How Much Does an MRE Cost?
MRE, or “Meals, Ready to Eat,” are a series of pre-cooked food items that are put into a plastic pouch, known as a retort. These retorts are packaged and sealed in such a way that they are able to last for long periods of time. MREs were originally developed as field rations for the military. Before World War I, the first ration contained beef, peas and rice. Then, these were replaced by lightweight preserved meals to save weight and allow more of the packed food to be carried by soldiers.
Some of the early MRE foods were not very appetizing; these meals even earned nicknames such as “Meals Rejected by Everyone” or “Meals, Rarely Edible.” But this has been improved. Today, MREs are considered tasty and nutritionally balanced meals that even civilians come to love. Even though these meals are designed for survival in the military, there are other uses. For example, many people choose to keep MREs in their bomb shelters if they are preparing for a disaster.
How much does it cost?
- On average, an MRE is going to cost anywhere from $6 to as much as $12. MREs can either be sold individually or sold by the case.
- For instance, this popular Sure-Pack MRE Full Meal Kit sold at Amazon sells for $13.
- MREinfo.com said that the average cost of an MRE is around $45 to $60 per case. The average case has 12-24 MREs. After some general research, it has been found that anything around 24 pounds for less than $25 is a fair deal.
- According to SurvivalAcres.com, a case that contains 12 meals should cost around $50 while individual meals should average around $4 to $7 per meal when bought in bulk.
What is going to be included?
- MREs consist of complete and self-contained meals packed in lightweight materials.
- Aside from the military MREs, there are now civilian MREs. They can commonly be found through someone in the military, surplus stores, gun shows and auction sites such as eBay.
- The average lifespan of a MRE is about 7 years. However, if it is exposed to high heat or extreme climates, this number can reduce a lot.
- Today’s Military MREs have been improved in many ways:
- More food contained in each pack.
- There is a better entrée selection of twelve different ones per case.
- Improved side, dessert, spread, drink mix variety.
- Tabasco sauce is still included in some of the MREs.
- Civilian MREs have the benefits listed above as well as others:
- You can purchase them from legitimate and reliable dealers.
- It has an improved chance of getting stored and transported properly.
- If in the event a consumer gets poisoned by an MRE, he/she can readily go after its supplier.
- Supply is readily available.
What are the extra costs?
- Most times, shipping cost is not included in the selling price and will need to be added to the cost.
- You are going to pay more per meal if you buy individual packs.
- MRE packs do not include enough water. Therefore, if you constantly stay outdoors and a frequent consumer of MRE, you need to buy water separately to keep yourself hydrated.
Factors that influence the price:
- The cost of MRE depends on where you buy it and how you purchase it. Buying a MRE by the case of 12 packs is comparatively cheaper than buying individual packs.
Tips to know:
- All military MREs have around 1,250 calories because these foods are meant for survival. They also have a low fiber intake and a lot of sodium.
- Each MRE pack contains a side dish, such as rice, vegetables, or fruits. It also includes a cracker or break package, dessert package, candy, and spread for your bread.
- Most importantly, MREs include a heater pouch, allowing you to have hot meals every time.
- Avoid freezing an MRE because this can damage the produce.
- The shelf life of an MRE meal can be determined by the temperature at which it is stored. If it is stored in 100 degree temperature or higher, the life can be as little as a month. If stored at around 50 degrees, the life can be extended to five years.
How can I save money?
- Carefully check the prices because in some instances, MRE foods may indicate higher prices on their cases, but this already includes shipping fee. There are also instances where the price indicated on the cases is lower, but shipping is a separate cost.
- Order or purchase your supply of MRE by cases or in other bulk amounts so you can save some money.
- If possible, try to purchase your MREs locally so that you can avoid shipping charges.
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