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#41 Jim Martin

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 1300 PM

I recall seeing a rifle from back in the 19th century, apparently it was actually an issued rifle in some army or other, it had a small coffee grinder in the stock. This is not a joke.

Ah, found it with google. Apparently wasn't general issue after all:

http://www.nps.gov/s...-collecting.htm

Sharps Carbine Cat.# SPAR 1241

During the Civil War a plan was devised to provide one man in each unit with a ‘coffee grinder’ which would be inserted into the stock of a rifle musket or carbine. Very few weapons were actually so modified. There are probably more weapons with ‘coffee grinder’ adaptations on the market today than were ever originally produced.



The first instant coffee was made in WWI. It was made by brewing coffee, then cooking all the water out of it. The congealed dried grounds were then powdered and packaged. Doesn't sound appetizing.

My great grandfather said they'd often just chew the beans rather than grind them since they had no time before going on the march.

Edited by Jim Martin, 26 April 2010 - 1302 PM.

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#42 Doug Kibbey

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 1513 PM

T-rat rice and chili absolutely hit the spot for me. I must be odd (don't everybody chime in at once, you dingleberries).


C-Rat "Turkey Loaf" for me (edible cold and hot). When I'm waxing nostalgic, I'll pick up a can of pressed white turkey in the grocery store (canned tuna section). It's virtually the same thing, though ours were probably longer on calories.

PCR's (Pecan Cake Rolls) were a good desert (add peaches and it's bliss). We also had "PCR races" in which I've seen hundreds of MPC change hands over who could unroll a PCR the furthest before it broke. Same-same for "P38 races", wherein the first to open a can won. G.I.'s will do anything when in need of distraction.

Eating "date pudding" put you on the "never be caught alone with that guy" list. It was no sacrifice not to indulge.

Edited by Doug Kibbey, 28 April 2010 - 1517 PM.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 2053 PM

Published: September 4, 2010
A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder
By ASHLEY GILBERTSON

Troops from nearly 50 lands dine on combat meals in Afghanistan — each reminding them of where they’d rather be.

http://www.nytimes.c...gilbertson.html
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 1708 PM

Published: September 4, 2010
A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder
By ASHLEY GILBERTSON

Troops from nearly 50 lands dine on combat meals in Afghanistan — each reminding them of where they’d rather be.

http://www.nytimes.c...gilbertson.html


The South Korean one should be classified as a bio/chem weapon thanks to the kimchi.... ;)

How many calories does one MRE have? I haven't tried one, and I'm thinking of packing some in my exploration trek next month.

Edited by TomasCTT, 19 October 2010 - 1709 PM.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 0217 AM

The South Korean one should be classified as a bio/chem weapon thanks to the kimchi.... ;)

How many calories does one MRE have? I haven't tried one, and I'm thinking of packing some in my exploration trek next month.


Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13% protein, 36% fat, and 51% carbohydrates) and 1/3 of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day's worth of meals would consist of three MREs.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 0256 AM

Thanks. I've contacted a supplier yesterday, alas no stock. But hopefully he will have soon.
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#47 Archie Pellagio

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 0635 AM

Tuna Mornay, sweet & sour meatballs, satay chicken... Posted Image

Those pictures make most of the rations seem edible.
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 1417 PM

Thanks. I've contacted a supplier yesterday, alas no stock. But hopefully he will have soon.



Drink lots of water if you're eating MRE's. And have some laxative handy for the days after.
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 1602 PM

Thanks. I've contacted a supplier yesterday, alas no stock. But hopefully he will have soon.


If you are sourcing US fare, just go to the grocery store and buy "Dog food"....same stuff, different label
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 1909 PM

Drink lots of water if you're eating MRE's. And have some laxative handy for the days after.


