MRE

What Are MRE’s And There Alternative

Many people have no clue about MRE’s  / Meals Ready to Eat. MRE’s are specially prepared meals that the military have been using for years and was introduced to the general public several years ago.  Each meal is developed to provide all the nutrients needed to survive but also be easy to transport while on the move. This is why the military still use these meals today for the military personal that out away on maneuvers.

MRE for backpacking or for survival food

MRE’s or other prepackaged meals come pretty much ready to eat, this makes very easy and ideal for many different uses. My family and I use these meals while we are out camping or backpacking out in the wilderness of northern Minnesota. These meals can be eaten cold right out of the package or they can be warmed over a camp fire or be heated by the MRE heater.

I was really introduced the MRE’s about ten plus years ago when Florida was hit with several hurricanes back to back and we had lost electric for over a two weeks. With the different varieties of meal options that MRE’s have one does not get sick of eating the same thing over and over again.

History of MRE’s

A little history on the MRE meals.  In 1963 the Department of Defense (DOD) knew that they needed to come out with a meal for soldiers that was better packaged and had more nutritional value then what the soldiers were carrying during World War II. So this was the beginning phases of experimenting with MRE’s. Then in 1966 the DOD came out with a dehydrated meal plan called LRP or Long Range Patrol Meals, this did not work out to well. In 1975 more work went into developing a dehydrated meal that was stored in plastic retort pouches which went into standard use in 1986 for the military.

Backpacking Meals

Now for me being an outdoor enthusiast I spend many days in the wilderness in the Boundary Water Canoe Area every year. I love the serenity of the outdoors

These options for food are great for backpacking and hiking expeditions.

and love being out in nature. I have found that the ready-made backpacking meals give me the nutrition and energy I need to make it through the days. Being that the food is

dehydrated the packets weigh very little and there is no cooking involved. Just heat some water on the campfire until it is boiling and add the water to the open packet. The meals that I prefer and all natural and contain no MSG Mono Sodium Glutamate which is a preservative that many people are allergic too.

 

Ideas For Food That Are Not Pre-Packaged

A lot of people that I come across while backpacking purchase food from the grocery store that is less expensive and can be lightweight and compact. Here are a few ideas of foods that are lightweight and compact that you may be interested in.

  • Instant oatmeal, comes in many varieties and just need to add hot water and mix to get a great tasting breakfast meal that can be ate at any time of the day.
  • Rice, can be a little heavy but it is easy to make and tasty
  • Pancakes, another meal that just needs hot water and cook over an open fire or camp stove.
  • Pasta, again just need boiling water. Instant spaghetti sauce is easy to make and taste great.
  • Dry soup mixes, a lot of varieties to choose from and just add hot boiling water.
  • Granola bars are easy to carry and gives you the protein to make it through the day on the trail.
  • Coffee packets, must have for the morning. Boil water and add coffee packet for a delicious morning pick me up.
  • Flavored water packets, when you are tired of drinking lake or river water these little packets come in handy for adding a little change in taste.

These are some ideas of food that you can store for when we run into a food shortage or for when a major storm hits and you cannot make it to the grocery store for a week or two. For my family we have about a months worth of food stored. Living in Florida you never know when mother nature may strike and we lose electricity or the roads are blocked and we cannot make it to the store. It has happened to me more than once and ‘I do not like being unprepared.

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle, Off The Grid, Urban Homesteader
Protein Powder Drink Mix Should Be On Every Preppers List

Protein Powder Drink Mix Should Be On Every Preppers List

Protein Powder Is Not Just For Bodybuilders Anymore.

The reason for this is that protein powder should be an essential product for all preppers to have in their storage room. Many of us store legumes, MRE’s, beans, milk, water and other forms of food, but many of us don’t think about storing protein powder.  

The benefits of protein powder.

A good protein shake made of protein powder is a great way to add protein and many vitamins and minerals to our diet. If you were to use a green super-food powder this also will add fruit and vegetables to your diet. A person needs to have plenty of protein in their diet in order to maintain body mass and strength. Ideally, a person should have about 15 grams of protein at the minimum. The protein that I use has about 25 grams because it is made up of eggs and dairy. Having enough protein in your diet will help many things like

  • Repair and build up muscle tissue
  • Heal the body of injuries
  • Gives a person long lasting stamina
  • Helps boost the immune system of our body to fight off illnesses

 

Our body is made up of about 45% protein, it can be found in our bones, muscle, hemoglobin and etc. Without a daily supply of protein our bodies will not function properly and we will start losing many bone density and muscle mass.

