5/13/2016 – Military Food


Welcome to Five Course Trivia! Five days a week, we’ll post five questions about something from the culinary world, from soup to nuts and all dishes in between.

Had too much liver or fish? Ah well. The military hasn’t always been consistent when it comes to serving food, but hopefully these questions won’t leave you crying “we want something else!”

1. The dish shown here pepper pot, a black pepper-flavored tripe broth, is best associated with what military outpost? That same outpost is associated with a “food” called firecake, which was basically a mixture of flour and water.

Question 1

2. While researching these questions, I was disappointed to find out that all __-Rations, where the __ is filled by a letter, are just named to distinguished them from another. But anyway, what does MRE stand for?

3. What meat is seen here on toast? Often associated with WWII lore, the dish seen here was often called SOS, where the last two letters slangily stood for “on a shingle”, with the first S standing for something unsavory.

Question 3

4. What militaristic name is given to the food seen here? During the 19th century, the US military issued this food as a ration, as they have high nutritional value, low cost, and long storage life.

Question 4

5. This is the P-38, which was first developed 1942 , used in World War II, and is still in production today. What is it?

Question 5

Bonus 6. What food company is most often associated with the “D Ration”, which was first produced in 1937?

Next Monday: I’ve got my red wagon, my clipboard, and my parent who works near you. It’s time to sell some Girl Scout Cookies.


1. Valley Forge
2. Meal, Ready-to-Eat
3. Chipped beef
4. Navy beans
5. Can opener
6. The Hershey Company

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