MEAL KIT SUPPLY MRE – MEAL READY TO EAT
Delivered by UPS, the mre s come in a clearly labeled white and black
box. Although this makes them easily found and identified in a
prepper’s storage room, your UPS guy has no need to guess what’s in the
box. Fortunately for me, my UPS guy seems pretty oblivious as to what
they are, and having gotten only one case, probably didn’t raise any
eyebrows. However, regular orders being delivered in order to bolster
your supply could draw some attention. One could consider this an OPSEC
issue, but it is only a minor one in my opinion as most UPS guys are
more interested in getting back home to dinner than what they are
actually delivering. Although, Meal Kit Supply might want to consider a
more discrete package.
Inside the case is twelve complete meals, the sample sent to me included
the flameless heater option. There were only 2 meals that were
duplicated and those were more suited to a breakfast, which they say is
the most important meal of the day anyhow. Each meal is packed in its
own thick plastic bag which proved to be quite durable and waterproof,
albeit somewhat frustrating to open using the “open here” pull tabs, but
a pocket knife makes this a non issue. Here is the meal breakdown…
Apple Maple Oatmeal – 2
Maple Flavor Pork Sausage Patty – 2
Chicken With Tomatoes and Feta Cheese – 1
Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce – 1
Spaghetti With Beef and Sauce – 1
Meatballs in Marinara Sauce – 1
Chili With Beans – 1
Chicken, Noodles, Vegetables in Sauce – 1
Ratatouille (Mixed Vegetables and Penne) – 1
Vegetable Lasagna – 1
Instructions & Nutritional Information Booklet – 1
vegetable lasagna meal was packaged in a way that I could not read the
meal description, so curiosity got the best of me and this is the first
meal I tried. As I mentioned, the thick plastic bag that these meals
are packed in can be difficult to open, which is probably a good thing
if you think about it, but a pocket knife makes quick work of that
issue. Inside the bag were the different components of the meal which
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Drink Mix
Cocoa Beverage Powder
Accessory Packet (Spoon, Instant Coffee, Coffee Whitener, Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Moist Towelette, Napkin)
I added up the calorie content of each item, I found that the complete
meal had about 1200 calories. Two of these per day would meet minimum
requirements and three would certainly sustain you in an active
environment. Although not every daily nutritional requirement was met
by the meal, vitamin C was well represented with over 500% of the daily
needs and several other vitamins such as B6 were very well represented.
Item By Item –
The first thing I did was get the main course started with the
heater. This required the heater bag being filled to a line with about
two ounces of water. The bag is then folded around the main course meal
pouch and set outdoors. The reason for this is that the reaction that
produces the heat also produces no toxic exhaust steam and hydrogen gas.
I put mine outside the back door on an old piece of scrap drywall and
waited the recommended ten minutes.
I figured I would go for the drink mix, as most of us wake up with a
pasty mouth and need some liquid refreshment. The pouch contains enough
powder to mix with twelve ounces of water and was very reminiscent of
Tang from the seventies. The powder can be mixed in the pouch, but
would be awkward to drink from given the shape of the pouch. I poured
mine into a water glass.
came a little appetizer, the crackers and grape jelly. The crackers
were a lot like unsalted soda crackers and were a bit broken up from
being tossed around a bit. With the grape jelly spread on top, they
were actually quite palatable. The picture only shows half the portion
as I had already given some to my tasting team, my two and four year
that the ten minute heating was done on the main course, let’s take a
look at what we have. The heat pack has to be handled carefully as it
does what it is supposed to, which is create heat. The foil pack with
the main course opens along the width, which helps when you need to eat
out of the foil.
Wondering just how much food is in this little packet? Me too, so let’s take a look on a plate.
Doesn’t look like much does it? Well believe it or not, it’s not a bad sized portion.
first glance it looks kind of like a can of Chef Boy Ardee, but on
closer inspection you can see some beans and veggies mixed in there and
let me tell you, it may not be gourmet, but it’s a lot better than the
stuff in a can and I didn’t even need the salt & pepper!
Now for a little dessert. I started with the
applesauce. The foil pouch it comes in had a label touting the words
“…enhanced with maltodextrin for enhanced performance”. Malto-what?
had to look this one up to find out more. Simply put, it is vegetable
or grain starch broken down into sugar that has a very high absorption
rate by the body which will give you an energy boost faster than other
forms of sugar. The best thing about the applesauce was the packet,
designed to be eaten out of with a narrow opening. The second picture
shows the portion size on a plate.
so now for the piece de resistance…the fudge brownie. I have to admit
that it just doesn’t stand up to mom’s brownies, but for something out
of a foil package it was pretty good! The portion size is more than
what you would expect and was surprisingly big. A desiccant pack is
included, so be sure to remove it before enjoying.
we’re on a chocolate binge, let’s take a look at the cocoa drink
powder. This was probably the best packaged item in the meal. The foil
packet had a re sealable zipper and was hourglass shaped. This allows
for you to add hot water to the pouch, seal and shake. It was also an
ideal shape to hold and drink from. Not too sweet, but pretty good.
to finish off the meal, let’s have a look at the instant coffee. Not
worth mentioning you say? Think again! Ok, it’s not a Tim Horton’s
double double, but as far as instant goes, it rates better than the jar
of Maxwell House I occasionally dip into. I used six ounces of boiling
water for it and as soon as the powder hit the water, you could smell
that this was something just a bit above your average cup of instant.
And guess what…it was pretty darn good!
Overall, the taste was not haute cuisine, but it was a heck of a
lot better than I expected. Calories are well represented and even
though I shared every part of the meal with the kids, I was more than
satisfied when we were done. By the way, the kids enjoyed everything
too, which is important to many of us, as we don’t need to take special
foods along with us in a bug out situation just for them.
plastic pouch that each meal kit comes in is rugged and waterproof.
Careful attention is made to provide variety in both the meals and the
case pack. Storage time is 5 years, may be more of less, depending on
temperature, but the manufacturing date on the case is a code, which the
key to is provided, but could be marked in a way that would make it
simpler to read…like just stamping the actual date.
These meals are not going to sustain you in perfect
health over long term use, but then again, they aren’t meant to. They
make a perfect addition to a bug out kit, or just to take along on day
trips to the deer blind or fishing hole. The packaged meals weigh
between seven hundred and eight hundred grams each and nutritional info
as well as ingredients are on each item. Also, each foil packet of food
or drink mix has preparation instructions printed on them.
All in all, these make a great addition to your food storage plans and they will definitely have a place in mine.
Visit Meal Kit Supply at http://www.mealkitsupply.com/
Oh, I almost forgot to mention that these are shipped out of Canada, so no customs worries at all.