How Do I Use an MRE?

Written by TheReadyExpert

MRE(s) are very easy and simple to use and they don’t require much if any prep time. You have 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Open the MRE package

When opening your MRE, the entrée should be contained in a self contained box that will give a description of the entrée that you will be eating. The MRE is inside the box is in a flexible retort pouch (aluminum polypropylene laminate pouch). Remember the food is already cooked and can be eaten hot or cold, directly out of the pouch. It is identical to eating food out of a can.

Step 2: Heating your MRE

As stated, MREs can be eaten cold or hot because the food is already cooked. MREs can be heated in a variety of ways, the most common being using a Flameless Ration Heater (FRH) also known as an MRE Heater. They are very simple to use and require that you add about an ounce of water to activate. If you don’t have an MRE Heater, you can use the following methods to heat or warm your MRE:

  • Put the pouch in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Place near or on a fire until hot. A hot rock works great for this purpose.
  • Place the MRE in the direct sunlight to be warmed.
  • Heat the food in a microwave or over a stove like you would do with
    regular canned food. Remove food from the retort pouch first.

Step 3: Enjoy your MRE!

Once you have removed your MRE from the heating source (if you need to heat your meal) wait for your MRE to cool down so you do not burn your self. Once it cools down to the point you can handle the MRE it has a perforated edge on the sides that makes it easy to tear open. Tear your MRE open and you can eat out of the pouch or you can poor it into a plate and enjoy your meal.

Bon Appetite!!

Updated March 9, 2009

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