Civilian vs Military MREs
MRE stands for Meal, Ready-to-Eat. While a lot of preppers like to get their hands on MREs from the U.S. military, there are a couple of reasons that you may be better off buying civilian MREs.
WHY Civilian MRE’s are a better option:
- The commercial sale of Civilian MRE’s is not restricted like the military MREs.
- You can buy from legitimate dealers, not eBay sellers who may be selling you old MRE’s.
- Better storage – We have heard of some military MREs that have been in a war zone for months or years before making their way onto Ebay. Who wants to eat something that has been laying around in the desert for the last year?
What about Military MREs, how long do they last?
As long as your MRE’s are not damaged in any way (swelling, punctured, ripped, etc…) then they should last for a long time.
The Army’s Natick Research Laboratories tests indicate that MRE’s from the early 80′s and 90′s stored below 60 degrees have a shelf life of about 130 months. The newer MREs now have a significantly shorter shelf life and will last for about 60 months at 60 degrees. Any fluctuation in storage temperature can and will affect the shelf life of your MREs. For instance the same MRE stored at 100 degrees has a shelf life of about 6 months.
List of the Top Civilian MRE’s
- Sure-Pak 12 Military Ready To Eat Complete Meals These are one of the Top MRE’s on the market and probably the closest to actual military MRE’s
- Mountain House #10 Can Freeze-Dried Food
- Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit
- 2400 Calorie ER Bar – Emergency Food Ration (4 Pack)
- Mainstay Emergency Food Rations – Case of 10 Packs