Greetings my lovelies~ Hi it’s Emmy. Welcome back to another MRE tasting. Today, I have this one for you: and this is a vegetarian MRE. For those of you that are new to MREs,
MREs are Meals Ready to Eat and they are issued to soldiers by the US government and they are also given to those that are in need
in national disasters and things like that. So this is menu two; this is the vegetable lasagna. This is my first vegetarian MRE. It comes in this khaki, thick, mill bag, And it’s issued by the Department of Defense. If you’ve missed my other Military Ration tastings, I shall put the playlist down below in the description box where you can watch all my other tastings. I’ve done different countries
including the UK, Japan, New Zealand …and yeah, so yeah. Lots of cool stuff to be learned
from these military rations, so… it says it’s a peelable seal, so we’ll open this up here… My apologies for the background noise. If you hear any lawn mowing, leaf blowing — yes, my neighbors… yeah. It’s not that peelable. [small victory sound] In this one we have a sundries bag, wheat snack bread. This is my flameless ration heater… This is my hot beverage bag… Here’s my spoon. Tabasco sauce in a packet. Peanut butter. Vanilla pound cake. Ooh! French vanilla instant cappuccino, awesome~ And… here is the ration itself. Vegetable lasagna. And this is a peach mango applesauce. But look at this! It has a postcard! That’s great! How awesome.
So you can cut out that out and send a postcard to someone you’re thinking about. Love that. Let’s open the sundries bag first, because there are often beverages in here
that are hiding. The sundries bag includes a beverage base lemonade, some toilet paper, salt, and moist towelette and some gum. So let’s go ahead and heat up our entree first. And there it is in this kind of khaki package. It’s kind of squishy, and cold. Here is our flameless ration heater, which is amazing. Here we go, there it is inside. I love this thing, it’s so clever. So, what we’re gonna do first ….is open it here… like it says. Then we’re gonna place the MRE packet inside. So you hold it to the top
and then we’re gonna fill the water to here. Just like a teaspoon, really. The bag’s starting to inflate. And now it’s getting hot. I’m gonna slide it back in here. While our MRE is cooking, let’s taste some other things. Let’s make our French vanilla instant cappuccino powder. Hot water. And six ounces is about three quarters of a cup. Pour that in there. Ooh! Looks like a creamy… ..coffee. Smells pretty good. [sniffs] Smells… French vanilla-ed. [sniffs] Kind of sweet. Here we go, kampai*! (“kampai” is the Japanese equivalent of “Cheers!”) Wow! [sips] That’s very, very sweet, like as sweet as hot chocolate. It tastes a little bit like coffee,
but mostly it tastes like artificial vanilla flavoring. [sips] It actually tastes a little bit like cake, like cake in a box. It’s pretty good! All right, let’s try the mango peach applesauce postcard. [laughs] And.. it comes in a packet. ….like this. There it is! Not all that appetizing… but it is applesauce… and it smells like applesauce. Gonna use my government-issued spoon here. And…there it is. Hmm! It’s not bad! It tastes like applesauce
with a little tinge of mango in there. It’s pretty good.
