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Posted: 9/1/2005 10:16:21 AM EDT
Got hit in the head with a 10 year old MRE , would it still be good? always kept in a cool dark place still sealed in the brown pouch. It's FRANKFURTERS , BEEF
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:19:17 AM EDT
I ate C-Rats that were older than that when I was in the Army.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:19:41 AM EDT
you go 1st
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:20:47 AM EDT
I would eat it.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:22:15 AM EDT
It's probably fine. I'd hit eat it.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:25:28 AM EDT
Squeeze the package, is it puffy from rot? Open it and smell it, does it smell of rot? Open the entree, does it look or smell bad? Give one to the dog, did he die?



DIG IN!


Honest, we had some MRE's (100+ cases) that were just kinda "found" when I was in the Corps. Our Supply Officer called the Army Vetinary service and they sent out a guy who did just that. Except HE was the Guinie Pig!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:26:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By staraero:
always kept in a cool dark place still sealed in the brown pouch. It's FRANKFURTERS , BEEF

The five (four?) fingers of DEATH! Do not eat it!!!!!!!!1!1!oneone!!

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:27:24 AM EDT
Just try not to ponder on the fact that MREs have a 3 year shelf life, while your chowing down.

Mike
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:28:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mr_wilson:
Just try not to ponder on the fact that MREs have a 3 year shelf life, while your chowing down.

Mike

Thats only before the taste starts to deteriorate, they're good for nutrition for much longer than that.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:29:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2005 10:30:18 AM EDT by Tanker06]

Originally Posted By staraero:
It's FRANKFURTERS , BEEF


"Beans & Baby Dicks" or "The Five Fingers of Death" are the more commonly used names for these,
ISTR...

If I remember right, they weren't bad, but nothing more than a pack of probably over-priced Vienna
sausages.

If the packet is still sealed and not swollen, they ought to be edible..... notice that I did not say good!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:29:30 AM EDT
There are two whole cases in my old closet at my Mom's house that were produced in 1998. They have always been in the Air Conditioning. I haven't HAD to try and eat one yet but you never know.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:30:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By staraero:
Got hit in the head with a 10 year old MRE , would it still be good? always kept in a cool dark place still sealed in the brown pouch. It's FRANKFURTERS , BEEF

I think he's talking about his head, not the MRE. Put your head back in the brown pouch until you see the light. I can't remember if you're supposed to go TO the light or AWAY from it, so you'll have to experiment.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 10:42:27 AM EDT
i just had some, they were good.. i have some older then 10 years.. thet are still good.. just stay away from the brown tabasco.. thats a killer
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:03:37 AM EDT
I ate one that was nearly 15 years old I think.. i remember getting it when i was in high school ... Tuna and noodles. It was actualy pretty good and it ha dno ill effects.....
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:14:36 AM EDT
I've eaten 10 year old MREs. Of course I kept them in the cool basement, not in a hot place. A couple had gone bad; didn't eat those. The rest didn't taste as good as new, but they were alright, and I didn't get sick.

Still have some very old side-dishes I haven't eaten yet. (Potatoes Au Gratin, Applesauce)...anyone want them? Real cheap.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:20:52 AM EDT
I ate K-Rats dated 1945 that my dad had gotten from the Marines Corps in 1968.
When you're 8 years old....
Didn't get sick, although my mom freaked out big time.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:41:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CSM:
I would eat it. hr


You could, but would you want to? Frankfurters,beef? Uugh!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:50:43 AM EDT
The pineapple does not age gracefully. You wouldn't want that one after a few years. Some age pretty well.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:51:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By staraero:
Got hit in the head with a 10 year old MRE , would it still be good? always kept in a cool dark place still sealed in the brown pouch. It's FRANKFURTERS , BEEF



Frankfurters and beef? Its older than 10 yrs.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:01:08 PM EDT
If it's been stored properly,I'd eat it.Like was posted,if the pouch is swollen-it's bad.I have eaten some that were 10 years plus with no problems.

The chocolate never lasts though-always turns white.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:03:15 PM EDT
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm MREs


They're fine
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:07:47 PM EDT

Frankfurters and beef? Its older than 10 yrs.


Hmm i think it is to , along 1993 its Desert Strom surplus.

I'll save for a few more years or until needed. I ate a can of chunky style dog food and didn't get to sick so maybe it won't hurt.

And what part do I need to check to see if its blown up.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:13:34 PM EDT
Eat it, and then post the results here so we can point and laugh at your horrendous case of the screamin' squirts.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:51:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/1/2005 3:24:01 PM EDT by az-gunner]

Originally Posted By GabbasaurusRex:
Eat it, and then post the results here so we can point and laugh at your horrendous case of the screamin' squirts.



Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:54:54 PM EDT
I know a guy who stores MRE's and rotates them by feeding the oldest to his family and/or Boy Scouts on campouts.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:59:16 PM EDT
When i deployed right after 9/11, all we had were the old school DARK brown MRE's that were over 10 years old. After about 20-30 days of eating them they told us to stop and didnt give any explanation. I heard it was because they were "expired" or only had a 10 year shelf life. We still had a shitload of boxes of them so we used them as furniture. Getting the newer light brown MRE's was like getting gold. frankfurters, beef were my most hated. especially cold.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 1:01:02 PM EDT
Open it up(preferably outside). If it's bad, you'll know it.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 1:08:55 PM EDT
There is a thread about this in the Survival boards. General concensus (sp?) was that MRE's will last well over ten years and still be edible, but they just might not taste as good (but usually taste fine even after a decade). The only real exceptions are the applesauce and the cheese spread, both of which teneded to get pretty nasty well before ten years.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 1:24:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By staraero:
Got hit in the head with a 10 year old MRE , would it still be good? always kept in a cool dark place still sealed in the brown pouch. It's FRANKFURTERS , BEEF

So, are you still alive? Do you feel sick? Report in, over.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 1:56:20 PM EDT
I'm fine as I ever was just found a bunch of stuff we forgot about.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 2:28:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OBird:
There is a thread about this in the Survival boards. General concensus (sp?) was that MRE's will last well over ten years and still be edible, but they just might not taste as good (but usually taste fine even after a decade). The only real exceptions are the applesauce and the cheese spread, both of which teneded to get pretty nasty well before ten years.




The cheese spread and peanut butter are edible-just knead the heck out of the package before you open it.

The applesauce does go bad.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 2:32:40 PM EDT
NEVER EVER OPEN THE BLOTED ONE IN THE BOX.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 2:39:41 PM EDT
Did you happen to trip over an old meatball and barbaque sauce? That was my favorite, came with the chocolate nut cake, yummy.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 3:02:54 PM EDT
I wouldnt risk eating a 10 year old MRE

I tried it once and I got food poisoning and caused vomiting
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 3:24:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By carguym14:

The chocolate never lasts though-always turns white.



I believe that's because the fats have emulsified. While it looks bad the flavor of the cacao bean is still evident.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 3:33:02 PM EDT
unless it tastes or looks as bad as the omlet meal it should be ok.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 3:45:47 PM EDT
remember...the dates on the MRE boxes are inspection dates, not expiration dates.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 3:58:02 PM EDT
Send it to New Orleans!
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 4:18:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By migradog:
Send it to New Orleans!



No our survival first, , some thug would eat it and throw it up after drinking hot cheap looted beer anyway.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 4:57:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mr_wilson:
Just try not to ponder on the fact that MREs have a 3 year shelf life, while your chowing down.

Mike



They can go much longer. At a certain point after manufacture, you must have the MREs tested. Vets (the animal docs, not prior service) take care of it. One case per lot must be tested. Going through this with the hurricane locker at work right now.
Link Posted: 9/2/2005 4:57:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/2/2005 4:58:05 AM EDT by mr_wilson]

Originally Posted By H46Driver:
They can go much longer. At a certain point after manufacture, you must have the MREs tested. Vets (the animal docs, not prior service) take care of it. One case per lot must be tested. Going through this with the hurricane locker at work right now.



The folks that make the military MREs gave that figure I quoted above, look around and you'll find web-sites saying anything from 8 years (when stored in a climate controlled enviroment of 50 degrees or less) to 10.8 years (when stored at 60 degrees or less).

Most of the MREs ya find are already past their recommended life span before the middleman even gets them.

Your more than welcome to eat 10 years old shit if ya choose to, but IMO it ain't too brite a choice.

Personally if this sort packaged dried food is on my menu, I buy Mountain Home products fresh made from REI or some other sports store, (this way I get it fresh, ‘cus face it ain't none of them gourmet quality sustenance, but for me simply emergency rations should I become disabled and unable to hunt).

YMMV

Mike
Link Posted: 9/2/2005 8:40:41 AM EDT
I still have some mre packs from 1990 and 91 from desert storm era. and the ones i have eaten in the past 2 years have been ok . The new stuff that i have from 2002 and 2003 is much better though, good luck
Link Posted: 9/2/2005 11:01:37 AM EDT
Hell, I'd eat it! When I was in Viet Nam (67-68) We ate C-Rations that had a production date of 1954. They tasted okay and you didn't have to shit for a week.
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