When you’re out in the field as a military member you have a hard time finding a fresh source of food to prepare you for the long day ahead of you. During the beginning of the military food rationing experiments they started handing out something called C Rations. The C Rations were canned goods generally distributed in six cans that contained your basic nutrient needs for the day.
Although C Rations were convenient during the beginning, it became obvious that the weight and bulk of them was a major source of complaint among the soldiers. Also a deciding factor in replacing them was the taste factor; they weren’t exactly the most delicious, edible meals available. So the military started taking steps in replacing these canned goods by precooked, prepackaged meals called MREs. Lighter than the C Rations and with a more diverse palette, C Rations quickly became a thing of the past.
In the more recent events of the economy, more and more people are thinking about survival in case of a national emergency. MREs are an automatic thought to those who have knowledge about them, not only does their packaging make it lightweight and easy to store, but it’s also durable against the elements of nature and can easily be stored if you’re out on the field.
If you take the time to create your own MRE at home it could last you a minimum of three years, if done correctly. This can ensure your family’s well-being in case of any natural disaster. To create your MRE there are many things to keep in mind, not only do you have to have a balance of proteins and fibers to continue your bodies stamina but you also have to make sure that you have stored the food correctly, or else all your hard work could quickly become spoiled.
A few staples to start off your at-home MRE meals would be small packages of pre-cooked meats. Think tuna, or chili, or canned Vienna sausages, these will be your main source of protein. If you have less tolerance to meat, another option would be peanut butter or any type of nut to replace the meat’s valuable element in your diet.
Next you want to make sure that you have a substantial amount of fruits and vegetables, preferably dried, because they are more lightweight and compact and contain a fantastic source of energy when you’re feeling like you can’t go on. Another option would be canned items, but like C Rations they can become bulky and heavy. Including grains is also very important to have a fiber source in your diet. Whole grain crackers or rice are a good example of readily available sources of these grains.
When you’re ready, prepare portion sized amounts of the foods, while being mindful of the nutritional value of each item. Fill gallon sized plastic bags full of these portion sizes and compact the food as much as possible and make sure all the air is out of the bags. If they have zippers, make sure you wrap masking or duct tape around the opening to secure the food from water and air. If disaster should strike, these homemade MRE meals could literally be a lifesaver.
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