Not overly sweet, a little bit of acidity. Pretty smooth puree. It’s good! Let’s open up the wheat snack bread. And it’s made by Sterling Foods. Wow. Comes with one of these preservatives. I love the shape of it! [laughs] Isn’t that great? It looks like shokupan. It’s a pretty dense-looking bread,
almost looks more like a biscuit. And… [sniffs].. it smells very yeasty. And let’s just have it with some peanut butter! I’m gonna knead it here. Okay. Spread it a little bit here. So it’s a creamy style peanut butter. Itadakimasu* (“Itadakimasu” is a Japanese phrase
usually said before eating.) Mmm! [muffled] Oh! That’s a mouthful. [laughs] The bread is very, very dense. But imagine stacking like six pita breads on top of each other. It’s a little bit moist, dense… ..and yeasty. It’s not all that great. But it’s substantial. Along with the peanut butter,
which tastes like regular store-bought peanut butter, nice and creamy, sweet and nutty. But there’s something about peanut butter that kind of draws out every drop of saliva in your mouth. And combined with this really dense bread, It does something to your mouth which really
kind of eliminates any kind of moisture, but… the taste isn’t too bad,
tastes like yeasty bread along with peanut butter. It’s the texture, and the sensation of your mouth kind of drying out that’s kind of strange. Again, after a long day of trompin’ around, this is probably really great. So I’m kind of confused about this…? Because they gave me a hot beverage bag… to make a hot beverage but I didn’t get a hot beverage. I got a… beverage base powder. Which says to add twenty ounces of water. But I guess I could just make it in here. So twenty ounces is a lot of water,
it’s actually two and a half cups. I’m going to add it to two cups and see how it goes, since this bag doesn’t look to be too big. And then we’re gonna add twenty ounces, well, I’m gonna– Whoa, look at that color! It’s immediately turning yellow. Looks like Country Time lemonade, actually. It is dissolving rather well, which is good. Here we go. Kampai. Mm! It’s a little more concentrated I think the four ounces of water
would make this just perfect. And that’s what it tastes like.
It tastes like Country Time lemonade. But actually it’s a little bit better
because it’s not as sweet. It has a nice bit of sourness to it. It’s definitely artificial lemon flavor, but… Very quenching. Let’s check on our main entree! Pull this outta here… Ooh, there it is. Wooow! And it’s lasagna, but it looks a little more like pasta. ‘Cause the pieces are kind of broken up. And there are beans in there… Alright, here we go! Itadakimasu. Hmm! It’s actually not too bad! I like the addition of beans in there, there’s a nice amount of protein. The beans aren’t too mushy, they’re nice and whole. The pasta’s quite soft but that’s what you get
for having precooked kind of meals. And it’s a marinara sauce that tastes
a little bit of basil and tomato, and I have to say, pretty good. And it’s not overly salty. I also like that’s it’s not overly cheesy
or too rich or anything. But you know what makes everything better — Tabasco! So let’s add some of that. I’m sad to see that’s it’s not in
an old-fashioned glass bottle, but… Tabasaco’s Tabasco, so… What can you do? Mm! That certainly changes the flavor
and makes it a lot more vinegary, but it adds a nice punch of heat, which is great. I’m actually quite surprised by this.
I actually like the bean… lasagna. All right! So the last thing we’re gonna try is this. And this is the vanilla pound cake. Mm, smells… very… artificial vanilla-ed. That’s not such a bad thing… And look! It’s brightly yellow in color. Mmm! It’s very dense, and has the texture of pound cake, very rich, a tight, small crumb, very sweet. You can almost kind of feel the kind of grittiness
of the sugar in there. But, as a dessert, it’s not bad. It’s much like those kind of boxed… little pound cakes that you might get
at the supermarket. Very, very similar. But, after a long day, and you’re starving and you’re hungry and you have a hot meal, I think this would be a nice way to finish it off. So the previous MREs I’ve had,
this has been mint gum. And we’ll see if this one is as well. And it looks… a bit like a Chiclet. Wow! It’s not! It’s cinnamon! Maybe that explains the red packet. Right? Mmhm! Same candy coating on the outside, and rubbery gum in the middle, but cinnamon flavor. Nice! Nice little change up. Menu 2, vegetable lasagna. Vegetarian MRE! And I have to say — pretty good! For an MRE. I mean, MREs — these are precooked meals, they taste a little bit like cafeteria canteen food, a bit like canned food, but, you know, it’s an instant hot meal, and with that you can’t really complain. So, yeah. So let know in the comments below if you’ve ever had an MRE and if so, which is your favorite,
so I can see if I can find it. But I’ve only had a few, so… yeah! I’d love to collect more. All right! I hope you guys enjoyed that!
I hope you guys learned something. Don’t forget to subscribe, like and follow! And I shall see you in my next video. Toodle-loo! Take care! Bye! Today I have this one for you… And this– Is an upside-down MRE. [laughs]