Which is Better MRE Menu A vs B

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Meals Ready to Eat or MREs have been produced since 1981 by the US Department of Defense. Over the course of decades the military continues to refine menus and add entrees with various tastes, in an attempt to not only keep the American Warfighter fueled and healthy but to increase the amount of the MRE that is actually consumed. This article will compare the 2018 MRE Menu A vs B. There are currently 24 different MREs with varying entrees and contents (12 MREs in Menu A and 12 MREs in Menu B), and we will explore both.

What Year Were My MREs Produced? Are These MREs Expired?

MREs have a “Pack Date” which is the date all the MREs were packed into the box. Each component also has a separate date as to when they were produced. Generally MREs will last about 4 years if kept at or around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, I have eaten MREs as old as 6 years and were fine. I have also seen crackers with mold on them after only 3 years.

After the Pack Date their is an Inspection Date, this is usually three years after the pack date. It details when the MREs were inspected and when the Time-Temperature Indicator (TTI) sticker was placed on the MRE Case.

The TTI is an orange sticker located on the bottom of the MRE case. If it is all the same color the MREs should still be good. If the center is darker than the rest of the sticker then they have gotten wet, got too hot for too long, or the time has run out. That doesn’t always mean the contents are inedible, but in the military they are destroyed if the TTI shows bad.

If you are not in the military, you can still get MREs from Amazon. Check out the new 2018 case of MREs here.

MENU A (1-13) VS MENU B (14-24)

