Video: Taste-testing 30-year Old MREs


Video: Taste-testing 30-year Old MREs

Emergency Essentials recently posted a video in which they take to their food lab and crack open some government-issued MREs that are between 15 and 29 years old. The results are surprising–at least, they are to people who just read about MREs on the internet and haven’t actually been eating expired ones on camping trips for years.

The MREs are still edible after all of these years, even the really old ones. They didn’t even have to freeze them or otherwise take any care to store them. Have a look:

Not only are they edible, but they’re pretty good.

I realize that the people who made this video are in the business of selling emergency food, but as I alluded to above, I grew up eating expired surplus MREs from the Viet Nam era, and I’m still here. Sure, dehydrated foods like Mountain House are generally a safer bet for multi-decade storage (and they also taste great–look for a review soon), but if you’re sitting on some expired MREs don’t throw them out; you might end up eating them one day, and liking it.

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