MRE meals, when it pays to be prepared

by admin on October 30, 2009

In 1975, MRE Meals were adopted as the Department of Defense military ration packs. MRE survival food is a complete totally self-contained meal package. The packaging is designed to withstand exposure to any weather conditions. Inside each case are twelve ration packs that include main entrees as well as a variety of other foods, and beverages.

Ameriqual, Wornick, and MREStar are a few of the trusted names of emergency food manufacturers. These are all American companies who have been in the business of providing ready to eat survival foods for decades. The factories are FDA approved and USDA inspected following strict guidelines to meet the highest quality standards and sanitation regulations.

The MRE meals in the Sopakco 12 ration pack are ready to eat, and do not require water added to the survival meals. The food for survival is packaged in vacuum-sealed bags, and pre-cooked in huge pressure-cookers by the manufacturer. Ration packs are fully cooked and can be eaten immediately.

There is a main entrée, vegetable side dish, cracker or bread with spread such as cheese, peanut butter, and jelly. Dessert choices included in the vacuum-sealed pouches are cookies, cakes, and candy. Beverage choices are powder drinks, cocoa, coffee, and tea. Flameless ration heaters are included in some MRE meals. Accessories included with the emergency food are a utensil, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, chewing gum, and toilet paper.

I did promise to divulge the least favorite dish served in MRE meals voted on by consumers. It would have to be the veggie omelet that has received the most thumbs down. Military ready to eat foods and freeze-dried food are a great choice for disaster relief, camping, hunting, hiking, boating, and other outdoor activities where cooking facilities are not available.

MRE foods provide an average of 1,250 calories and protein, fat, and carbohydrates making up one third of the recommended daily allowance of essential minerals and vitamins. The military meals ready to eat can be consumed without aid of cooking or heating. Just add water to the drink mixes.

It is safe to eat the entrees and side dishes cold or you can heat the survival food with the included ration heater or by boiling in water. MRE meals are designed to have a shelf life of three years when stored properly. Storage times can be shortened or extended depending on the storage room temperatures. It pays to be prepared!

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