Menu #1
Chili with Beans
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Crackers, Vegetable
Cornbread
Snack Foods, Cheese Filled 
Menu #13
Cheese Tortellini in Tomato Sauce
Dessert Powder, Pudding 
Peanut Spread, Smooth, Chocolate
Crackers, Plain
Trail Mix, Recovery
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte
Menu #2
Beef, Shredded, in Barbecue Sauce
Black Beans in a Seasoned Sauce
Cheese Spread Cheddar w/ Jalapeno Peppers
Tortillas, Plain
Cookies 
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified
Menu #14
Creamy Spinach Fettuccine (Egg Noodles,
Spinach and Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce)
First Strike Bar 
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Crackers, Plain
Snack Food, Pretzels 
Chocolate Protein Drink Powder
Menu #3
Chicken, Egg Noodles, and Vegetables, in Sauce
Fruits, Wet Pack
Crackers, Plain
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Jelly/Jam
Candy III
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified
Menu #15
Mexican Style Chicken Stew
Fruits, Wet Pack 1/
Snack Food, Cheese Filled 1/
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, with Jalapeno
Peppers
Crackers, Plain
First Strike Bar 1/
Cocoa Beverage Powder, Chocolate Hazelnut
Menu #4
Spaghetti with Beef and Sauce
Toaster Pastries 
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Snack Bread, Multigrain
Fruits, Infused and Dried 
Cocoa Beverage Powder, Milk Chocolate
Menu #16
Chicken Burrito Bowl (Chicken with Rice,
Beans and Vegetables)
Snack Food, Other 1/
Filled Bakery Item 1/
Tortillas, Plain
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Hot Sauce, Extra Hot 4x
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified
Menu #5
Chicken Chunks, White, Cooked
First Strike Bar
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Tortillas, Plain
Trail Mix, Recovery
Candy II
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte
Menu #17
Pork Sausage Patty, Maple Flavored
Muffin Top, Maple, Trans Fat Free
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Crackers, Plain
Nuts
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte
Syrup, Table, Imitation Maple
Menu #6
Beef Taco
Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Tortillas, Plain
Nut and Fruit Mix, Nuts and Raisins with Pan
Coated Chocolate Disks
Beverage Bases, Sweetened with Non-nutritive
Sweetener, Fortified, Orange
Menu #18
Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce
Muffin Top, Chocolate Banana Nut, Trans Fat Free
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Snack Bread 
Meat Snacks 
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified
Menu #7
Brisket Entrée (Gravy with Seasoned Beef Brisket Slices)
Potatoes Au Gratin
Fruits, Infused, Dried
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Snack Bread
Jelly/Jam
Candy I
Drink Mix, Flavored Instant Cappuccino, Irish Cream
Menu #19
Beef Patty, Grilled, Jalapeno Pepper Jack
Cobbler, Cherry Blueberry
Cookies
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, with Bacon
Tortillas, Plain
Candy II 
Beverage Bases, Sweetened with Non-nutritiveSweetener, Fortified, Orange
Menu #8
Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
Potatoes, Mashed, Garlic
Cookies 
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, with Jalapeno
Snack Bread, Italian Bread Sticks
Meat Snacks 
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified
Menu #20
Hash Brown Potatoes with Bacon, Peppers and Onions
Granola with Milk and Blueberries
Filled Bakery Item 
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Crackers, Plain
Nuts 
Beverage Bases, Sweetened with Non-nutritive
Sweetener, Fortified, Orange
Menu #9
Beef Stew
Cake, Pound, Trans Fat Free 
Peanut Butter, Smooth
Jelly/Jam 
Snack Bread, Multigrain
Snack Food, Pretzels 
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte
Menu #21
Tuna, Chunk, Light, Lemon Pepper
Cake, Pound, Trans Fat Free 
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Tortillas, Plain
Snack Food, Other 
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified
Menu #10
Chili and Macaroni
Cake, Pound, Trans Fat Free 
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, with Jalapeno Peppers
Crackers, Vegetable
Meat Snacks 
Candy I 
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte
Menu #22
Asian Style Beef Strips with Vegetables
Fruits, Wet Pack 
Peanut Butter, Chunky/Crunchy
Jelly/Jam 
Snack Bread 
Sugar Cookies, Patriotic
Cocoa Beverage Powder, Milk Chocolate
Menu #11
Vegetable Crumbles with Pasta in Taco Style Sauce
Fruits, Wet Pack 
First Strike Bar 
Peanut Butter, Chunky/Crunchy
Crackers, Plain
Nuts 
Drink Mix, Flavored Instant Cappuccino,
French Vanilla
Menu #23
Pizza Slice, Pepperoni
Cobbler, Cherry Blueberry
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Jalapeno
Snack Bread, Italian Bread Sticks
Cookies
Chocolate Protein Drink Powder
Menu #12 
Elbow Macaroni in Tomato Sauce
Fruits, Wet Pack 
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Snack Bread 
Candy III 
Chocolate Protein Drink Powder
Menu #24
Southwest Style Beef and Black Beans with Sauce
Apple Pieces in Spiced Sauce
Cake, Pound, Trans Fat Free
Meat Snacks
Cheese Spread, Cheddar, Plain
Tortillas, Chipotle
Drink Mix, Flavored Instant Cappuccino,
Mocha

Each MRE also Contains the Following:

  • Cinnamon or Peppermint Chewing Gum
  • Hand and Body Wipes
  • Safety Matches
  • Salt, 4 grams
  • Toilet Tissue (Virtually worthless except for a fire starter)
  • Instant Coffee
  • Creamer, Dry
  • Sugar White or Brown
  • Most MREs also contain a sauce packet of some sort: BBQ, Ketchup, Mayo, or Hot Sauce
  • Flameless Chemical Heater (just add water)

So Which is the Best? MRE Menu A VS B

It is hard to say for sure in my experience. I have had all of these 24 MREs except the Pizza. I like 6 MREs from Menu A and 5 MREs from Menu B (but I didn’t count the pizza since I haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet. I hear it is good, but not as good as pizza. The problem with MRE pizza has always been the bread. I mean have you tried the snack bread? It is similar to a sawdust cookie, so I wonder how they make the pizza crust differently? If given the option I always grab the Menu B case, mainly because I LOVE the Hasbrown MRE, if you mix the cheese in with the hasbrowns it is almost a dead ringer for Cracker Barrel’s Hasbrown Casserole.

Which do you like better? What is your favorite MRE? Leave me a comment below, and if you can offer any input on the Pizza MRE comment below and I will add it to the post.

Chris Mathis
 

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