Make Your Own MREs And Save Thousands!
First off, what is an MRE? Here’s how Survival Life describes them:
“The Meal Ready-to-Eat – commonly known as the MRE (as shown below) – is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the United States military for its service members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available.”
A lot of people, me included, are poor preppers and let’s face it, prepping can cost a lot of money, and while you can buy MREs commercially, that can get expensive. The folks at Survival Life have put together a post on how to make your own MRE’s.
If you’re like me, I like step by step guides on what to get and exactly how to do it. The biggest expense you’ll have here, and it’s a one-off, is the vacuum sealer. The other things you can buy a few at a time and spread the costs. If you really want to scrimp, I’ve read you can reuse potato chip bags as Mylar bags and reseal them.
If you plan on making a lot of these and store them long-term, I suggest getting some 5 gallon, food grade, plastic buckets. You can add a few oxygen absorbent to them for added protection.
You could also add dried cereal and powdered milk to the list. Just keep them in small separate bags and then seal in one larger Mylar bag. When you’re ready, just add water!
Also, do some research on what you CAN’T store so you don’t waste money and food you may be counting on. For example, you can’t store nuts for very long as they contain oils that can go rancid.
Survival Life’s post is pretty good guide to get you started and you can get creative to expand your options.
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