Everything You Have Ever Wanted To Know About MREs

Have you ever wondered what you would do in the case of a natural or military disaster? You know you might be able to go a few days without food and water, but what happens after that? What do you do when there is no longer a local grocery store to support on for your daily needs. Hopefully, you have some emergency supplies stocked away. However, dehydration can begin in just a few hours on the hottest of day. What are you going to do and what will you be able to do for your loved ones? You may not even be in the best of physical or mental conditions to get what you need. In times like this, you are going to have to begin looking at life from a more militaristic approach.

Consider back to how things were for the troops during the Revolutionary War. As you know, they had things very hard, many times they were near death. However, they would usually have some type of food rations to help get them through the day. Typically, these rations consisted of some form of protein, grain, and vegetable. As we progressed and entered into the Civil War, these rations were handed out in the form of canned goods. With World War I, troops would be given dried foods as they remained on the front lines. However, the country switched back to a canned good ration at the end of the war. The use of canned good rations would continue for troops well into the Vietnam War. However, in 1963, the Department of Defense introduced MREs or Meals Ready To Eat. However, these rations were not enjoyed by anyone in the service and soon took on more derogatory names such as "Meals Rejected by Everyone" and Meals Rarely Edible". In fact, they were so bad, the troops were beginning to suffer various nutrition problems as well as loss of alertness. If you have ever heard of those stories, more than likely you would have no desire to fill your emergency supply with these MREs.

However, it is with great happiness to know that MREs have improved greatly since the early '60s. In fact, you would hear very little bad being said about MREs by today's military. In fact, they are more like a normal meal, then you would think. However, to be honest, they are never going to compare to a real home cooked meal. However, when you are looking at a military option, it is always going to be weighed down by the cost of having to feed an army. This generally causes for a less than superior product. 

With this in mind, many people think that they can find a better option than the military grade MRE. However, this is not the case and in fact, you might just find something that is of worse quality. Thankfully, there are some very good options available for families and individuals who want to ensure their survival. These MREs not only taste pretty good they are healthy and nutritious.

When you are thinking about adding MREs to your emergency survival box, you are going to want to think of a few things. For example, would you prefer your MREs to be designed by the military, private companies, or emergency personal? Consider who is going to offer up the best tasting MREs for your needs. Hopefully, this is not going to have to be something you live off for years, but for the time being, you would want to try and make things as comfortable as possible. So it is best to try and get the best tasting meals. 

As you look for MREs you are going to find a wide variety of options, there are cheap, military, and high-quality options. Most of these options are all going to deliver something that tastes reasonably well. It goes without saying that they are all much better than the MREs of the past! They are all going to taste decent and provide you and your family the nutritional value that is needed. It is up to you to choose what is going to be best for you. It comes down to whether you want to force a meal down during the worst of times or have something enjoyable.