal containing your salt, pepper, sugar, creamer, and baby bottle of tobasco sauce. The tobasco sauce helps kill the taste of anything.
If you wanted a real treat in the field, you just all hand over you cocoa, sugar, creamer, and coffee. You mix these four ingredients together in the cocoa pouch, add a little water and set the pouch on fire. The inner pouch is made of aluminum so won`t burn all of the way through but the outer part is made of plastic. So it burns fairly well. By the time the flame goes out, you have what has been termed, "The Ranger Brownie". A rare treat for those who enjoy it.
Next week, we`ll teach you about putting on the dog by serving up spaghetti with meat sauce. Great for the times you invite your friends or family over for that overnight patrol.
This is Dan saying, keep your head down, your socks dry, and your belly full.