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Question by aklund. Uploaded on January 28, 2009
Probaby one of those Moutian House meals. http://www.mountainhouse.com/ Check them out
I like to vacum seal food for short trips. It's cheaper and taste better.
MRE Chicken and Rice. You've got Tabasco in there, pepper, salt, it's own little heating system, and it's as compact as you can get in a ready to go meal. Not all MRE meals taste bad, and you can get a ton of them at Surplus stores. Not to mention they'll last you forever.
The MRE's are packed with calories- better choice if you get stranded- you can stretch it a couple of days, and you don't need to add water or cook it.
MRE, hands-down! There is 2000 calories packed in there if you eat it all. That is enough for a whole day. There are portions of the meal that you don't prepare at all, others can be heated up or mixed with water. The very best part of the MRE is that there is a flameless ration heater in there. You add some water, slip in your entree and wait about 10 minutes while it gets warmed up. It's a perfect mid-day pick-me-up, to get some hot chow in your belly to keep you going down the trail.
If you had to pack a lot of food on your back I would go with the mountain house as it is much lighter and takes up less space, but it takes water and time to prepare, and a mess-kit to eat it out of. A little more complicated.
If I was bringing only one meal it would be an MRE with a heater (check the box).
store-bought dehydrated meal?
MRE - they are cheaper and you only have to use about 2 ounces of your water to prepare it. They are loaded with all the essentials you need to function in harsh environments, or the military wouldn't be using them...
MRE hands down. light weight, easy to fix.
i would go with a MRE
MRE's are handy and serve there purpose, but I am a big fan of making my own jerky and snacks in a dehydrator. Not to mention I really like the taste of it. Pack some water tabs and your good to go.
MRE's have always given me gas. (7 years prior service)
MRE, they are high calorie, come with a condiment pack, cheap, easy to heat, and taste pretty good.
MRE's are cheap and high caloried and not all of them are terrible tasting. I actually had a decent chicken and noodles one lately.
This is my 100th answer. Me and my dad (we both answer peoples questions on this account) thank you for letting us help! :)
MRE's are better to have if you get in a survival situation
MRE are actually good meals and they are very cheap! That is the only food we buy when we do our Colorado trips.
MRE because you have more food. But I think store bought dehydrated food might taste better.
MRE's are a grat choice.
MRE's are a great choice.
Room in your pack for one (1) meal? I'd have to choose one of the MREs. Three meals? I'd say there's room for other options. By the way, I can't remember the last time I ever packed only one meal. I'd leave other pack items behind before I'd depart with only one. You never can be absolutely certain if weather or mishap will delay you.
T How old are you? If you're dad uses the same account you just have to wonder.
MRE if I didn't want to take a little stove and pot along. My favorite backpack meal as of late is to get a pack of loaded baked dehydrated potatos, pouch of turkey gravey mix, and a can of chicken meat. Add the chicken meat to the gravey and serve over the potatos, a lot of good food for the not much weight. 1 can of meat, 2 packs of gravey, and 2 packs of potatos will fill up 3 guys.
Man. Any of the beef MREs are OK. It'd be an MRE, but 7 months eating MREs in the field in Iraq (one per day, supplementing as much care package chow as possible) has done a lot of irreversible damage. Oddly enough, though, the beef MREs don't make me shudder. MREs to avoid (since y'all have a choice): Jamaican Pork Chop, Beef Frankfurters (Five Fingers of Death), Country Captain Chicken (WTF?), and any of the gawdawful "vegetarian" choices. Best MRE: POT ROAST (delicious, actually). Jalapeno cheese spread is the best -- warm it up with your main meal in the heater sleeve. Do not eat that bad boy cold!!!
I would say an MRE, they are designed to have one a day, you can eat a warm meal and have a heat pack for your hands with nothing but a little water to add, and it is light to carry. I would recommend anything vegetarian, in my experience meat just doesn't store well in them, and if you are lucky you might score a pound cake. I have opened them up just to find the cake!
well I'll go ahead and cast my vote for an MRE but I'm really surpised none of you old timers brought up the all time favorite Omlet with Ham!!! :) talk about making you want to puke, that was the old brown bag or the dark one the ones from the mid 90s up are great.
and I'll echo what Texas said those suck but strangely I like the oriental ones Chicken chow mein and theres another one too that isn't bad... Man now I'm hungry! ;)
The MRE's offer more calories, but weigh a ton compared the freeze dried meals. I keep a few in my truck and about 10 in my SHTF regimen. If I'm hiking anywhere I've got my pack/my cookstove and my freezedried stuff in there. MRE'S are fine if someone else is toting them, but freezedried taste better.
Really the only decent MRE's are the military ones, which you cannot easily find as they are government property, and therefore cannot legally be sold. Freeze dried and dehydrated food is quite expensive. When I need lunch in the field, I use this wonderful new invention called a lunch box.
I would say a MRE, I have eaten plenty of them on deployment. With everyone talking about using water to heat them, you could always use the water around you. We were doing training near the ocean so I filled up the heater with salt water. I have used stream water and gatorade. Any liquid will do, also they are coming out with new meals like tuna and sloppy joe filling. Some of the items you have to mix and have an imagination. (Like mixing crackers + spiced apples= apple crisp. I know it is not the really thing but its the next best when you are far from home.)
I would go with MRE. Lots of stuff in the full meal pouches and the heater is contained in it. No need to bring a stove or anything. But then again...if you dont have a stove you cant boil water if you dont have potable aqua or something like that.
I make stuff at home from stuff bought at the store. (ex.) sandwhich
Ramen + Snickers = elk hunt dinner, o yea, i can buy like 30 packs of noodles for the price of 1 MRE.
mre in my pack with jerky in my pocket mre's last forever and for the most part are really good all depends on what type of food you like
If you can take only one meal, you have no idea how to pack.
You can OPEN the MREs and pick and choose an assortment to stash in your buttpack, pack, jacket pockets. Crackers in the pockets to nibble while hiking, etc...
Like above, a few Snickers stuck here and there are a fine idea.
And of course, you are taking a bag or E-tool to NOT LEAVE THAT CRAP SCATTERED ALL OVER MY WOODS! Sorry, I usually just think that in silent frustration.
a mre cause they taste better, and unlike mtn. house foods you dont need to ad hot water.
MRE.....All the way......
MRE... easier to make no matter what and are better for a strander/survival situation
im a us marine... i know that mre's are packed with calories and 1 mre is enough for more than three meals.
ive took them on ling hikes with me out in the washington.
well good luck
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