Do you know what I love? I love it when papers like The New York Times publish cool survival style articles. The Times is well written, not fluff like USA Today. I wish some big paper would pay me to write survival stuff.
– right here –
anyone in the publishing industry
pay me to sit at home and write!
Bah – anyway. The Times just wrote a piece called A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder about the American MRE (and MREs from around the world). I’m not going to rehash the article – read it – not long – good.
Army Rangers have been taught at least as far back as the Vietnam War how to make Ranger Pudding — roughly, it’s water mixed with cocoa powder, instant coffee, melted chocolate, Tootsie Roll, sugar and coffee creamer. “Combat espresso,” on the other hand, is brutal. The creamer, instant coffee and sugar are poured directly into one’s mouth and then washed down with water.
Those words reminded me of a time when, fresh out of college with a highly marketable English degree, I was waiting tables at a chain restaurant. If I was working a double shift on a Friday or Saturday, around 5pm, beat from working a long day already, I’d make my own drink. I’d chill coffee in the walk-in cooler, mix in a lot of espresso from the bar, pour it over ice in a tall glass, then mix in 2 cocoa powder packets, sugar and cream. Stick a straw in it and I could sip the thing down in under a minute. I called it my “go drink.”
I can see why, in a long battle, you’d want a drink like that. I could run up a mountain after one of those (and still not sleep at night). It was ridiculous. I loved it.
The Times article has a great interactive MRE graphic of various MREs from around the world. Click on the image below to go there. Then click on each MRE to see the contents.
BTW: Instant coffee, chocolate and sugar – stock it in your bug-out-bag! You might need to mix your own “go drink.”