I’ve been having a back log of product and book reviews, both on items I purchased on my own, and review samples sent by the company or publisher. It takes me a while to get the reviews done, as I like to read/test each one individually before I post anything about it. I usually post on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, so on Saturdays I will do product and books reviews.
Meal Kit Supply sent me their newest MRE, Chicken Fajita, for review. I had tested their product in the past, and was curious how this one would turn out. The MRE pack included the following:
- chicken fajita entree
- 2nd entree was fried rice
- pack of tortillas
- dessert consisted of a spice cake
- 2 drink packets: cocoa beverage powder and orange flavored electrolyte carbohydrate mix
- salsa packet
- eating utensils including salt and pepper
- heater unit
Here is the rice after it warmed up.
The tortilla packet included 2 flour tortillas-they were ready to eat and did not need warming. I made 2 tacos by filling the tortillas with chicken, rice and salsa Now for the taste test.
- I was not expecting a lot from the tortillas but they turned out great- the texture and taste were on par with a brand name such as Mission.
- The chicken had a stew type consistency, and was a bit more saucy to my taste, but added as a taco filling with the rice, it tasted good.
- The rice also had a nice texture and flavor.
- The spice cake was very sweet – I prefer a less sweet taste, but that is my preference.
A few days later, I emailed my contact at Meal Kit Supply to find out why the 2nd entree did not warm up as well. As I suspected, I positioned it the wrong way, since I wrapped it around the 2 entrees like a blanket, but the correct way is:
“The flameless ration heater should be wrapped around the rations in a ‘z’ fashion — the rations should not touch each other and instead should be inserted on the inner parts of the ‘z.’ Once you’ve done this, quickly shove it back in a ration box before it starts billowing up with steam and let it sit for a few minutes.”
She also mentioned that this was common: “We’ve received a few emails with confusion over flameless ration heater use, so it is something we are addressing (i.e. clear explanation on the site as well as the bag itself).”
As an emergency food, the chicken fajita is a good choice and passed the taste test. With so much food included, and with the ability to make two tacos, I felt that two people can split this entree in an emergency.
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