There are typically two ways to eat MRE’s, at least in my experience. The first method is much more relaxed and exists in an environment where time is not an issue, it also usually involves some heavy bartering for various MRE components. You heat up your meal while sitting in the shade, working your way through the miscellaneous snacks and candies until the main course is ready. Why not try the drink mix, you’ve got time! In contrast the second method involves shoveling as much food into your mouth as possible, pretty much like an animal, with no time to taste much of anything (much less heat it up). Bags are torn open and a spoon is optional, tear the top off of something and squeeze it into your mouth. Eat it now, taste it later.
For the purpose of this post we’ll assume that the time exists to enjoy an MRE once you crack the case open. I’m not going to get into MRE “recipes” but rather pass along some tips I’ve learned over the years which made my experience much better while digging into the bag. I’m sure quite a few preppers out there have a case or two of MREs in their basement but really haven’t been exposed to them that much, so these tips are for you.
1: ALWAYS keep the spoon. Your MRE spoon is only slightly less important than your weapon. Always keep an extra MRE spoon tucked away in your gear, never throw it away. Trust me on this one.
2: MRE Heater, DISREGARD instructions. If you follow the instructions you’ll be placing the main meal INSIDE the heater bag. Once the meal is heated this usually results in a slimy mess on the outside of your package, who wants that? Place the water inside the heater to activate it but always place your other items on the OUTSIDE of the heater bag (see next tip).
3: Heat two items at once. Utilizing your main meal cardboard container, place two items on either side of the activated MRE heater. This will allow you to heat both simultaneously and won’t get any of the slimy goo on your packages.
4: Slice open main meal horizontally. There are tear notches in the main meal package which indicate your should open your meal vertically, this is a rookie mistake. Slice open your meal bag while it is horizontal, this will facilitate the addition of jalapeno cheese and crackers.
5: MRE bag and drink mix bags double as water resistant containers. If you need an extra bag for your socks, utilize the MRE bag or one of the drink mix bags. While not 100% waterproof they will work to some extent.
Have any other MRE tips? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.