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Old 11 June 2016, 15:55   #1
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I tried these recently during my adventures in the Western Isles. We carried them as an insurance policy and had to deploy a few on our St. Kilda trip (breakfast and lunch).

Heating times were a bit optimistic - heat them for 20 minutes wrapped in a fleece or similar and they are toasty.

The "All Day Breakfast" was Ok if you like overcooked baked beans

The "Chicken Casserole" was actually very good (IMHO)

Donegaldan swears the "Pasta Meatballs" was excellent - but he says that about all food....

TOP TIP - pack a few tortilla wraps to "go with" - very handy, long lasting and pack small...
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Not tried those ! Usually have a couple of the boil in a bag type
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The trick with these, is to carry a small bottle of water aswell...!

The water satchet that is supplied, is sometimes not enough, and when we have to use them at work, we normally use 2 satchets per meal, or top up with a little water from said bottle....!

The chicken dopiaza is recommended.
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Group buy anyone?
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The trick with these, is to carry a small bottle of water aswell...!
Ah yes - you DID warn me! We did chuck in a little extra water - but certainly not double. I think our heating issue may have had more to do with leaving the warming boxes exposed on Leverburgh pier at 0700 and being hungry clockwatchers...

Curious how the water sachets are not included in the meal kits, but provided separately. I guess there's an issue with chlorinated water packaged with a meal/foodstuffs?
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I could do you an excellent deal if you want two All Day Breakfasts?
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Surely you could use the huge larder you are floating on to fill your belly ;-)
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I've had enough MREs in my time thank you - actually 3 misnomers, but a slight improvement on UK compo rations. Only thing making MREs edible is the tabasco sauce liberally applied to all the contents!
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I've had enough MREs in my time thank you - actually 3 misnomers, but a slight improvement on UK compo rations. Only thing making MREs edible is the tabasco sauce liberally applied to all the contents!
Not arguing with your own experiences but the Hotpack chicken casserole was actually very good. Not just "I was able to worry it down" good, but really tasty and visually appealing. So surprisingly good that it prompted me to post here!
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Ah yes - you DID warn me! We did chuck in a little extra water - but certainly not double. I think our heating issue may have had more to do with leaving the warming boxes exposed on Leverburgh pier at 0700 and being hungry clockwatchers...

Curious how the water sachets are not included in the meal kits, but provided separately. I guess there's an issue with chlorinated water packaged with a meal/foodstuffs?
I presume so, willk. The sachets used to be inside the box, but ours are now provided separately. When we use these, put them back in the box, then wrap something round them, like a jumper or jacket. Like you said, they need longer than 10 minutes.
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