"Keep your spoon!" Why do we keep MRE spoons?

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  1. Pastor Chris

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    But then you would be eating your lunch with your fingers, UNLESS YOU SAVE YOUR SPOONS!
     
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    Of course I saved my spoons. But obviously you make the new guys give up their spoons for that kind of thing!
     
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    The cheese tortellini is excellent, and the pound cake is a coveted barter item.
     
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    Goon just nailed it.....everything is trade bait...MRE's aren't terrible and the quality has improved immensely over the past few years....almost to the point I miss the cocoa and sugar brownies we used to cobble up in the field....the real treat used to be the 64 square inch piece of TP....there are other more glamorous posts outlining emergency wiping practices and techniques for the curious....the topper are the overzealous Sergeant Majors and Master Chiefs who want perfect grooming standards after a month of field ops....good times.
     
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    Try at least one a day for 6 months, typically issued a pallet of the same 6 at a time.
     
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    This is my spoon. There are many others like it, but this one is mine....
     
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    C'mon now... I saw The Matrix, and The AniMatrix... There is no spoon!


    I'm dense today, is this because you actually had yours with you, and he did not?

    And any that you have too many of, or don't like, send to me! I loved eating MRE's as a kid.. although that may have been because we were dirt poor and hardly had any other food in the house.. but still, I do like them!

    ..... :D um... yes. I have a spoon/fork/plastic knife set in my Jeep at all times.
     
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    The point @MrFixIt was making is nobody was issued those items not that he was carrying items other than what was issued. MrFixIt managed to eloquently point out to the officer that he was being an @$$ or stupid or both. ;)
     
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    ^^This. Thanks Helga!

    @JasonJ The units I were attached to didn't follow certain protocols. Issue gear was just one of many different things we were allowed to not use to accomplish the mission.
     
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    The Tobasco sauce was the highlight of any MRE I've ever eaten. Small ketchup packages from a fast food joint are also desirable. Anything to kill the taste of the MRE.

    I'm not saying that they're inedible but they are made with lots of salt and plenty of calories to keep you going strong. The theory is that calories = energy = survival.

    The first few times I ever ate MREs, it was an exotic meal. After a few, the novelty had worn off and they were choked down in order to stay alive. Drink lots of water and use the Tobasco/ketchup liberally.

    Steve
     
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    Gotcha.. sounds like spec ops sort of units... where you can ignore certain rules and protocols in favor of a successful mission. So stop asking questions, Jason... before some black ops team visits and makes me disappear. Got it. :dblthumb:
     
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    I hate stirring sticks,
    That's why I keep a spoon on me all the time.
    I am thinking of making a pouch/sheath just for my spoon , may be even give it a special handle like bone.
     
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    I kept mine because I would collect coffee packs and needed the spoon to make coffee during breaks or on overnights. Just kept one in my shirt pen slot. Also we usually accumulated or traded “leftovers” , entrees or desserts you needed a spoon to eat with. When eating them for weeks, sometimes I’d hold back a favorite for down time
     
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    I have eaten MRE's (beef stew,spaghetti, chicken & noodles) and they were not too bad. What I like better is the Mountain House foil packs that you add water to and close them back up for a while to re-hydrate. The MRE spoon will get down into the corners of the packet where normal spoons don't go. And they are sturdy. So I save the MRE spoons for non-MRE meals.
     
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    Also good for reaching the bottom of the can for those last little bits that have been sitting in the fridge for 3 days. :D

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    That right there is a classic:). I have eaten many an MRE as a civilian and I have collected bagfuls of spoons.
     
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    I keep mine handy.....never know when or where ice cream might pop up..gotta be prepared. I tote one out of habit.
     
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    I just finished a can of beans using my plastic spoon.
     
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    I'm ashamed to admit I have never had an MRE :11:
     
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    If I had any left, I'd send you a few! The consensus seems to be that if you have never been in the military and have never had to subsist on them for any period of time, they are kind of fun and not bad at all! Jake and used to love carrying them for day trips. We have been keto for more than a year and a half and MREs are loaded with carbs, so no more for us.

    A spoon is always close at hand in my office!

    Someone send this guy a few MREs!

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    That's mighty kind of you! We only have a few army surpluses around and none of them stock MRE's.
     
