I am not a big fan of MRE’s, although I must admit I have a few in my storage. MRE’s have some good sides. The U.S. Military uses them to provide the the nutrition and energy, they need to survive in most conditions. Because they are a complete meal in one bag, they are very convenient in a emergency. If you have the military ones you will even have the ability to heat your food.
The newer MRE’s have a shorter shelf life than the older one. On the internet, you will see two different shelf life temperature charts. If yours are newer, use the one with the shorter shelf life.
Twelve Reason not to store MRE’s
- They are expensive. I just saw them for sale on the internet for $7.20 each, plus shipping.
- They are not very tasty and have a limited menu
- Their shelf life is shorter than freeze-dried and dehydrated food.
- They are heavy compared to freeze dried or dehydrated foods
- They are bulky; they take up a lot of room in your pack.
- Because they are low in fiber, they often cause constipation.
- They are high in fat and sugar.
- They are low on water content. You need to drink water with every meal.
- They have very high sodium content.
- They are subject to damage from freezing.
- Many of the MRE’s on the market are low quality civilian knock offs.
- They will not stand up to high temperature as well as freeze dried or dehydrated foods
If you decide that you need MRE’s in your storage be careful where you buy them. I know people who have purchased them off internet auctions sites and have received MRE’s that obviously had not been stored under the best conditions. To buy MRE’s go to a company that sells one manufactured by one of the Military suppliers. They will look like a military MRE and not be in a clear bag. Be careful there are a lot of scams out there.