What Is The Best MRE
Emergency Food For A Crisis?
Emergency food can be a literal lifesaver if you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't have much available food or don't have a way to cook what food you do have.
The most well known example of emergency food would be considered an MRE: a "meal ready to eat" often used by the military.
While MREs are great and some have indeed made the list of best emergency food, we decided to expand the horizon a bit by asking this question:
If we were in a situation without any available means of feeding ourselves, what would we want to have with us?
Some MREs, for sure. But we think that in this hypothetical situation, some other items may be even better.
If you're looking to stock up some munchies just in case, this is the post for you.
So here's our in depth review of the best MRE/emergency food of 2018. If you don't want to read the whole review, here's a nice table inserted by our good-lookin' graphic designer:
Who Needs To Store Some Ready-To-Eat Emergency Food?
Just like we talked about in our ultimate survival food guide, emergency food stores are useful just because you never know exactly when you might need them.
Ask yourself this: what would I eat if I couldn't use a freezer, refrigerator, microwave, or oven?
If your eating habits at all resemble mine, you could probably survive on crackers and canned soup for a day or two. Maybe ramen noodles if you want to splurge.
And after you've had dry cereal, crackers, peanut butter, and those bananas that have been going bad...
What would you eat next? How would you or your family survive a month from now? Two months?
Would your family survive?
Life without a microwave or oven would be drastically different than the one we live now and to the sadness of millions of Americans, this life without basic technology is not difficult to fathom.
Just two nights ago a storm came to my home and knocked out the power. During "snowmageddon" some years back, I was stuck on the side of the road for hours.
I am a firm believer that everyone should expect the worst and hope for the best. After all, even if disaster never comes, you can just eat MREs when you're too lazy to cook dinner that night.
Who needs some stored up emergency food? Well, you do.
What Are MREs Like?
Every time that meals ready to eat (MREs) have come up in dinner conversation (That's a lie, they never do), one topic of discussion is what exactly it takes to prepare and eat the meals.
I would like to remind anyone with this question that by definition, a meal ready to eat is pretty much ready to eat at any point in time, sans (that means without) prep.
At the utmost maximum, a ready to eat emergency food source will require water. Hot water is preferable but not always possible. If water isn't readily available during your survival stint, we recommend this post for best portable survival filters.
Some emergency food will probably taste a lot like Elmer's glue, but we've filtered all those nasty tasties out.
The MREs and other meals in this list are ranked for their taste, so you can be confident that they will be pretty satisfying.
How To Choose The Best MRE/Emergency Food For You
The meals listed below have a lot of variety. Some of them have an extremely long shelf life while others only has for a few years.
While all the items on this list taste good (we graded them for taste), some will have different meals than others that may be more to your liking.
Finally, some meals on this list come at different price points. While the prices differ, we recommend looking at each package as the amount of meals you get per dollar spent. Even though some are priced higher, they provide more or higher quality meals.
Even so, some budgets fit each meal better than others. This is not a problem at all. It isn't someone else's stash you are building. It is your own. Buy as you see a need.
Here's the table by our graphic designer again:
Our Top Picks For Best Emergency Food Package
We've chosen five of the most popular MREs/emergency food bundles available today. We have ranked them on taste, how long the food lasts (called durability), and how many meals you get for the price (called value).
Here you go. Enjoy!
Augason Farm's emergency food kit is our number one rated emergency food supply for several reasons.
First, I didn't see any complaints about the taste. Some reviewers even mentioned that their picky kids enjoyed the meals.
Second, the durability is pretty high. Most food in this pail lasts for 25 years, though the bananas only last for 10 years.
Finally, this pail contains a total of 54,670 calories. If you eat 2,000 calories per day, it will last you for 27 and one third days. At it's current price point, each day's worth of food costs under 4 dollars. Very high value in this pail.
This pail comes with a 30 day and a 45 day meal plan so you can ration your food out if you need it.
Very rarely do we give a full 5 star rating across the board, but this one earns it.
Wise Comany's emergency kit is a good one. It, like many of the others on this list, has a lot of variety in its food.
The Amazon description says that it has 104 servings worth of food, but in reality this amounts to about 24 meals.
On the brighter side of things, these 24 meals taste fantastic. No points lost for taste here.
The package is by and large extremely durable. It lasts about 25 years, though some things (like the cheese) only last about 10.
Since no calorie values are given, I have to judge value based off of how many meals are included. Assuming that the average person would eat 3 of the 24 meals per day, that leaves 8 days worth of meals.
At its current price point, that's roughly $10/day. You definitely can't eat out that cheap, but not as inexpensive as some other meals.
Here is the meal the military made famous. Besides making MREs famous, the military made these little guys pretty tasty.
I guess if someone is shot at for a living, their meals better taste pretty stinking good.
MREs don't last very long though. Anything sold to the public is excess from the military. These meals are usually at least 3 years into their lifespan. While these 3 years won't affect either the taste or the nutritional value, it is 3 less years that they will store.
Most MREs can be estimated to last about 5 years after you purchase.
There are 12 meals in each box and each meal has about 1250 calories. If the average person consumes 2,000 calories per day, you're left with about 7 and a half days of food.
At current price, this is roughly $12/day. Still a great bargain and maybe even less expensive than grocery shopping for some, but less of a good deal than others on this list.
Mountain House's kit comes with what may be the longest lasting food in this entire list.
At 30+ years, the Mountain House kit is made to last for a long, long time.
The taste does not suffer for this; in fact, the food tastes great. One reviewer even said that she craved it!
The Mountain House kit comes with about 3.5 days worth of food. At the current price point, that is about $25/day.
Survival Tabs made less of an MRE, more of a coffee type food.
Survival tabs aren't meant to provide enough calories to sustain you indefinitely. Instead, they are meant to give you all the nutrients you need to keep you going until you can get to sustainable resources.
Despite not being a typical MRE, they may be just what someone needs to survive a difficult situation by making you not feel your hunger (using a strategic blend of proteins, fats, carbs, and necessary vitamins) and get a boost of energy.
Survival tabs come in 4 different flavors: vanilla, butterscotch, strawberry, and chocolate. Many reviews said that the flavors were excellent.
Survival tabs have a shelf life of 25 years.
While this is supposed to last 8 days (giving it the lowest cost/day), each day you would only consume 240 calories. So based off caloric value, these have the highest cost/day.
Since the value depends on how you're judging them, I simply settled in the middle with a solid 3/5 on value.
While I wouldn't want to live on it, they're worth looking into since they're so portable and are supposed to keep hunger at bay.
Based on the taste, durability, value of each ready to eat emergency food, we believe that the overall best MRE is the one sold by Augason Farms.
This emergency food has an incredible combo of quality and excellent price. It provides what the majority of people are looking for and need for a survival situation.
At this point, we just wanted to stop and say thanks for reading. We want nothing more than to provide the highest quality information for you, all free of cost.
Tell us in the comments below: any particular MREs that you have stored up? How do they compare with those we have listed?
Stay safe out there. God bless.
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