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Posted: 9/19/2009 4:45:23 PM EST
5 years from Manf date? 10? Anyone have an idea?
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:47:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 4:48:47 PM EST by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:48:39 PM EST
indefinitely.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:55:19 PM EST
Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
A pretty long time if stored properly, not so long if not stored properly. If the pouch is swollen it is not good, if it isn't, then it is good to eat.

ETA: I just realized what I said. while they can be good to eat for twenty years or more, I would not recommend eating any MRE beyond the date on the case, while it may not kill you, it may not even harm you, why would you?


Well I know that the "best used by" dates on cans only mean that it tastes better or has a little more color or a bit more vitamins in it. It doesn't mean that they are bad by any means. If they have remained airtight then they are edible and safe to eat. I know that C rations were eaten WAY after they were made because I ate them myself in the early 80s. Can't say they actually tasted great but they were edible.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:58:21 PM EST
I believe 5 years under ideal storage conditions. If you google it, you will come up with a bunch of answers that vary.

I went with #10 freeze dried cans for my emergency stores. They are rated at 25 years under ideal storage conditions.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:59:16 PM EST
I keep mine in a cool place. I bought a case of them in 2003. I will buy new and eat the old ones in 2013.

If you have a full case, there is a little "freshness indicator" button on it... Instructions on how to read it are online.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:59:30 PM EST
Originally Posted By mac130:
I believe 5 years under ideal storage conditions. If you google it, you will come up with a bunch of answers that vary.

I went with #10 freeze dried cans for my emergency stores. They are rated at 25 years under ideal storage conditions.


Well, these will still be good until 2012 then.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:00:24 PM EST
iirc, if it's in a nice temp controlled without up and down in temps, it's good for past 10+ years
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:01:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 5:02:45 PM EST by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:04:22 PM EST
Not sure on indefinite length, but keeping them in a garage attic that hits 110-120* in summer sure as hell kills them quick.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:04:31 PM EST
If I was a civilian and ever came into a situation in which I had to eat MREs, I really wouldn't care how old they are...

I bet they could go at least 10 years and still be fine.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:06:33 PM EST
I have a case I bought in 1999 that I opened a month ago. It was stored inside the house and they seemed just as fresh as recent ones. I was surprised how fresh they were.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:08:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 5:18:40 PM EST by mac130]
Originally Posted By Lightning_P38:
I stand by both of my statements. If the bag is not bloated they are safe to eat, if they are out of date, then I would pass, unless I was really hungry. Not so much because I am scared of them, but I would be hesitant of the taste and texture.

I recently saw an article about an Officer who had been carrying a can of C-rat pound cake with him since he was an LT in Viet Nam, he always said he was saving it for the day he retired. He retired after thirty years, and the pound cake was not only edible, but still moist and tasted as good as the ones he ate in Viet Nam.

I also don't want to get sued because somebody eats an old bloated MRE, then swears he only ate it because that guy on the interwebz said it would be OK.


I agree. I've open some that were only a year old and it was immediately apparent they had been left in the extreme heat too long.

Others, were a couple of years past their expiration date and they were fine.

I have no doubt the some of the items in an MRE will last far longer that the main meal, especially the so called deserts.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:14:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By chips:
indefinitely.



Are you high?

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:16:31 PM EST
From what I remember reading, it depends entirely on the temperature they're stored at. Leave em baking in the desert sun out in the sandbox and they keep about a month; keep em refrigerated or at least in a cool environment and they'll outlive you.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:24:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 5:25:38 PM EST by fxntime]
Well I went and looked up the MRE freshness Indicator info and the boxes I bought are still in the initial phase of the color guide. At $40.00 a box of 12 [sealed box] thats a whole lot cheaper then what I usually see. Bought 4 boxes worth to toss in the CYA food storage. [they were initially $50 a case but I offered $40 if I bought multiple boxes] Got a 2 1-12s and 2 13-24s.

They will be stored in an area where the temp is a very constant 65-68 no matter the time of year.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:25:20 PM EST
I have some made in 1992. I should dig them out and give 'em a try.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:30:33 PM EST
The first bite.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:35:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:36:26 PM EST
Never.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:36:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By chips:
indefinitely.


not true
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:38:36 PM EST
I just had one from my stockpile from Katrina the other day.

