In the seventies, did NASA something to replace their tube-based astronaut meals. Military research labs created the first MREs (Meals Ready to Eat, or corresponding bags) to meet this need. After NASA successfully passed a bag-based system, so the military value and replaced their field rations corresponding bags. Since then these corresponding bags have been continuously improved in MREs we see today. An MRE’s multi-layered bag is more convenient than a can, but it’s equally adept at preserving food. If you’re looking for something cheaper, more compact and easier to find, here are some options.
Meat and Rice Pouches
A good place to find MRE options are your local grocery store. When browsing look aisles for fish or chicken fillet in foil bags. These bags weigh 4:56 grams and costs about $ 2 unless you have a coupon. You can get them in many different seasonings to suit your preferences. You can also find 8.8 ounce ready-to-eat pouches of beans and rice or flavored rice for about the same price. Add a pop-top box with fruit salad for a complete meal. To make a compact package that lasts even longer, use a vacuum sealer. This do-it-yourself tasting MRE better and costs less than the military version.
Freeze Dried Starters
If you have a big sporting goods store in your area, freeze-dried foods is another good option. They can be expensive, but they are favored by backpackers for its light weight, compact size, comfort and taste. With a shelf life of 25 years or more, freeze dried starters outlast MREs but you need water to fix them. Since freeze drying locks in flavor and texture, when you rehydrate and warm these starters they taste almost fresh. Most freeze dried starters come in two-serving bags. Just add them to the boiling water to make a hot meal.
Meal Replacement Bars and Drinks
Athletes and bodybuilders use energy bars and protein drinks in their daily workout routines. Their need for quick and easy nutrition created a market for meal replacement products and today they are everywhere. These products range in price from one to several dollars, and they are designed to deliver a good balance of nutrients, proteins, fats and carbohydrates without slowing you down. Since these meal replacements are easy to digest, assimilate body them quickly and converts them to energy. Meal replacement shakes come in 250 calorie eight-ounce bottles that delivers about 10 grams of protein, 40 grams carbohydrates and five grams of fat. A 370 calorie meal replacement bar provides about nine grams of protein, 48 grams carbohydrates and 18 grams of fat. The goods do not like a MRE but deliver the big nutrition.