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JPW
2011-04-18, 23:27
Looking through past threads it looks like they only last a few years. Does anyone have good info about shelf life? Do some things last longer than others? I have some left over from Desert Storm, hate to dump them if anything could be used.

MonkeyBoy
2011-04-18, 23:35
http://www.mreinfo.com/images/mre-shelf-life-chart.jpg

Apparently, it depends on the temperature they are stored in.

Ray
2011-04-18, 23:44
Let's say they spoiled.

How could anyone tell?

MonkeyBoy
2011-04-18, 23:46
Crap.

The website blocked the image.

It said in ideal conditions of 50 degrees storage, the most you could get is 60 months.

If stored in 120 degrees, they'd give about one month.

Sierra Echo
2011-04-18, 23:47
Did anyone check for an expiration date?

MonkeyBoy
2011-04-18, 23:48
They said to use them before the Tet Offensive.

Weary
2011-04-19, 13:23
Looking through past threads it looks like they only last a few years. Does anyone have good info about shelf life? Do some things last longer than others? I have some left over from Desert Storm, hate to dump them if anything could be used.
I usually ignore expiration dates. My rule is simple: If it tastes all right, it is all right. Whether the rule is safe or not, I can't say. But I'm still alive.

Gray Blazer
2011-04-19, 15:24
They said to use them before the Tet Offensive.

That there is funny.

SGT Rock
2011-04-19, 15:38
I usually ignore expiration dates. My rule is simple: If it tastes all right, it is all right. Whether the rule is safe or not, I can't say. But I'm still alive.

Works, unless you pack a bunch of 'em then find out when you are miles from anywhere your food is all bad.

john pickett
2011-04-19, 17:05
A guy I knew in Georgia who was still in the Reserves said if an mre went bad, it would swell up and smell like .... when you opened it. I wouldn't know personally; I got out in 1989 when IIRC the military was still using the freeze-dried stuff. FWIW, when I joined in 1971, you might be given a C-ration with a pack of 4 cigarrettes; Kools or Lucky Strikes usually. Those dated back to Korea.

Russell
2011-04-19, 17:07
When I was in Viet Nam in '69, the C rations were from 1945. Older than I was.

john pickett
2011-04-19, 17:08
Something I read, can't remember where now, said the nutritional content and flavor drop first, long before the food will make you sick.

Bearpaw
2011-04-19, 17:54
Used to be, supply would break open a box at their expiration date. If none of the meal showed bloating, they would approve them for another year. I always heard 3-5 years.

Ray
2011-04-19, 21:49
A guy I knew in Georgia who was still in the Reserves said if an mre went bad, it would swell up and smell like .... when you opened it. So what you're saying is that swelling is the only indication?

Because they all smell like, uh, four periods when you open them.

JPW
2011-04-19, 21:50
I usually ignore expiration dates. My rule is simple: If it tastes all right, it is all right. Whether the rule is safe or not, I can't say. But I'm still alive.

Thats what I have been doing; give it the smell test. Iam not too picky about what I eat, whatever fills the void. I used them on day hikes, but saved a case for an emergency. Thought I might break it open and replace it with a new case of freeze dried.

Thanks for the input everyone!

MonkeyBoy
2011-04-19, 22:14
I don't know if I'd ever want to use the word bloated and food in the same sentence.......but that's just me.