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John Kettler

Russian MRE examined and eaten

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Many of us are familiar with US MREs, but very few of us know about, still less have eaten, Russian MREs. Believe you'll find it of interest and possibly evoke a Pavlovian response. Sure did for me. Call this a different kind of flavor object. Ha! Am only half joking, for it would be a great thing to be able to strew on the map as desired. As an aside, I've now watched two MRE assessment videos in a row. Feel a kind of compulsion developing to watch more, since I find them engrossing in all sorts of ways, not least because what's provided reflects the culture it comes from. Found it hilarious he didn't know tushonka was pork. There's a thread in which I talk about how critical SPAM® and also produced by the US tushonka were to the Red Army. You can make your own, for the recipe is available online.

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John Kettler

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The OIP was apparently an earlier generation Russian MRE. This is the latest. By latest, I mean 2017!  Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I found the OP far more interesting.

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John Kettler

 

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8 hours ago, John Kettler said:

The OIP was apparently an earlier generation Russian MRE. This is the latest. By latest, I mean 2017!  Maybe there's something wrong with me, but I found the OP far more interesting.

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John Kettler

 

Packaging is nicer but the content seems to be more or less the same.

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FSB Mountain Ration (the real deal)

According to one comment to the video, this ration is only supposed to be eaten three days running. 

Russian soldiers do not eat these rations often, even when deployed abroad like in Syria. They mostly eat from field kitchens and mobile bakeries, so they are fed fresh pea soup, bread, potatoes, porridge, stews and so on. Plus, the rations are not supposed to be eaten for more than 3 days straight, even though it is definitely quite nutritious and it comes with a multi-vitamin supplement.
 
As you'll see, and this isn't Taras/Crazy Russian Hacker, but one RC Gusto, who's seldom seen, not terribly dynamic, but takes a much more nuanced approach and offers a kind of low level foodie take on flavors, aromas, and textures of the various foods. The Russians aren't messing around on feeding these men, with each ration containing 5000 calories, most of it from hearty fare, too.  On the other hand, when one of my brothers was at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs for a time before getting a medical discharge, they were being fed 5000 calories a day, and he was losing weight like crazy. Guarantee you he wasn't doing mountaineering with full combat load, either, never mind combat. My point? It looks like a lot of high calorie food, but as hard as FSB guys go, they're probably still hungry.
 

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John Kettler

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Can't believe how many channels there are specifically about MREs!  Anyone know of a recovery program for people who binge watch this stuff? May need treatment very soon, but it's so much fun in the meantime!

 

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5K Kcal is not that much. Half-marathon at descent tempo with no vertical gradient is 2K Kcal. Add this to baseline 2K Kcal and you're already at 4K Kcal. And that disregards low temperature / high humidity, mountainous terrain, additional gear weight and higher stress / faster metabolism / higher calorie consumption.

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For comparison of standard (as opposed to SOF) field rations, take a look at what the Israelis provide as a 24-hour ration for four soldiers. Not only do I feel sorry for them because they have to eat so much tuna, but  I have to believe it makes them easy to detect by smell at tactically useful distance. This is a very strange ration which to me fairly reeks of insider connections. No other nation's combat ration remotely resembles this one. Be sure to notice the opening pictures.

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John Kettler

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I notice the complete absence of any kind of bread in the Israeli ration, which seems unusual. I wonder if it is expected that the soldiers would have it available from a separate source. I agree that there is something fishy (hohoho) about that much tuna. A lot of olives too. Eating this ration every day would get really old really fast even if it is nutritious enough.

Michael

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Michael Emrys,

The marked absence of bread blew me away, but I didn't want to say anything, but instead, let the vid tell the bizarre tale. "Oy! Not one lousy matzoh they could spare?" The remark to the effect that bread would be supplied separately shows to me roseate logic over in the Quartermaster's Department of the IDF. For when, in history, has there ever been a case of a defending force running into supply difficulties, to the point men , en masse, even starved? Could never happen, right?

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John Kettler

 

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10 hours ago, Michael Emrys said:

I notice the complete absence of any kind of bread in the Israeli ration, which seems unusual. I wonder if it is expected that the soldiers would have it available from a separate source. I agree that there is something fishy (hohoho) about that much tuna. A lot of olives too. Eating this ration every day would get really old really fast even if it is nutritious enough.

Michael

Crackers http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4941753,00.html

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BTW, the Army should start talking to NASA about rations. That agency has sunk a lot of resources into researching rations for the Mars flight as well as other long duration missions. I watched a tv program on the subject a few months back.

Michael

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