Friday, February 8, 2013

Back From Assignment, and Warming Myself By the (Non-Existent) Campfire

I shall have to wait a bit longer to give the details of my recent absence, but I'll say this much. I wasn't in Los Angeles chasing a murder suspect, and I didn't go to Benghazi (seriously, EJ? Benghazi?) But I spent a lot of time in the out-of-doors, and I ate a couple of these. Or should I say, I ate portions of these. I offloaded way more than I ate - MRE's are very filling!

Campfire not included. But, hey - you don't need one!

9 comments:

Minicapt said...

http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/how-to-make-pemmican.htm

Cheers

OldAFSarge said...

Osmotic raisins? Interesting. I do know what they are, but still.

Oh and welcome back. (Where ARE my manners?)

Susan Katz Keating said...

Can you use that recipe to make osmotic pemmican? And I don't know what that is, either. Perhaps Old AFS would enlighten us?

And, thank you for the welcome back! It's great to be home!

Warriaaaah! said...

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce is a way lot better.

Michael said...

2 questions:
Did you have a hard time keeping track of your new rucksack?
Did the Jarheads treat you well?
;-)

Susan Katz Keating said...

I didn't haul my ruck into the field because, um, I really really like it, and I was afraid of getting it dirty, and... yeah. I should get over that. And I had wonderful hosts. Full AAR when the time is right....

Michael said...

My last MRE was almost 30 years ago...can't say I've missed anything...

OldAFSarge said...

Osmotic Raisins - have apparently been processed via an "osmotic" process, apparently this involves infusing them with a type of sugar. There's even a patent out there, here's the link - http://www.patentgenius.com/patent/H950.html. Also saw a review of MREs at http://www.notpurfect.com/surv/mre.htm which stated: "The raisins were packaged in a foil container marked "Raisins Osmotic". I have no clue how osmotic raisins differ from the ordinary variety; but the raisins were nasty. I couldn't finish them."

Not so good I guess. But in my day we ate C-Rations. Yum. (Sarcasm off)

Tudza White said...

I rather like the osmotic cranberries.

They're sucking the water out of the fruit using osmosis rather than with the usual heat drying process. Most of the listings you get on a search are for scientific papers on the process. They have to soak the berries in sugar water of some concentration to make it easier for osmosis to occur. I take it this is why they list sugar as an ingredient.

I get the impression part of this is for energy saving since it can be done at room temperature, but also they're trying to keep properties that might be lost in regular drying.