YouTube’s Army Ration Taste-Tester Has Reviewed Rations Across Three Centuries

SteveM1989MREInfo has tried rations from the American Civil War to the 21st century.

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A YouTuber dedicated to reviewing soldier rations, past and present, has finally run into one pack of military chow even he can't eat.

has reviewed rations from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, in conflicts from the American Civil War (believe it) to those feeding troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He's reviewed scores of military rations from countries as diverse as the U.S., Russia, Spain, the U.K., South Korea, Belarus, France, New Zealand, Finland, Canada, Japan, Slovenia, and Indonesia. “Steve” has eaten it all...or tried to.

Steve has a clear methodology: he discusses the rations, revealing (and translating if necessary) their contents and nutritional content. He then unpacks them for the audience, lays out the contents on a stainless steel tray, and goes for it.

Steve will eat practically anything, including a 75-year-old chocolate he found in a Canadian Army ration and claims to be edible, even though it looks looks like a slice of ancient Spam. Steve has even eaten . He's found the diamonds in the pouch, too. The is “absolutely delicious” with “components of utmost quality” and “slammin’ coffee.”

Not every MRE can be so delectable. Steve’s latest video features the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Type 13 Individual Soldier’s Self-Heating Meal. The MRE pack includes pork chow mein, chicken curry fried rice, a pickled vegetable, and a beverage. It's... not great.

The two main dishes are already built into flameless ration heaters similar to those used by the U.S. military. The Type 13 pack weighs 1 pound, 12.8 ounces and includes 1,171 calories. This further breaks down into 40 grams of protein and 35 grams of fat, and 175 grams of carbohydrates.

Opening the heated pork chow mein, Steve complains it smells like rotting vegetables. The pork and noodles look green and the entree itself smells “foul”. On the other hand, the fried rice isn’t terrible, the pickled vegetables aren’t bad, and the lychee drink is pretty good.

For a better option, think MRE 'za. Here's Steve’s sit-down with the U.S. military’s new pepperoni pizza MRE, which he says is “absolutely fantastic.”

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