Ready To Eat Meals
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
What are Eversafe MRE Meal Kits ?
Eversafe MRE Meal Kits are complete “Meals Ready to Eat” Kits Manufactured by The Wornick Company . All the contents are fully cooked and can be eaten hot or cold. Each MRE Meal Kit has an average of 1,000-1,250 calories, which replicates the calorie count of a complete meal. There is no need to add water to an MRE Meal Kit . Simply open the pouch and enjoy!
What are the benefit and its uses of MRE Meal Kits ?
Some of the benefits of the are:
- Good taste
- Calorie count – Each MRE Meal Kit has an average of 1,000-1,250 calories, which replicates the calorie count of a complete meal.
- Long Shelf life that can range between 5 to 10 years without refrigeration!
- Not Freeze Dried! Moisture, gravy and sauces are retained in their natural form.
- Ready to eat. These meals are ready to eat right from the pouch at room temperature.
- They can be heated in 5 minutes with boiling water or with our flameless heater pouches.
- Very portable and easy to carry
- Easy to open – As opposed to canned food you don’t need a special tool or special skills to open it . You just tear open the pouch and you are ready to eat!
What are common uses of MRE Meal Kits ?
MRE Meal Kits ” Meals Ready to Eat ” were originally developed by the Department of Defense in response to a series of problems presented by previous field rations and used only in the military , but the truth is that MRE Meal Kits are perfect for any outdoor use and/or emergency situation. The special pouches they use provide a long shelf stable without refrigeration. Many private entities, law enforcement, hospitals, fire departments, FEMA, Red Cross and government agencies storage depend on MRE Meal Kits as a part of their emergency plan for food supplies.
We are also seeing more campers, hikers and other extreme outdoor sport and activity people use them. After all, they are a complete meal, ready to eat, portable, and light weight.
What is the Shelf Life of an Eversafe MRE Meal Kit ?
It is safe to say that Eversafe MRE Meal Kits will last three years from the date of pack as long as they are kept at the right temperature, which is 80 degrees Fahrenheit. MRE Meal Kits can last longer than three years, even at higher temperatures, but the contents tend lose their flavor and consistency, and eventually you probably won’t want to eat them. There are a number of web sites that have a lot of information about shelf life.
Freezing an MRE Meal retort pouch will not destroy the food inside, but repeated freezing increases the chance that the pouch lamination will fail. MRE Meal pouches are designed to withstand 1,000 flexes, but repetitive freezing does increase the failure rate by a small fraction of a percent.
What is included in a typical Eversafe MRE Meal Kit ?
Each MRE Complete Meal Pouch Typically Includes:
|1-Entrée||Variety of beef, chicken, pork, tuna, or vegetarian entrees|
|1-Cracker/Bread||Regular and/or vegetable cracker, or flour tortillas.|
|1-Beverage||Single or assortment fruit flavored drink mix or dairy shakes|
|1-Snack/spread||Variety of portion controlled, snacks and/or spreads|
|1-Dining packet||Spoon, coffee, creamer, sugar, salt, pepper , towel and napkin|
|1- Waterproof outer bag||Bag, EVSF Basic Pouch|
|1-Nutritional Insert||Menu Insert|
Menu Components: Menus are Suggestions Only Final Menus , may vary depending of product availability and what Wornick Foods Is manufacturing
Can I pick my own components and Menus ?
We only sell EverSafe™ MRE Meal Kits manufactured by The Wornick Company ”As is ” in complete and sealed, fresh and Original Packs and Cases.
Components and Menus may vary depending of product availability and what Wornick Foods Is currently manufacturing.
How many MRE Meal Kits I need per day ?
Each Eversafe MRE Meal Kit provides between 1,000 to 1,250 average Calories which equals 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of necessary nutrients( vitamins and minerals) of the Military . EVERSAFE MRES recommends the consumption of 2- 3 Eversafe MRE Meal Kits per person per day depending on the physical activity. This means that a complete case would provide a full 4 to 6 days supply of food for one person.
What do MRE Meal Kits s Taste Like?
