Has anyone eaten an MRE that was beyond its expiration date? I have, several times and without episode. They are well packaged, no sunlight can penetrate the outer shell, and they contain enough salts and preservatives to prevent our bodies from composting at a standard rate. This however is a hard sell to the wife. I guess she has had the bad milk experience that we all have had. MRE's are expensive and I hate to just throw them out based on a date until I hear something solid that says I must. Ive heard of the old "C" rations from Korea being used in Vietnam in the 70's. That covers easily 20 years. Ive never had a C ration but would guess the vacuum seal technology was not around then. I would appreciate any thoughts and or stories to shed some light how you handle your turnaround on stored foods.