MRE or meal, ready to eat is a food supply. A single packet of MRE is made for an individual and the packaging is lightweight. It is basically a needy emergency. It is created by the US Government to provide food where it is not available. It is a military food and it is totally self-contained.
What is MRE?
The main purpose of MRE is to provide for the need. If a combat or war situation rises, then it will be used for the US Department of defense service members where there is no food available. MRE is created in 1980, inspired by MCI (Meal, Combat, Individual) and it is now the primary ration for the US.
MRE bag and contents
MRE is supplied in a bag and it is very lightweight. Currently, there are 24 different varieties of MREs. Generally an MRE contains entree – it is the main course like beef stew, spaghetti, side dishes like corn, rice, fruits, and mashed potatoes, cracker or bread, spread like peanut butter, jelly or cheese spread, desert like the cookies or the pound cakes, candy of m&ms, skittles and tootsie rolls, beverages like Gatorade drink mixes, cocoa, dairy shakes, coffee, tea, hot sauce in some Eversafe MREs, flameless ration heater to heat up the entree, accessories like spoon, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, chewing gum and tissue paper.
Each MRE provides 1200 calories and the 1/3rd portion of the need for military recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals, so basically, 3 MREs are needed for a single day. The military makes changes to the menu of MRE every year, so every year there is a new menu in the MRE packet but the main food elements stay same.
Nowadays everyone realizes the values of an MRE. The main reason to buy MRE is to provide foods for the military when a war or combat situation arises, it acts as an emergency. If there is any natural disaster happens then it can be used as emergency preparedness. There are several reasons to buy MREs. It contains all of the food ingredients so basically it has all the health benefits and it provides for the full day. After having MRE, an individual will be nutritionally enriched. Another reason is its time period. US Government takes great care in the quality of the packaging and due to the packaging, it lasts longer. In fact, it lasts years. The packaging is able to keep the item preserved for several years without losing any of its nutritional value. You can eat MRE of 2 or 3 years old without worrying. It is a great advantage for MRE.
The US Government doesn’t allow MREs to be sold in public. It is only meant for the military. However, you can buy civilian MREs over the military MREs.