REVIEW: Cheese Omelet with Vegetables Power Performance MRE (Meals Ready to Eat)

Don’t get me wrong. I may be a passive pacifist, but I’m not one of those beatniks who believe that everything can be solved without violence. Somebody has to be the bully or the badass with the poo on the stick once in awhile, but Jack Bauer’s chewing Doublemint gum right now, so he’s a bit too busy to kick ass, and Chuck Norris is retired from Delta Force…which is why we have military forces to take their place, armed with state-of-the-art weapons and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat).

Cheese Omelet with Vegetables Power Performance MRE is fairly low in calories and quite nutritious for something its size, but that comes with a caveat. It’s got the longest list of ingredients for an omelet I’ve ever seen. Here’s a quick rundown of what it contains (which is only a wee fraction of the entire list): liquid eggs, cottage cheese, green chilies, mozzarella, water, cream, modified starch, and about seven or eight preservatives. It’s just like dear old grandma’s secret recipe for a prize-winning omelet (incidentally, I’m still waiting for her to pass on her coveted buck cake recipe)! It’s supposedly designed to last for at least 14 years, which explains the caveat, I guess. It’s also packed so full of cholesterol that the plaque-y goodness must aid the preservation process.

I tore open this bag to find myself utterly devoid of patriotism. I knew that MREs had a bad reputation, but this was completely uncalled for. It belongs on a stick…a very long stick. It tastes like crap and quite frankly it reminds me of really terrible and rancid coffee, which dominates the palate, both on and off the tongue. The texture is basically what you’d expect; extra congealed and crumbly, with the dryness of extra hard boiled egg yolks despite an eerie moistness, which is the only thing remotely egg-y about this thing. The veggies were a lost cause as well, since their flavors were completely dominated and their texture was soggier than wet toilet paper. It smelled like really bad tin can food.

I tried to play with it and build little mounds of crap for my green soldiers to march over, but my wee plastic commandos mutinied and started an underground bordello for G.I. Joes and Mr. Potato Heads. This thing is completely irredeemable and worthless like Switzerland’s military might. It’s a giant fuck you to our soldiers, who deserve better like laser ray guns that go pew pew or robot butlers/maids.

At least it comes with a sah-weet brown spoon. Let me tell you, this spoon is truly badass compared to all the other wimpy plastic spoons out there. It’s frickin’ Schwarzenegger from Commando or Terminator 2. This spoon is bigger, stronger, thicker, and heavier than your average plastic spoon. It’s brown so you can eat this crap without breaking your camouflage cover, if the smell didn’t give you away first. It’s also strong enough that it can be used as a weapon of minor destruction if one finds themselves without anything else after killing too many sissy minions. Now that’s American justice: death by plastic spoon. Too bad it’s not a spork.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 mysterious package – 300 calories, 16 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 530 milligrams of cholesterol, 680 milligrams of sodium, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 1 grams of dietary fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 23 grams of protein.)

Item: MRE – Cheese Omelet with Vegetables

Price: $4.45
Size: 8 ounces
Purchased at: eBay
Rating: 0 out of 10 (8/10 for the badass spoon)
Pros: Nutritious. Shelf-stable. Badass brown spoon. Grandma’s buck cake recipe. Bordellos. A badass with poo on a stick. Death by spoon.
Cons: Rancid coffee-taste. Terrible tin can food smell. Crumbly texture. Long list of ingredients. A number of preservatives. Jack Bauer chewing gum. Plaque-y goodness of cholesterol. No badass spork.

29 thoughts to “REVIEW: Cheese Omelet with Vegetables Power Performance MRE (Meals Ready to Eat)”

  1. Oh, maaaan! My mom was in Mississippi when Katrina hit, and decided on the totally fab idea of staying with my step dad in their tin can of a trailer.
    Needless to say, when she came to visit, there were some stories to tell about MREs! She came like magical Santa, bearing an entire box! I was probably about 12 or so, and instead of having them “rot” in the basement, as they probably should have done, I brought the entire box to a friend’s house where we had a figurative feast.
    Some of it was the craziest stuff ever, I don’t remember much of anything tasting remotely palatable, despite how many salt and pepper packets you dumped in.
    The insta heater things were really cool, and the apple cider or whatever was pretty darn good.
    I think that the rest of the box is what I stare at every time I do laundry. Maybe I’ll try them again…

  2. Ahh, MRE’s. Yes, I remember eating them after Katrina. Actually we were rather lucky because we also managed to get a box of British MREs and those are the best! The best one was the lamb and potatoes. Man, that was tasty.

  3. My family stocks up on a couple weeks worth of MRE’s in case the worst happens. We do occasionally have to eat them as they reach the end of their shelf life.

    Beef Stew is really good. Anything chicken or with a white sauce is questionable. We (luckily) stayed away from anything with eggs.

  4. Wow…i grew up on that crap. There is a reason they give it to soldiers, airmen, sailors, etc who are in the field! or they had way too many left at the base that they were trying to get rid of and your parents are supercheap!!!!

  5. Uh oh. I predict an unspoken contest between you and Ace to see who can eat the most rancid products imaginable.

    No matter who wins, both lose. How you suffer for us.

  6. I F**KING LOVE MRE’S!!!

    I used to eat them all the time as a kid- my dad would bring them home from Camp Pendleton. I was so sad when they discontinued their dehydrated fruit salad. IT WAS DELICIOUS. In place they just put regular hydrated peaches which was no fun what so ever.


    But this is coming from someone who looks forward to hospital and airline food.

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