Step 4: And Viola!

Choose your foods wisely and you should end up w/a 3-5 yr. shelf life, when properly stored. The line of DIY MREs pictured(18) cost me about 2 hrs and $60 to make (including vac bag rolls)....compare that to a sh*tty tasting, $7 per commercial MRE with a comparable shelf-life, and you figure the savings....

BTW...I also pack a couple of multi-vitamins with each meal to guard against deficiency...

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Now this, this is cool. <br> <br>Thanks for sharing, I am interested in wild camping/hiking prepping and this is right up my street, thanks mate.
I do my prep bags in a similar way. I live in northern Indiana so I swap things out between winter (hand/feet warmers, dry socks, hot chocolate) and summer (instant cold packs, extra water). Thanks for showing us your MREs.
This is great. Definitely going to put this in my plans for bug out kits.
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Nicely done mate. Great info. I'm very much into preparedness and I think this is s great bit of kit. Cheers
<p>No-one has mentioned this, but the same process can be used for meal-specific menus, ie: a breakfast-only ration, or a poor-man's LRPR (Long Range Patrol Ration). If you want to get creative, visit your local Chinese, Hmong, or Thai market and make a version of the 'Nam issue PIR (Patrolling, Indigenous Ration). These consisted of rice, noodles, dried fish and shrimp, various curries, soy sauce and/or nuoc mam (fish sauce), dried mushrooms, dried sausages, and dried vegetables.</p>
What a great idea...best input on the subject I've heard so far.
<p>False economy. Others are $$$ for a reason. They will last 25 years. Also it is extremely important to watch ingredients and labels. You don't want all those preservatives and sodium! It will increase your need for water, which will in all likelihood be in short supply due to weight. If you're bugging out you shouldn't need a lot of the $7 meals - maybe 10-12 per person AT MOST, could be less. The difference for that small amount is a couple boxes of ammo. You SHOULD have had the good stuff (raw ingredients) squirreled away at your BOL or at home (bug-in) for preparation there. The meals should just really be for camping, or on the move and under duress until you can forage, hunt, and/or cook the raw ingredients you hopefully have. Lot of people want ready-made/convenient survival. Doesn't work that way.</p>
<p>In the author's defense, they didn't write this tutorial with bugging out in mind, although many preppers have read this article through prepping blogs or site. The author never mentions survival, we can assume these MREs are meant for more mundane purposes such as hiking.</p>
<p>Before posting this, you should've known that MRE means Meal <strong>Ready to Eat</strong>, which means that whenever you unpack one, you should be able to eat its contents without the need of cooking the food.</p>
<p>I just keep these in my bag with a couple packets of mayo and make single serve tuna salad simple, easy and they take up far less space than an MRE</p>
<p>$60 for a bunch of tuna and spam?</p>
Is there a way to vacumseal water and make DIY water packets sorry for spelling
<p>Just a question because I'm new to this and want to start making these. Do you have to pierce all packs of food before vacuum sealing? Mainly I'm asking about if you have to pierce the single serve coffee pouches, and the single serve you mix for 16 oz bottles of water and also granola bars</p>
<p>NO! Do not do that. I realize that this person is using all dry goods, but do not do this. I like to pack wet single serving packets of tuna, salmon, chicken, etc and if punctured it will cause your entire MRE to spoil. If you poked a hole in a packet of crystal light or ramen noodles, the space saved will be little to none. </p>
<p>Will the Raman noodles stay good for 3 years. And do you know the shelf life of them and the wet single serving tuna?</p>
<p>read the good to - on the packs before you buy them, then mark the shortest on on the outside of your vacumn bag, that will be your best way, but most dry foods will keep for several years past their best used before date.</p>
I would...it helps to compact size, reduce ambient moisture, and limit oxygen exposure in pretty much every dry food package I've used so far...
<p>Thanks..I'm getting mixed opinions on this but I guess the point of this is for trial and error. my main concern is the shelf life of these. Because I do know some of the food doesn't have real good shelf life before you put it in and seal it. Have you tried any after 3 years. I guess I need a list of things you actually NEED to pierce before sealing.</p>
<p>Real commercial MRE 's are freeze dried meals that have a 20-25 year shelf life freeze drying and packaging is expensive thats why they cost so much also they are rated for protien and calories you buy them once and your good for 25 years no rotating food or worrying about experation dates&quot; just saying &quot; they're a little more expensive but you do it once and forget about it til disaster strikes also most real mre's have a fuel source in the package just add water yours are cool too but the other has a much loinger shelf life </p>
<p>great idea! got myself a food saver. Going to try this out. The part about the water is no biggy, I have two life saver jerry cans that can filter out viruses go to the nearest lake, pond stream whatever and you have cleaner water than tap. </p>
Awesome! I love it. Easy prep for lots of situations. Easy to work into or spread out over several weeks of grocery budget.
nice. i just whipped out a few of these for my storage. each one is a full days worth of food.
<p>I actually got a few of the little can burners from the dollar store for some of my MREs that I want to heat water or such. for a dollar, ya cant beat it!</p>
<p>I would totally make that! I call Mine E.a.T. Rations( Edible and Tolerable Rations). There is nothing i could think of to add to make this better</p>
<p>MRE stands for &quot;Meals Rejected by the Enemy&quot;. That's why I want 2 make my own. These are great guidelines. I like to canoe camp so keeping the food dry is an issue. Kids don't try it at home. Actually do try it @ home so you know it works..</p>
<p>or &quot;My Rations Eitherway </p>
<p>or &quot;My Rations for Energy&quot;</p>
<p>Great ideas, thank you for sharing. &amp; for the ones bickering over the post title, well then think of it as Meal Rations for Emergencies (MRE). LOL the point here is the ideas, &amp; good ideas they are. Keep up the good work HTWTUSA &amp; keep the ideas coming.</p>
<p>Oh the sodium! This is an awesome idea, however I would be so sick if I ate this food for 1 day let alone 3. I'll stick with all homemade stuff.</p>
These ARE ready to eat. Everything is. Does all this taste good raw? not exactly...

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