Solving the Mystery of MRE Expiration Dates

Missing Expiration Date If you’ve bought MREs before, you’ve probably noticed that there aren’t any expiration dates printed on the packaging. Don’t bother trying to look for one because you won’t find it. MRE manufacturers don’t use expiration dates in the traditional sense of a day, month, and year. But that doesn’t mean that MREs are some sort of immortal food that never goes bad. Eventually, they do expire. Shelf Life Evidence The answer to how long your MRE will last in storage largely depends on the temperature at which you store it. Ideally, you should store your food at 60° F for the longest shelf life possible, which is typically 5 years. This time decreases as the temperature of your storage area increases. If you were to store your  …

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A Look Inside Your MRE Full Meal

The Breakdown of an MRE Full Meal Many people associate MREs with the military. However, there are also MREs available for civilian use. An MRE, or Meal, Ready-to-Eat, is a self-contained meal package that includes everything you need to prepare and eat the food inside, including heating up the food. MREs are used in the military because they are packed with all of the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and calories for survival and sustenance. Civilian MREs are similar to military MREs, but have a few key differences.  Military vs Civilian MREs Military MREs cannot be sold to the public. However, the companies and distributors of military-grade MREs make similar MREs that can be sold to civilians. These MREs differ in packaging and contents like sauces and beverages, but still have the  …

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What Do BPA-Free and HDPE Mean in Water Storage?

For those who are new to the emergency preparedness world or just looking for some water storage items for your emergency storage this blog is a must read. When searching for a water storage containers you need to make sure they are BPA-free and made out of HDPE. What is BPA? You might have read or heard in the news regarding a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical added to some plastics commonly used to make beverage containers and several other plastic containers with the recycle symbol 7. Research has discovered that BPA can leach into your food and water from containers that have the chemical in them.  The research also showed that food and water contaminated with BPA caused many health problems including issues related to  …

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“Location is Key” to Your Food Storage

Imagine an emergency occurs and you have to open your food storage only to discover that it’s not good anymore. That would be horrible. How and where you store your food can have a huge impact on the life of your food storage. Cool temperatures Make sure that your food is in a consistently cool place. Many times your garage is cool during the winter but without air conditioning in the summer it can get pretty hot in there. Make sure that the location of your food storage is consistently cooler. Canned goods will store for longer periods of time when they’re stored below 70 degrees compared to those that store at 90 degrees. Remember that being in the shade doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cool. Also be sure to not  …

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Clean Water in an Emergency

Before we get to priority #4 here is the summary of your top 5 Priorities of Emergency Preparedness. They are: 1. Make a Plan. Review, Rotate, Replace. Make adjustments for family size, age and local community needs. Consider evacuation, communication and staying put. 2. Gather Grab and Go Supplies. 72 hour kits, MREs, food bars, water pouches, water purification, first-aid, storage. 3. Gather Shelter in Place Supplies. Radios, flashlights, first-aid, sanitation, hygiene, warmth, shelter, storage. 4. Clean Water. Water storage, barrels, filters, storage. 5. Shelf Stable Food. Items in pantry, short term and long term food storage items. Priority 4 – Clean water Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand  …

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How to Preserve Your Favorite Cheeses with Wax

The process of covering cheese in wax in order to pro-long the life of the cheese is not a new idea nor is it a complicated process. Many people wax cheese in order to protect it from airborne bacteria, mold and from drying out too much. There are two main methods to waxing cheese. One – you can dip it in wax. Two – you can brush the wax on the cheese. Depending on how much wax you have and how big your cheese is will greatly determine which method you will use to wax your cheese. If you dip, make sure you are using a deep enough pot and that it is full enough with melted wax so you can cover the cheese entirely. Do what is easiest and  …

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What Are Your 2015 Preparedness Goals?

2015 is fast approaching and that means New Year’s Resolutions! So, what are your preparedness goals going to be? The beginning of the new year is a great time to analyze your needs and wants as a family. That’s why we’ve prepared this easy-to-use preparedness checklist. Many people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to preparedness. Lucky for them, they have great friends like you! Use this sheet to help them know where they can begin. Gather Information The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your risks. For example, if you live on the east coast hurricanes would be a threat. If you live in the Midwest, tornadoes might be your biggest threat. If you’re not sure what to prepare for in your area, contact  …

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How to Smoke Meat the Right Way

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender. Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: Choosing a Smoker You might think that smokers are just canisters that contain smoke, but they are a bit more complicated than that. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a smoker. Price. Typically, they range in price from $50 – $10,000 depending on the quality  …

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Construct Your Own Rain Gutter Water Collection System

One of the first things that even the most prepared survivalist will soon have in short supply following a collapse is potable water. Unless you have your own well or creek on your homestead, you’ll have to rely on the water you have stored up – which will quickly dwindle. And even that water may become contaminated with runoff of pollutants, fecal bacteria, or other deadly poisons. One source of free and fresh water that you can collect without fear is rainwater. Rainwater may come sporadically, though, so you want to be able to maximize your collection when it does fall, and have a safe, secure means of storing it. A rain gutter collection system will allow you to do this. And even prior to a collapse, you can collect  …

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How to Make Your Own Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is an excellent nonlethal close-range antipersonnel weapon that can mean the difference between life and death. While it is readily available for purchase at the present time, in a post-collapse survivalist scenario, you may not be able to acquire store-bought pepper spray as easily. Fortunately, pepper spray is fairly simple to make with a few ingredients that you will either be able to grow in your backyard vegetable garden, have already stored in bulk, or barter for. Homemade pepper spray is simply a combination of dried peppers with a high Scoville rating and a delivery medium. By stocking up on pepper seeds and other materials now, you will be well prepared in a post-collapse scenario. The main ingredient of homemade pepper spray is the dried chili peppers. Chili  …

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