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What is MRE or Meal ready to eat?

By Lee Moulton 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 5 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 Star Full Meals include an entrée, starch (crackers or tortilla), dessert, candy, instant coffee, a flavoured drink, pouch of water, and utensils. Some Cases will include the FRH - Flameless ration heater also.


Each Single Complete MRE Meal contains:

  1. Main Entrée
  2. Starch (Military Crackers [2] or Flour Tortillas [2] or Other)
  3. Snack (Corn Nuts or Nut and Raisin Mix or Dry Fruit Mix or Other)
  4. Dessert (Sugar Cookies [4] or Oatmeal Cookies [4] or Other)
  5. Drink Mix (Fruit Flavored from 5 varieties)
  6. Spoon
  7. Napkin
  8. Wet Nap
  9. Coffee
  10. Sugar
  11. Non-Dairy Creamer
  12. Salt
  13. Pepper
  14. Candy
  15. Hot Sauce


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 1200 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 Packs per Case. Varieties will vary per Case, Beef, Chicken, Pork and Vegetarian or Vegetarian M R E or Gluten Free MREs 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.

How much is an MRE?

MRESTAR MRE M-018 Full Case (without Heaters) at $89.95 + delivery

MRE STAR MRE M-018H Full Case (with Heaters) at $98.95 +delivery

MRE STAR MRE Vegetarian (with Heaters) M-018HV (with Heater) at $98.95 +delivery

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 5 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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