So, what are MREs? MREs (or Meals, Ready to Eat) are known as 19FD-01-IRATs (Rations, Initial Deployment) to FEMA, and are self-contained field rations that were developed by the U.S. Military for soldiers to eat when food facilities are unavailable. MREs are the most technically advanced food ration in the world. They’re shelf stable, water- and impact-proof, and ready to eat. Because they are intended for soldiers in combat or other high-energy field conditions, MREs are packed with 100 percent of the daily vitamins and minerals required by a person.
Meal Kit Supply’s MREs are prepared and packaged by U.S. Military contractors, so they contain the same menu items that are found in genuine U.S. Military MREs. Each three-course, 1,200 calorie MRE contains an entrée, a side dish, a bread or cracker with spread (peanut butter or jelly), a dessert, and several beverage mixes (including an electrolyte drink). Additionally, each MRE includes condiments, a napkin, a spoon, and a flameless ration heater.
What is a flameless ration heater?
The flameless ration heater is the most unique part of the MRE: it allows you to have a hot meal any time, any where, with no stove, fire, or boiling water required. Heck, you don’t even need clean water! Let us explain: the flameless ration heater is a bag which contains a magnesium packet at the bottom. This packet is activated by 30mL of any type of water (from a lake, puddle, snow, etc.), and will generate enough heat for your entrée and side dish.
What else makes MREs so unique? They’re shelf-stable, meaning they’ll last up to five years if stored correctly, and they’re ready-to-eat. That’s right. MREs contain real, pre-cooked food you can eat at any time (even though the included flameless ration heater let’s you have a hot meal whenever you want).
Why do MREs last so long?
What MREs do not contain are preservatives. This is because MRE food is retort packaged. The retort pouch is made of a strong layered combination of polyester, aluminum foil, and polypropylene, allowing the pouch to seal the commercially sterilized food ration for long periods of time (USDA, 2012).
The rugged retort packaging also makes MREs highly durable. They’re water-proof, impact-resistant, air-droppable up to 100 feet, and hermetically sealed against pests and contaminants. In other words, MREs can take a beating. It’s like having a ruggedized restaurant in your backpack.
For all of these reasons, MREs are the preferred field ration for first responders, disaster relief workers, and backwoods adventurers. Find out how old your MREs are with our date code converter.
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
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