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« on: August 15, 2017, 06:50:31 AM »

Apparently Amazon is getting into the MRE market. That should be interesting. It appears the shelf life is only a year, but for people like me, whose "prepping" is more for power outages and disasters, if the meals are tasty (which it appears they're going for) I'd give them a go.

While I keep a case or two of MREs and a Costco Bucket 'O Food (dehydrated) around, all with 5-10 year shelf lives, it's all kind of "have to eat it" food. The shorter term food supplies are stuff I generally like to eat anyway and that I actually do eat to rotate them. If Amazon can come out with something closer to "fresh tasting", I'd consider them in my food rotation. Could be good for camping as well.

https://www.eater.com/2017/8/11/16130920/amazon-mres-food-delivery-shelf-stable
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2017, 08:23:32 AM »

Uhm... Shouldn't this be in Mess Hall Mr. Admin?
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 08:47:46 AM »

Uhm... Shouldn't this be in Mess Hall Mr. Admin?

I was lightheaded from working out and not eating.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2017, 09:25:53 AM »

There ya go.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 01:52:10 PM »

I thought the Mess Hall forum was reserved for, ya know, food.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2017, 02:07:10 PM »

My understanding from the article is that this is supposed to be "everyday" or even gourmet food, much like their meal kits, that happens to be storable at room temp vs in the fridge or freezer. Made for people that don't have time to cook rather than preppers.
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2017, 05:10:13 PM »

My understanding from the article is that this is supposed to be "everyday" or even gourmet food, much like their meal kits, that happens to be storable at room temp vs in the fridge or freezer. Made for people that don't have time to cook rather than preppers.

Then not really MREs, as we commonly think of MREs.
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2017, 06:56:48 PM »


I think this is more to compete with companies like https://www.blueapron.com/

I have a coworker who uses it, he likes it.
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2017, 04:23:27 AM »

First, curse you for sending me to a Vox site.

Secondly, one of the erstwhile competitors says "I struggle to see how this solution addresses an actual consumer want or need better than fresh, prepared meals."

And that would be why you're going to lose. "Fresh, prepared meals" are likely more expensive1, are only available at limited times during the day2, and are one of the first things to go in a disaster situation.3


1: I haven't seen any indication of price, so I could be wrong. I'm betting I'm not, though.

2: Unless you're going to provide an Uber of food delivery that goes out at 4 a.m.

3: Well, except for Waffle House. They're usually the first thing back up in a disaster situation.
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 05:46:47 AM »

Set aside the jokes for a moment...MREs aren't bad.  No, they aren't great cuisine, but they generally taste pretty good and fill you up.  I'm not looking for a gourmet meal every night.  There are nights I'm just hungry, want something to eat, and have no desire to do anything more than heat something in the microwave.  And, if these meals have a year shelf life, having a case or so on hand just in case would not be a bad thing.  Might have to give them a try...
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2017, 06:00:29 AM »

First, curse you for sending me to a Vox site.


I definitely apologize for that.  I didn't know they were related.

Thread drift, and more fallout from Trump derangement syndrome, while I didn't care about where links came from before (other than software safety), I now try not to give some of these knuckleheads advertisement hits and look for alternate links when available.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2017, 10:38:31 AM »

Uhm... Shouldn't this be in Mess Hall Mr. Admin?

I thought the Mess Hall forum was reserved for, ya know, food.


First, curse you for sending me to a Vox site.

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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2017, 10:58:46 AM »

"Admin Shaming".

It's a thing.

It's like they all just enrolled in Berkeley and are pledging the snowflake frat.  grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2017, 11:16:46 AM »

It's like they all just enrolled in Berkeley and are pledging the snowflake frat.  grin

And they say Millennial complain a lot.
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2017, 02:04:47 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2017, 02:50:17 PM »

So are we actually talking MREs or is this more like canned/packaged food that would be rotated on a yearly basis? If it tastes good I would not turn down reasonably priced food that keeps for up to a year.. It would be similar to canned goods, but with a shorter shelf life. If it tastes good easy to rotate. If it lasts longer it might be easier to justify taste not so good vs. nutrition and longer term survavability.
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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2017, 03:12:07 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2017, 03:15:10 PM »

Please do not invalidate Mike's experience.
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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2017, 04:00:31 PM »

So are we actually talking MREs or is this more like canned/packaged food that would be rotated on a yearly basis? If it tastes good I would not turn down reasonably priced food that keeps for up to a year.. It would be similar to canned goods, but with a shorter shelf life. If it tastes good easy to rotate. If it lasts longer it might be easier to justify taste not so good vs. nutrition and longer term survavability.

I haven't seen anything that says exactly what they are, other than as Rev noted, they are like BlueApron meals but shelf stable. The description I saw made them sound like they were packaged similar to MREs, though then you have to wonder why only one year shelf life?  If packaged the same, they should have at least several years.

Then again, maybe they do, but Amazon or whoever is just going to stick a "1 year" date on them. Or else maybe they are in fact packaged in a way that limits shelf life. Or the people reporting on them are just saying "MRE" because it sounds cool.
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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2017, 06:03:00 PM »

I haven't seen anything that says exactly what they are, other than as Rev noted, they are like BlueApron meals but shelf stable. The description I saw made them sound like they were packaged similar to MREs, though then you have to wonder why only one year shelf life?  If packaged the same, they should have at least several years.

Then again, maybe they do, but Amazon or whoever is just going to stick a "1 year" date on them. Or else maybe they are in fact packaged in a way that limits shelf life. Or the people reporting on them are just saying "MRE" because it sounds cool.

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« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2017, 10:26:56 AM »



I never really cared for pop tarts EXCEPT the cinnamon and brown sugar ones. And not even those unless they were toasted.

So, as I'd just have to be choking them down, I suppose those could work as MREs, too.
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« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2017, 10:50:47 AM »

I never really cared for pop tarts EXCEPT the cinnamon and brown sugar ones. And not even those unless they were toasted.

So, as I'd just have to be choking them down, I suppose those could work as MREs, too.

The cinnamon and brown sugar pop tarts are in some MREs...
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« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2017, 10:58:58 AM »

The cinnamon and brown sugar pop tarts are in some MREs...


 undecided What? Back when grunts were grunts, we had chocolate-covered oatmeal bars, and slabs of dehydrated strawberry. (Which were both awesome.) They must be cutting costs.
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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2017, 02:03:40 PM »

I never really cared for pop tarts EXCEPT the cinnamon and brown sugar ones. And not even those unless they were toasted.

So, as I'd just have to be choking them down, I suppose those could work as MREs, too.

Blueberry Pop Tarts, toasted, with some (okay, a lot) of melted butter on top...

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I'm partial to the s'mores Pop tarts

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