Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE) – Around the World

There are many fascinating ideas and concepts related to culinary world from all over the place that is worth knowing.

Are you aware of the existence of the Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE)? Ever wondered what is it? “The Meal, Ready-to-Eat – commonly known as the MRE – is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the United States military for its service members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available.[1]

Here is a video that showcase a sample of the Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE).

Where to get? It’s available in the Amazon.com, Ebay.com, and a read on how it works.

The concept of MRE is practical and it is one of the primary types of food storage products, also known as retort food.

“A retort food is typically packaged in multilayer laminate pouches that is vacuum sealed and then heated to 240-250° to sterilize the contents[2]. The aseptic food preservation methods allow processed food to keep for long periods of time without preservatives, as long as they are not opened. The aseptic packages are typically a mix of paper (70%), polyethylene (LDPE) (24%), and aluminum (6%), with a tight polyethylene inside layer[3].”

More: What is a retort pouch?

Retort pouches are used in field rations, space food, camping food and brands.[4] You can even pack your own MRE course meal for outdoor activities that requires you to be away from civilization for days, aside relying on your survival skills. The video below will give you some ideas and practical tips from food preparation to eating.

So are you curious of the taste? Here are the reviews in 2008 and 2012.

Anyway relating back to home ground situation, ever wondered any MREs for our Malaysian soldiers? Here are the reads – Malaysian Army 24-hours ration pack and MRE – Halal Meal, Ready to Eat.

Watching the MREs reviews above, would you volunteer for a tasting of the Malaysian MREs if one day an opportunity knocks at your door?

References:

1. “Meal, Ready-to-Eat“, Wikipedia.

2. Adam Taggart, “Food Storage“, Resilient Life, How to Prepare for a Better Future.

3. “Aseptic processing“, Wikipedia.

4. “Retort Pouch“, Wikipedia.

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