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#1 Beaucoup VC

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 03:21 PM

One of my buddys from another forum sent me five of these nifty little things. They probably taste like shit, but I'll settle for available calories during an emergency occurrence or something. The flavors I received are: pepperoni, italian style, honey bbq chicken, bacon and cheddar, and honey BBQ beef. But the question I have is, are the date codes imprinted on the individual packaging the same exact format as the date codes found on individual items found in milspec MREs? Am I right in presuming a "2227" date code stamp indicates a manufacturing date of 227th day of 2002? Or is it 2012?

 

 

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 04:53 PM

it would be 2012 unless of course its from a dealer that likes to hose people. If its military I can almost guarantee that its 2012... but the chance you take is that its actually 2002 or worse 1992. Likely though its 227th day of 2012 you can cross check it by its menu. Look at menu items in 2002 and menu items in 2012... look at the tobasco expiration date as well... that will give you a better clue.


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 06:04 PM

One of my buddys from another forum sent me five of these nifty little things. They probably taste like shit, but I'll settle for available calories during an emergency occurrence or something. The flavors I received are: pepperoni, italian style, honey bbq chicken, bacon and cheddar, and honey BBQ beef. But the question I have is, are the date codes imprinted on the individual packaging the same exact format as the date codes found on individual items found in milspec MREs? Am I right in presuming a "2227" date code stamp indicates a manufacturing date of 227th day of 2002? Or is it 2012?

 

 

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Here's a link to a document that describes the date code that Bridgford uses on their sandwiches. I'm pretty sure that they introduced these sandwiches in 2010, but at any rate the "2227" is the 227th day of 2012. They have a three year shelf life when stored below 80 degrees, so you should still be good to go. I bought a few a while back and they taste pretty good. I've tried the barbeque and the sweet and sour chicken.


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 06:55 PM

Here's a link to a document that describes the date code that Bridgford uses on their sandwiches. I'm pretty sure that they introduced these sandwiches in 2010, but at any rate the "2227" is the 227th day of 2012. They have a three year shelf life when stored below 80 degrees, so you should still be good to go. I bought a few a while back and they taste pretty good. I've tried the barbeque and the sweet and sour chicken.

 

Outstanding! Thank you, sir.

 

EDIT: How did you slam those down? Straight from the package?


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 10:42 PM

I ate the BBQ sandwich straight out of the bag at room temperature and it was alright. I heated the sweet and sour chicken sandwich by putting the bag in boiling water for a few minutes. The sandwiches aren't bad at room temperature, but heating it up improves the experience a bit.

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 07:26 PM

Man, I wouldn't feed those to detainees, let alone eat them if I had a choice.

 

Yeech.

 

Beats eating dirt though!


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:34 PM

Man, I wouldn't feed those to detainees, let alone eat them if I had a choice.

 

Yeech.

 

Beats eating dirt though!

 

Well, as they say, "hunger is the best spice." I really didn't think they were bad. The sandwiches definitely do have that distinct MRE-ish edge to the flavor though. I'm not planning to start taking them to work for lunch or anything, but they're handy for a bugout bag or vehicle emergency kit. My six year old likes 'em!


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 05:08 PM

no way man... I love MRE's really love the sandwiches they rock. About the only thing in MRE's i wont eat is the Chilimac and the chicken and dumplings.


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 05:09 PM

You guys want a great source on MRE's of all types check out the Epicenter in Eugene Oregon. Crappy website but a great guy to work with, great prices and whatnot too.... Also check out Thrive food. Very good stuff. ate some 12 year old chicken salad :) and it was derishous


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 05:21 PM

no way man... I love MRE's really love the sandwiches they rock. About the only thing in MRE's i wont eat is the Chilimac and the chicken and dumplings.

 

Hey now! The Chilimac isn't bad if you use the heater and then dump the Tabasco in. It's not as good as the Beef Stew or anything, but it's not THAT bad.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:09 PM

no way man... I love MRE's really love the sandwiches they rock. About the only thing in MRE's i wont eat is the Chilimac and the chicken and dumplings.

 

I object, good sir! Both of those are easily my favorite menus. 



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:20 PM

The chicken pesto is definitely a no go haha I pick up MREs at the commissary now and then.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:20 PM

The chicken pesto is definitely a no go haha I pick up MREs at the commissary now and then.

 

Blasphemy! Chicken Pesto is one of my favorites!


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:47 PM

This discussion gave me an idea for a new topic. I started a "Rate your Top and Bottom 2 MREs" discussion under scuttlebutt. Let the debate begin!


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 04:04 PM

You guys want a great source on MRE's of all types check out the Epicenter in Eugene Oregon. Crappy website but a great guy to work with, great prices and whatnot too....

 

+1.  I've ordered from Epicenter several times and have always been pleased with what I got...

 

... well, as pleased as you can be with MREs, anyway.


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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:24 PM

I love the chicken pesto. It's even fun as it makes my shit neon green so it's a festive wilderness experience!
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Posted 20 April 2014 - 09:31 PM

I'd eat any and all MRE's period, 360 days a year, just as long as they don't taste bitter or sour!!!! Remember in a survival situation, "food has to meet three requirements.... (1) be nutritious, (2) be of sufficient quantity to keep ones guts from screeming, (3) be able to make a turd."






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