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

Discussion in 'Cooking & Water Purification' started by Pastor Chris, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Pastor Chris

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

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    14,210
    Likes Received:
    49,132
    Location:
    Chester, NJ
    But then you would be eating your lunch with your fingers, UNLESS YOU SAVE YOUR SPOONS!
     
  2. Hawkcreek

    Hawkcreek Supporter Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    3,031
    Likes Received:
    2,711
    Location:
    Pacific N.W.
    Of course I saved my spoons. But obviously you make the new guys give up their spoons for that kind of thing!
     
    bacpacjac, Pastor Chris and MrFixIt like this.
  3. goon

    goon Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2017
    Messages:
    607
    Likes Received:
    2,332
    The cheese tortellini is excellent, and the pound cake is a coveted barter item.
     
  4. whtshdwwz

    whtshdwwz Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2016
    Messages:
    848
    Likes Received:
    3,069
    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.
     
    Oni, Thorns, bacpacjac and 3 others like this.
  5. freebirdfb

    freebirdfb Bushmaster

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2012
    Messages:
    6,511
    Likes Received:
    17,341
    Location:
    KC Metro
    Try at least one a day for 6 months, typically issued a pallet of the same 6 at a time.
     
    Oni, bacpacjac, Pastor Chris and 2 others like this.
  6. Uncle Duke 520

    Uncle Duke 520 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2017
    Messages:
    433
    Likes Received:
    1,951
    This is my spoon. There are many others like it, but this one is mine....
     
  7. JasonJ

    JasonJ Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    3,728
    Likes Received:
    13,759
    Location:
    Bay City, MI
    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.
     
    bacpacjac, LarryB, Jeffa and 2 others like this.
  8. BetterNotBitterIsSurvival

    BetterNotBitterIsSurvival LB #42 Semi-Official Princess Helga IS thriving! Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2018
    Messages:
    1,422
    Likes Received:
    23,838
    Location:
    Florida Panhandle
    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. ;)
     
    Oni, Thorns, bacpacjac and 3 others like this.
  9. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2014
    Messages:
    31,718
    Likes Received:
    154,940
    Location:
    Bogart, GA

    ^^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.
     
  10. PMSteve

    PMSteve Old Timey Outdoorsman Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    8,847
    Likes Received:
    14,468
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    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
     
  11. JasonJ

    JasonJ Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2014
    Messages:
    3,728
    Likes Received:
    13,759
    Location:
    Bay City, MI
    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:
     
  12. arleigh

    arleigh Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2015
    Messages:
    4,387
    Likes Received:
    13,305
    Location:
    southern california
    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.
     
  13. Bms078

    Bms078 Tinder Gatherer

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2018
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    4
    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
     
    Oni, bacpacjac, MrFixIt and 1 other person like this.
  14. Prairiewolf

    Prairiewolf Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2012
    Messages:
    2,073
    Likes Received:
    2,681
    Location:
    Illinois
    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.
     
    MrFixIt and bacpacjac like this.
  15. RickWA

    RickWA Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,975
    Likes Received:
    9,921
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    DavidJAFO, Thorns, Redwalker and 3 others like this.
  16. RickWA

    RickWA Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2016
    Messages:
    1,975
    Likes Received:
    9,921
    Location:
    Spokane, WA
    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

    [​IMG]
     
    Oni, DavidJAFO, Thorns and 6 others like this.
  17. theDuck

    theDuck Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    184
    Likes Received:
    250
    That right there is a classic:). I have eaten many an MRE as a civilian and I have collected bagfuls of spoons.
     
  18. colrbh

    colrbh Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2014
    Messages:
    312
    Likes Received:
    1,295
    Location:
    WV
    I keep mine handy.....never know when or where ice cream might pop up..gotta be prepared. I tote one out of habit.
     
    bacpacjac, MrFixIt and Pastor Chris like this.
  19. arleigh

    arleigh Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2015
    Messages:
    4,387
    Likes Received:
    13,305
    Location:
    southern california
    I just finished a can of beans using my plastic spoon.
     
  20. wvtracker14

    wvtracker14 Guide Vendor Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Hardwoodsman

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2014
    Messages:
    3,074
    Likes Received:
    27,021
    Location:
    North Eastern WV
    I'm ashamed to admit I have never had an MRE :11:
     
  21. Pastor Chris

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

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    14,210
    Likes Received:
    49,132
    Location:
    Chester, NJ
    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!

    IMG_1930.jpeg
     
    goon, DavidJAFO, Thorns and 4 others like this.
  22. wvtracker14

    wvtracker14 Guide Vendor Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Hardwoodsman

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2014
    Messages:
    3,074
    Likes Received:
    27,021
    Location:
    North Eastern WV
    That's mighty kind of you! We only have a few army surpluses around and none of them stock MRE's.
     
  23. bacpacjac

    bacpacjac Queen of the Cups Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2013
    Messages:
    7,323
    Likes Received:
    49,432
    Location:
    Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    PM sent. I can't afford to send an MRE but a spoon is totally doable!;)
     
  24. bacpacjac

    bacpacjac Queen of the Cups Supporter Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2013
    Messages:
    7,323
    Likes Received:
    49,432
    Location:
    Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    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. :)

    15634551565291950038577739286158.jpg
     
    Oni, goon, DavidJAFO and 7 others like this.
  25. Moe M.

