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What is MRE or Meal ready to eat?

By kenneth casquejo February 10, 2020

What is MRE or Meal ready to eat ?

Answers to common questions

What is an MRE?

A precooked meal designed for the Army (now used by other services) to give a Ready to Eat Meal for Soldiers in the field. They usually have a main meal (called MRE Entree) and can be eaten hot or cold. Some are self heating.

They are designed for long shelf life (up to 3 years in ideal conditions). Sometimes they are also called MRE, M R E, or Meal Ready to Eat.

MRE's have been adopted by people wishing to have emergency supplies for their home. Prepping for emergencies has become a major movement towards self reliance in the US and worldwide.

What is in an MRE?

MRE Meals include an entrée, bread item, spread, snack, dessert, beverage and an accessory kit including instant coffee, non-dairy creamer, spoon, napkin, condiment kit, and moist towelette and an optional flameless ration heater (FRH)

The average meals ready to eat or MRE contains the following food items:

  • Entree – This is the main course which is beef stew, spaghetti, or any other items depending on the brand of the MRE.
  • Bread or cracker
  • Side dish – Mashed potatoes, corn, rice, or fruits
  • Dessert – Pound cakes or cookies
  • Spread – Cheese spread, jelly or butter
  • Candy – Skittles, M&Ms, or Tootsie Rolls
  • Hot Sauce or seasoning – Some MRE pouches have these items
  • Beverages – Dairy shakes, Tea, cocoa, coffee, or Gatorade-like mixes
  • FRH or flameless ration heater to heat the meal
  • Accessories – Sugar, creamer, spoon, salt, pepper, matches, chewing gum, and toilet papers

Can Civilians Buy MREs?

MySurvivalPrep uses the same manufacturer that supplies the Military, although these MRE’s are made specifically for the Civilian market. Buying the Civilian MRE’s means that you receive freshly made MRE’s that have been made to Military standards. The buyer can be sure that the mre's have been stored correctly from the start.

While it is possible to buy ex-Military Rations the conditions that they were stored under may severely reduce their shelf life and they may be unsafe or poor quality when you need them. The Military considers selling of Military rations to be illegal.

How can you use an MRE?

M R E is the easiest to make meal. Simply remove the pouch, open and eat. They, of course, are nicer to eat when they are warm.

Warming can be done with the FRH (Flameless ration heater) or simple placing the Entrée in warm/hot water for 5 minutes. Care should be taken when opening and eating as the pack can get really hot.  

Each Pack has approximately 1300-1500 Calories per pack.- Enough to supply a full meal.


How many MRE’s are in a case?

They can usually be purchased in a case of 12 or 6 Packs per Case. Varieties will vary per Case, Beef, Pork, Tuna, Chicken or vegetarian mre options are available.

Halal and Kosher certificates are available, where applicable.

These cases can also be purchased individually or up to Pallet quantities of 36 Cases. They also come with or without a flameless heating system.

Discounts apply Product bundles make the MRE’s even better value, combining your essentials to make prepping easier.

Order over $200 have free delivery.

Mutli-case discounts apply also.


How are MRE stored?

MRE’s are designed to have a long shelf life. Under ideal conditions they should last up to 3 years. They should be stored at 70°F (21°C) in a dry place where possible. The storage should also protect against direct sunlight, Animal or Chemical or other contaminants.

The packs are highly durable as they were designed to airdropped to troops on the ground. The cases are also sturdy enough to allow for stacking for easy storage.


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