Monday, March 6, 2017

Food Review: XMRE Blue Line

Jarrett Morgan | | |

Yay! Breakfast for Dinner

On our recent trip to Big Bend National Park, I lugged a XMRE Blue Line meal with me until the 2nd night of the backpacking trip. I probably should have eaten it the night before because of its huge size. I was silly and did not check what the meal was and ended up with oatmeal, which is what I had eaten for breakfast at least 3 days prior and was eating it again in the morning.

Jack eating his XMRE on before setting up camp
Jack eating his XMRE on before setting up camp

The Background

These are a civilian line of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) and the Blue Line is made specifically for government, medical, and educational institutions.

Price: $119.99 per case of 12
Calories: 1,000 to 1,200 a meal
Key Attributes: Extended shelf life, individually bagged, no water needed, self-heating, and provides all utensils

A quick note on the website: at first it seems like a well-designed site, but I’ve found a few issues. If you want to know exactly what meal comes in a case, almost all that information is lost to broken links. In addition, they have a neat feature where you can design your own meals, but the window just closes after 5 seconds, so I was never able to fully try it.

XMRE Blue Line and its bag
XMRE Blue Line


Performance

This is what my Blue Line XMRE contained: plain, but slightly sweetened oatmeal, a bag of dried fruit, a pilot cracker, a packet of grape jelly, and a mocha coffee drink. Just so you know everything comes in a metal lined bag/package.

With this XMRE meal, you add water to the oatmeal, and then you have to heat it up with the provided water-activated heater. I sampled it cold and it was not the best, so I would always recommend heating it up if you have the times. The dried fruit is the same as any old dried fruit in look and taste., so nothing special here. However, for flavor’s sake, I would recommend adding it to the oatmeal. The cracker is extremely dry and hard, but it turned out to be good with the jelly. I definitely wouldn’t recommend eating the cracker without any toppings. The mocha drink was a nice change from just water. It had a good flavor when mixed thoroughly, but it is hard to pour to pour water into the pouch and equally hard to drink out of.

XMRE Case of 12
XMRE Case of 12

Final Thoughts

If you want a civilian MRE clone then this meets the description, but it is on the pricey side so it might be worth shopping around.  Plus, XMREs fill a role for long term food storage and prepping. I would highly discourage anyone from lugging these around while hiking and backpacking.


Giveaway

There was no winner for our last giveaway, so Team Adventures with BeeGee is giving away 12 Steps to a Lighter Pack (linked to our book report) and a GoBites Duo set. Use this book to gain a little knowledge and lighten your load and the GoBites kit is a handy fork/spoon combo

GoBites Duo


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5 comments:

  1. They make them sound so much better on the walking dead.

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    1. Well to be fair they haven't had anything close to junk food for like a year. If I was in their situation I'd be estatic too!

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    1. If I remember right most are about two pounds.

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    2. I just weighed an Army MRE and came in at 1 pound 13 ounces. That's way to much to carry around for a backpacking meal. Leave them in the case for camping and prepping.

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