Behind shelter and water, food is likely the third most important problem to consider when thinking about survival. It’s a good idea to have extra stocked up in case disaster strikes. However, not all food is created equal.
Canned foods are a great way to provide yourself with food for a few days or weeks, possibly months. However, they require a bit of space and can be bulky; for these reasons they’re not ideal for bugging out. There is an alternative to canned or preserved foods, and that’s MREs.
MRE stands for “Meal, Ready-to-Eat,” and it’s what the military and federal disaster agencies, along with many others, use to feed people. While you can buy MREs online or from a store, they tend to be a little expensive and don’t always taste that great. What better way to save money than to do it yourself? That’s right, you can make your own personalized MREs. You can create them as simple or elaborate as you would like — and you can put together foods that you’ll actually enjoy.
Ramen noodles and rice are a good start; all you need to cook them is hot water. Find other quick and easy foods you can add to create full meals, but make sure they’ll store well without taking up too much room. Ideally, each meal should contain 1200 calories. Place the processed food into a sealable plastic bag, preferably one that vacuum-seals. Make sure to keep your foods up to date; just because MREs can last for at least a year doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep track of them.
MREs are a great way to stock up on a long-term supply of food as they require little space and have an extensive shelf life. MREs also don’t weigh nearly as much as a can of food, making them easy to carry in your bug-out bag. However, each food type has its advantages and disadvantages. Dried food and canned food both are great, but which is best for you? Check out this article to find out!
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