Friday, October 3, 2008

Preppin 101: Long Term Food Storage - MREs

MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) were originally designed for use by our military and can play a vital part in your Long Term Food Storage if you properly understand their use and purpose. They were meant to serve the nutrtional needs of soldiers in the field and their original use was intended for a period of approximately 10 days as a substitute for traditional meals. Although they have been used many times for extended periods of up to 30 days or more, the actual consumption of all foodstuffs in the MREs falls off dramatically with repeated consumption periods longer than a week to 10 days.

MREs provide an average of about 1,250 calories (13% protein, 36% fat, and 51% carbohydrates). This is a third of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day of meals consisting of three MREs would give you a total caloric intake of approximately 3,750 calories. This is well in excess of civilian dietary requirements that estimate the need for approximately 2,400 calories per day. This increased calorie amount is directly related to the increase needs of rigorous physical activity.

One of the most definitive websites for information on MREs can be found here:

You can read about the history of MREs here:

You can read about buying MREs here:

The final decision as to whether or not to include MREs in your food storage plans should be made only after you understand what they are and their intended purpose.

Staying above the water line!



Natog said...

Great thing to store, but I cannot stand the taste of them. I personally prefer the dehydrated "hiking" pouches, but YMMV.

You can make your own MRE's easy enough. Instant soups, hot chocolate, etc. but you cannot beat the convenience of the MRE.

The peanut butter spread tastes nothing like peanuts, but it's good once you get used to it.

Staying Alive said...

I don't have an MRE in the house and probably never will. Like KaiservonTexas was saying this morning, you can beat the price and the taste at the supermarket. Screw the fedgov meals!


gott_cha said...

they be ok for a backup to a backup.

Keep on bloggin bro,..I know you dont get lots of comments on your preppin posts but folks are reading them.

Im above the water-line

riverwalker said...

To: natog

I personally consider MREs a last resort. I like the portability in case of an emergency.


riverwalker said...

To: michael

I make my own MRE type meals but as a last resort any type of food will come in handy. I generally plan to use them as barter since the sheeple are used to them being handed out at the shelters whenever they get "rescued" because they didn't prepare.


riverwalker said...

To: gott_cha

I get a lot of traffic and realize that a lot of people don't have the extra time to comment and that's OK. If just one person is better prepared as a result of something I've written it will all be worth the time and effort.

Case in point: A couple of weeks ago I had almost 16,000 hits on my site in one day and had trouble getting on my own site. Granted this doesn't happen evryday but sometimes you hit it just right and get everybody's attention.


scoutinlife said...

I don't mind them at all have a case in storage for emergency.... Keep a couple MRE's in the truck for emergency as well. I ate them for a few years once upon a time meals on wheels by Uncle Sam!

riverwalker said...

To: scoutinlife

I yhink they're great for emergency situations especially if no power of fire is out of the question (security, restrictions, etc.). I plan to use most of mine for barter or trade.


Grumpyunk said...

I have a few around in the 2 vehicles for an emergency. Ate a shit load of them while in the Army and didn't mind 'em to bad. Wouldn't want to rely on them for my only eats though.

Enjoy your posts here, RW.

The wife and I are returning to our roots and working on our self sufficiency, but we are way behind on preps at this point. The good news is that we both are already schooled in most of what we need to know and have a lot of the tools already. You, Michael and a few others have been very good in helping us focus on what and where we need to focus on, so keep up the good work and thanks.

riverwalker said...

To: grumpunk

Thanks. I'm glad you enjoy my posts. A lot of it is the same old stuff that's been around a while but a reminder or two always helps.

Yeah! Michael's the best! Always calls it like he sees it and usually hits the nail on the head.


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