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My Homemade MRE

instructor

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I have been looking at the high prices of British Army MRE Ration Packs (About £10+ along with postage!) and I decided to opt for making my own for my bug out bag.


All of these items I bought from Asda yesterday / today so these are current prices. I would recommend using a vacuum sealer or Mylar bags with o2 absorbers to make these feasible, otherwise the shelf life I predict is probably not going to be reached due to the nature of some of the items.


Anyway, let’s begin, please note numbers after names are Calories, then price!
Breakfast
8 x Belvita Biscuits 445 £0.76
Coffee Sachet 75 £0.14
Lunch
Cup a Soup 90 £0.10
Dinner
Mugshot Pasta 307 £0.68
Lemon + Black pepper tuna tins x 2 340 £1.10
Snacks
Boost bar 305 £0.25
Kendal mint cake 85g 350 £0.88
Pumpkin seeds 566 £0.55
Straberry lances 300 £0.33
Coffee sachet 75 £0.14


So this leads to a total cost of £4.93 and a whopping 2853 calories!



I have also got three vacuum sealed bags of peanuts, raisins and chocolate drops which I would also chuck into the bug out bag, these contain a staggering 1750 calories for only £0.99 and will last for ages in the vacuum seal!


I'll add as well, my MRE weighs about 870g, where as a normal British Army one weighs 1750g and also its technically not an MRE as it requires water and minimal heating, but I have both of those in my BOB so nothing to worry about really!
 

38thfoot

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If you look at the calorie content of a British ration pack at about 4000 then you may find that your MRE works out as less of a bargain, depending on how much you are paying. Also the quality of some of the latest meals is very very high, if someone served me the paella in a china bowl in a restaurant then I wouldn't complain, some of the curries are also very very good.

Don't let that stop you from experimenting though, your menus looks good enough but I know what I would prefer to live on for weeks at a time (although I'm not paying for it)!
 
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