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The Best MRE Meals on the Market

Soldiers have been eating Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) for many years, and recently they are starting to become popular among civilians. Most of the civilians who are curious about MREs are the survivalist, who want to stock up their food supply closet. Other civilians who would just like to try them, are curious about them as well. 

One thing to know about MREs is that they were not made for taste. They were made to help one survive. The best MREs are high in calories, to help give an individual energy to survive the task at hand. MREs should be easy to pack and lightweight. They should also be sealed properly to go up against harsh elements. This article is going to go over the best MRE meals that you can buy and try out for yourself. Here are the best MRE meals you can select on the market today: 

U.S Military MRE

If you want to try out a time-tested MRE, go with the U.S Military MRE. The US military MRE is one of the best MREs you can buy. They are sealed to perfection, to protect against the harsh elements of nature. You do not have to worry about rain or dirt getting inside these packages. 

The meals included within the US military MRE, are satisfying because they provide high-calorie meals. The average meal for a typical US Military MRE is around 1200 calories per meal. The meals usually come with an entrée, a small snack, dessert.  They also include instant coffee and some form of powdered drink. A flameless heater is used to heat the food, which is easy and quick to use. You can also choose to eat the food cold if you are in a rush. 

These MREs are sold in packages of 12 and you will get 12 different menus. The box they come in is around 20 pounds. The flavor of these MREs are okay and you may even really enjoy some of them. These are overall some of the best MREs that money can buy. 

Just in Case by Mountain House

The company Mountain House mostly caters to civilians who want MREs to store in their food storage. These meals arrive in their famous bucket. The bucket is waterproof and inside are a dozen packets, with six menu options. In total, you will have 29 meals to eat. Unlike the U.S military MREs, you will need water to make these MREs. They are still easy to make. With these, you also don't have to worry about heating them up. The prep time to make these is around 10 minutes. 

These MREs last around 12 years, which is a very long shelf life. The company has been in business for over 50 years, and they have a great reputation for their service and quality. The meals are lightweight, so they are easy to travel with and pack. Overall these are pretty good meals to buy. 

All-Purpose Readiness Kit by Chef's Banquet 

This MRE is a one month supply of meals, for one person. This MRE also comes in a bucket that is sealed and waterproof. You won't have to worry about rain or small animals spoiling these meals. 

The meals inside are sealed in a Metalite foil. They are easy to prepare, with only needed warm water. Each packet contains around 2,100 calories which should get you through the day. You may become tired of having the same meal, but they will be helpful in a time of need. 


These MREs are almost like the military issued, but they are geared for the civilian. They come in a cardboard box with 6 packages per case. The meals in this MRE contain about 600 calories, so they are a little lighter than the other MREs listed. Overall these are good MREs for civilians and can be used on short hiking or camping trips. 

There are many MREs you can try on the market but the one listed above are some of the best ones you can try. You can find the ones listed in many online shops, such as Amazon for a fair price. MREs are great to have on hand and in your storage.