The major difference between Meals, Ready-to-Eat(MRE's), freeze dried or dehydrated foods is the shelf life, ranging from 5 years to twenty five years. These are manufactured for emergency situations but have applications in regular life (such as camping). Survival food should be placed in a dark and dry place such as a closet, cabinet or basement with a temperature of 50F to 60F.
Another difference between frozen dried or dehydrated foods and MREs is that the former are perishable while the latter is not. Foods that can expire are ripe fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, chicken, ice cream, milk, sour cream and cottage cheese. Non-perishable are those that do not spoil such as chocolate bars, air-sealed chips, pasta, sugar, curls and flour. The non-perishable foods are great during emergency situations when one does not know when he or she would be able to have regular and cooked food again.
Perishable foods rot very fast. Even if you place them in refrigerators or freezers, they will eventually spoil. MREs are dry and they can last for a long time even if they are not refrigerated or frozen. In addition, non-perishables also have enough calories that will make one survive the day. A chocolate for example can have around 500 calories thus two bars of it can be enough in one meal.
It is important to purchase the right type of MREs as this will help one survive a calamity, disaster or an emergency. There are many online survival shops but it is vital to pick a trustworthy website. One's survival depends on their products so it is not a joking matter to shop in such a store. Some stores offer "MRE's" but are just flat out scams. One major scam sells an "MRE" that has salted hotdogs(the ones you buy from a grocery store) in it.
In purchasing these non-perishable foods, one should remember that these are not only intended for military purposes. Civilians are also at risk of danger brought about by disasters such as an earthquake, a total light blackout, breakdown of a car in the wilderness during the winter season and other sorts of emergency situations. It is thus important to buy MREs that can be used in any of these situations. They usually come in a complete survival package which also includes first aid kits, things that provide light, shelter and warmth, and others.
There are non-perishable foods that include a heater. If you choose you could include the heater with the food he buys. He must ensure that the price he pays for also include said heaters. The heaters are typically one time use flameless heaters that mix with water to form a (completely safe) chemical reaction that heats your MREs to over 200 degrees F. in minutes. Besides heating food they can become a sorce of comfort in harsh conditions.
Such a meal would cost an average of $60 for a dozen. These are very useful in emergencies where one does not have the luxury to rinse, cook and prepare your meals. Again these foods, such as chocolate and energy bars, go along with the whole survival kit. Usually when one buys a survival kit, he cannot choose and pick the meal as there is already a certain type of food included in the set. If one buys them without the whole survival kit, they would cost a lot more. We offer different flavors, different combinations (please email if you want certain combinations), optional heaters and more.
Author: Jeff J Jones
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