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MRE's, Civilian Food Rations: Complete (Meals-Ready-to-Eat)


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MRE’s commonly known as U.S. Military field Rations and Meals Ready to Eat. MRE’s are now available to the civilian population. Mre’s are a self-contained fully prepared meal complete with entrée, side dish, drink mix, condiments, spread, crackers, desert, and accessory pack. “MRE's” “Meals Ready to Eat” require no cooking or water and can be eaten hot or cold. They have an amazing shelf life of 5-7 years (depending on storage temperature, it can be up to 12 years). Store them for emergencies, take them camping, hunting, canoeing, hiking and more! MRE’s are an excellent disaster relief solution when normal food service facilities are not available. MRE’s are a great food source for fire departments, FEMA, local emergency management agencies, american red cross and the civilian population, they provide a fast, safe and easy way to eat a meal anytime, anywhere!


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MRE's (which are pronounced as separate letters M,R,E's) are ready-to-eat meal kits. The name MRE comes from their military description Meals, Ready-to-Eat. Your SOPAKCO MRE's contain many of the same components found in the meal bags of the U.S. fighting forces. Developed for U.S. soldiers in field combat conditions, these meals are already cooked and moist. No finding water, boiling water or waiting for re-hydration. Great tasting, long shelf life and always in high demand and short supply whenever disaster strikes MREs are a good choice for food meals ready to eat.

Modern battlefield requirements demand ration support systems that adequately provide for the needs of the individual combatant in extremely intense and highly mobile combat situations. The standard military ration for the individual warfighter is the MRE which replaced the Meal, Combat Individual (C Ration) in the early 1980's. The MRE must maintain high quality for three years at 80 degrees F and six months at 100 degrees F, be highly acceptable, and meet the Office of The Surgeon General's nutritional requirements (AR40-25). In addition, MRE packaging must meet stringent durability requirements (to include airdrop, rough handling and temperature extremes).

The saying, "An army travels on its stomach" is one of those brilliant, concise statements of fact that sums up the nature of the universe. Without food, any human being is an unhappy animal. A soldier is a human on the move and under a lot of stress, so food is vitally important to performance and survival.

Food is the human body's source of fuel. Food also provides the building blocks for the body's natural repair and maintenance processes. And there is also a very strong psychological component to food. Bad food, even if it is nutritious, does not satisfy people, and in many cases people will not eat it. Otherwise we would all be happy eating dry kibble like dogs do. Tasty, healthy, nutritious food is essential to human happiness.

Given these facts, it is not surprising that the U.S. military spends an inordinate amount of time and effort supplying food to its troops. Food for the soldiers is just as essential as fuel for the vehicles and ammunition for the weapons. Right on the packaging, military meals state that, "Restriction of food and nutrients leads to rapid weight loss, which leads to: Loss of strength, Decreased endurance, Loss of motivation, Decreased mental alertness." Obviously food is extremely important to human performance.

MRE’s commonly known as U.S. Military field Rations and Meals Ready to Eat. MRE’s are now available to the civilian population. Mre’s are a self-contained fully prepared meal complete with entrée, side dish, drink mix, condiments, spread, crackers, desert, and accessory pack. “MRE's” “Meals Ready to Eat” require no cooking or water and can be eaten hot or cold. They have an amazing shelf life of 5-7 years (depending on storage temperature, it can be up to 12 years). Store them for emergencies, take them camping, hunting, canoeing, hiking and more! MRE’s are an excellent disaster relief solution when normal food service facilities are not available. MRE’s are a great food source for fire departments, FEMA, local emergency management agencies, american red cross and the civilian population, they provide a fast, safe and easy way to eat a meal anytime, anywhere!

MRE’s were originally developed for the U. S. Military and are now used worldwide as field meals for troops. Made for all weather conditions. Everything you need for a complete meal is contained within a heavy plastic sealed waterproof bag. No refrigeration, no cooking, no water and no preparation is needed. Each entree is pre-cooked and ready-to-eat at a moments notice, hot or cold and they’re delicious too! The secret of these meals long shelf life is that they are cooked in a flexible triple-layered, sealed foil pouch, which locks the foods natural flavors and nutrients in for 5 to 7 years or more when stored at room temperature. The outer tough polyester pouch protects against moisture, light and oxygen. The inner layer made of polypropylene, which is an inert barrier protects the food from tasting canned and act as a heat seal. Each entree is made to strict and exact military specs.

In this section you will have the chance to learn about the MRE, or Meal, Ready to Eat -- the portable meals that soldiers eat in battle. There is a lot more to feeding a soldier than you would think.

Mre meals are also known as combat rations, individual meal packs, LRRP ration, United States Army ration, sea rations, Military field rations, meals-ready-to eat, MRES, and MRE ration pack.

Each MRE meal provides approximately 1,200 Calories (1,200 kcal or 5,000 kJ). General contents include: a main course high in starch; crackers; a cheese, peanut butter, or jelly spread; a dessert or snack; powdered beverage mix; an accessory packet; a plastic spoon; and a flameless ration heater (FRH). However, not every MRE contains all listed items.

