View Full Version : MRE Dehydrated Cold Weather Ration?

10-30-2010, 01:39 AM
Does the military still make a cold weather MRE and is this all dehydrated food...you just add water to eat?

Has anyone here tried it out and can comment on it-how would it compare to Mountain House?

10-30-2010, 03:40 AM
The full day Ration Cold Weather was eliminated somewhere along the way, though I believe they replaced it with a dehydrated single meal ration for issue in cold weather and for SOF/LRS/etc guys who need to trim as much weight as possible out of their rucks. Though I've been in the AK Nat'l Guard up here for over a year and have yet to see any of the new ones, so I don't know if they're really in the system, or if our unit doesn't warrant them, or my chain of command just doesn't know about them etc.

The old RCWs were pretty good for what they were. As far as how they compare to Mountain House -- all the ones I've seen had the dehydrated meals made by Mountain House, if I remember correctly, with pretty familiar menu items.

IA Woodsman
10-30-2010, 09:01 AM
I wish I could get a hold of some of those winter rats. they were the best.

Cpl Punishment
10-30-2010, 10:52 AM
The RCWs -- the two pouch rations -- are indeed gone. Replaced by the MCW (Meal, Cold Weather), which is just an MRE made with dehydrated food, and IIRC, provides 1500 Calories, rather than 1200.

IMO, they are GREAT. The meal either are made by MH, or they taste exactly like them. Plus, they have the usual MRE condiments, sides and accessories.

They are good enough, that if they mass produced them for civilian consumption, I could see myself living off of them. They are the best of the MRE, combined with MH entrees.

IA Woodsman
10-31-2010, 11:01 AM
Check this out.


10-31-2010, 11:53 AM
For those of you interested in trying them... Emergency Essentials has a limited selection.

http://beprepared.com/category.asp_Q_c_E_1061_A_Military+Packaged+Entree s+%28LRP+and+CWM%29

I think I'll get some since some folks say they are made by MH.

10-31-2010, 01:54 PM
Here is site that is devoted to the MRE with tons of info;

RCW - Ration, Cold Weather

Food Packet, Long Range Patrol (LRP)

Pictures of MCW and LRP, scroll down;

Main Page MRE Info, has info on international Rations/MRE type meals, left side bar.