When shopping for MREs, pay close attention to the MRE contents. Most importantly, you need to realize that you can purchase complete MRE meals, which will run you $6-$8, or you can buy the entree only, which will cost much less. Buying only the entree is a good option if you have a significant food storage and are able to suppliment the entree with other sides. The nice thing about buying the entire MRE meal is that you will have the peace of mind knowing that you are getting about 1/3 of your daily nutritional requirements in each meal.
When purchasing a complete MRE meal, you should find the following in each bag:
- Entree - the main course.
- Side dish - the fruit or vegetable.
- Bread-type item or crackers
- Any required spread such as jelly
- Miscellaneous items: spoon, salt, sugar, seasonings, etc.
It is also important to keep in mind that you may need to purchase ration heaters separately for your meals if you want them warmed up. These are relatively inexpensive as they are simply sleeves that you put your meal into that are heated by a chemical reaction that causes the heating pocket to warm up. This heating process is similar to hand and feet warmers that you can purchase in your local sporting goods store.
In summary, pay close attention to what you are buying. If you are getting an absolutely incredible deal on MREs, it may be because you are only purchasing the entrees.
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