Ready To Eat Meals Are Perfect For Long-Term Survival Needs

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In terms of survival, you would assume that the military would have the pulse on the situation and develop solutions for long-term needs. One of those developments was the introduction of meals ready to eat or MREs. These types of meals have been used by the military since 1981 and have undergone many changes and upgrades to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of the soldier. Considering that a hungry and miserable soldier is no good on the frontlines or any emergency situation. The MRE would replace the emergency meal rations that were introduced to the military 30 years prior. However, it is interesting to note that the idea and development of MREs would begin 20 years prior to emergency rations. Let's look at how MREs have been used in the military and how you can use them at home in an emergency situation.

With the appeal of emergency rations not being too high, it should come as no surprise when soldiers began asking for better food options. They wanted to know what they were eating as well as bigger portions and food that actually tasted good. One would think that those are reasonable requests, as did the military. Today, there are 24 possible entree options available for meals that are ready to eat. Each of these includes a beverage bag that will hook up to a hydration pack as well as 150 extra add-ons. The pack will also include biodegradable napkins and utensils. 

XMRE Meals

While members of the military are accustomed to MREs, the general civilian may not understand how it is possible to keep hot meals available in long-term storage. Typically, traditional freeze-dried and dehydrated food will require water to be added to be used for consumption. The water will re-hydrate the food which can be eaten either hot or cold. In many cases, an individual is going to prefer a hot meal over a cold one. MREs are fashioned in a very similar fashion, with the exception of needing so much water, which is ideal in emergency situations. In addition, an MRE is able to be heated in its packaging through the use of a flameless ration heater or FRH. In the field, this is what soldiers will use to heat their own MREs. The FRH is an incredible device on its own as it is a water-activated exothermic chemical heater, which means it will use no visible flame and will heat up a single eight-ounce meal to 100 degrees. With the use of an FRH, an individual or family will be able to enjoy a warm meal in the confines and safety of their home even if there is no power source. It is easy to see why so many are beginning to stock up on MREs. 

The FRH is only one aspect of the contents that are included in the MRE. We have already touched on some of the basics, let's dive deeper into what you can expect in an MRE. Each MRE is going to include a main entree, side, dessert, bread and spread, powdered beverage, beverage mixing bag, napkins, utensils, and random accessories such as gum or matches. Each MRE was designed to provide an individual with a 1200 calorie meal and will typically have a shelf life of five years or more.

MREs were designed and packaged to withstand harsh conditions for long-term food storage. In fact, MREs were handed out as rations after the devastation of Hurrican Katrina and other recent disasters. They are wrapped in triple-foil and plastic pouches and are able to withstand an airdrop of 12500 feet or 98 feet without a parachute.

If you are concerned with the state of the world or natural disasters, you may want to consider adding meals ready to eat to your survival stash. One does not need to be a member of the military to be prepared for any situation. In fact, there are families all over the nation slowly preparing for the day the world ends. Of course, there is no need to be so dramatic, you may just want something for those everyday emergency situations. It is better to be prepared and ready for anything than to wait for something to happen and then try to prepare!

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