Just what I need then! It'll be a five-day expedition to an active volcano (current quiet) that has, AFAIK, not yet been climbed by anyone. Considering I don't exactly know how to squat and shit, being constipated is a Good Thing™. :lol:

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 2250 PM

Considering I don't exactly know how to squat and shit, being constipated is a Good Thing™. :lol:

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Considering our ancestors were doing it for the 300,000 or so years since H. Sapiens Sapiens made an appearance, trust me, it just comes naturally. Do remember to bring TP, trust me that leaves and grass are unpleasant alternatives.
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 0244 AM

You, first encountering Serb military food I didn't shit for the better part of two weeks...when I did (on a classic Serb squatting toilet, doors removed due to a suicide attempt so everyone walking the corridor couldn't help to see you) the world fell out of my ass.

Anybody else have a similar experience?
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 0313 AM

You, first encountering Serb military food I didn't shit for the better part of two weeks...when I did (on a classic Serb squatting toilet, doors removed due to a suicide attempt so everyone walking the corridor couldn't help to see you) the world fell out of my ass.

Anybody else have a similar experience?



I recall for a few weeks in Boot Camp everyone was talking about how their sh!t had turned an unnaturally bright neon green. No joke.
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Posted 03 November 2010 - 2008 PM

World's Best MRE Story - who cares if it's bullshit.

MRE dinner date, the following is a true story... Told from the point of
view of a young Marine.

I had a date the other night at my place. On the phone the day before, the
girl asked me to "Cook her something she's never had before" for dinner.
After many minutes of scratching my head over what to make, I finally
settled on something she has DEFINITELY, definitely had never eaten
before. I got out my trusty case of MRE's. (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) Field
rations that when eaten in their entirety contain 3000+ calories in each
meal.

Here's what I made: I took three of the Ham Slices out of their plastic
packets, took out three of the Pork Chops, three packets of Chicken-a-la-
king and eight packets of dehydrated butter noodles and some
dehydrated/rehydrat ed rice. I cooked the Ham Slices and Pork Chops in
one pan, sauté in shaved garlic and olive oil. In another pot, I blended
the Chicken a-la-king, noodles, and rice together to make a sort of mush
that looked suspiciously like succotash. I added some spices, and blended
everything together in a glass pan that I then cooked in the oven for
about 35 minutes at 450 degrees. When I took it out, it looked like,
well, ham slices, pork chops, and a bed of yellow poop. I covered the tops
of the meat in the MRE cheese (kinda like Velveeta) and added some green
sprinkly things from one of my spice cans (hey, if it has green sprinkly
things on it, it looks fancy right?

For dessert, I took four MRE Pound Cakes, mashed 'em up, added five
packets of cocoa powder, powdered coffee cream, and some water. I heated
it up and stirred it until it looked like a sort of chunky gelatinous
xxxxxxx, and I sprinkled powdered sugar on top of it. Voilaanger Pudding.

For alcoholic drinks, I took the rest of my bottle of Military Special
Vodka (yes, they DO make a type of liquor named "Military Special"...it
sells for $4.35 per fifth at the Class Six) and mixed in four packets of
"Electrolytes - 1 each - Cherry flavored" (I swear, the packet says that).
It looked like an eerie Kool-Aid with sparkles in it (that was the
electrolytes I guess... Could've been leftover sand from Egypt ).

I lit two candles, put a vase of wildflowers in the middle, and set the
table with my best set of Ralph Lauren Academy -series China (that stuff
is EXPENSIVE... My set of 8 place settings cost me over $600 on sale at
the Lejeune PX), and put the alcoholic drink in a crystal wine decanter.

She came over, and I had some appetizers already made, of MRE
spaghetti-with- meatballs, set in small cups. She saw the dinner, saw the
food, and said "This looks INCREDIBLE!! !" We dug in, and she loved the
food. Throughout the meal, she kept asking me how long it took me to make
it, and kept remarking that I obviously knew a thing or two about cooking
fine meals. She kind of balked at the make-shift "wine" I had set out, but
after she tried it I guess she liked it because she drank four glasses
during dinner.

