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#288679 - 04/10/18 02:35 AM MRE shortage

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1828
I was checking around for MRE crackers,single meals and so on for this years canoe trips. the companys said that the storms,wild fires,floods that have come one right after another have drawn down the supply until mid year.this is the first time ever in all the years I've been buying up for trips that the stock has been so low for so long.

#288681 - 04/10/18 03:14 AM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6228
Loc: southern Cal
Quite believable, based on what we have experienced here locally. But MREs aren't the only game in town
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#288683 - 04/10/18 08:03 AM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2078
Loc: Great Plains
I realize it's not quite the same but you may want to head over to the Mountain House website and check out their Military meals (formerly known as LRP Rations). They're freeze dried like other MH stuff but compressed into a very compact, tight block as opposed to the loose bag that their backpacking stuff is sealed in. They're not fine dining but IMO they're at least as good tasting as MREs! Maybe a little better. Portions are fairly generous compared to an MRE and they're much lighter.

Granted, they require hot water to prepare so they're not a no-cook option like an MRE. Well, they say to boiling water but I imagine cold water would reconstitute them although it might take longer. They probably wouldn't be all that tasty cold but neither would an MRE.

I noticed that CampingSurvival.com has some MREs in stock, especially if you don't mind the reduced sodium verions. Not a huge variety but as you say, if the supply is limited you probably can't be too picky!
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#288792 - Yesterday at 10:21 PM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Burncycle Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 509
I noticed that as well.

I usually strip the MRE down to the entree and plan for three entrees per day for food (they pack very flat along the back of my daypack, easily getting 9 in a 20 liter pack without much impact on internal storage volume), supplemented by clif bars when on the go. So it was nice to be able to go online and buy just what I want. Locally they have the whole MRE for $5 (living near a military base) which isn't bad, I just pick and choose then strip those down.


I just received some LRP freeze dried entrees today. Basically the same as mountain house pro pak, but packs MUCH friendlier due to the cubed shape as Phaedrus indicated -- why they don't do that for the civilian versions I have no idea.

At $10 each they're pretty steep but when you run the numbers it's not too bad -- they're just over half the weight of an MRE entree, but usually double the calories -- so you're looking at 4.5 ounces versus 16 ounces for roughly similar calories. So cost wise you'd have to compare it to buying two MRE entrees which tend to go for $3-4 these days, so it would be $10 versus $6-8 which is (a little) more reasonable.

Of course, if your area is light on water and you have to schlep it around anyway, so it may not be worth it to you, and it takes more time to constitute, so YMMV. I'm in the Southeast, water is pretty easy to find, and my plan is keep one per day and use them in the evening when I've settled in for the night, opting for more ready to eat food during the day. The end result should be more calories per day and less overall weight.

I don't go on trips as often as I'd like to, so I've decided to build up my stock a little at a time. Will definitely stock up on the MRE entrees again when they become more available again

#288799 - Today at 02:53 AM Re: MRE shortage [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2078
Loc: Great Plains
I like the LRPs to be honest. The best of them are about as good any packable/portable meals. Typically where I go there's plenty of water around so it's a waste to pack it in (note- it will need to be treated but that's lighter than carrying water as well). They're a little bit expensive but I don't get out on longer trips as often as I'd like either, so a dozen LRP meals might last me a whole summer. And on a multi-day trip you really should be packing fresh or frozen food for the first day. A frozen steak or pork chop wrapped in a towel will be fine for the first day. After that it's LRPs, MREs, Cliff Bars, raman, etc.
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