8 Ways to Use Your MRE Meals

Typically, people think of MREs as being a great option for food storage and emergency situations. They work really well for this! However, you have to switch them out every so often because they have a shorter shelf life. We did a little investigating and asked you how you use your MREs. These were some of the top responses: 1. Long Term Emergency Supplies The most common use for MRE meals is long-term emergency supplies. People like to keep them on hand for disasters like storms, hurricanes, or other situations where there might be a power outage because they provide a hot meal with no external heating source. However, MREs have a shorter shelf life, so you’ll need some secondary uses. 2. Bug Out Bags and 72-Hour Kits Because they  …

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The Nutritional Value of Your MRE

When in an emergency situation, you want to have the best nutrition possible to sustain you through anything you might face. There are many food storage options, but the biggest nutritional impact can be found in an MRE. Why MREs MREs were first used in the military as a calorie-dense meal that provides the energy from protein, fats, and carbohydrates that are needed to sustain military personnel through combat and other situations they might face. Civilian MREs are packed with a similar amount of energy and nutrients in each meal. They typically contain more calories than other food storage options because they are meant to sustain you through any type of situation, whether that be backpacking through the mountains or surviving a natural disaster. Nutritional Breakdown On average, an MRE  …

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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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Disaster Myths: You Don’t Know What’s Going to Happen

Let’s pretend that a disaster just happened; an earthquake near your home that has leveled buildings and killed hundreds. Thankfully, you’ve survived, but what’s going to happen now? You probably have a good idea of what life will be like after a disaster. But you might be wrong! A lot of research has been done about the human condition during and after a disaster and the findings might surprise you. Panic One of the biggest myths about a disaster is that there will be mass panic. We’ve seen countless movies and TV shows where people forget the needs of others and adopt an “every man for himself” mentality. This self-interested survival behavior is typically referred to as panic. While we think that panic is a very common occurrence in a  …

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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 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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The Science Behind MREs

In the late 1990s, the military had a wide variety of ready-to-eat meals (MREs) at their disposal. They had created a line of foods that were served up in pouches and ready to eat anywhere in the battlefield. They could be dropped from 100 feet and be ripped open immediately for consumption. However, there were a few meals that the military men and women still wanted. – Military Meals Throughout History –  “All of our meals are warfighter tested and warfighter approved,” said Gerry Darsch, Director of the Department of Defenses’ Combat Feeding Program, in an exclusive interview with The Ready Nation. “In the early ‘90s, we started getting feedback that they wanted a pocket sandwich in the battlefield. Something like you’d find in the freezer section, like Hot Pockets™.”  …

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How to Make Your Own MREs

MREs have been feeding our military for decades and there is a lot of science and testing that goes into these Meals-Ready-to-Eat. In fact, the military has a whole department that is in charge of development of these unique meals. These meals are scientifically designed and crafted to have a 5 year shelf life and be immediately edible at any time. The metalized bags are also a high enough quality that you can throw them on a heat source and it won’t melt the bag or leak onto the food. So, while creating your own MREs, there are some limitations. While a typical MRE has prepared, wet food inside. These homemade MREs will contain freeze-dried food and include a packet of water. Most Mylar bags are able to handle hot  …

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What’s a ReadyQuick List?

In order to help you be prepared more quickly, we’ve released a new tool that makes preparedness fast and easy! The ReadyQuick List is an option on any of our category pages that allows you to quickly view and purchase all in the same location. Instead of searching around the site, you’ll be able to navigate all the products in one location and place your order more efficiently and quickly. Here’s how it works: You can find the ReadyQuick List by navigating to any of the subjects in the menu up above (Food Storage, MRE Meals, Water Storage, etc.) You can also find the ReadyQuick List by simply hovering over any of the menus above and clicking on ReadyQuick List. Once you are on the subject page, you can see  …

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