2005 manufacture at the latest, kept in A/C since. Hell if I could tell the difference between then and now. I'd say they're good for a looong time if kept in a climate-controlled area.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:43:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:44:13 PM EST
hard to say, I spent 2 days on the toilet because of one, I won't give them another chance.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 5:54:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By LadyMacBeth:
hard to say, I spent 2 days on the toilet because of one, I won't give them another chance.


They usually have the opposite effect on me

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:03:26 PM EST
10+ years if kept in nice coooool spot
2+ years if kept in the trunk of your car
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:06:14 PM EST


I have a couple from the late 80's....I think from around 1989 or so...



Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:06:53 PM EST
Heat is bad for food, put them in the bottom of a deep freeze to take up space, they will last for a long time 10+ years. You will want to rotate through them before this though.

Heat is bad for canned food too but you can't freeze cans.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:12:35 PM EST
One time we were camping with an older military buddy. One of the other guys ate an MRE in the dark brown wrapper after being warned those were relics. He got really sick.

the military guy

"what happened to him?"

Me

"He ate a bad MRE"

military guy

"huh... Ive never ate a good one"
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:14:36 PM EST
IIRC I read somewhere that they still retained nutritional value long after they they stopped being edible due to taste.

So unless a package was torn open or showed other signs of damage I would keep old ones at the very bottom of the food pile incase I ever ran out of everything else in a true SHTF situation.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:19:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:21:58 PM EST
I ate some MRE's last deer season that had a 1973 MFG date on them. they were good.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:22:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By cavscouty:
so if "the day after" happens, they'll be go till the end of time.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 6:27:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By BulletBait:

Originally Posted By cavscouty:
<a href="http://www.mreinfo.com/images/mre_storage_life.gif" target="_blank">http://www.mreinfo.com/images/mre_storage_life.gif</a>
so if "the day after" happens, they'll be go till the end of time.


yessir, exactly!
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 7:55:56 PM EST
+1 on should the bags be bloated, or there is sticky stuff on the bags, or you open it up and it smells funny or off, don't eat it.
The older they get the less flavor they have also.

The only things that might last indefinately are the rolls of CHARMS and maybe the Tabasco sauce.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:14:56 AM EST
Anyone know what meals are in 1-12 and 13-24?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:18:59 AM EST
I can tell you from experiance that the M&Ms do not last past the experation date.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:25:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Anyone know what meals are in 1-12 and 13-24?


http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/mre.htm

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Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:28:23 AM EST
Originally Posted By Milo5:
+1 on should the bags be bloated, or there is sticky stuff on the bags, or you open it up and it smells funny or off, don't eat it.
The older they get the less flavor they have also.

The only things that might last indefinately are the rolls of CHARMS and maybe the Tabasco sauce.


Charms maybe, but most of the Tabasco bottles I've got in older MRE's were completely dried up.

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:47:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By owtlaw:
I ate some MRE's last deer season that had a 1973 MFG date on them. they were good.


Julien date codes are not read like that. MREs didn't exist in 1973,it was made on the 197th day of 2003.

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:05:30 AM EST
Originally Posted By mac130:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Anyone know what meals are in 1-12 and 13-24?


http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/mre.htm

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Thanks!
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:21:36 AM EST
I'd like to get me some First Strike Rations (FSR) cases
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:29:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By mac130:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Anyone know what meals are in 1-12 and 13-24?


http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/mre.htm

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Thanks!


THe menus change every year. Here is a site with all of them.

http://www.mreinfo.com/us/mre/menu-xxix-2009.html
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:16:55 PM EST
I know the oil seperates from the peanut butter and the cheese if it is stored in a warm temperature. its pretty nasty.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:18:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By daemon734:
I know the oil seperates from the peanut butter and the cheese if it is stored in a warm temperature. its pretty nasty.


Try throwing it in the heater and kneading it up. That's the only way I can stomach the "cheese".
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:23:28 PM EST
Not MREs, but I saw these at the grocery store today with the hurricane supplies.

Anyone try them, 'Heater Meals'

They all had best by '03/2011' dates on them.

http://www.heatermeals.com/

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:26:04 PM EST

I had one the other day from a case with a 5/01 Inspect date; was just fine.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:30:05 PM EST
Odd. We kept all of our MREs sitting in the sun in the Iraqi summer, and I never had one that made me sick, or even one that tasted unusually bad. There's no way they only last a month.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 12:33:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By chips:
indefinitely.


Uhhh, surrrrre.

Tell you what, you can have all of my expired cheese tortellini MRE's.
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