MRE. Meal Ready To Eat, a US military precooked ration pack used to feed soldiers who are currently engaged in ongoing missions. Just like regular meals, these military MREs are packed with vitamins and minerals enough to nourish and replenish the body. Today’s MRE’s are a lot better than when they first came out, and are made with a wide variety of foods-flavors…
To preserve the quality and freshness of these specially designed meals, MREs are placed inside airtight containers. They are compact and lightweight, which makes them easier to bring and can easily fit into the pockets of soldiers (or a civilian’s backpack or survival kit).
Generally, these meals (not just one packet, but a prescribed meal) contain an average rate of 1,250 calories. Typically, these military meals are comprised of 51 percent carbohydrates, 36 percent fats, and 13 percent proteins.
Some of the types of meals packed in MREs include Chicken Breast, Pork Ribs, Beefsteak with Mushrooms , Chili with Macaroni, and many many others…
The shelf life of a military MRE is specified to be 3 years at a temperature of 81 degrees F.
MREs can be purchased by civilians directly from the contractors who supply MREs to the United States Government. These MREs are very similar to genuine US Government MREs, differing only in minor details (i.e. design of case and bag or type of spoon).
Although MREs can be eaten cold, the main-course packets are designed to be heated using a flameless heater – which is an additional packet/pouch designed to accept an MRE. Simply add a bit of water, slip the pouch holding the MRE into the original MRE cardboard carton for several minutes and voila… a heated meal.
From a survival preparedness standpoint, MREs have their place in one’s overall food storage or survival plan. They are well purposed for travel. I typically keep several in my 72-hour vehicle survival kit along with other types of foods. They are obviously very convenient for a pack trip, since this was their intent in the first place for military personnel in the field.
So, when you are considering portability and travel, when it comes to stored food choices, you may consider some MREs. There is a wide variety available today and many distributors are selling them. Here are a few choices, including several from our own sponsor sites.
MREs at Camping Survival.com (use ‘modernsurvival’ discount code for 5% off)
MREs at Ready Made Resources.com (tell ‘em Modern Survival Blog sent you)
MREs at Emergency Essentials.com (again, tell -em Modern Survival Blog sent you)
NOTE: MRE’s are not intended for long term consumption, day in and day out. They are meant for short term – while out on the trail, so to speak. They are generally very high in sodium, for those of you concerned about that… You need to (should) drink lots of water when you’re consuming MRE’s, to avoid ‘binding’.