MRE stands for 'Meal Ready to Eat'. The military has
been using the current MREs since the 1970's to feed hungry troops
in the field. MREs are able to last for years (at least ten years)
and can been eaten hot or
MREs do not contain freeze dried food but rather individually sealed
retort packaging of ready to eat food. The retort packaging is made
of aluminum foil wrapped in plastic. The Each MRE contains a heating
element made of magnesium which when mixed
food packets that should served hot.
Every MRE comes with a 1/8 oz bottle of tabasco sauce
like the one pictured bellow. The tabasco sauce is intended to be
used for adding a little spice to the entree however some soldiers
for other purposes. Some soldiers use the bottles to make chess sets
while others while out in the field will put the tabasco source in
their eyes to stay awake while during sentry duty.