Sure, the Internet has its fair share of trolls, misinformation, and all-out horrors, but let’s remember there are some treasures out there in cyberspace as well - and we’re not merely referring to this here Mountain House blog!
A definite online treasure is the YouTube channel of one Steve1989MREInfo, whose videos document his meticulous exploration of - and gastronomic experimentation with - vintage Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE), Long Range Patrol (LRP), and other field rations. “I’ll eat just about anything!” Steve1989 notes in his YouTube bio, with the all-important caveat: “Provided it passes a reasonable visual/smell/taste test.”
Some of the rations he’s profiled date back an awfully long time, including military MREs from the 1940s and '50s and even Civil War hardtack from 1863 (which he did consume, by the way). And Steve1989 definitely doesn’t restrict himself to the field rations developed for the U.S. Armed Forces: He reviews both historical and contemporary analogues out of everything from the British Royal Air Force to the Portuguese Navy.
Well, Steve1989 made a video focused on a vintage Mountain House Civilian LRP meal, sent to him by another MRE reviewer, Oldsmokey. We produced these freeze-dried products from 1970 to 1988, and the particular example featured in the video is a Chicken Stew LRP from 1981.
Meanwhile, 2019 will mark our half-century anniversary here at Mountain House, so stay tuned for some fun and illuminating historical coverage here at the blog. To get you started, here’s our “History of Mountain House” blog post from last year!
A very big thanks to Steve1989 and Oldsmokey for bringing us this unique review of some old-school Mountain House!