That’s a pretty subjective question and obviously depending on whom you speak with you will get a different answer. Just like canned goods, you either like them or you don’t. Many people feel that MRE Meal Kits are just as good if not better than canned food. MRE Meal Kits are very convenient and there are people who enjoy them enough to eat them regularly when they need a quick meal for lunch or dinner. To be clear, these are not going to be as good as home cooked meals, but they are not designed to be. They are designed to last and that home cooked meal won’t last more than a week, let alone 3 years, but they are surprisingly good.
Are Eversafe MRE Meal Kits Gluten Free , Nuts Free , Sugar Free?
Eversafe MRE Meal Kits are NOT guaranteed to be Gluten,Nuts or Sugar Free . Sugar, Wheat and Nut byproducts are generally found in some Meal Kit components. A Nutritional Insert with complete information is included in each Meal Kit for your information and your special needs.
Are MRE Meal Dehydrated or Freeze-Dried?
No. MRE Meals are totally different. Unlike dehydrated or freeze dried foods which both require water to reconstitute them, MRE Meals are precooked “in the pouch” and retain their full moisture like canned food items, just with a much longer shelf-life.
Can MRE Meals be Eaten Cold?
Yes. Each MRE Meal entree can be eaten cold, directly from the pouch. Most likely you will enjoy eating MRE Meals hot more than you will like eating them cold, but for certain if you find yourself in a situation where you cannot, for whatever reason, heat it up, they are perfectly safe to eat cold.
What’s the Best Way to Warm/Heat Up an MRE Meal ?
U. S. soldiers and thousands of Emergency Relief workers around the world have been forced to eat MREs cold. They weren’t intended to be eaten cold, but one of their great advantages is that they can be. MREs have served their purpose well with no reheating in personal emergencies, family emergencies, and city or state emergencies (earthquakes, toxic spills, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, etc.).
MRE chemical flameless heater pouches can be bought separately or they may come with each MRE Meal Kit . Placing the MRE Meal in the chemical heater pouch provides a high tech away to heat an MRE pouch with no fire or flame. Adding water will cause a harmless chemical reaction which produces heat and warms the food pouch within 5-10 minutes, safely and quietly. Simply follow the instructions on the pouch.
If you don’t have a heater pouch, MRE pouches can be heated in a variety of different ways depending on the situation. Below you will find a few additional and common ways of heating them.
1) Boiling for 3-5 minutes – take the pouch from outer carton and place it in clean boiling water heated from available sources: fire, heating tabs, or stoves.
2) Placing next to a non-liquid heat source: radiator, engine block, or even the human body. Be careful of burning or melting the pouch if the heat source is too hot.
3) You can use the sun to warm the pouch by simply laying it in the sun. It’s simple and it works.
4) Microwave 2-3 min. after removing it from the pouch. The pouch contains an aluminum, non-microwaveable layer which gives the pouch such a long shelf life.
No matter how you heat your MRE entree meal, although the foil pouch is very strong and durable, it can be damaged if too high a temperature is applied. NEVER apply direct flame to the pouch like from a BBQ or campfire. The outer and inner layers of plastic laminate will melt and contaminated the food.
Why should I store food?
We have all seen the recent shows on tv that showcase families and individuals storing years and years worth of food in case there is some kind of global catastrophe. More and more families and individuals are becoming better prepared all the time and we believe you should as well. The world is an uncertain place and as we watch the news and see the instability around the globe, it’s easy to become concerned. For most people, however, this is not the reason why you should store food.
Depending on what part of the country you live in, the reasons are simple. If you live along the Southeast coast of the United States, hurricanes are a real threat. As we have seen in the recent past, a strong hurricane can knock out power for weeks or more. A supply of food, and especially water, is extremely important. Food within the refrigerator will spoil long before the power comes on after a strong storm. In an area like the West Coast, earthquakes can be a problem. Not only could you be left without power, you might also be trapped by roads that have either caved in or are covered with debris. Having a store of food and water on hand at all times is really a necessity that most people don’t pay attention to. The U.S. government’s HOMELAND DEFENSE DEPARTMENT recommends that all individuals and families should have an emergency food reserve, 72 hour emergency kits, etc. Having a backup food reserve could end up being one of the most important purchases you make for you and your family. This purchase can bring you peace of mind that if ANYTHING were to happen, whether an act of God or an act of terrorism, your family will have the supplies it needs until help arrives.