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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Are You Less Prepared Than Your Neighbors?

According to new research, the number of natural disasters per year has increased significantly over the last thirty years.  While the scientific community debates what the causes may be, disasters and destruction seem more and more prevalent in today’s world than 30 years ago and it is becoming increasingly important to prepare for emergency. The following table taken from the Natural Disasters Data Book shows the increase in number of natural disasters per year from 1975-2010. (A disaster was entered into the database if at least 10 people perished, over 100 people were affected, was declared a state of emergency or there was a call for international assistance.) How Do You Compare? One year ago, National Geographic initiated a survey conducted by Kelton Research that found some interesting results on  …

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Mom’s Zucchini Bread

Mom’s Zucchini Bread Ingredients • 3 cups Saratoga Farms White Flour • 1 teaspoon Saratoga Farms Iodized Salt • 1 teaspoon Saratoga Farms Baking Soda • 1 teaspoon Saratoga Farms Baking Powder • 3 teaspoons Saratoga Farms Cinnamon • 3 eggs • 1 cup vegetable oil • 2 1/4 cups Saratoga Farms White Sugar • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract • 2 cups Saratoga Farms Freeze Dried Zucchini Slices • 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions Grease and flour two 8″x4″ pans and heat your oven to 325 degrees. Sift the Saratoga Farms Flour, Salt, Baking Powder, Soda and Cinnamon together in a bowl. Allow the zucchini to soak in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then grate the zucchini slices. Beat the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Onced  …

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5 Things to Do with Leftover Garden Produce

What do you do with all your garden vegetables that you are not able to eat right away? All your hard work through the spring and summer has paid off to bring you a bountiful crop … so don’t let it go to waist. There are a lot of things you can do with your extra garden vegetables to make sure they are put to good use. Here are some ideas of what to do with your extra crops. Donate to Local Food Pantry Whatever the reason may be, there are a lot of hungry people here in our own country that can be helped. According to AmpleHarvest.org, as Americans “we throw away a pound of food per person per day” and “well over 100 billion pounds of food per  …

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