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8 Ways to Use Your MRE Meals

By Lexi from Ready Store
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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.

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2. Bug Out Bags and 72-Hour Kits

Because they are a small, compact, self-contained meal, MREs are a great food and energy source to keep in your emergency kits so you can be prepared for anything. It’s a comfort to know that you have food ready to go at a moment’s notice.

3. Camping

MREs are a convenient food to bring on camping trips. They don’t take up as much room as bringing other foods and bringing enough for your trip is an easy calculation. Just bring one packet for each meal and you’re all set! You can also heat them over the fire and add other foods to the entree and you have yourself a gourmet camping feast.

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4. Hunting

While on a hunting trip, you can take MREs with you for lunch and eat them as you go, so meals won’t slow you down. They will also warm you up on cold days and help to keep you out longer.

5. Hiking Trips

Whether you’re backpacking across the country or exploring the local trails where you live, MREs are a great energy source that will keep you going for miles and won’t take up that much room in your pack.

6. Road Trips

If you’ve got a long drive ahead of you and don’t have time to stop, MREs are a great solution for your meals. You can have a hot meal right there in your car while saving money and time. Not to mention you won’t be snacking away on food that doesn't fill you up.

7. Everyday Use

MREs are not a bad option for normal meals. If you’re eating them at home, you can spruce it up with some fresh produce and add in a few spices and seasonings for a flavorful meal.

8. For Fun

MREs are somewhat of a novelty. They come with different meals and flavors and are something that you may just want to try for fun. They might be a fun and new food for kids to try, or even for you to try! They can be used for much more than food storage.

Thanks for sharing the ways that you use your MREs! Now you can expand your MRE’s horizons and use them for multiple purposes other than food storage. If you have any more ideas, comment below.

6 years ago
Comments
Nickname
6 years ago at 2:37 AM
That is exactly all what I use it for. And I think you knew that too.
John doe
5 years ago at 2:09 AM
"And I think you knew that too"?? What the hell does that mean? Who the hell are you talking to Nickname? Your comment was completely useless and anybody who has read it is now dumber from doing so.
Josie
1 year ago at 11:34 AM
I agree John Doe, have no idea what "nickname" is talking about.
Blather
1 year ago at 12:23 PM
LOL! Who would have though, huh?
D.W.
6 years ago at 3:23 PM
Is there a date on the MRE package that indicates the shelf life or "use by" date. I have some MREs, but I'm not sure how long I've had them and I don't know their shelf life. Thanks!
bryan
5 years ago at 1:07 PM
The first number is the year and the other 3 numbers are the number of days in the year it was made. so ( 3120 ) 3 is 2013 and the 120 is April. So it's April 30 2013. If the first number is 8, then its 1998.
john doe
5 years ago at 2:04 AM
Wow. That's the most retarded date code system ever concocted. If 3 is 2013, then 3 could also be 2003 or 2023. So if you keep the food for a long time, you will never know how old it is. All I can say is..REALLY? Thank god for sharpies.
Ej
4 years ago at 8:36 AM
Haha. Hey asshole. Why don't you run back to mommy and stop blaming people for your adult virginity.
PUNISHER
4 years ago at 5:19 PM
NOT CONFUSING TO ME. TRY READING A GUITAR SERIAL NUMBER AND FIGUER OUT THE DATE IT WAS MADE AND WHAT NUMBER IT WAS OFF THE LINE. WATCH YOUR MOUTH PUNK! VIETNAM RANGER, 1969-1971!!
Cheryl Winfield
1 year ago at 3:55 AM
As I'm looking at the above MRE example, I can see no dates whatsoever. However those that made the condescending comments that it's known as to how to read the expiration date, I can't read it or would have known what it meant. Perhaps Ready Store might send out emails, or print the dates with more clarity. '3' can mean more than one thing to the eye of the beholder.
PUNISHER
4 years ago at 5:13 PM
WISH THOSE DESERTS HAD MORE PROTIEN. THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT IN A BUG OUT SITUATION. YOU NEED AT LEAST 30GR OF PROTIEN IN THE MORNING AND 20 MORE DURING THE REST OF THE DAY AND NIGHT. ALSO, YOU GUYS WHO ARE TRASHING AND CALLING PEOPLE NAMES. WILL NEVER MAKE IT THROUGH ANY TYPE OF DISATER.
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Scott Zike
3 years ago at 4:15 PM
Ok, I ate more than enough MRE's during 22 plus years in the Army. They do have a place in SHTF stocking. They were designed to fill the needs of soldiers in the field. Relatively quick and easy to prepare and high calorie count They rock at that. No issues there. What I do have an issue with is your "6 month supply" which consists of 288 meals (24 cases). Average month is 30 days .. my basic math skills say 30 x 6 = 180. If you are down to one meal a day that works but if you are at a more reasonable 2 meals a day .. ie .. 360 meals required those 288 meals cover 144 days or 24 out of 30 .. so .. which six days do you not eat ?? Ok .. so I am being a tad obnoxious .. I know if you are not running and gunning 3 meals in two days is plenty but if you are going to advertise for a 6 month supply give me a 6 month supply .. ((and charge me for it)). Just my two cents. Scott
L
1 year ago at 11:29 AM
So am I to understand that occasionally eating these MRE's causes people to become mean and angry? Hmmmm
Jrn
1 year ago at 11:13 AM
While I keep some MREs on hand for sudden emergencies like power outages, I find I use them most for road trips. It takes two days of driving 10-12 hours per day to visit my father, so by the time I get to the motel, the last thing I really want to do is go and find a restaurant or order yet another fast food burger. Along with the motel bag that always lives in my car, I keep a compact carry on tote with a mess kit, a few MREs, and some other easy snacks and drinks - plus a metal cook mug and immersion coil for hotel use. It's an easy way to make sure I am well fed on the road.