Support: September 17, 2003


There are some new MREs, and less popular ones are being dropped. The American MRE (Meals, Ready to Eat) field rations have actually gotten better over the last twenty years. This has been because the army has regularly surveyed the troops about how much they liked each of the 24 different MREs available. Every few years, the three least popular are dropped, and three new ones are added. The new MREs are selected from troops suggestions, and testing (with the troops) of proposed new items. The three MREs being dropped are Jamaican pork chops, pasta with Alfredo sauce and beef with mushrooms. The new ones are; pot roast with vegetables, barbecue pork ribs and vegetable manicotti. There have also been improvement the  most popular items in each MRE menu, these are the "comfort food" items. Now many MREs include M&Ms (regular, peanut butter and crispy), almond poppy seed pound cake, pumpkin pound cake, chocolate mint cookies and vanilla waffle-sandwich cookies. But the most popular item is Tabasco sauce, which the troops have been buying and taking to the field for decades. Fifteen of the 24 MREs come with a small bottle of Tabasco sauce. 


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