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Twelve Reasons Not to Store MRE’s

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.…

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MRE’s, Why Waste Your Money on Them?


It seems like I see many people that I encounter on the internet and in real life storing MRE’s.  Now MRE’s like most things, have both good and bad sides.  They are designed for military operations.  Because of this, they are high in calories and well packaged.  They are available in a variety of menus and the taste is ok.  For conventional military units they work well.  However, the military also stocks food like LRP’s (Long Range Patrol Rations) for special operations.  The biggest pro that I see is that they are always ready to eat.

The down side to MRE’s is one they are expensive.  …

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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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