MREs are great! The MRE flameless heaters are great. There is no denying that, but how do you heat up your MRE without one? One of the most common ways, besides the MRE flameless heater, is to boil some water and put your pouch in the boiling water.
What if you are without a pot, heat and water? For the answer I went to the best source I knew: a retired Lt. Col in the US Army. Here are just a few of the ideas he gave me.
Option 1. Your car is one of the best heat sources for your MREs. Just lay your MRE pouch on the intake manifold after driving around for a little bit. Lay the pouch flat and wait about 5-8 minutes, turn over for even heating.
Option 2. When the sun is out for long periods of time dashboards are wonderful for heating them up.
Option 3. In the winter you can put your MRE pouch on the defrost vents of your dashboard and crank up the heat. Added bonus is you stay warm all the while heating up your dinner.
Option 4. If you are in a desert area you can put the MRE pouches in about one inch deep of sand. You can simply leave the pouch out on a hot blacktop road, or any surface that is hot. The roof of your home gets pretty warm at times too!
Option 5. You can make a solar oven out of tin foil. Make a box inside another box and line it with foil. Put your MRE pouch inside the box and wait for the sun to reflect its heat inwards. If that is to much work for you, you can empty your MRE contents on a piece of foil and have the sun heat up your food that way. Think tinfoil dinners.
The Lieutenant mentioned that you can use the exhaust pipe of your car though I wouldn’t recommended it. You can easily burn yourself and sometimes the metal get too hot for the pouches and melt or blow up.
If all of this fails, you can simply just eat the MRE as is. You don’t have to heat up MREs but they sure taste better when you do!
Got a creative way to heat up your MREs?
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