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Old 03-11-2016, 08:23 AM   #1
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MRE's - good? bad? OK?

I am considering buying some MRE's for our next trip. There will be some long days on the road, so it would be nice to make the rest of it as easy as possible.

I had some way, way back, but that does not help me these days. I might as well throw them in my shopping basket randomly, from what I know. Are there any flavors, ingredients or types to avoid?

Thanks for ideas or tips.
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Old 03-11-2016, 08:32 AM   #2
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There's so many choices. If you need to be careful of the additives, please read the ingredients. Lots are full of sodium, MSG, etc.


Have you considered freezing food and packing with dry ice in a cooler? How many days are you needing this solution?
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:23 AM   #3
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Too bulky and expensive for my taste.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:30 AM   #4
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Ok, I give. What is it?
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:32 AM   #5
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... If you need to be careful of the additives, please read the ingredients. Lots are full of sodium, MSG, etc....
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Right on.. I investigated some pre-packaged foods that would last well past the zombie Apocalypse and found they had so much sodium that, with my high blood pressure, they might kill me faster than the zombies.

I like the idea of have some supplies on hand with an almost infinite shelf life, but the sodium was too much. Of course many other long shelf life foods such as canned soup are not much better.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:33 AM   #6
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Meals Ready to Eat - MREs - military meals - today's modern k-rations.
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:48 AM   #7
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They make some pretty good MRE's now, Mountain Home comes to mind. BUT...as mentioned, often high in sodium.

Here's a suggestion for a somewhat healthier alternative...check your local Craigslist for someone selling their extra Neutrisystem shelf stable meals. Lower sodium, calories and fats. Most things taste decent to great. Maybe a smaller meal than you're used to, but with a salad and/or veggies, quite a good meal. If you're thinking....YUCK Diet food!...and want to "test drive" the food, you can pick up a one week sample at Walmart. Pricier than buying off Craigslist, though. Jenny Craig would also be a choice, but I haven't seen them for sale on Craigslist.

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Hoo-boy. I had to eat these at one point in my career - both the old and the new, "state of the art" ones. The main advantages were, they were compact, light weight, and didn't require refrigeration. The main disadvantages are that they only vaguely resemble the food you might prepare yourself, and still require some preparation (heating). The list of ingredients is pretty scary and they're not cheap. In a national emergency they might keep you alive. Otherwise I'd do anything else.

Thought of going mostly vegetarian for your travel days?
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Forgot to say, you DO need a microwave or oven for most meals. Buying off Craigslaist is cheaper than MRE's.

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My suggestion would be to contact someone you know who is in the Guard or Reserve who has dined on MREs recently. It's been several years for me so my opinion might not be valid as contents may have changed. 10 years ago, my favorite was beef and noodles. They are pricy when bought at surplus stores, I agree. We used to get them for Scouts as a "treat" lunch from people with "connections".
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Sams Club has some MRE like meals called HeaterMeals EX that say they have a 3 to 5 year shelf life. Not sure if they are any good as I never tried them but the sodium in the various meals vary from 440 mg up to 710 mg depending on the meal.
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Ok thanks. They seem a bit pricy as well
I usually precook several meals at home and bring with me either in tupperware or freezer bags and just heat um up or nuke um in the microwave.
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Don't know about what other peoples' experience with them are, but for me during my military service times, MRE's always gave me the runs. FWIW.
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Old 03-11-2016, 10:24 AM   #14
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MREs, I just checked the prices on base at the commissary the other day. The cost is $100.00 for a case of 12. You can buy them individually for a little over $8.00. You do not need a microwave or an oven for any of them. They come with a little heating packet that works fine. Of course an oven or microwave is much easier. As for flavor, a couple are okay, most are good, and some are great. The Chicken Fajita meal is super. The upside of MREs are many the downsize are few. As for the sodium issue, you don't have to bring salt with you.
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