MRE’s versus Freeze-Dried Foods
Can’t decide whether to stock up on MRE’s or dried foodstuffs? If you are going to start prepping this 2019, chances are you’ll be surprised to find plenty of non-perishable foodstuffs made exactly for that. Before prepping became a thing, folks have to make do with dried foodstuffs and fermented items. Today, you can find a wide variety food for various survival scenarios.
Freeze-Dried Food for Prepping.
Dried food keeps well for a very long time so they are often used for emergency food supplies. Many foods can be dried and preserved. You can also make them at home, making dried foods the go-to stuff. A lot of dried items are made with freeze drying process, which are frozen and then vacuum dried, removing almost all water from the food and preserving it. To make freeze-dried food edible, you just have to add in water.
The problem with dried food is that they have to be protected from moisture and direct sunlight, which can be an issue for scenarios such as sudden inclement weather. In case of freeze-dried food, you need to store additional water, which takes up space and reduce your already limited drinking supplies.
However, many dried foods are still good to eat. Make sure to stock up on staples such as dried grains (pasta, noodles, rice, or quinoa), beef jerky, rusks, dried cod, prunes, raisins, figs, dates, edible mushrooms, and beans. Items like powdered eggs, dried spices, milk powder, cheese, chili powder, tea, dried fruit (apples, apricots, bananas), sugar, and coffee will add life and taste to your everyday meals.
Just remember to keep dried foodstuff away from water and moisture to keep them edible for a long time. Storing them in a cool place or freezer is even better since cold air is dry. If possible, keep them in airtight containers. To reduce contamination, do store dried items in small batches or individual servings.
Why MRE’s is the ultimate survival food?
MRE’s are probably the best customized food in emergency situations. They are made to be easily prepared and eaten without cooking. It does not require refrigeration, and can be stored in bulk without spoiling for years. Each pack is dense in calories, so you will have more energy to work harder and do more things.
Because they are made for soldiers in combat situations, MRE’s are practical and nourishing. They are sold in sealed packs, so there is no need to keep them in waterproof containers. There is no need to cook them beforehand, so MRE’s are ideal for emergencies.
Like dried food, MRE’s can be kept for a long, long time. High-quality MRE’s lasts up to 5 years, giving you a ready source of food in case of emergencies. With heaters that come with MRE’s, you and your family can enjoy hot meals any time.
Make Sure to Stock Up This Year!
There is a good reason to stock up. The year 2019 is marked by extreme weather conditions, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The forecast by AccuWeather predicts ‘near- to slightly-above normal’ Atlantic hurricanes this year, with two to four are forecast to become major hurricanes. Disasters strike unexpectedly, so it pays to be ready. Having an adequate food supply removes a lot of stress so you can focus on things like shelter, clothing, or water. Your supplies should last around two to three days or more, until utility services return to normal.
It is easy to know how many MRE’s to stock. According to the U.S Army website, each MRE serving packs 1,250 calories so a full meal for a day will need three MRE’s. So, 36 MRE’s are enough to last for a three-day emergency for a family of four.
The good thing about MRE’s is that it requires little preparation prior to consumption, unlike most dried items. Aside from MRE’s, do stock up on your choice of non-perishable food items. To improve palatability of your stockpile, do stock up on spices, condiments, salt, and hard cheeses.
Each family has their own favorites. You’ll be surprised to find that some MRE’s have well-liked items. Tasty dishes like cheese tortellini with marinara sauce, beef stew with potatoes, chicken curry with rice, New Orleans gumbo, and BBQ chicken are found in premium quality MRE’s.