It was eight years old, manufactured in 2004 and distributed after Hurricane Katrina. I never used it, and it quickly disappeared into a closet. I came across it yesterday, and my wife and I decided to give it a try. Menu #16 - Cajun Rice, Beans, Sausage.
This was our first MRE experience, and we were rather impressed. The crackers were still good-as-new after eight years, the cheese spread was as artificially tasty as expected, and the Combos knock-offs were good filler. The fiber/protein chocolate bar was a bit dense, but that’s the norm for fiber/protein bars. The drink mix was just sugar and grape flavoring, so no surprises there. The main course had a strange edge to the smell, but we couldn’t swear that wasn’t what it was supposed to smell like, and otherwise it had decent texture, appearance, and flavor.
We’ve got one more to try: #14 Chicken and Noodles.