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Would it be too much trouble to post a list of the foods and number of packages you purchased for the rations.
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all that dehydated instant food can usually be purchased in big honking boxes at your local restaurant supply place and broken down to one meal portions
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So I took a trip today to my local Sam's club and picked up ingredients for some homemade MRE's.

I got the idea from 'Urban Cowboy' who posted a thread about this a few months back: Found here >>> https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...e+made+mre%27s

I spent about $250 on all the stuff. My wife and I figure we'll get about 50-60 individual meal packs out of that. Keep in mind that each meal pack contains stuff for at least 2 meals/day. Not bad.

We packed 25 meals and stowed them in our BOB's. We have a bunch more to pack but we just had other stuff to do. Another day. Included with the food are two vitamin C pills (1000mg total).

So here are some pics of my project. Im not all high speed with the computer and so dont know how to post a pic then text then pic.....so heres all the pics (hopefully in chronological order!)
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Good looking work dirtyape. I too was inspired by urban cowboys thread. I think this is going to catch on.

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Yeah, I think its too good of an idea to pass up. I just secured about 100 meals for @ $2.50 per.

Anyone else been busy with their homemade meals?
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looks real good !!!!!
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Good job!!
Looks like you balanced it out pretty well.
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i made some mre's they are in ziplock bags for now trying to find a food saver in my price range
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i made some mre's they are in ziplock bags for now trying to find a food saver in my price range
I actually got a coupon code and saved 50% or so on the one I have, Well worth it. The bags on the other hand...they are outrageous!

The only problem im having with these is the heat. I have a box of 12 that I would love to keep in my truck but Im living in Savannah so everything in the MRE's would melt.

I dont know, I guess its just something else to grab in a bug out situation.
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dirtyape can I ask how often you rotate out the perishables?

Here's a thought, this isnt exactly an MRE this is a ration pack, anything that needs cooking to eat isnt ready to eat, such as the pasta pictured. I was in the supermarket today thinking about this when I came upon the precooked packets of rice and pasta in a sauce, that have a average 1yr useby date.

This is by no means meant to flame or detract from the sterling work you've done it was just a thought, if you evision any sort of militant E&E bugout you dont wanna be cooking, for all else your good to go
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dirtyape can I ask how often you rotate out the perishables?

Here's a thought, this isnt exactly an MRE this is a ration pack, anything that needs cooking to eat isnt ready to eat, such as the pasta pictured. I was in the supermarket today thinking about this when I came upon the precooked packets of rice and pasta in a sauce, that have a average 1yr useby date.

This is by no means meant to flame or detract from the sterling work you've done it was just a thought, if you evision any sort of militant E&E bugout you dont wanna be cooking, for all else your good to go
I just made them so as far as rotating them out I havent thought about that yet. According to Urban Cowboy these packs, which are vaccum sealed, should have a 3-5yr shelf life. Im figuring that if I havent used them in about a year or so, I'll start rotating them.

Yeah, in an E&E situation I wont be cooking, but theres a lot of stuff in the packs that is ready to eat without any preparation.

The packs your describing are precooked pasta and rice? So all you gotta do is add water Im assuming? They sound like a perfect adition to any homemade MRE. I havent seen them before I dont think.

Im not by any means finished, I'd like to add another 100 meal bags to my stash for get up and go type situations.

Thanks for your imput!
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the response to this thread has been awesome...I'm glad so many folks are starting to take a serious look at something more important than American Idol or the latest, greates mobile device....KEEP PREPPING!
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I hope you don't mind if I use this at my next survivalist meet up.

I actually made a file for this, to be uploaded. If you give me permission, I will add it to the file section. This was one of the best step by step instructions I have found and you deserve respect for sharing it.
A little late on my part, but feel absolutely free to slice and dice it....like it or not, we're all in this together, and i want my allies to be reading from the same page when tshtf....
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btw...yeah, i love my dogs, but if my food should run out, and my girls are hungry....well....use your imagination....
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UC....this is EXACTLY what I needed...thanx for the pics....I have a lot of this but I also have a large dehydrator (excalibur) and a commercial vacuum sealer (I love it more than ....)....I am putting together my mre's based upon yours and added stuff from my DEHYDRATOR BIBLE....if you havent read that book...you should.

I'm such a visual learner...again thanx for the pics
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Very Cool Idea not just for an emergency situation too. Throw a couple in the car you can eat a good meal if you dont want to run to get food between classes, a great idea for college students, gives us a great backup to fast food!
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Well this thread was so inspiring i went and made myself some DIY MREs too. Figured i would share. Here is my 4 primary MREs. A couple notes though. Crackers are not pictured, the small white circle looking things are 10"x7" towels, spices(salt, pepper, etc) are somewhere else, and lastly I didnt feel TP should be included in here(but i did consider it based on suggestions). Each are approx 2050-2300 calories, are 3 good square meals, and weigh a little over 2 pounds a piece. Thanks UC for this great thread.

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I noticed you had a single serving of Stove Top. Where did you find that at. I would like to pick some up but have been unable to find it at the local retailers.
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Just figured out what to do with a vacum meal sealer at my parents house they don't use.
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I noticed you had a single serving of Stove Top. Where did you find that at. I would like to pick some up but have been unable to find it at the local retailers.
I did all my shopping at wal mart(except Gatorade and towel pills). Made 7 MRE day kits containing 3 meals and snacks for about 6.xx a day. The stove top was at wal mart. Check yours. My idea was to throw a little chicken in there and cook it for a nice dinner and all i need to add was water and some salt. Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Good post guys!

I was wondering if anyone had any success making their own(ready to eat, no prep) MREs... Is this possible to do at home? That was a major draw for me for the MRE, being able to eat straight out of the bag if absolutely necessary. I like the "just add water" insta-foods, but I like to keep my options open.

Also, I don't know if anyone here is into Indian food... but it seems that they produce MRE Indian dishes. I was kind of blown away when I first opened the outer package to find a very familiar vacuum sealed bag. They can also be eaten heated or straight out of the package. I also must say that they taste much better than military MREs. They also can be rationed quite efficiently when served with a batch of rice.
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