Packaging requirements are strict. MREs must be capable of withstanding parachute drops from 380 m (1,250 feet), and non-parachute drops of 30 m (100 feet). The packaging is required to maintain a minimum shelf life of three and a half years at 27° C (80° F) or nine months at 38° C (100° F); additionally, short-term temperature extremes of -51° C (-60° F) to 49° C (120° F) must be sustainable. New forms of packaging are being considered to better meet these requirements including the use of zein to replace the foil; which can be easily punctured, conducts heat, and might give away a soldier's position. Each MRE weighs 380 to 510 g (13 to 18 oz) depending on the menu.

Military styled Mre Meals are great for Meals Ready to Eat are great for emergency preparedness, disaster relief, first aid kits, camping trips, hunting trips, hiking trips, boating excursions, any outdoor activity. MRE food supply kits are an excellent way to start your food storage. you'll be able to find a wide variety of products to meet your needs.

MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) were born on Earth, but grew up on Apollo flights to the moon, in Skylab floating workshops and on every U.S. Space Shuttle flight from Enterprise to Atlantis. In the 1970s retort pouches* (the popular name for thermostabilized, laminated food pouches named after the retort cooker ) were put to their first real test by the U.S. Space Program. The Program was looking for delicious, easy to prepare, "normal" food that wouldn't increase human stress the way that freeze dried food and "toothpaste tube food" did. More than any other technology, retort pouches have satisfied the Program's needs. And so, over 20 years ago, retort pouches found a home at NASA, where all their unusual characteristics were much appreciated and they have been successfully feeding astronauts in flight and on the moon ever since.

*Retort describes a thermostabilization (meaning heat-treated) process -- like canning. The pouch is made out of several layers and is like a flexible can. It has better storage and distribution qualities than a can, without the weight or need for a can-opener. The pouch is filled with the food product then sterilized in big pressure-cooker-like equipment. This process gives the product along shelf-life and helps retain natural juices and flavors.

In the 1980s the U.S. military research labs, which had hatched the pouch technology in the first place, took the lead in its use and development. They enabled the U.S. Military to upgrade its entire field ration program to retort pouches, from the earlier, less workable technologies of canning and freeze drying. Over the past 10 years these high tech research labs have continually upgraded the taste and nutritional profile of the meals. For over a decade our military has depended on MREs for its field ration requirements. Tens of millions of MRE "full meals" have been produced and eaten. They have gone to Grenada, to the war on drugs, to fight forest fires in Alaska, and to feed the troops in "Desert Shield" and Desert Storm.

SECTION IV - SHELF LIFE AND STORAGE/TEMPERATURE

A main concern in the development and testing of rations for our armed forces has always been shelf life. An amazing amount of research has been done in the development of the retort pouch and the MRE to determine the exact length of time and the exact conditions under which it is safe to store the entrees and side dishes. The main thing we have to work with is the shelf life chart (shown below) compiled by the Army's Natick Research labs. This gives a very good overview and summary of all the findings gathered from all the testing of MRE products. However, it leaves many questions unanswered. Here are additional facts and observations that have been gathered about MRE shelf life:

1) The shelf life ratings shown in the chart below were determined by taste panels, panels of "average" people, mostly office personnel at the Natick labs. Their opinions were combined to determine when a particular component or, in this case, the entire MRE ration, was no longer acceptable.

2) The shelf life determinations were made solely on the basis of taste, as it was discovered that acceptable nutritional content and basic product safety would extend way beyond the point where taste degradation would occur. This means that the MRE would be safe and give a high degree of food value long after the official expiration of the products as determined by taste.

3) MRE pouches have been tested and redesigned where necessary according to standards much more strict than for commercial food. They must be able to stand up to abuse tests such as obstacle course traversals in field clothing pockets, storage outdoors anywhere in the world, shipping under extremely rough circumstances (such as by half track over rocky terrain), 100% survival of parachute drops, 75% survival of free-fall air drops, severe repetitive vibration (1 hour at 1 G vibration), 7,920 individual pouch drops from 20 inches, and individual pouches being subjected to a static load of 200 lbs for 3 minutes.

4) Freezing an MRE retort pouch does not destroy the food inside, but repeated freezing increases the chances that the stretching and stressing of the pouch will cause a break in a layer of the laminated pouch. These pouches are made to withstand 1,000 flexes, but repetitive freezing does increase the failure rate by a small fraction of a percent.

DATE CODING

Each MRE product is date coded with a series of numbers. The numbers include the production year, and the day produced in addition to a lot number extension. Look for a number stamped on the package that looks like 7055A B02A. Look at the first digit of the number 7055. The "7" stand for the last digit of the year. If you are buying from a disreputable dealer, it could also stand for an older year. Ask your dealer for clarification. The following three numbers "055" represents the 55th day of the year, or February 25th. The full breakdown of the date code would be Month day, year. The "B02A" is the lot number which can be ignored.

If no date or date code appears for a product and the company where the purchase was made sells only fresh and current MREs, mark each meal with the date of purchase OR mark the meal 7 years into the future. Whichever method you use, make sure you stick to the same one throughout your stored food purchases. This applies to canned good, medicines, dried foods, everything. If stored at the proper temperature, you'll have approximately 7 years' shelf life from date of purchase. If the company where you purchase MREs sells product made 2 years prior, note that date on your box and subtract two years from your pencilled-in expiration date. Example: If it is June 20, 2007 and the MRE source sells products 2 years old (which usually means they'll give you a better price), date your box with a permanent marker "Expire month, day, year".

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