MRE meals are an essential part of any preppers kit, but those new to MRE meals might not know how to correctly use them. All of these meals will come with instructions, but there are some things that can only be learned with experience. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that you can use if you are a beginner to help you use these meals correctly.
Get Your MRE Meals From A Good Source
When you look at buying MRE meals, you will notice that there are a number of suppliers. There are civilian MRE providers, such as Eversafe or XMRE, that sell directly to the public and there are sellers on websites such as eBay who sell ‘military’ MRE meals. Civilian MRE providers are the best for the individual because they are the ones that are legal. Military manufacturers are not legally allowed to sell directly to the public.
Additionally, the seller on auction sites like eBay could be selling stolen or recovered military MRE meals. An investigation into the meals on sale on the site found that many of them were stolen from military compounds and many others were recovered when they were discarded by the military as they had expired. You do not want to buy your MRE meal from a bad source because you will be putting your health at risk.
Know The Difference Between Civilian, Military and Military-Like MRE Meals
Knowing that you need to have a good supplier is important, but you also need to know more about what you are going to be buying. There are 4 common types of MRE meals that you will find advertised online. These are civilian, military, home-made and military-like MRE meals and all of them will be different.
The best would be the military MRE, but these are not legally available to the public and you should stay away from anyone who states that they are selling genuine military MRE meals. Civilian MRE meals are the best mass produced MRE that individuals can get and will be similar to the military ones. As the name suggests, home-made MRE meals will be bespoke and made by the person who is selling them. Military-like MRE meals are another form of home-made meals where components have been used to make a meal that is as close to the military MRE as possible.
Be Careful With The MRE Heater
When you use an MRE meal, you will generally be provided with a heater and instructions on how to use it. You should disregard these instructions because most of them will involve you placing the meal inside the heater bag. When you do this, you will generally have a slimy mess inside the heating bag at the end of the warming process. This is something that most people want to avoid because it is unpleasant to deal with.
There are a number of ways that experienced preppers heat their MRE meals. One of the easiest to use is to place water inside the heating bag instead of the meal. Once the water is in the bag, you can activate it and place your food items on the outside of the bag. This will limit the mess that you have to deal with once your meal is warm and could allow you to heat more than one item at a time.
Reuse The Bags
The bags that your meal and drink mix come in can be reused. This is something that you should do as it is not only good for the environment, it can also save you some effort. If you need any additional bags for socks or other small items, you can use the MRE meal bags. It is important to note that these bags are not going to be fully waterproof, but they will generally work well enough.
Having MRE meals is a good idea because they offer you the nutrients that you need when you are out and about. However, you need to ensure that you are getting the right MRE meal and that you are purchasing them from a reputable source. You also need to consider some tips that will help you use the MRE meals such as not putting the food into the heating bag.