March 25, 2014 at 11:39 am #2467
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!
- 8 x Belvita Biscuits 445 £0.76
- Coffee Sachet 75 £0.14
- Cup a Soup 90 £0.10
- Mugshot Pasta 307 £0.68
- Lemon + Black pepper tuna tins x 2 340 £1.10
- 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!
Also I have a vacuum sealer from Fresherpack click HERE
so it makes the meals even cheaper for now, however it would make long term sense to obtain my own at some point.
This is a very basic but very tasty MRE option and I am sure as I experiment further that it will develop and become more season friendly with both a range of hot and cold meals.March 25, 2014 at 11:48 am #2484
I am very interested in this topic, since I know value of MRE (in real situation) and also for me here it is very expensive to get, and hard to get too.March 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm #2791
This is doable, and a very elegant at-home solution to the problem. I think I will make some of these up, too!March 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm #3009
Anika, please let me know how you get on and perhaps even improve it.March 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm #3017
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I would like to add, if your a foodsaver vac sealer addict like my self. You can make your own coffee pouchs as well. I did mine and added my sugar right to it as well as whitener, makes them a bit bigger, but not really when you look at the items separate.
I have also done this with cereal and added the powdered milk right to the pouch, then its a just add water item!
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