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Re: My custom made M.eal [A.lmost]R.eady to E.at's "UPDATED"

Post by Apollo-11 » Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:28 pm

Unslung, the greatest Wookie in the history of ZS, :lol: you are right on with the Sailor Boy pilot bread and peanut butter. I love that stuff, and it's really tough enough to survive. Good point about the rice - can be eaten without adding anything to it, or even heating it up.

KMAC179, you can buy individual MRE pieces here very reasonably. If you meet the minimum order of $22.00, shipping is free:
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Post by KMAC179 » Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:31 am

Noice. Thanks a lot.
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Post by Luthifer » Sat Jan 09, 2010 5:40 pm

Wanted to chime in on this thread, I got some good ideas from this thread, and wanted to share my version, which will no doubt evolve. I made several versions of this, mainly centered around the precooked rice in the orange pouch, and pouched chix, tuna, and SPAM. There's some dried cranberries, a Clif Bar, a Hershey bar (with almonds), my favorite PB crackers, coco powder, and some sports drink powder in each meal, along with an accessory pouch with TP, mints, wetnaps, matches, a tealite candle, and an AA battery, (props to the OP).
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Each meal comes in at about 1650 calories, with roughly 30% of those from fat. Each meal weighs about 1 lb 11 oz. I used the zip vaccuum bags like the OP, just vacced enough to lock everything down and compact it slightly, not enough to bust up the crackers or puncture the bag.

2 meals go into the GHB, which is the patrol pack from the main ruck, and 2 more in the ruck, mixed with some MH FD stuff. SO's pack will have more of the the same, though she no likey tuna and SPAM.
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Post by Apollo-11 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:05 pm

She will be grateful for it if she gets hungry enough... Good picture there, Luthifer.

I have to carry snacks against sudden hypoglycemia and I have discovered something interesting. My EDC food needs to be "durable" as well as nutritious. I have touched on this in this thread and elsewhere. It's based on my experience of carrying calories in my man-purse for years. Regular candy bars and those peanut butter crackers (even though they are yummy and delicious) will get pummelled to dust (...and the package might burst open to distribute the dust all over the place). I switched over to Peanut M&Ms and prepackaged gummy bears, both available at Costco, for durable calories in my man-purse. I also carry a bottle of Coke and glucose pills. I used to carry a can of Coke, but those will eventually leak and get all over everything.

It's good that you vacuum sealed them. If you wanted to keep those non-durable items, but wanted a little extra insurance, you could vacuum seal them inside their own pouch (or ziplock) and put that inside the main pouch. That way, if they did burst open, you wouldn't open your meal to find a fine powder of chocolate and peanut butter crackers all over everything.

Something to consider. Your mileage may vary. Depends on how much you expect that these meals will get banged around.
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Post by Luthifer » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:21 pm

Apollo-11 wrote:{snip}It's good that you vacuum sealed them. If you wanted to keep those non-durable items, but wanted a little extra insurance, you could vacuum seal them inside their own pouch (or ziplock) and put that inside the main pouch. That way, if they did burst open, you wouldn't open your meal to find a fine powder of chocolate and peanut butter crackers all over everything.

Something to consider. Your mileage may vary. Depends on how much you expect that these meals will get banged around.{snip}
For the most part, these meals will be in a stuffsack, on the interior of the pack, with cushiony stuff around. My GHB will seldom see actual carry, but will remain in my car, which is never far from me. Eventually, as the meal contents evolve, i may seal them in mylar bags, but I sort of like the accessibility of the zipvac bags- easier to rotate items as they expire, easier to modify. The idea for indiv. bags on the frangible items is received and understood, about to be implemented. Thanks for your input.
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Post by jakecwu » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:14 pm

So I came up with my own version of the MARE:

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Each one contains the following:

1 Pack Ready Rice
1 Pack Tuna Creations
1 Pack Instant Oatmeal
1 Pack M&M's
2 Trio Bars
1 Can Fruit
2 Packs instant hot cocoa
1 Pack instant coffee
1 Pack crystal light
1 Pack dry creamer
1 Pack sugar
1 Pack salt
1 Plastic spoon
1 Plastic fork
1 Paper Towel
1 Gallon zip-lock
1 Wet-wipe

This adds up to about 1600 calories per MARE and vacuum-packs down to this:

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We carry two each of these in our GHB's in the cars in addition to two Clif bars in each. Not a bad start and, while I didn't do the math, I think that they work out to about $6 a piece. A little bit cheaper than military MRE's at current prices and I suspect my wife will be more willing to eat these. As an aside I tried eating the ready rice uncooked and although the taste was tolerable, the texture was a bit starchy. That said, everything in these "MARE's" is pretty easy to cook in a canteen cup over a Sterno hobo stove which is what we carry in each GHB.

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Post by Badger24 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:20 pm

How many Miller Lites in this Meal. :D

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Post by southern_goober » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:12 am

I've been very interested in MREs lately and these home-made MREs look like such a better idea to get something that is custom tailored to you. I don't mind spending the extra money if it's exactly what I want.

What do you think about adding these in each pack?

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They are available on the minimus.biz website linked earlier. (I was thinking instead of buying these individually, I could actually take a poop and see how much paper I used, and then fold up that much toilet paper and put it in each of the prepared bags.)

Also, I didn't see it mentioned, but a good multivitamin would be nice, since our diet would be getting pretty screwed up by eating this type of food.

Question: An "advantage" to real MREs for me is the 5 year shelf life. What do you think is the shelf life of these homemade ones? I googled to lookup the shelf life of candy bars, and I saw figures ranging from 8 to 12 months.

Question: Does it help shelf life if we vacuum seal the bags?

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Post by Chase The hero » Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:57 am

you mentioned some cocoa or other drink mix, and in my experience a couple of the crystal lite lemonade packets take up no space and can make hydration a little more palatable.
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Post by klrvagabond » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:40 am

A drink option I didn't notice (I read through fairly quickly; apologize if I missed it) is Emergen-C. They're not the tastiest things, but they're packed with vitamins and such and they don't take much room. The flavor's enough to at least mostly kill the taste of iodine tabs. I wouldn't do more than one or two a day, but I think they're worth including. Exact numbers vary, but the ones I have at the office at the moment have 1250 IU vitamin A, 1000mg vitamin C, 100 IU vitamin D, 10mg of B6, 25mcg of B12, and a variety of other nutrients. They'd help balance your intake, and they really pick you up pretty quickly if you're tired/dehydrated/hung over.

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Post by Apollo-11 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:28 pm

As far as shelf life goes, I figure that I'm going to go camping at least once a year, even as busy as I am. So I bring along my old homemade MRE and eat it while camping. Write down what you liked/didn't like, if anything had spoiled, if you were missing anything important, how it filled you up, etc. When you get home, take out your notes and tweak the menu if necessary, and make a new MRE. That way, they are never more than 12 months old. The environment you are going to keep this in (damp basement, hot car trunk, etc) will likely cut way down on the shelf life anyway. So why not eat it and make a new one?
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