November 21, 2005

Two Thumbs Up for Cheese Tortellini

Today’s great culinary experience comes courtesy of the US Government, from MRE Menu #13, Cheese Tortellini.

Now in this box for Menu #13, we had myriad MRE choices, beef teriyaki, beef enchilada, chicken with noodles, chicken tetrazzini, chicken with cavatelli, vegetable manicotti, turkey breast with gravy and potatoes, spaghetti with meat sauce, beef roast with vegetables, jambalaya, and meatloaf and gravy.

Having had roast with vegies last night, I saw no reason for the great MRE chefs of the world to have to go head to head with the cooking of The Great Omnipotent One. I also eliminated from our choices, vegetable manicotti due to the name. Soldiers may see the word vegetable and think “Hoooo Haaa!” but young boys do not. Spaghetti and meat sauce is on tonight’s menu, and twice in one day, although I feel certain the MRE spaghetti and meat sauce is nothing like the recipe my husband uses, is unnecessary. You know, too much of a good thing and all that jazz.

Jambalaya didn’t seem like something the boys would like, so I nixed that one. Same with meatloaf and gravy. Unless it comes with lots of ketchup, there’s no way they’d eat it. I make a GREAT meatloaf with Swiss cheese stuffed in, and they cover MY recipe in ketchup.

I may do the Beef enchilada for me. I thought it sounded good.

The remaining choices we will rotate through the various lunches we have remaining here during our visit.

So… within our Cheese Tortellini MRE we received:

Crackers- they were big.

Peanut butter- I have concern with all the additives in our soldier’s peanut butter. It was OK, but when I saw TGOO breaking out his own jar to eat with apple and I offered up the MRE peanut butter and was met with raised eyebrow and a mouthed “No…thank… youuuuu”, I knew it wasn't just me, it did taste kind ‘o funky.

Two pieces of gum- a big plus from the boys.

A roll of charms candy- a big plus from the boys. Red was the best, green was the worst. Green tasted like ‘ink’?

Apple sauce- 2/3 of the boys liked the apple sauce or found it reasonable. But me? Blech. It needed something. Maybe cinnamon. Plus I think this one is the packet that I read contained an ‘anti-oxidant’. Huh. I wasn’t aware aging and cancer were the big concerns of our soldiers in the field, but hey, good to know someone is looking long term. Anyway, perhaps this apple gloop, as one boy called it, was supposed to be poured over the Spiced Cake that was for dessert. Which brings me to…

Spiced Cake- It got two thumbs up from the boys, but I think that’s a psychological issue. It had ‘cake’ in the name. It could have been named poop cake and the kids would have liked it. I think it was icky dry and kind ‘o funky, and looking back, it needed that weird tasting apple gloop poured over the top. Next time, I’ll warm up the apple gloop in the MRE heater, and then pour it over the cake. Hmm. But, honestly, I think for me it was psychological too. I’m just not used to opening my dessert with a ‘Ageless Oxygen Absorption’ pack attached to it. I don’t know. It just wasn’t a ‘big plus’ with me.

Spiced Cider- I do believe we got the Fall meal here, in retrospect. Just in time for Thanksgiving. The boys loved this spiced cider. I just felt fortunate we didn’t have to ‘allow water chemically purified to sit 30 minutes’. At that point, said cider would have fallen into the same psychological place as the ‘ageless oxygen absorption’ packet.

Iced tea- They loved this, but said it needed more sugar.

Cheese Tortellini- This was as good as some of the stuff we buy at our grocery store. The MRE chef Gods did a good job with this one. Sure there is GREAT tortellini at the stores, but the average stuff we get at our stores, tastes no better, and maybe not as good as the MRE stuff. Not bad.

The big hit, of course, was the green Army Man Spoon. We saved it and will collect all three. Each of the boys wants there own.

The MRE heater was very cool.

We didn’t use the ‘ salt free seasoning packet’. I’m not sure what we would have used this on. Perhaps we would have saved it for some other meal in the future.

As I cleaned up our MRE lunch, one of the boys said, “I could eat like a soldier!” and the others chimed in that they could too. There was a whole lot of food, thankfully as our soldiers need the calories.

So I do believe, my three boys opinion of MRE menu #13, Cheese Tortellini was Two Thumbs Up!

Tomorrow… Chicken Tetrazzini.

Posted by Boudicca at November 21, 2005 07:26 PM | TrackBack

about that spice cake, your boys must either have good teeth or it is made different than it used to be. I have soaked the stuff in HOT coffee for a hour and still cound not cut it with a hack saw. I di try just licking some one time to see if i could get a taste and my tongue got sore-about like licking a brick wall. I think the main purpose of that cake was if you run out of ammo you still had a weapon to throw at the enemy--it could be used as a cannon ball maybe...

Posted by: GUYK at November 21, 2005 09:53 PM

You need to save some of the MREs for your next boyscout camping trip.

Posted by: Sticks at November 21, 2005 10:47 PM

Still no cute little bottles of Tabasco?
I really liked the jalepeno cheese...really good on the crackers.

Posted by: DixieDarlin' at November 21, 2005 11:39 PM

Sounds like a fun adventure.

Posted by: Oddybobo at November 22, 2005 09:15 AM

MRE heater - is that the bag you add water to and it gets really hot? If so, young son's advice: add the water... seal it up... and throw it. It explodes nicely. At least that's what they were doing at Ft. Eustis after the hurricane came through and there was no power for 2 weeks. Then again he said MRE's taste nasty when they're hot. *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at November 22, 2005 05:34 PM