At the end of the main course, when I served the dessert, she squealed
with delight at the "Chocolate mousse" I had made. Huh? Chocolate what?
Okay... Yeah... Its Chocolate Moose. Took me HOURS to make... Yup!

Later on, as we were watching a movie, she excused herself to use my rest
room. While she was in there, I heard her say softly to herself "uh oh"
and a resounding but petite fart punctuated her utterance of dismay. Let
the games begin. She sprayed about half a can of air freshener (Air
Freshener, 1 each, Orange scent. Yup. The military even makes smell-good)
and returned to the couch, this time with an obvious pained look.
After 10 more minutes she excused herself again, and retreated to the
bathroom for the second time, I could hear her say, "What the hell is
WRONG with me???" as she again send flatulent shockwaves into the
porcelain bowl. This time, they sounded kinda wet, and I heard the toilet
paper roll being employed, and again, LOTS more air freshener.

Back to the couch. She smiles meekly as she decides to sit on the chair
instead of next to me. She sits on my chair, knees pulled up to her chest,
kind of rocking back and forth slightly. Suddenly, without a word, she
ROCKETED up and FLEW to the bathroom, slammed the door, and didn't come
out for 30 minutes.

I turned the movie up because I didn't want her to hear me laughing so
hard that tears were streaming down my cheeks. She came out with a
slightly gray pallor to her face, and said "I am SOOOOOO sorry. I have NO
idea what is wrong with me. I am so embarrassed; I can't believe I keep
running to your bathroom!!"

I gave her an Imodium AD, and she finally settled down and relaxed. Later
on, she asked me again what I had made for dinner, because she had enjoyed
it so much. I calmly took her into the kitchen and showed her all the used
MRE bags and packets in the trash can. After explaining to her that she
had eaten roughly 9,000 calories of "Marine Corps Field Rations" she
turned stark white, looked at me incredulously, and said "I ate 9,000
calories of dehydrated food that was made 3 years ago?" After I admitted
it, she grabbed her coat and keys, and took off without a word. She called
me yesterday. Seems she couldn't shit for 5 days, and when she finally
did, the smell was so bad, her roommate could smell it from down the hall.
She also told me she had been working out nonstop to combat the high
caloric intake, and that she never wanted me to cook dinner for her again,
unless she was PERSONALLY present and supervising.

It was a fun date. She laughed about it eventually and said that that was
the first time she'd ever crapped in a guy's house on a date. She'd been
so upset by it she was in tears in the bathroom while I had been in tears
on the couch.

I know... I'm an asshole, but it was still a funny night.

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 1332 PM

Yes, Graf 1985, when I finally shit after a week it felt like I was giving birth to an alien life form.

You, first encountering Serb military food I didn't shit for the better part of two weeks...when I did (on a classic Serb squatting toilet, doors removed due to a suicide attempt so everyone walking the corridor couldn't help to see you) the world fell out of my ass.

Anybody else have a similar experience?


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Posted 31 December 2010 - 1534 PM

The canned cheese in Australian army rat packs is commonly used as a, err, blocking agent in the field.
Using it for more than three days however can result in a birth-like experience however...
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 1921 PM

When preparing C-rats, you had to be careful with the heat; too warm and you got the trots--too cold and you locked up. :blink:
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 0418 AM

I've heard people screaming from the shitter. I wish I was kidding.

Then again, it might have been some of that DADT action. S/F....Ken M
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 1027 AM

World's Best MRE Story - who cares if it's bullshit.

Funny, even if it's not true.

I suspect however that it bears at least a passing resemblance to the truth. I've done and seen something closely similar, a couple of times.


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Posted 10 March 2011 - 1734 PM

I've heard people screaming from the shitter. I wish I was kidding.

Then again, it might have been some of that DADT action. S/F....Ken M


1980, heard the same thing a short time after our LST's visit to Recife, Brazil. Only it was screamed
from the individuals in front of the urinals. Gonorrhea. It seemed the shot line was almost as long as the
chow line.
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