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    PM sent. I can't afford to send an MRE but a spoon is totally doable!;)
     
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    I just opened a 2018 Canadian IMP and looky what I found inside. It looks to be the same as the old version but it's been sporkafied. :)

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    Call me an elitist or a food snob and I'd be hard pressed to argue with you, I think I inherited it from my Dad, he couldn't abide plastic eating utensils, and neither can I, actually I can't find anything wrong with MRE spoons other than being made of plastic.
    I've always carried a stainless knife, fork, and spoon in all of my kits, about two years ago a member here gifted me a longer handled wooden spoon that he carved and that's been my go to outdoors spoon ever since.
    As for MRE's, lot's of folks don't care for them, I'd probably feel the same way if I had to endure a steady diet of them, but I bought a case of surplus MRE's after the Vietnam war ended and have been using them ever since, not as my main meals in the bush or on fishing/hunting days, but I always carry a couple of MRE's in my truck and usually have one in my day pack for those times when you stay longer than you planned, I've enjoyed most of the ones I've tried, never had any adverse side effects from eating them, plus one complete package MRE can be spread over three meals if portioned carefully making them a great addition to any survival kit.
    Good military grade MRE's are getting pretty hard to find and expensive when you can find them, most commercial MRE's are lacking in quality and in the variety of stuff they contain, when I run out and can't get what I want I've been using individual dried food packets from Patriot Survival Foods, their variety is good, taste great, and the prices are much lower than Mountain House meals or any of their ilk.
     
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    When I was in the army 20 years ago things were already pretty different. A days ration was crispbread, jam, caviar, paté and a couple of he REAL freeze dried meals. Obviously tea, coffee sugar, cacao. Utensils were standard thin white plastic crap.

    Haven't had a traditional MRE since my much older friends were in the army. Vere different thing. 6 cookie bars, two of them chocolate and a big buillion cube for approx 1 litwr of soup.

    I have a Light My Fire titanium spork and a pair of Keith chopsticks. Ya'll know Iæm not really into freeze dried.

    I have my canteen set somewhere, but that too has never been used since then.

    Only thing I really saved was these two cans. One of them is older than me. Production year on top.

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    Typical traditional army food. Beef, pork, pork fat and peas.

    I've only really had one of these cans, it was in 1988 on an overnight hiking trip with an older neighbour who was just done in the service. It was made in 1962. We also had one of the typical Norwegian rations and 3 American rations. We left some of it on top of the mountain and 11 years later we had some cheese and crackers from the American rations. In 2006 I hiked back up and had the other packs of crackers, cheese, peanut butter as well as a steak in tomato sauce. I guess it was a bit nuts, but I didn't die. If I knew back then that this would be a thing I'd film it. :D
     
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    I still use MRE components as hiking and camping fare. I save the dang spoons! I love ‘em.
     
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    Kept the spoon for the same reason always had a p38 and halizone. Don't know about these days but it could make a big difference back then.

    Still use a p38 and carry a spoon.
     
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    Just a heads up re: MRE Spoons--the manufacturer has confirmed to me that they contain BPA.
     
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    Good to know. Thanks Andy!
     
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    hello,
    oh yeah, MRE spoons & the British MORFED can openers, great barter tools. I still have one of the original white ABS plastic "race" spoons in my EDC kit. :cool:
    Regards
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    I have switched all my metal spoons from my camp supplies to the long-handled iced tea spoons. They're about 2-3" longer than regular spoons and can be bought individually or in sets of four from Walmart. I've gotten to the point that I only used the long handled spoons for daily meals or food prep.

    Steve
     
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    I have a couple of iced tea spoons, along with an MRE spoon in a mug on my desk. I use them for almond butter; also a staple on my desk. When you are keto, sometimes you just need a good bit of fat!
     
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    Life goal: Kill a bear in hand to hand combat with MRE spoon.
     
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    Dang brother, LOL!
    Go big or go home!
     
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    I kept my C-ration spoon so that I don't need an MRE spoon.
     
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    Id love to see a C ration spoon!
     
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    hello,
    @Pastor Chris the original British issue W^D spoon part of a FKS set. I've carried this spoon as part of my kit on active service & civvie street.
    It's also known in the trade as a scran spanner. Scran: slang word for food/compo rations. :)
    Regards
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    Very cool David! I love seeing the broad arrow on things; it reminds me of all of my Enfield rifles and accessories.
     
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    Carryover from growing up with parents that grew up during the Depression. I think the tendency is passed down in the DNA. My wife will give me "the look" when we eat at some take out place that has a keeper spoon and I wipe it off, wrap it in a napkin, and stick in my pocket or worse ask her shove it in her purse. But she never complains when I whip out said utensil on a road trip and the sub-standard 2 mil thick POS spoon breaks on her take out meal. Suddenly my madness justified. Thanks Mom.
     
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    hello,
    @Pastor Chris yeah you know you have the real McCoy with a crows ^ foot marking. :)
    Regards
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    I did it for 25 years as an infantryman and never thought about it. I suppose I was worried that the next one wouldn't have one. You know, lowest bidder and all. Good trip down memory lane.
     
