Nutshell - Meals Ready To Eat (MREs)

 5/21/15  Jim's Rant For The Day. Nutshell - Meals Ready To Eat (MREs)

Before you run out and purchase a lot of MREs consider these pointers on Meals Ready To Eat. They were created to feed troops carrying 60 lbs all day long without the use of a cook fire to reveal their locations. The normal adult requires 2,000 calories per day; troopers require 3,000. Therefore, each MRE is 1,000 calories each.

Three Day Limit: Military MREs and freeze dried foods are designed to be eaten for no more than three consecutive days, after that your bowels lock up. Cut the constipation by serving a one person meal to two people by putting it over rice, beans or pasta. This will allow you to “go” daily with the dry meals; or every other day serve canned or boxed fruit such as peaches or prunes; or every third day serve canned vegetables and non-dried foods; or check to see if a daily serving of cooking oil might be in order.

Military MREs Are Expensive: The traditional military MRE is terribly expensive. All sent into the field must be sold off as surplus. The problem is if they sat out in the hot sun they could be bad. There is a small possibility that it could make you sick instead of sustaining you. I recently purchased factory fresh military MREs for $12 per meal. If you intend to provide 3,000 calories per day, that is $36 per day! If you reduce to 2,000 calories per day, that is a cost of $24 per day.

Military surplus MREs run about $7.50 each, but again, some may make you ill. New non-military MREs (with heaters too) run the same $7.50 each, with a three year shelf life.

Homemade MRE's can be made for as little as $3 per meal with a three year life.

Therefore, a 2,000 calorie man day can cost from $24 to $6 depending on your needs and choices.

Determine Your Needs: Here are the times you may need a Meal Ready To Eat:
A) You are on foot, weight matters and there will be no fire.

B) You are on foot, weight matters and there will be fire.

C) ************, weight does not matter and there will be no fire,

D) ************, weight does not matter and there will be fire.

Note: If you are not carrying 60 lbs then a can of Beenie Weenies, fruit cocktail etc. will do for $3.

If weight matters but there will be a fire, a homemade Hikers meal can be made for $4.

If you are stationary but in a non-fire situation, then $3 canned meals are appropriate.  

Also Note: Ramon Noodles are fully cooked and can be eaten dry as are Hormel Complete dinners.
MRE heaters can be purchased for $1.25 each.
You can make a flameless and smokeless Rocket Heater for free and cook before sundown.

Google: Homemade MRE or Hikers MRE, or cold camp meals.

Conclusion: Determine how many of the high end meals you may need, then improvise your own for
the rest of your true MRE needs.