My husband, as I've said, has lived off these little gourmet dinners for periods of time, and I've had one or two at Jane Wayne Days or family days. So I thought, I need to clean out these cabinets, and if the kids are going to live on Marine bases and have their dad gone on Marine deployments, they should sample Marine cuisine, don't you think?
Here's Daddy, showing them what's in the packs and how to activate the heater pouches just by adding water. It doesn't even have to be clean water, since it never actually touches the food, so you can just grab it from a mud puddle if you have to. Daddy doesn't often get to eat one of these at a dining room table with a tablecloth and chairs!
The heater bag smells pretty bad when it starts working, so it's a good idea to take it outside.
The heat and mosquitoes here in NC may not be as bad as in the deserts where our Marines are enjoying this fare, but they are bad enough to chase this family back inside to eat dinner.
As far as the younger three are concerned, well let's just say they won't be asking for MREs for their birthday dinners. They were pretty good sports about tasting all the different meals, though, and they had fun with it. It's a good thing Mommy had some chicken nuggets in the oven, having foreseen the small MRE appetites.
The oldest was the only one to finish his meal and eat some of someone else's. (The closer he gets to the teenage years, the harder it is to find anything that he WON'T eat!) He's planning on raiding Dad's stash for his upcoming Boy Scout camping trips & hikes.
Happy Trails! :)