Shelf life depends a lot on how they were stored. Shelf life is highly dependent on storage temps. MRE's kept at 40* may stay good for 15 or 20 years but the same MRE kept in the back of your Jeep may get funky after 3 months.
Even when out of date they're generally safe to eat they just aren't quite as tasty.
BTW, if ya want to send a case or two this way I'll be happy to test em out for ya.
We use em for camping and emergency kit rations.
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I was in when we did the transition from C rats to MRE's, towards the end we were getting C rations from 1956. The MRE's I normally don't trust more than about 5 years if they have been stored in a good controlled environment.
There is a company that makes trail food MRE's and a rather tasty. You can find them at sporting good's shops and camping supply stores. I can't remember the name of them, but the beef stew and chicken & rice were awesome.
I had a case show up in the back of my LMTV during OIF 4 from 1974.... I didn't die from them. . Hell I don't remember how old one of the MRE's I got over there was but when I opened it, it still had the little pack of 3 or 4 Lucky brand smokes in it. I didn't eat that one.
I have about 3 cases worth of newer MRE's laying around the house right now. I use them all the time for camping and such. I eat them for lunch at work about 2 times a week when I can't get away for chow.They aint bad like most ppl say they are. Yeah a few of them taste like crap but oh well. If anyone around Wichita KS wants some to try, come and get em'.
Oh and KEAT...... I have a veggie omelet in the mail to you.
The commissary's around here sell them, $5 each last time I looked. I've alway tended toward the franks and beans, C rats or MRE's, you can't go wrong with franks and beans, as for packing you up, peanut butter works every time.
I used to get a chuckle out of one of the old C rats meals, title was 'chicken or turkey', like they didn't know which except it had white feathers when they packed it.
Sure miss the pound cake though, and the orange cake, add some rum and let it soak for a while, yummy....