If you do not have the space to store traditional food storage containers in your home there is a smaller alternative with just as many meal options. Meals Ready to Eat, or MRE’s are what soldiers use in wartime, but are available to just about anyone to purchase.
An MRE is an individual ration of food housed in a self-contained package. These are compact rations that were originally purchased by the United States Military to feed service members while they were out in the field of combat.
While at war, soldiers often times do not have the means to which they can prepare a meal; nor do they have the time to do so. To keep the soldiers fed and healthy, Meals Ready to Eat was developed to replace the heavy cans of food that troops had to carry.
MRE’s are compact, lightweight, and housed in a waterproof bag. Though they were originally designed for the use of combat troops, this condensed ration plan is available for the general public to purchase.
Each ration provides about 1,200 calories. They are only intended to be eaten for a maximum of 21 days in a row, after which people should be able to find the means necessary to prepare a heartier ration.
Depending on storage temperature and conditions, this food should last at least three years. Though this is not as long as other means of storage, it does have many benefits.
The foods in these little bags include a full meal and a desert. Some rations have beef teriyaki and rice with a chocolate bar for desert. Some require a little bit of water -which is included in a pouch- and others can be eaten as they are.
The United States military has recently announced that they have now developed a self heating Meal Ready to Eat product. This means that soldiers, and even the general public, can have a warm meal anywhere they are, without carrying cooking supplies in their load.
This is especially convenient in emergency situations where you and your family are left without heat. You can pull out an MRE, let itself heat, and have a hot meal that warms you up.
MRE’s can be eaten without any preparation, and can be put into backpacks for storage. This is great for 72- hour kits that are lightweight and ready to carry on- the- go.
These can also be stored in small emergency kits in your car. You typically do not have a lot of space for extra stuff in your already packed car, but a backpack in the trunk with a couple of Meals Ready to Eat can be very useful in emergency situations.
If you have kids, these compact foods can be easy to carry and feed to them if the time ever arises where you have to use them. Since the shelf life is short, many people worry that the food will just go to waste if an emergency does not happen in that time period.
Well food should never go to waste. You and your family should feel free to eat them even if you are not in a crisis situation.
Kids love to experiment with food, and would be really excited to try to eat special rations out of a bag. This is especially true if you explain to them that they are eating just like the cool army guys who fight wars.
You can also pack up these small rations before you head to the mountains for a camping trip. Camping can be stressful, especially with preparing meals beforehand to cook at the campsite.
A common problem is finding food and a storage container to protect it from bears and critters. Since MRE’s are individual rations, you will not have to worry about storing or discarding leftovers near your site and be in fear of attracting bears.
They are also stored in air tight, waterproof bags. These rations you can leave an unopened bag outside and if it rains you won’t have to worry about water ruining your rations.
Since it is air tight, no scent is coming out of it, which means bears or other critters are not being attracted to your campsite in search of food. This can bring peace of mind, and a feeling of safety while out there in the wilderness.
Jack R. Landry is an accomplished expert in family preparedness and has been giving seminars for over 15 years. He recommends that everyone have on hand an emergency food storage in case of any emergency or disaster.
Jack R. Landry