The latest foodie trend come not from the kitchen, but from the battlefields dating back to World War II, as YouTubers collect, sample and review the packaged military meals known more for shelf life than flavor profile.
Known as K-Rations and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), the military surplus dinners have become hot collectors items, selling on eBay for anywhere from $5 to more than $100, depending on their vintage. The market includes enthusiasts who record themselves breaking open the dinners and eating them on video.
Oh man, those smell awful, Steve1989 said in a video he posted where he reviews a tin of unopened Canadian Army rations from World War II. Ugh, they smell rancid, he added as he opened up a foil wrapper containing a dozen 71-year-old biscuits.
When you open that can its a feeling of wonder and curiosity. Rations even have their own unique smell.
– Kinton Connelly, MREinfo.com
People like Steve1989 are part of a growing online community of ration reviewers, trading, tasting and reviewing rations, according to Atlas Obscura.
Why?” he asks later, anticipating the obvious question. “Why not? This is what we do, I guess. I feel bad for any of the guys that had to eat this back then. I cant imagine then being much better [than] now.
While freeze-dried and vaccuum-sealed meals have become a trend in the prepper community, the most sought-after consumables for the ration-reviewing crowd are military-grade. Snagging a combat-approved MRE is part of the thrill of the hunt for these enthusiasts.
You eat your first 8-year-old, or even older, MRE and realize the history behind them, Kinton Connelly, who runs MREinfo.com, a forum for the collector community, told Foxnews.com. When you open that can its a feeling of wonder and curiosity. Rations even have their own unique smell.
Connelly started the website in 2003 after discovering that there wasnt much information available on rations.