Modern MRE's generally consist of a main course, bread and spread (grape jelly, strawberry or blackberry jam, jalepeno cheese, etc.), a desert (pound cake, M&M's,), powdered drinks, a condiment package, and a heating element (in case the soldier is interested in a semi-hot meal). Each MRE, when fully consumed, is approximately 2000 calories, the suggested daily caloric per day for an average person.
The quality of MRE's has consistently improved, though when compared to other food, it is still FUBAR. This explains why MRE's have several derisive terms:
- Meals Rejected by Everyone
- Meals Rarely Enjoyed
- Meals Rejected by Ethiopians
- Meals Rejected by the Enemy
- Meals Refusing to Exit*
There are methods of enjoying an MRE so that it's not particularly terrible. "The Ranger Cookbook" is an unoffical military documents which provides the soldier an effective means of mixing and matching MRE's so as to have the most enjoyable meal possible.
* This acronym may be outdated; supposedly, the gum included in the condiments package is a mild laxative.
Meal Rejected by Everyone
Meal Rejected by Ethiopeans
Otherwise known as "C-Rations". MRE's are basically pre-ready food for use on the battlefield. High in calories, they are capable of lasting for weeks as well. MRE's usually consist of canned food, such as beans. MRE's are often rationed to be a whole day's meal, complete with a desert (which is usually a chocolate bar). MRE's also have drinks that only require warm water to become ready to drink.
MRE's may not be home-cookin', but it'll do ya good.