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Military Ready to Eat Meals
MRE's are Wet-Packed Making Them Heavy
Since military ready to eat meals are not dehydrated or freeze-dried, but are wet-packed, they can be eaten cold or hot. As such, most MREs would include a flameless ration heater as part of the boxed meal ration. Finally there would be meal accessories such as: a spoon, matches, sugar, salt, coffee creamer, chewing gum and a small packet of toilet paper. All of these things increase the weight of a single meal.
The Military ready to eat meals have undergone about 70 different changes in the 30+ years since they were first introduced. There are now 24 different entrees, instead of the original 9, most of which have been replaced with better tasting meals. Freeze-dried coffee has replaced the weak and tasteless instant coffee powder. Field use during Desert Storm resulted in further improvements including a bread with a longer shelf-life, a chocolate that wouldnt melt in desert heat and even biodegradable spoons to help protect the environment.
Freeze-Dried Meals are Lightweight and Have More Variety
In the 30+ years since the first MREs appeared there have been some civilian MREs developed to handle the demand for a similar long-term emergency and backpacking food. For the most part the effort has been unsuccessful, with companies coming and going and then coming back again and then going again.
One company that has not attempted to reinvent the wheel is Mountain House. Instead of putting together an MRE-wannabe entrée package, they have freeze-dried meals that are tastier, weigh less, take up less space, and have a longer shelf life. They also have developed a wider variety of meals and packaging making the Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals the perfect emergency and long-term storage food.
Beware of Buying Old or Illegal MRE's
Recently the DOD has begun cracking down on the illegal sale of Military ready to eat meals. They are now labeled not for commercial sale, making it illegal to sell them. Often if you find MREs they are black market, having been discarded by the military as no longer edible. Therefore if you purchase them for your long-term food storage program you could be taking a real risk with your familys health and survival.
So, if you are looking for a long-term food storage solution that is both cost-effective and proven to last for decades, then you dont need to look any further. Mountain House Freeze Dried Meals are the perfect option and legal alternative to Military ready to eat meals.