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MREs vs. Freeze Dried

When it comes to backpacking, you want lightweight food that requires minimal preparation and tastes great.

Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs)
Pros: Comparatively light weight (no accessories required / high calorie count), pre-cooked, ultra durable, water resistant, wide range of menus
Cons: Small amount of water required for to heat meal, if desired.


Freeze Dried
Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: Stove, stove fuel, and water required (extra weight); limited in variety and taste