– Here we go, ready?
Wah! – If I had a dozen of these
in college, I’d be set. ♪ (French accordion music) ♪ – (FBE) Today, you’re gonna
be trying MREs, which stands for
Meal Ready to Eat. – Ooh, I’m excited. – (FBE) They are food rations
bought by the United States military for use in combat
or in other field conditions where other food services may not
be available. They are also used in relief
for disaster situations. – Oh, wow, okay.
I’ve never thought they had a whole setup for that.
I just thought that people were sending over what they can
like food, water. – I’ve seen videos about these.
I’ve heard they’re pretty good. – It’s gonna be just crammed
in a can. It’ll be like, “Doesn’t expire.” – (FBE) So, they’re usually
in these packages that you can eat out of, but to make
things a little easier, we’re gonna give them to you
already unwrapped and out of the package.
– Okay, all right. I’m actually really curious
to see if they’re gonna be really crappy or if they’re
gonna be decent food, because you have to try to feed
as many people as you can. – I’m not expecting them to be good,
but I’ll probably feel like I’ve had a well balanced meal
by the end of this. – (FBE) Here’s your first MRE.
– It looks like a Pop-Tart, but it’s like super compacted. – Okay, so I see cinnamon.
That’s honey, is it? – Oh, I’m with it.
It kinda tastes like French toast. – Oh, that’s awesome.
That’s just like a regular baked breakfast pastry. – It’s good.
I like it. It’s really sweet,
’cause there’s jelly inside. – Not bad.
Tastes like a waterfall of canola and honey
mixed with some wheat and barley. – (FBE) This is MRE’s version
of French toast. – Oh, that’s what it is!
Yeah, yeah. I totally get it.
It totally tastes like French toast. Can I have the rest of this
for later? – (FBE) Here is your next one.
– Oh, Jesus. This one looks a little bit
more intimidating. – Here we go, ready?
Wah! Whoa, what?
So, that looks like beef, maybe. Maybe chicken. – It looks like Hawaiian bread.
Oh, this seems like a lunch. – Eh, I don’t like this one.
It’s super dry and I feel like it’s supposed to be meat,
but I’m not sure that it is meat. – It’s a sloppy joe.
I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either.
It’s meat flavored, but I don’t think there’s
meat in it. – It kinda tastes like
a pulled pork sandwich. I mean, it’s definitely not bad.
If I had a dozen of these in college, I’d be set. – (FBE) So, this is
a barbecue chicken sandwich. – I don’t taste any chicken.
There’s more bread than there is the inside
and I think that’s just to fill the person up more. – It’s not as much of a casual
eat as the French toast. – (FBE) Here is your next.
– Why do they all look the same? – It smells like dog food. – It kinda smells like
spaghetti and meatballs. – Is it supposed to be
a pepperoni pizza? – This one’s a bit more savory.
A little pasta type flavor. – No, I’m good.
Tastes like regret and sadness. – This one’s okay.
I think I like it a little more than the barbecue sandwich one,
but I have no idea what the heck this is. – (FBE) So, this is
an Italian style sandwich. – What?
How is this that? I don’t get that at all. – I wouldn’t eat it again.
Something about it made me feel not too nice. – (FBE) Here is your next MRE.
– Oh, okay. Something that isn’t
covered in bread. – It looks like chili. – Oh, this is pretty clearly pasta.
Does not smell good. Oh, jeez. – That is the most
plain tasting pasta. That’s wa–
that tastes like water. – Oh, whoa, okay.
That’s really bland. The meat has no taste to it.
It’s just solid. The sauce has nothing in it.
It tastes kind of watered down. – (FBE) This is the pasta with
vegetarian meat crumbles. It can be eaten hot or cold,
but in an emergency situation, you may not be able
to heat it up. – It tastes fine warm.
I like it. – I would not eat it cold. – This absolutely has no
flavor to it. I’m so sorry people
have to eat this. – (FBE) Here is your next.
– There’s pasta in here. – It’s like a beef stew.
There’s beans, there’s carrots. – This one smells better. – I don’t like that one.
The meat tastes weird. – Yeah, I think it’s beef stew.
There’s definitely chunks of beef in there.
Ugh, there’s just this aftertaste of, like, soil. – The only thing I can really taste
is honestly the potatoes and the carrots.
I think this is the top one for me, so far. – I mean, this one’s not that bad.
For someone out there that might like this,
that does like a nice beef stew, MRE’s got you covered. – (FBE) This is the beef stew MRE.
– Yeah, yeah. It’s not super bad.
I’d put it on a three scale between one and five. – (FBE) So, overall,
what’d you think of all these MREs
and how would you feel about maybe having
to eat these regularly? – It would be really tough
at first, I’m sure, to eat all of these
every single day and not knowing when
you’re gonna be able to eat regular meals that we
eat every day. – More than likely, they don’t
have a choice to look at an actual menu of MREs
and be like, “Here, I want this.” They just have to get
what they’re given. They probably miss
their mom’s home cooked meal. – In terms of flavor and just
whether they’re super appetizing, they’re not super good,
but they do the job. – My heart goes out to anyone
that’s of service or anyone in one of
these situations where they need to eat these.
This is a way for you to get food in a scenario
where it’s like life or death. It does make you feel grateful
and humbles you. – Thanks for watching this episode
of College Kids Vs Food on the React Channel. – Subscribe, ’cause we have
new shows every day. – Bye. – Hey guys, I’m Katie,
a React Channel producer. Thank you so much for
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