Originally Posted by a64pilot
Never, ever seen chocolate cake in an MRE, but I retired in 02. You sure you aren't thinking about K rations? K rations came in big cans and were mean't to be heated in water
and fed several people, they had pretty decent desert in a can too.
Come to think of it, there was sometimes some kind of desert in MRE's, it was as I remember some kind of chocolate chip cookie sort of a bread / cookie kind of thing. Cake? not even close. In their infancy MRE's were almost entirely freeze dried, even the meat, then some genius discovered that dehydrated food
and the water
you had to carry to rehydrate the food weighed approximately the same as the food does prior to dehydration, so dehydration was almost completely dropped.
Know who makes these abominations? The "Right Away Food Corporation of Mcallister Tx." I have to make sure I never get close to McCallister Tx.
Whoa, ease up on the collective, chief.
RA(L)F Co is located in McAllen, TX
, which is down in the Rio Grande Valley on the Mexican border (well, it's a few miles north of Hidalgo, which is).
I don't think there is a town named McCallister in TX, although there's a McAllister park and expressway (Hwy 281 North of downtown) in San Antonio.
Right Away is a division of the Wornick Co. now.
I lived much of my life in the Valley, sometimes worked a few blocks from Right Away sheds and plants in different towns, they produce many other foodstuffs too. Remember when the first development and contracts for today's milrats were being let; producing MRE's was a major BFD, multimillion $$ at the time, still are.
In some ways the Valley is a natural for this, lots of ag production, thousands of acres of fresh veggies and citrus (mmmm, try some 1015 onions right out of the ground, and Star/Ruby grapefruits, grew them myself), probably the cheapest labor in the US, etc.; and it has historically produced milrats and textile goods for Uncle Sam for a long time.
But then, you are getting the lowest bidder too.
Back on topic, rooting around in the cupboards, I just found some Chef
Boyardee microwave meals
like those Hormel ones discussed above (I used to travel a lot and would only be home for a short time between trips, food was mostly quick and dirty then).
I know they are at least 10, and maybe 15-20, years old. Should I eat them (assuming they appear OK when opened, of course)
Believe it or not, Walmart used to stock an excellent WM store-label canned beef stew and chili's, probably the best I ever et (of the canned variety). Unfortunately, they seem to have downgraded the product recently, they're not near as good now, dang it.
BTW, while we're talking canned goods, many decades ago we sometimes vacationed in Ontario
, the (Georgian Bay) Killarney area mostly (kinfolk).
But a few times we got up around Wawa (early '70's). I was out in the woods near there with my (first) kids
when we found a very old shallow mine entrance (assumed gold, as it was/is found there in modest quantities, ~1896 forward per Wiki) and evidence of living quarters.
The area was littered with tin cans, and many had very old legible labels still intact, very interesting find (and if I had harvested some of them, they are probably worth a fortune on Ebay to collectors now, heh). We did pick up some rocks with gold flecks in them. Those people back then had to be tough as nails, that's rough country and colder'n all he!! in winter.
To this day I still sometimes get "gold fever" and think about going back there and prospecting some. It's a bloody addiction; really, I knew a guy who owned a minesite in AZ or somewhere and spent a lot of vacation
time going out there to dig around