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    hello,
    @bosque bob I received not long ago a few of the Australian Defence Forces P-51 can openers, which are actually P-51 Shelby Coy. I GAW a spare to a BCUSA forum member for his pocket dump earlier in the month. I keep my British MORFED (P-51) on my SAK lanyard. My MRE plastic spoon aka race spoon or scran spanner is in my EDC pouch. :)
    Regards
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    I have a few “take-aways” from my years in the Corps and the spoon thing is one of them.
    I also think getting the chance to use a real restroom/toilet when you have the opportunity is smart. For a few years after getting out, I would often comment to my wife how nice some bathrooms were. She understood, as she spent 6 months hosteling and traveling Europe as a broke college student.
    I will admit, Marines can be a bit strange !
     
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    Are we going back to the "brown bag" MRE Cookie bars?

    The ones we called "John Wayne Bars" or "track pads"?

    Yeah, getting bound up by a diet of MREs straight for a week is loads of fun. It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder why midwives aren't assigned to every Company-level element to help Soldiers through the process ("Okay, you're dilated seven centimeters now - remember your breathing! PUUUUSSSHHH!!!")
    o Day Three everyone is lethargic.
    o Day Four, everyone feels like Death-Warmed-Over and no one talks to each other because their fuzes are THIS >< SHORT. Smart NCOs temporarily confiscate all knives, blanks and cleaning kit rods (look up "Ranger Rod").
    o If you want to conquer China, only have a single Infantry Company to spare for the job and don't care how many war crimes are committed, Day Five is the day to do it.
    o They'll be finished by Day Six.
    o Day Seven is a "health-and-welfare" day. Training, operations and maneuver are utterly out-of-the-question; and if you know what's good for you, you do NOT stand in the way of any Soldier with an e-tool and a roll of $#!+ Tickets.
    o Day Eight is the Happiest Day In The History Of Forever-and-Ever.

    Jeeminy-Criminy, I still remember the experience. Like trying to pass a cinder block.

    Sideways.

    gvi
     
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    I went looking for this pic before I saw your post. In the days of the PRC77 and the OE254 We actually used field expedient antennae. As a Military Police Soldier we didn't have time in many cases for a by the numbers antennae. A 254 tired to a rope and hauled up into a tree was more like it. That type of treatment was hard on equipment this the need for a field expedient.

    Also you might have 3 spoons with you when you take 3 MRE with you on a camping trip but I never did while in uniform. You didn't hump anything you didn't need to our rucks were heavy weight with 60 belts and prick batteries. Also it wasn't unheard of for 2 of us to split a meal... having your own spoon was essential.

    Inside every tent in my unit would be an empty ration case. When you stripped your MRE the stuff you didn't want went into the box. The cheese spread you hate would make an awesome midnight snack for one of your brothers.

    We ate MRE and even worse drank lister bag water for weeks and months at a time. There were times I made my Soldiers eat and drink in formation. They didn't leave until they had the calories and hydration needed for the task ahead.

    Everyday I gave my top producing Soldier the opportunity to choose his meal from a freshly opened case while the rest of us grabbed one without looking. I just chuckled when I remembered some of the wheeling and dealing that went on after they picked up chow.

    Please keep the MRE that you get tired of after a few days in mind the next time you thank a Soldier for their service. I never heard it when I served (75-98) and sometimes when I hear it now it almost seems robotic.

    Grafenwoehr rain, NTC, MRE, 15 hour days... I wouldn't have traded it for the world.

    This obviously hit home. If you're still reading you have my thanks.
     
  49. Pastor Chris

    Pastor Chris Keeper of the T.Darrah Tenkara Pass-Around Hobbyist Supporter Hardwoodsman Bushclass II

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    Great reply @rnpollard !

    I have taken to keeping an MRE spoon in my coat pocket. In this world that is waking up the the amount of waste we produce every day, it is a good spoon to have around to allow me to say, "No thank you" when I get a meal to go somewhere.
     
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    So idk if it was a hazing thing or not but I was told to save a spoon while I was in, because occasionally an mre would be missing the spoon( I never had that issue). I just saved the spoon from my meal, cleaned it off and stuck the handle through the webbing of my body armor. Prior to my units deployment a lot of us were put on rear detachment due to our ets dates.

    one of my assignments was to drive an lmtv for a different unit on a field exercise. All I was told to bring the bare minimum, my body armor was among that bare minimum. 3 nights into the field exercise, that unit had hot chow brought out to them. The food arrived, serving tables were set up, food was set up, we were ready to eat or so they thought.

    After about 15 minutes of waiting for the go ahead to eat, I asked one of the guys serving food, what the deal was. He explained to me that somehow the had forgot to bring food trays or utensils. I asked him, if we could eat if we had trays and utensils? He looked at me like I was stupid, and said yes. So I walked over to my bag, grabbed my spoon, knife and empty quart Gatorade bottle, cut the bottle in half long ways so it formed a double trough tray, worked my way through the line and enjoyed my food while everyone else watched in amazement. Upon finishing my meal, I passed on my spoon and makeshift tray to another guy and took my full happy self to bed.
     
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