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For christmas, my sister and her husband gave me two MRE's they got from hurricane sandy relief (i kind of feel guilty about it but hey i didnt ask for em). I had no idea just how jam packed full of calories and nutrients they are. 1200 calories, massive amounts of carbs, proteins, vitamins, and even fiber. And thats just the entree, it also comes with another 700 calories or so of goodies like a cookie and a pop tart. Anyway, is this too good to be true? You can seemingly buy them for about the same price as one mountain house meal which has probably 1/4 the calories and requires a stove. The MRE has the heating element, which also got me wondering, can you make that at home? It consists of magnesium and iron dust enclosed in a pouch with salt water added to it. If so, I can dehydrate at home and not need a stove, awesome for one or two night trips where you don't wanna bring a stove just for one meal. Anyone have experience with MREs, are they worth it? They taste good enough, I just wonder if the nutrition is sufficient. I would also add fresh veggies and fruits to my pack, just using the MREs for dinner basically.
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I usually keep a case of them around...for when I'm too lazy to cook. They can be quite decent eating. Fit nicely in cargo pockets. Not popular with the Ultra Lighters, though.

I still keep freeze-dried or dehydrated foods available, though. For home and afield. That gives me more choices. Many of these also have a longer shelf life, too.

Yes, they're worth the price...if you shop carefully for them by the case. Just make sure that they are of recent manufacture.
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Not popular with the Ultra Lighters, though.

Thats interesting, i'd figured they would be, I mean almost 2000 calories and all your nutrients for under a pound? Just add some peanut butter and fruit and veggies and youre good to go!
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While they can be tasty, do realize you need to drink a LOT of water with both freeze-dried and MRE's. or you'll have "certain" issues ;-)

Don't forget that for many hikers, they easily eat 4K or more calories a day.


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While they can be tasty, do realize you need to drink a LOT of water with both freeze-dried and MRE's. or you'll have "certain" issues ;-)

Don't forget that for many hikers, they easily eat 4K or more calories a day.

Oh I hear that. I was eating around 5k when I was doing trail work. Nothing better than being able to eat as much food as you want all day long! Even so, the entree alone, with 1200 calories, makes up 1/3 to 1/4 of your daily calories, not too bad.
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MRE = Meals Rapidly Exiting
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If you are going to buy MRE's look for cases of just the entree. I think MRE's are heavy, salty, and fatty. I am not positive about this. Check sodium and where calories come from.I have eaten them and I have some in my basement and car.
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If you are going to buy MRE's look for cases of just the entree. I think MRE's are heavy, salty, and fatty. I am not positive about this. Check sodium and where calories come from.I have eaten them and I have some in my basement and car.

Oh yea, its a ton of fat and salt! But thats ok, you need that stuff after a 15 mile day with a full pack on. And good point, because thats all I'm really looking for. The pop tart and cookie arent bad, but I can certainly do without the treats.
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