What is the Shelf Life of MREs?

MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) shelf life is a little bit tricky. Like most shelf stable, long term food storage items, there are important things to know in order to store them properly. The most important concept to understand with MRE shelf life is: MREs are temperature sensitive. According to Temperature What that means is the cooler the storage temperature, the longer the shelf life and inversely, the warmer the storage temperature the shorter the shelf life. It is quite possible that an MRE that is sent to the dessert in Iraq where the temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit will only stay fresh for a period of a few months. Whereas an MRE that is stored in a cool basement that is 65 degrees year round will store for a  …

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How to Open a Food Storage Can without a Can Opener

What if you were stranded in the wild without a can opener or knife? How would you open your food storage? This video will show you a quick and easy way to open a can without any tools, can openers or knives! Check it out! Impress your friends at parties with this simple, helpful trick that might, someday, just save your life!

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Spectacular Uses of Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the essential staples every food storage needs. When it comes to mother nature’s creations, oatmeal is the “jack of all trades.” From the obvious health benefits to a myriad of other strange uses such as skin care and odor absorption, the oatmeal sitting in your pantry will come in handy. Health Benefits There is a good chance at some point in your life your doctor will recommend eating a bowl of oatmeal on a regular basis. There are many health benefits to adding oatmeal to your diet plan such as lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, increasing antioxidants, increasing heart health, and more. Lower Cholesterol. Oatmeal contains a very important fiber known as beta-glucan. Since the 1960s, studies have shown that this particular fiber is responsible for  …

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What is an MRE?

What comes to mind when you think of food storage? For most people, they think of grains, bulky barrels, dried good and more. Today we want to talk to you about a type of food storage that defies these stereotypes—the Meal, Ready-to-Eat, or MREs as they are more commonly known. MREs are individual rations, self-contained in lightweight packaging that can be warmed without a fire or stove, originally designed for the United States Military to consume during combat or similar field conditions without food facilities. Each meal contained in an MRE is packed with calories – 1,250 calories on average – and designed to provide whoever eats it with the proper minerals, vitamins and energy they need to cope with their surroundings. Brief History of MREs These meal packets were  …

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How to Best Store Your Food Storage

One of the largest questions with food storage is “Where should I put this?” Where you store your food storage has a large impact on how long it will last and how good the food will taste once you use it. What type of container you use to store the food and the conditions of the area you store it have a large impact on the food. Below we’ve listed out a few things you need to consider with your food containers and the conditions in which you store them. Let’s get started! Containers There are three types of packaging you’ll find for typical food storage supplies: Mylar pouches, metal cans or plastic containers. Each will provide a slight difference with your shelf life and storage requirements. Cans. Commonly known  …

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How to Heat an MRE

Personally, I am not the best cook; I always seem to burn everything I put my hands on.  However, with a Flameless MRE Heater even I can’t go wrong.  Each MRE heater has easy to follow step by step directions to make sure even the unsavvy cook, such as I, can get it right every time.  Your MRE’s will come out angelic every time. Typically an MRE Ultimate Full Meal will come with the following items: If you don’t order the MRE Ultimate Full Meal, make sure that you get some MRE Flameless Heaters. Directions Remove MRE from cardboard carton or locate cardboard sleeve.  Make sure to save the carton to use during the heating process.  Tear open the top of the heater sleeve at top arrow. Insert the unopened  …

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Preserving Your Own Meats for Food Storage

Meat always seems to be a popular item in food storage. It packs essential nutrients like proteins, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, Vitamin B and Vitamin D. However, having a long-term supply of meat can be tricky. How do you get it to last? There are a few options when preserving meats. Methods like salting, brining freezing and dehydrating are great options to help you keep the meats for future meals. Salting Pork Salting is one of the oldest forms of meat preservation. In order to salt your pork, you’ll need: • Fresh Pork • Pickling Salt • Brown Sugar • Crocks or Jars for Storage Cut your meat into slabs – generally 4 to 6 inches thick. Mix ½ pound of pickling salt with ¼ cup of brown sugar. This  …

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The Science Behind Honey’s Long Shelf-Life

In 2003, Georgian construction workers were building an oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean. While they were hard at work, they came across something very peculiar – an ancient burial ground. After calling archaeologists from Georgia, Turkey, Britain and America, it was discovered that the pots that lay around the burial ground had been full of honey! The bees who created this honey had flown around Georgia 5,500 years ago1. This isn’t the only time that honey has been found in ancient burial spots. In fact, archaeologists have found pots of honey in Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb2 that was still edible! So, how is this possible? How is something that’s been sitting on the shelf for thousands of years is still edible but with all of our  …

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How Much Food Storage Do I Need?

You know that food storage is important. But where do you begin? You might be asking yourself, “How do I start? And how much do I need?” Like most worthwhile endeavors there is a learning curve when it comes to food storage, but don’t let that keep you from starting! Too often the perceived confusion and uncertainty of starting keeps individuals and families from being prepared. This post will take some of the pressure off of starting your food storage and help you understand how much you need. Food Storage Baby Steps Right off the bat, one important factor to realize is that you don’t need it all right away. You can start small by purchasing a few extra food items you buy during your regular shopping trips to build  …

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How to Clean Untreated Water

While it is difficult to determine which item is most essential in a survival situation, you could certainly make a strong case for clean water. Water is used for numerous activities that can quickly become your top priority in survival situations like cooking, cleaning, sanitation and drinking. Because water seems so easy to get before a disaster, you don’t fully understand how much you rely on it until you find yourself without water or rationing your supply. In the past we’ve written about how to store water correctly and the need for rotating stored water frequently. Today, we want to take it a step back and discuss in detail the threat of untreated water and what you can do to make sure you and your family will have plenty of  …

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