Friday, December 10, 2021 by Divina Ramirez
Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE) is a complete, self-contained meal. It has been a staple military supply for decades. Unfortunately, MREs can be expensive if you have to buy enough for a large group. If you want to save money, you can make your own MREs using ingredients you already have at home.
An MRE usually has the following components:
Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories. More than half of those calories come from carbohydrates, at least 10 percent from protein and the rest is fat. A full day’s worth of meals consists of three MREs.
True to its name, an MRE can be consumed without cooking or heating. MREs are designed to have a shelf life of three years when stored at 80 F.
MREs are sometimes hard to come by. They can also cost you a large amount of money if you have to buy for a group. As such, many preppers choose to make their own MREs.
Preparation is key in choosing foods to put in your MRE. You shouldn’t choose foods that have to be cooked as you never know if you’ll have the time to cook over a fire. For this reason, ready-to-eat foods are the best options for a do-it-yourself MRE. Here are some options to consider when making your own MRE:
If you want healthier options, you can always make foods like granola bars and soup mixes yourself. Finally, don’t forget to pack your MRE with utensils, matches, disposable wipes and other non-edible items that will make it easier for you to dig into your MRE.
When assembling your MRE, group your items in such a way that you can have a complete meal for each pack. This means each pack should have foods with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Don’t forget your spices and non-food items. Put all the items in a Mylar bag and use a vacuum sealer to keep them fresh.
Consider adding the following foods to your MRE. These can be easily rehydrated with boiling water:
Save money when buying supplies for your survival stockpile by making your own tasty MREs.
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