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How to Make Your Own MRE Meals with Local Grocery Store Items - Getting Started
Make your own Meals Ready To Eat (MREs) for recreational outings or to have on hand for emergencies. It is certainly cheaper than buying them pre-made and also you can have some choice in what your MRE includes.
Doing it yourself means you can make MREs
- with food specifically for a healthy and/or restricted diet, and
- as a cost-saving way to keep fresh leftovers and/or extra food
The following video shows you the process of vacuum sealing a do-it-yourself MRE. I include this video also because it shows various options of buying specific parts of the meals. So take a look and see what one person actually does to make his own MREs, himself.
You might then want to try it yourself!
Do-It-Yourself Meal Ready To Eat
Variety of options
- MREs, Military Meals Ready to Eat and Other Shelf-Stable Emergency Food Supplies
Best selection of MRE full Meal Cases, MRE Entrees; MRE Side Dishes, MRE Sandwiches and Bread, MRE Tortillas, MRE Snacks and Desserts, etc.
Some things you need to get started
1. Food Ideas
At the linked site to the right, many options are offered for choosing what goes in your civilian MRE. You can see there what kind of selections they have for food ideas.
Scroll all the way down to the bottom of that page and you'll see the various MRE heaters available.
MRE heaters are available on Amazon.com
3. Emergency Items
The following linked site has all sorts of emergency items, not just food. To locate, click the tab "MRE meals". This site has several demonstration videos so you can see how the traditional MRE works.
- The Ready Store - Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, MRE's, and Freeze Dried Food!
Buy discount MRE's, food storage, freeze dried food, 72 hour kits, and other survival and emgergency supplies. Great selection of Mountain House Food #10 cans.
Vacuum sealer used in the video
4. Vacuum Sealer
That site is also where I found the hand-held vacuum sealer that the doctor uses in the first above YouTube video demonstration.
It is also at Amazon.com, seen here at the right.
Nice demonstration videos
5. Ziploc brand vacuum sealer
I also found a Ziploc brand vacuum sealer and bags at my local grocery store. The vacuum sealer cost under $4, however I'm concerned about the quality of seal, since it was so cheap.
Experiment to see what works best
Try it out by soaking a bag in water sealed, with this cheap vacuum for a week and see if it leaks! On the other hand, the foodsaver bags are of higher quality and would be better suited to slipping inside an MRE heater for cooking.
The Ziploc ones might melt - another experiement to do!
© 2010 Deidre Shelden