CHOW: Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches – Sandwiches for High Speed Low Drag Guys

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One of the worst parts about running missions on the roads here in Iraq [or anywhere for that matter] is trying to get a meal in when running 120K down the road with an AK in one had and a radio in the other. When you are driving, scanning for bad guys or working the radios, MTS, GPS and other gadgets on a 14 hour convoy you can hardly make a ham and cheese sandwich in your lap.

MRE’s are a bit of a pain to sort through while mobile in a car and between all the potholes and constant swerving most of it ends on your kit, hands and floor. You also have to eat them cold because using an MRE heater in a sealed armored truck will make you puke.

For the folks here who have eaten 5 cold MRE’s back to back, you know you are lucky to even gag half of one down. Even instant-eat food like canned meats and beef jerky [I swear I have eaten 100 pounds of Beef Jerky on Convoys and PSD missions] are hardly satisfying and not even remotely nutritious.

Plus having to hold your chow in one hand, a fork in another, napkins and a drink between your legs means your AK is lying on the floor and your eyes are on your lap. Not really a good thing when running down the road in one of the most dangerous countries in the world in a big ass bullet/VBIED/IED Sponge SUV with Iraqi Security Company stickers on the side.

Before a mission I usually make a few sandwiches and throw them in the truck. I have always thought that sandwiches were the perfect food – meat, grain, vegetables, sugar, salt – a square meal in the palm of your hand with no utensils required and only requires on hand. The problem is you can only pack a few sandwiches because after a day they turn rancid from lack of refrigeration or become nasty soggy.

So I did a little bit of Googling and found these Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches that were made for the US Military’s “First Strike Ration” MRE.

They are sort of like an MRE version of a Hot Pocket for HSLD and on the move infantry types that does not require heating. All you do is tear open the package and eat.

The packages weigh 3.5-oz, 3.1-oz and 2.5-oz [depending on flavor], are about 9X5 [but you can fold them to 4 ½ X 4] and are a bit less than an Inch thick. I can easily put 3 in my LA Police Gear Operator Pants cargo pocket [2 would fit in the 5.11 pocket] but I usually stuff a couple in the admin pocket on my HSGI Warlord V-4 New Version.

The Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches comes in a bunch of different flavors, Honey Barbecue Beef, Honey Barbecue Chicken, Pepperoni, Italian Style (Sausage, Pepperoni and Sauce) and Bacon Cheddar.

Out of all the different flavors Bacon Cheddar is my favorite [the bacon tastes just like fresh bacon] with Italian Style a close second. They are just a bit dry but not enough to really bother me.

These are great for anyone who needs to eat on the move or in a vehicle and still be able to have a free hand and the ability to concentrate on their environment, Convoy Escort and PSD contractors and Mil guys on the move will especially appreciate these. I also think they would be great for SAR personnel, Cops, EMS folks and hikers.

They will store for 3 years if kept around 80 degrees and 6 months if kept in an environment over 100 degrees. Each one packs about 300 calories depending on the flavor.

The only bad point is the price, at 4 bucks a piece if you eat allot of them like I do it can add up. But for a tasty meal for guys on the move Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches are an excellent choice, I buy em by the case now.

Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches
18.99 for a Five Pack
Bridgford Stay Fresh Sandwiches – Five Pack

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~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and eating cat Sandwiches.

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21 thoughts on “CHOW: Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches – Sandwiches for High Speed Low Drag Guys”

  1. With a name like “Sandwich, Shelf Stable” it has to be good!

    Good to see you back in action, dude.

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  2. I can hardly believe that these would be more nutritious then beef jerky or trail mix or dried fruit or any number of other ready to eat items. The gluten exposure alone is enough to make 3 guys shit their pants…

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  3. Good Find. I personally prefer variants of Pemmican. Its a Cree word referring to their style of preserved on-the-go food. Sometimes I make my own, but when I’m in the field, overseas, or anywhere that I don’t like to take IMP/MRE’s, I get care packages of this stuff sent to me.
    Pemmican is essentially dried and pulverized meat, mixed with its own rendered fat, berries, and even crushed nuts. Different variants from different companies, or recipes. I get them from my local MEC.ca

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  4. Good find, I like the idea! If shelf stable hot pockets doesn’t excite you something is wrong. If you every work with any South African guys chances are they have found a way to get or make Biltong. Bum some and try it out. Its a kind of jerky/cured meat but made more from fillets and not cured to oblivion like US jerky, also not with the sweet taste that gets old in jerky. Made from a variety of game meats it kicks the US type jerky in the sack!

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  5. I can’t speak for MRE’s (before my time), but I’ve chowed down on lots of cold C-rats. Boned chicken was the best.

