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Meals Ready to Eat - MREs

What is an MRE?

Meals Ready to Eat – MREs – were initially created to feed soldiers in the field and on the move. They are fully-cooked kits of great tasting and hearty meals. MREs can be eaten without any cooking needed. When an emergency happens you often have little or no way to cook things. Meals Ready to Eat are complete meals and have a 5 year shelf life. They come with a flameless ration meal heater that only takes a few ounces of water to activate.  You have a hot meal in minutes. Great for hunting, camping, emergency response, in disaster zones, and for organizational command centres.

Do I Need Potable Water to Heat an MRE?

The food inside an MRE is well sealed in specially designed, robust packaging, ensuring that the included flameless meal heater does not touch the food. As a result, you can use any water you have to hand, including snow, and it does not need to be drinking water. Please note that potable water is required for the drink mixes.

The Shelf Life of MREs

One of the key benefits of MREs is their long shelf life. MREs are designed to last for up to 5 years at a cool, dry temperature.

The long shelf life of MREs is due to a number of factors, including their packaging and the processing techniques used to create them. MREs are vacuum-sealed in durable packaging, which helps to prevent the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause food spoilage.

However, it is important to note that the quality and nutritional content of MREs can degrade after the 5 year shelf life or if stored in hot temperatures. As MREs age, the food may not be as palatable as it was when it was freshly made, and the nutritional content may decrease. It is also possible that the packaging of the MREs may become damaged over time, which can compromise the quality and safety of the food. This is why Total Prepare recommends replacing meals that are coming up to their 5 year life.

Click here for an infographic with more information on MREs!

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