Monday, April 15, 2013

MRE Monday - Maple Flavor Pork Sausage Patty

Today's review was picked out by Red Ant With Pincers.

Nutritional Information:

Serving Size: 2.6 oz.
Calories: 240
Calories from fat: 190
Total Fat: 21g or 329% DV ( Daily Value )
Cholesterol: 50mg or 17% DV
Sodium: 520mg or 22% DV
Total Carbohydrates: 2g or 1% DV
Dietary Fiber: 0g or 0% DV
Sugars: 1g
Protein: 10g
Vitamin A: 0% DV
Vitamin C: 0% DV
Calcium:  0% DV
Iron: 4%


I was thinking that it would taste like a sausage patty from McDonalds.


Row was the first to sample this MRE. He noted that it smelled good, but the smell didn't translate because he said that it "tastes like Chapstick".  He didn't eat anymore.

Red Ant, the four year old, also said, "I don't like it because of the flavor".

Sweetheart noticed a subtle tang to the taste, and we checked the ingredients to check for any ascorbic acid that contribute to the flavor, but none was seen on the package. She commented that the texture wasn't the same as a frozen or fresh sausage patty and she suggested that by grilling the patty, it might have a better texture.

I noted that there wasn't a strong maple flavor in the sausage and that the texture was a bit fluffier than most meats. We do eat maple sausage links at our house, so we have a good comparison to base this review. I ate all of mine and was okay with the MRE. The patty was a nice chunk of meat, but didn't sit heavily on the stomach. This could be a benefit for any strenuous activity, such as a long day of hiking.

Final Thoughts:

This MRE did earn two stars from the adults, but I thought at least one of the boys would have given it a third or fourth. I think that the lighter texture of the sausage patty was a turn off for them, plus it was outside of their usual sausage. The sausage didn't have a particularly strong maple flavor, and the pork flavor wasn't very strong either. I could see a few field dishes where this MRE could be combined or used in other dishes as a meal basis. Let your imagination run wild. I still like the grilling it idea!

Stars: * * (2)

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