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Freeze-Dried and Dehydrated Foods, Tips on Using Them

Many of us have never cooked with freeze dried or dehydrated foods and unless you have been practicing, you will become frustrated the first few times you use it.  Many think that they can just read the directions and everything will be fine, but remember you don’t know how long the emergency will last, so you have to stretch your storage to last as long as possible.  Here are a few suggestions that might help you to organize your storage and plan your menus.

Remember that you only have so many spices and herbs for seasoning your food with.  Even if you think, you have stored enough.  …

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Comparisons of MREs to Dehydrated, Freeze Dried and other Foods


This post will compare MREs to various other options.  If you have been following the series of posts on MREs, you will have a good idea of their shelf life, which is 3 years at 80 degrees.  In reality they are probably good for a longer period.  But in a real emergency I want to have the best rations available.  To find out your food was bad would be a real problem.

I have only compared the MREs against foods you would probably use in a bug out bag.  In my opinion MREs should not be used for a prolonged period. 

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Comparisons of MREs to Dehydrated, Freeze Dried and other Foods

This post will compare MREs to various other options.  If you have been following the series of posts on MREs, you will have a good idea of their shelf life, which is 3 years at 80 degrees.  In reality they are probably good for a longer period.  But in a real emergency I want to have the best rations available.  To find out your food was bad would be a real problem.

I have only compared the MREs against foods you would probably use in a bug out bag.  In my opinion MREs should not be used for a prolonged period. …

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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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Shorter Shelf Life for MREs

Military MRE

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. It went into special issue starting in 1981 and standard issue in 1986, using a limited menu of 12 entrees

Each current MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13% protein, 36% fat, and 51% carbohydrates) and 1/3 of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals.…

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