How to Prepare Your Own Homemade MRE

Peter Stec
February 28, 2020

The world is a scary place to live in right now; natural disasters are happening left and right. Wars are almost commonplace, and global financial networks are on the verge of collapse. If you want to survive the anarchy resulting from these disasters, then you need to prepare for them while you still can; and one of the most important things that you need to take into consideration is your emergency food supply. In this article, you will learn how to make homemade MRE (meals ready to eat) ideas so that you and your family can somehow ensure your survival.

MREs were popularized by the armed forces. These are light, portable meal packets that they can bring into the battlefield; just add hot water, and you can start eating right away. These days, military-grade MRE are being sold in online prepper stores, but they are quite expensive. Fortunately, you can actually create your own version of MREs in your own kitchen. To help get you started on your preparations, here are some homemade MRE ideas that you can try.

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What Ingredients Can You Use?

To create an MRE, you need to choose foods that are easy to cook and already dehydrated (to make them last for a long time) so that you only need to add some hot water to get them ready. Some great ingredients that you can use are instant noodles, some chicken soup base, freeze-dried chicken, dried vegetables like onions, celery, carrots, maybe even some parsley, and you have yourself a very warming chicken soup.

If you want something that is light and easy to carry around in case you need to bug out of your home, then some instant oatmeal, raisins and some other dried fruits, and some trail mix. An MRE does not necessarily need to be delicious, but if you want a big boost in your morale while you are waiting out the disaster outside, then you might as well pack some things that you will enjoy like beef jerky, some preppers. You can even pack some candy in their MRE so that they can have some dessert after their meals. Preparing an MRE takes more than just knowing how much calories you can get from the food, you also have to use your imagination so that you can make every meal as enjoyable as possible.

Preparing the MRE

Once you have all the ingredients that you need, the next thing that you need to do is actually assemble each individual MRE. It is advised that you invest in a good vacuum sealing machine so that you can maintain the freshness of your food, but if you cannot get your hands on them, using Ziploc bags are fine. Just make sure to squeeze out as much of the air from inside the bags as possible.

You should portion out your ingredients; just enough for a light meal will be fine. You should never have a large meal when you are in a survival situation because it will make your movements sluggish. Create meals that are just enough to settle your stomach and give you energy to move on. This will also help ensure that your food supplies can last for as long as possible.

In Closing…

Having an ample supply of MREs does not just increase your chances of survival in case the unthinkable happens. They are actually morale-boosters that can really lift anyone’s spirits when things may seem bleak. So, when creating your homemade MRE meals, make sure that besides nutritional value, you should also take taste and comfort into account. Surviving is hard enough, why make it harder on yourself by eating tasteless food? Check out the best mre meals such as machete, balisong knife, and multitool.

About The Author
Hey Knife Up gang! I'm Pete, and I'm just another man like you in a small rural town who loves the outdoors as much as the other million internet users that cruise sites like every day. The difference is that I like to share what I know and research what I don't totally know so that YOU can have all the info you need to feel confident and prepared for all things outdoors-related! And, for those who care, I have 42 years of wilderness canoeing and bushcraft experience in Northern Ontario and spend most of my Summers covered in mosquitos and fish slime, but hey, it's a lifestyle choice, eh?

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