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  6. Uugghh, brings back horrible memories of Marjah. We got first-strike rations and thought of them as a welcome reprise from MREs. Boy were we wrong. These things get old, fast. Though, we did find some interesting ways to prepare them just like we did with MREs. Take the ‘roni out of the peperoni sandwhich and its a good meat snack, or break it up and mix it in with the chicken and cheese. Or tuna, depending on which devil-meal you ended up with / succesfully rat-fucked. To top it all off, since they are “twenty four hour” rations you had to make due with one for a long time, first strike bars get fucking old fast and half the bag is filled with them haha.

    Pork rib or chicken breast MREs crush these.

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  7. I need to get me one of those cleavers!!!!!

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  8. As hot as I understand it gets in Afghanistan & Iraq I have to wonder, is there really such a thing as a cold MRE?

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    1. You are completely correct that there are no cold meals in Afghanistan, at least during the spring and summer. Maybe for fobbits/POGs, I don’t know, haha. They are probobly eating at a chow hall anyways.
      But in the field, hell no. All food is 100 degrees, even if kept in the shade. It makes it easy to mix cheese into stuff at least…haha. But, it can also make the cheese seperate and get grainy. One of the most disheartening things is getting your favorite MRE only to have the GOD DAMN CHEESE BE SEPERATED, hah.

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      1. Agreed on the cheese, there’s nothing worse than separated MRE cheese. As a cheese fiend I always enjoyed the cheese (even if it is crappy cheese) and crackers in my MREs and hated it when it separated into oil and cheese junk, even worse when it happens when you have a not so favorite MRE like egg omelet or ham slice *shudders*.

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  9. A hot meal and a room temperature meal are most definitely not the same thing. Even if the room’s over a hundred degrees. In which case: you are the one getting cooked.

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  10. Good find mate.

    I’ve certainly eaten a lot of jerky in my time overseas. As someone else suggested, pemmican is pretty good too. I’ve only tried it once, but I was impressed by it.

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  11. I have been on this paleo food kick lately and feel great. Check the web for Paleo MRE’s or Paleo Packs. These items are little pricey but are super healthy. Check out http://www.stevesoriginal.com and http://www.roguefitness.com. Also order yourself some Chia seeds (amazon), they coat your stomach so that food is digested slower giving you more energy all day and they keep you more hydrated with less water throughout the day. Google them, they are full of omega 3 (more than fish) potassium as well as calcium… I have my whole family taking chia, it’s awesome.. Thanks for an awesome website!! Paul

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  12. Chia seeds are loaded with omega 6 (pro inflammatory) and are short chain omega 3 (ala)…not at all similar to the long chain you get from fish (dha and EPA). The short chain needs to be converted in the liver and is poorly done. Better off with fish oil. Counter productive to the primal lifestyle….great find on the paleo mre’s though.

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  13. Ahhhhh memories. If you lucked out with spaghetti, pork/rice in BBQ sauce, or my favorite…tuna with noodles….you were GTG. However, ham slice, omelette, or if your incredibly unlucky…..escalloped potatos with ham….well, let’s just say that would wreck your day. Thankfully, freeze dried foods have gotten seriously good. Mountain house freeze dried is so good I seriously prefer them to some ready made foods. All you need is hot/boiling water. You can pick them up at walmart for about 5 to 6 bucks for a 2 serving pack. Try the spaghetti, lasagna, beef stew (my favorites)…but all of them are good.

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  14. I tried some of these sandwiches for lunch over the weekend while at a shooting course. They weren’t high on the taste scale but filled me up and kept me going through the day. Easy to carry and store also. I had the Itilian flavor. It kind of reminded me of Sloppy Joe. I’ll definately pick up a few more for road trips and training lunches. Thanks.

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  15. Nice cleaver there James. When are we going to get a chance to hook one of those on the web store. I can see the guys at work green with envy as I cut line with one of those babies.

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  16. have any of yall tried the DATREX or s.O.s. bars,both are designed to store in extreme heat,non thirst provoking,can be eaten with limited water rations and taste like short bread cookies..

    Datrex calorie food bars are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and deliveres the following benefits: *Five-year shelf life, *Desirable flavor, *Not thirst-provoking, *Easy distribution and *Reduced product waste. 3600 calories is enough to sustain an individual for three day

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  17. When I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify
    me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added
    I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    Perhaps there is a means you can remove me from that service?
    Thanks a lot!

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  18. On the bottom of your email there should be an unsubscribe button

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  19. Is the space in a jeep so crammed with stuff that you don’t have space for those portable fridges? Just asking. Maybe you can improvise something with a used 50 cal ammo box, some polystyrene and some ice. Just a thought that came to mind.

    Best regards folks. Stay safe.

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