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Civilian vs Military MRE’s

This the second part of an article on MREs, the first part was posted yesterday.  Civilian MREs (meals ready to eat) are a confusing issue.  There are currently a number of manufacturers producing MREs for the civilian market.  The three major manufacturers of MREs for the military (Ameriqual, Sopakco, and Wornick) have all started producing their own civilian MREs. Recently International Meals Supply, a certified supplier of emergency rations for the Department of Defense, has started selling a brand called “MREStar”.

Ameriqual sells under the name APack; there are 12 meals to a case, 6 different menus.  They provide approximately 1400 calories per meal according to their website. …

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Shorter Shelf Life of MRE’s

This is a rerun of an earlier post I ran a year or so ago.  I have recently had some questions brought to my attention on the subject so I decided to run it again.  This explains why the new MRE’s have a shorter shelf life.

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In 1963, the Department of Defense began developing the “Meal, Ready to Eat”, a ration that would rely on modern food preparation and packaging technology to create a lighter replacement for the C ration.

In 1966 they produced Long Range Patrol or LRP rations, a dehydrated meal stored in a waterproof canvas pouch. In 1975, work began on a dehydrated meal stored in a plastic retort pouch.…

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Beware of Civilian MREs

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Any MREs in clear bags are not milspec.

The other day I was in a military surplus store and saw some so called MREs for sale.  A close look quickly revealed that these were not even close to military spec.  The only item manufactured by a government supplier was the entre.  Everything else was a cheap civilian substitute.  The extras included granola bars and cheap candy.  I would not trust these rations for storage.  Even though the entre was milspec you have no idea under what conditions it has been stored and for how long.  These were selling for the same price as new military spec MREs.…

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Variety in Your Food Storage

What do you have in your food storage?  In the last few years, I have encountered people that have all kinds of different food storage plans.  These include some of the following.

Freeze-dried and dehydrated foods

I have met people who have a long-term food storage consisting almost entirely of #10 cans of freeze-dried and dehydrated foods.  Many of them have purchased these foods as a unit. The first thing to check is the calories per day.  Many of these units are low in calories.  If you have to work hard, you will require a higher number of calories than you do today. …

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Shortages of Food and Preparedness Supplies

Yesterday I spent part of the day talking to suppliers of various food and food preparedness items (grain mills and camping stoves).  I was amazed at what I found out.  Almost everybody was either short of stock or just plain out.  The companies I spoke to had a wait time of a month or longer.

With all that is going on in our economy I would encourage you not to wait any longer, but stock up and get what you can.  When you purchase dehydrated or freeze dried foods, ask the dealer if any of the food products came from China. …

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A new look at bug out bags

This post will introduce Wyoming Steve, who will from time to time submit articles.  He is very knowledgeable on preparedness  and survival.  Sometimes our opinions will differ slightly, but that’s ok it doesn’t mean either one of us is wrong.  It just means we might approach a problem from different directions and it gives you another view point.  The following is his list for a bug out bag or seventy-two hour kit.

Howard

 

72 Hour Kit Checklist

Warmth and Shelter

Safety

(   ) Mylar Bags, sleeping bags (   ) First Aid Kit
(   ) Metalized Thermal Blankets (   )  First Aid Handbook
(   ) 20 Hour Hand Warmer Packets (   ) Bug Spray
(   ) Rain Ponchos (   ) Sunscreen
(   ) (   ) Dust Masks
(   ) (   ) Safety glass’   (wind)

Food & Water

Personal Needs/Sanitation

(   ) per day MRE’s (   ) Toothbrush
(   ) Water Containers (   ) Toilet Paper
(   ) Dehydrated food (   ) Diapers & (1) Wipes
(   ) Well bucket, PVC (   ) Women Personal Hygiene
(   ) Water purification (   ) Bar of Soap
(   ) Plastic bags  (large black) (   ) Comb and Gel
(   ) Mess kit (   ) Aspirin etc.
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Civilian vs Military MREs

This the second part of an article on MREs, the first part was posted yesterday.  Civilian MREs (meals ready to eat) are a confusing issue.  There are currently a number of manufacturers producing MREs for the civilian market.  The three major manufacturers of MREs for the military (Ameriqual, Sopakco, and Wornick) have all started producing their own civilian MREs. Recently International Meals Supply, a certified supplier of emergency rations for the Department of Defense, has started selling a brand called “MREStar”.

Ameriqual sells under the name APack; there are 12 meals to a case, 6 different menus.  They provide approximately 1400 calories per meal according to their website. 

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