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MRE (Meals Ready to Eat)

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Introduction – The term Meals Ready to Eat doesn’t refer to Lean Cuisine or a gallon of ice cream, they refer to special pre-packed, dehydrated meals that are designed for soldiers out in the field with no kitchen at their disposal. They are not your stale war rations of the past, which once earned the nickname “Meals Rejected by Ethiopians.” These are made to be delicious to encourage soldiers to finish the meal, lest they get fatigued while fighting. They are also great for your emergency stockpile, or to take along on a camping trip, the hiking trail, a long bike ride, or


any other activity that makes cooking inconvenient. Meals of Champions – There are certain requirements that a meal must meet if it’s to be considered an MRE. Each pouch must last at least 3.5 years if kept in a relatively mild environment and 9 months if temperatures reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You can find MREs that will last even longer. Each pouch must also contain at least 1,200 calories and provide all of your daily nutrition. Your average MRE will come with a main course, crackers or bread, a spread of either cheese, peanut butter, or jelly, a dessert or snack, a beverage such as coffee, a napkin, a moist towelette, condiments, chewing gum, and a flameless ration heater so that you can enjoy a hot meal. In total, the United States military produces 24 different main courses and dozens of different side dishes and snacks, but if you look online you’ll find even more options marketed to civilians. You can even buy pouches containing only a single dish, like your favorite breakfast turn-over, a sloppy joe, or powdered eggs. Even though MRE packaging says that they cannot be resold, this is not actually codified in the law. The contractors who produce them for the army are free to put them onto the public market, just know that buying them is not going to put you in the good graces of our fine soldiers. In fact, the popularity of MREs among the civilian population, and survivalists in particular, has led them to be dubbed “Meals Ready for eBay.” Foreign MREs – If you’re sick of American MREs, you can also try out British and Canadian ration packs. Canadian ration packs are similar to those from the US. Pouches have about 1,200 calories, of which about 10% will come from protein, and 35-40% from fats. On the other hand,


British ration packs are designed to last for a full 24 hours. There are 38 menus in total, including options for vegetarians and Hindus. They include items such as electrolyte drinks, bean and bacon soup, beef bolognese, fruit bars, oreos, hot chocolate, and other great foods. Conclusion – In our opinion, MREs are good for short-term emergencies. It’s great to have a few dozen in your home for a situation like nuclear warfare in which you wouldn’t be able to leave your shelter for at least a few weeks and everything above ground is destroyed, or a zombie apocalypse in which working the fields would be unsafe. However, as a longer-term strategy we recommend getting a solar oven so that you can properly cook food without electricity or any special commodities like charcoal, stocking up on canned foods, and growing a garden. This is a cheaper, more sustainable, and healthier option. After all, MREs are designed to be temporary war rations, not to fulfill your dietary needs for the rest of your life.

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