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Old 03-19-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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I ran across this article on MRE shelf life. Apparently the new MREs have a shorter shelf life than the old one. The link provides the new information. Shorter Shelf Life for MREs | Preparedness Advice Blog
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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They put up another article today:

Civilian vs Military MREs

This gives a nice little introduction to MRE's for those who have never bought them and want to know a little bit about them to get started, if considering placing their first order. Tomorrows follow-up article will cover freeze-dried and dehydrated.
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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Boy, I don't see that making something "taste better" by shortening its shelf life as a good thing. It isn't going to taste very good when it's rotten and it could kill you.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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It's a trade-off. Hard to say whether it is a good one, because that is kind of imposing a "one size fits all" solution that just doesn't work. 10+ year lifespans are pretty long as it is, and 25+ year lifespans that freeze dried food has, even moreso. There's a time and place for that kind of storage, but I think the more routine use is over the short term, on average, and so the trade-off for better taste may be worth it.

It might be wiser to have two kinds of food stockpiles, one that is longer term 20 - 30+ years, for true unthinkable exigencies (i.e. FEMA and the military should each have its own long term stockpile of this type)..... and then shorter term supplies which taste better, and are more suitable for routine use, but are more likely to be rotated and used up on a more frequent basis, and as such, don't necessitate really extreme storage lengths. I don't know what data the military has on this, insofar as what is the average storage time their MRE's sit around, but I would think that field rations are rotated often enough such that they aren't going to be stored for 10+ years anyway in many cases, and so having that long a storage term may be a little overkill.

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:21 PM
 
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After eatigod Sea rations inthe 60's anyhting that can make them tatse better for the troops is good really:IMO> As to civlian use that is another thnig but I support the better tatse for our troops.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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Don't forget that MREs were not developed with long term storage by the civilain market in mind. They do what they were designed to do.
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