MREs – An Option for Food Storage

MREs An Option for Food Storage

Many who have been in the military are familiar with packaged and easily transportable food in the form of MREs (meals ready to eat).  We are told that these were a marked improvement from historical military rations that came in cans and had little flavor.  The MRE was developed to offer a soldier in the field the nutrition needed but also with flavor and variety where the whole ration would actually be consumed.  See a more detailed history on the Wikipedia page HERE.

While these are prepared in a similar way to other long-term foods, there are some specific differences. Although initially developed as a freeze-dried food, most MREs are not today. The military developed a “wet-ration” that can be consumed directly out of the pouch (hence the name: meal ready to eat). Each meal is packaged individually and will offer approximately 1200 calories. They are very durable (think combat conditions) but also weigh a bit more (because of the water content).

The downside of using these to supplement your family Primer planning is their shelf life.  Most MREs have about three years shelf life.  If you were to rotate your stock and potentially use them for camping or travel, this could be a reasonable, low cost option.  In fact many backpacker advocate for them (see article HERE)  However, if you are looking to buy some back up food, store it, and not touch until it is needed, you need to consider true freeze dried food in its bulk for as described in our previous blog article HERE.

MREs An Option for Food Storage

The good news is that it all tastes better than it used to!

MREs An Option for Food Storage
MREs An Option for Food Storage