A field ration (also known as combat ration, ration pack, or food packet) is a type of canned or prepackaged military ration.They are distinguished from regular garrison rations by virtue of being designed for minimal preparation in the field, using canned, vacuum -sealed, pre-cooked or freeze-dried foods, powdered beverage mixes and concentrated food bars, as well as for long shelf life.Most field rations typically contain meat as one of their main courses. The iron ration is a soldier's dry emergency rations.
Such meals also prove invaluable for disaster or wartime relief, where large stocks of these can be ferried and distributed easily, and provide basic nutritional support to victims before kitchens can be set up to produce fresh food. Rations intended for emergency or disaster relief are often referred to as survival rations.
Most armed forces in the world today now field some form of pre-packaged combat ration, often suitably tailored to meet national or regional cuisines.
Traditionally hexamine has been the preferred solid fuel for cooking and heating the rations. An alternative is gelatinised ethanol. Most current field rations utilise self heating packs instead of fuel tablets, which are more practical and produces no visible flame.
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