One of the better protein powders that I like to store is Whey Protein. Again many people think that only bodybuilders benefit from whey protein but in reality this protein is beneficial to almost anyone. For preppers whey protein is easy to store. Here are some reasons that I like whey protein over other forms of powdered drinks.

  • Whey protein is inexpensive and it has less additives than many other powders.
  • Great for reducing high blood pressure
  • Many studies have proven that whey protein can reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular issues.
  • Whey protein cleanses and removes waste products by maintaining renal filters through stimulating urination so wastes and toxins can be release in order to cut down the risk of bladder infections.
  • Whey protein is great for helping to regulate your digestive system and aids in reducing bloat and flatulence.
  • This protein is loaded with potassium which helps to offset much sodium in your system. By doing this it supports the elimination of excess fluids in your body.
  • By reducing blood pressure in your body this will cut down on you having a stroke.
  • Whey protein has been proven to have higher levels of antioxidant glutathione which is known to suppress the free radicals which often lead to cancer.


Ideal protein product for storage.

Our body needs daily protein intake in order to keep us healthy. Protein shakes can be made simply by adding the required amount of protein powder in a shaker bottle mixing and drinking, this is great especially if you have no electricity for a blender. The shelf life on most protein powders is twenty plus years as long as the seal on the container is left unopened.

What to look for in protein powder drinks.

When doing your own research on what protein powder to purchase for your storage supply here are some things to check out.

  • What sweetener is used, stay away from artificial sweeteners. Find one that has coconut or cane sugar or stevia.
  • Be careful if you are lactose intolerant of the type of protein that you purchase. Some protein drinks can taste terrible. Try a few out before purchasing large quantities for storage.
  • Check the ingredients. Some drinks and powders may have a lot of artificial ingredients, stay away from anything that you do not know what it is.
  • Purchase some unflavored protein, this is a good addition to meals like cream soups, pasta dishes, potatoes, and any dishes that have sauces.

Conclusion

Have you thought of adding protein powder to your food storage list? If this is not part of your stored products you may want to consider picking up some containers of protein, I feel that you cannot have too much protein on hand for an emergency.

Posted by Tom in Off The Grid
MRE Food For Disaster’s or Emergency’s

MRE Food For Disaster’s or Emergency’s

MRE Food For Disaster’s or Emergency’s

Have you ever had a situation when you wished you had some MRE‘s (Meals Ready To Eat) on hand? Personally I have had three times when I was glad to have MRE’s so we did not have to go hungry. One of the times was about 20 years back when a tornado went through our town and had no electricity and there was so much damage that we could not leave the neighborhood to go to the store. Luckily I had my family prepared with MRE’s and stored water, our neighbors were not prepared but I had plenty on hand to help them out.

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What is an MRE?

MRE’s are self-contained meal that come pre-packaged including a way to heat the food. These meals are great to have on hand for any emergency. They offer you a warm meal which is packed with all the nutrients your body needs during an emergency or disaster. MRE’s were founded by the military many years ago and today many people use them for camping, backpacking, outdoor enthusiast, and preppers. The nice thing about MRE’s is they are easy to store, convenient to keep in a closet or basement, and will last for many years stored. There are other options on the market that you can pick up from any sporting goods store or off the internet.

Why Should I Have MRE’s?

A person does not have to be a doomsday survivalist in order to be prepared for disasters. When we were hit by tornado’s back in 1990 I was not a doomsday prepper but I kept food and water on hand knowing from my upbringing to always be prepared for storms or any other kind of natural disaster. Now living in Florida every year we have roughly six months when we could be hit by a hurricane and since we live close to the coast tornado’s or water spouts can pop up at a minuets notice. In Florida or along any coast people need to have food and water stored for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornado’s.

Having canned food on hand is great to do but canned food is bulky and can take a lot of room in your storage area. MRE’s are easy to store and the packages are easy to grab and go if you need to back pack out of an area or carry in a car or take in your bug out bag.

Nutritional Value of MRE’s

The nutritional value of these meals vary from 1200 to 2000 calories per day, it just depends on the ones that you purchase. Most MRE’s come with eating utensils and when opened a heat pack is activated to warm up your pre-cooked meal. This is nice so you do not have to start a fire or have a camp stove to heat up your food. Some meals do require water, so make sure that you have fresh drinking water on hand.

Be Prepared

Always be prepared for an emergency or disaster. When we were hit by a tornado we lived in the Midwest, now we live in Florida. It does not matter where you live, you could have a disaster happen at any time. Having food and water on hand for a week or longer is the key to surviving. MRE’s is a good way to begin to your preparations for any emergency or any catastrophe.

Related Links:

MRE Shelf Life

MRE Information

History of MRE’s

Posted by Tom in Off The Grid