    Moe M. Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2011
    Messages:
    4,324
    Likes Received:
    7,648
    Location:
    Southern MA.
    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.
     
    bacpacjac, Pastor Chris and MrFixIt like this.
  26. Odd-Arne Oseberg

    Odd-Arne Oseberg Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2018
    Messages:
    240
    Likes Received:
    757
    Location:
    Norway
    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.

    RSP.JPG

    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
     
    Oni, 11b inf, DavidJAFO and 6 others like this.
  27. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    2,646
    Likes Received:
    1,844
    Location:
    North Central Florida, and Miami
    I still use MRE components as hiking and camping fare. I save the dang spoons! I love ‘em.
     
    bacpacjac, MrFixIt and Pastor Chris like this.
  28. bosque bob

    bosque bob Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2017
    Messages:
    1,482
    Likes Received:
    5,669
    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.
     
    Oni, DavidJAFO, bacpacjac and 2 others like this.
  29. andy.t

    andy.t Guide Vendor

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2013
    Messages:
    3,829
    Likes Received:
    8,095
    Location:
    Durham, NC
    Just a heads up re: MRE Spoons--the manufacturer has confirmed to me that they contain BPA.
     
    Oni, DavidJAFO, bacpacjac and 6 others like this.
  30. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2014
    Messages:
    31,718
    Likes Received:
    154,940
    Location:
    Bogart, GA
    Good to know. Thanks Andy!
     
  31. DavidJAFO

    DavidJAFO Keeper of the Clubhouse swear jar Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    7,007
    Likes Received:
    29,695
    Location:
    "somewhere having a brew (tea)"
    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
    David
     
    bacpacjac, Pastor Chris and MrFixIt like this.
  32. PMSteve

    PMSteve Old Timey Outdoorsman Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    6
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2010
    Messages:
    8,847
    Likes Received:
    14,468
    Location:
    Salt Lake City, UT
    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
     
  33. Pastor Chris

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

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    14,210
    Likes Received:
    49,132
    Location:
    Chester, NJ
    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!
     
  34. Primordial

    Primordial MOA #40 Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2017
    Messages:
    6,774
    Likes Received:
    56,006
    Location:
    Upper Great Lakes
    Life goal: Kill a bear in hand to hand combat with MRE spoon.
     
  35. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2014
    Messages:
    31,718
    Likes Received:
    154,940
    Location:
    Bogart, GA
    Dang brother, LOL!
    Go big or go home!
     
  36. Carver 83

    Carver 83 Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2016
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    224
    I kept my C-ration spoon so that I don't need an MRE spoon.
     
    Pastor Chris, bacpacjac and MrFixIt like this.
  37. Pastor Chris

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

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    14,210
    Likes Received:
    49,132
    Location:
    Chester, NJ
    Id love to see a C ration spoon!
     
    bacpacjac and MrFixIt like this.
  38. MrFixIt

    MrFixIt Old Jarhead LB#42 Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2014
    Messages:
    31,718
    Likes Received:
    154,940
    Location:
    Bogart, GA

    [​IMG]
     
    Outdoor Dauber, Oni, 11b inf and 3 others like this.
  39. DavidJAFO

    DavidJAFO Keeper of the Clubhouse swear jar Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    7,007
    Likes Received:
    29,695
    Location:
    "somewhere having a brew (tea)"
    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
    David

    Image 1.jpg

    Image 1b.jpg
     
    goon, 11b inf, Pastor Chris and 2 others like this.
  40. Pastor Chris

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

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Messages:
    14,210
    Likes Received:
    49,132
    Location:
    Chester, NJ
    Very cool David! I love seeing the broad arrow on things; it reminds me of all of my Enfield rifles and accessories.
     
    goon, DavidJAFO and MrFixIt like this.
  41. kelpie13

    kelpie13 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Messages:
    588
    Likes Received:
    2,038
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    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.
     
    Pastor Chris and MrFixIt like this.
  42. DavidJAFO

    DavidJAFO Keeper of the Clubhouse swear jar Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    7,007
    Likes Received:
    29,695
    Location:
    "somewhere having a brew (tea)"
    hello,
    @Pastor Chris yeah you know you have the real McCoy with a crows ^ foot marking. :)
    Regards
    David
     
    Pastor Chris and MrFixIt like this.
  43. Royal Wulff

    Royal Wulff Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    Messages:
    248
    Likes Received:
    359
    Location:
    NC mountains
    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.
     
    goon, Bms078, 11b inf and 1 other person like this.
  44. Stags Crest

    Stags Crest Crafty McBushcraft Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2018
    Messages:
    1,052
    Likes Received:
    6,096
    Location:
    NE TN
  45. DavidJAFO

    DavidJAFO Keeper of the Clubhouse swear jar Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    7,007
    Likes Received:
    29,695
    Location:
    "somewhere having a brew (tea)"
    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
    David
     
    MrFixIt likes this.
  46. Angus McGunnigl

    Angus McGunnigl Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,227
    Likes Received:
    2,197
    Location:
    green,wet, beautiful PNW
    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 !
     
  47. Global Village Idiot

    Global Village Idiot Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2013
    Messages:
    378
    Likes Received:
    301
    Location:
    NW Indiana
    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
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
    Pastor Chris likes this.

Share This Page