So, you're challenging the OP to taste-test the 2008 packets?
Anyone want to volunteer?
I decided to open up one of the 2008 ones because they're the oldest of the two cases, grabbed a random one out of the case and it was Pork Ribs.
The packaging wasnt bloated, nor were the packages inside it but it did reek a musty smell when I opened the MRE just like the box it was stored in. It looked perfectly fine with the exception of the musty smell.
The entrees were stored in their memorable boxes, so these are definitely older stock, pork ribs, tortilla wrap, clam chowder, bbq sauce, and cheese spread. Tropical punch juice powder, nut raisin mix, and a accessory packet (and of course the good ol MRE spoon and heater).
As I expected, the heater did not work at all but luckily a friend of mine had several that he's never used and gave it to me which kinda worked. The ribs were edible (they were more like a long rectangular patty) and tasted decent, the nuts and raisins, the tortilla was edible too, but to be honest I'm not a fan of clam chowder and I don't eat clam chowder often but it seemed edible. As for the rest they all looked good except the bubble gum in the accessory packet.
I found out where my grandma found these, a garage sale (lol?)
But for a 10 year old meal stored in god knows where in a house on the east side Big Island, not too bad if you don't mind eating an unheated meal.
Now it's not like I'm in the military eating these every day on deployment, it would obviously suck. I only eat these when I'm on a trip and too lazy to prepare a home made meal beforehand.
I should've taken pictures but now we wait and see how bad I have to hit the bathroom.