Photo by Sgt. Arturo Guzman, Tennessee Army National Guard

Since the beginning of time (fine, early 80s), nothing has said "taste of home" like a Meal Ready to Eat. With their monochromatic packaging, catchy little phrase ("Warfighter Recommended, Warfighter Tested, Warfighter Approved), and roughly 1,250 calories, so much about the MRE is standard issue. But once you open that package, all bets are off. Fortunately for us, there's a website devoted entirely to the history of the MRE and has been reviewing them since General Mattis was just a private.

Here are 5 of our favorite MRE reviews from "MRE Info."

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For all those troops who get the munchies in a war zone, the Army is about to deliver.

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Photo via MRE Meals/Vimeo

The standard Meal, Ready to Eat is far from a delicacy, and even the best options need a hefty dose of hot sauce to create a mixture that even somewhat resembles a meal. But believe it or not, all it takes is a little imagination to transform a standard-issue military meal into a mouthwatering work of culinary art.

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Army photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

We’ve already learned that the military is fatter than ever, but evidently one branch takes the cake … and the pizza… and the chili mac. As it turns out, the Army is the most overweight of all the services, according to Defense Department data obtained by Military Times.

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Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erica J. Knight

Close your eyes. Now, think of the most delicious food imaginable. If you’re picturing, say, a hamburger or a bowl of mom’s spaghetti, you’re wrong. It’s pizza. Or, as it will soon be known in the military, Meal, Ready-to-Eat No. 37.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo.

For troops operating beyond the borders of large bases and installations, there are few constants, but one of them is that most of what you eat will come from a bag in the form of Meals Ready-To-Eat, or MREs.

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