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  • 5 Ways to Heat your MRE

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    The MRE Side Dish Combo includes a variety of delicious sides to eat on the go.

    On a campout, on-the-go, or in an emergency, Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) are a great way to get the nutrition and energy you need while you’re away from home. MRE’s are great because you can eat them absolutely any way you want.

    MREs are pre-cooked meals making them safe to eat straight from the package—warm or cold.

    But if you’re just not into eating your food cold (when you’ve got the choice), here are five ways you can heat up your MRE to satisfy your taste buds.

    Five Ways to Heat an MRE

    • Use an MRE Heater. MRE heaters are a great way to safely and quickly warm up your Sloppy Joe, Turkey Chili, or other favorite MRE without fire. This is an ideal method to use when you’re trying to warm up your meal in an area where fires are prohibited and it’s great to have in an emergency.
    • Boil it. If you have gear with you, say, on a camping adventure, you can boil water using your camp stove. Once the water is boiling, insert the MRE (removed from its cardboard casing) into the water.
    • Use the power of the sun. If you don’t have an MRE heater and it’s daytime, a great way to heat your MRE is using the sun. Lay your MRE (outside of the cardboard casing) on a rock facing the sun (the darker the rock, the hotter it will get). This definitely isn't the quickest route to heating your meal, but it doesn't require you to carry any additional gear.
    • Lay it on your car engine. If you’re on an outdoor adventure or have left in an emergency with your vehicle, you can use your car engine to heat up the MRE. Make sure to remove the outer cardboard casing before laying the MRE on your warm engine.
    • Build a fire. Just like you cook other foods on camp outs, MREs can be heated by the blaze of a fire. Set the MRE (after having removed the outer cardboard casing) next to the fire pit on the grate, a rock, or just on the lip of the fire pit. If you’re not an expert on campfires, check out our Insight Article “How to Build a Fire” so you can be.

    Do you typically heat your MREs? What’s your favorite method?

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  • We recently moved to Salt Lake City from Nebraska. We have purchased online from Emergency Essentials, and love the fact that we can go to a retail store. We purchased several MREs from one of the scratch and dent sales. We also purchased heaters to go along with them. We love to mountain bike, hike, walk, and just enjoy the outdoors.

    Couple hiking on a trail

    On one of our recent hikes in the mountains, we took along a couple of the MREs. We stopped along the way, and spread out our blanket, made some coffee with our ultra-light stove, and cooked the MREs. They were wonderful and tasted awesome. They were also light and took up very little space in the backpack. The heaters also served a dual purpose. We were able to utilize them to heat up water to clean up our utensils and coffee pot.

    MREs with MRE Heaters

    MREs are easy to pack for a mountain bike excursion, as they take up so little space in a bike bag or hip pack. You can stop anywhere along a trail and have a meal, giving yourself the energy and nutrition to continue.

    Light weight, convenient, tasty, multi-purpose, and easy to pack. So many benefits from such a small and inexpensive product. One other benefit of the MREs is that you can use the box that they are in to light a fire if necessary. The box and plastic sleeve that is left over are easy to pack out and clean-up is simple.

    It is really hard to believe that these things can taste so good, considering it is a pre-packaged food product. We will continue to purchase MREs and use them in our adventures. I am sure we will discover new uses for them as time goes on.

    Jeff and Sherry, UT

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  • Pennies for Prepping Banner

    Hi, friends! Urban Girl here with my Pennies for Prepping update. How did you do this month?

    I decided to take a little different approach to saving my preparedness cash in March. Since I use a mostly-cash system to pay for things, I decided to set aside a $20 bill at the beginning of the month, and then if I absolutely needed to use it for something, I would pull it out of my Pennies for Prepping jar. (And by need I do actually mean need—like gas in my car to get to work, or shampoo. [Though I do realize that some people think those needs are debatable.])

    As it turns out, I didn't need to break into the bank, and I put away a few additional dollars throughout the month for a total of $26.52. Adding that to my balance of $4.56 left from February, I had a total of $31.08 available for preps.

    I was looking over the things I’ve purchased since January, along with the things I’ve collected since I started thinking about preparedness. I realized that I was missing items in a few crucial areas:

    -warmth (I had hand warmers, but they were expired, so who knows how good they would have been)

    -light (I have flashlights in my kits, but nothing for around the house, and nothing that would leave my hands free for getting things done)

    -food (I have a 3600-calorie ration bar in each kit, and wanted to add more options)

    There are, of course, other areas I need to add to, but these are the ones I chose to focus on for now.

     

    So, here’s what I got in March:

    An LED Glow Stick Combo. I split the glow sticks between my at-home and car emergency kits so I have another option for light if my flashlight isn't enough—especially if I’ve got someone else with me who will need their own source of light.

    LED Glowstick Combo

     

    Four HotSpot Hand Warmers. They were a killer deal in March at 1.99 each. So I stocked up. For now I think reusable hand warmers will be enough to get me through spring, summer, and fall. But before winter gets here, I’ll get some single-use 18-hour hand and body warmers for my car kit in case I have some problems on the road in bad weather.

    Hot Spot Reusable Hand Warmer

    Four packs of Fresh & Go floss. These individual packets of floss are genius, in my opinion. Stick some in your kits, stash a few in your purse, or pack a couple in your wallet so you can always have dazzling chompers…spinach salad and freshly-cracked pepper notwithstanding.

     Fresh and Go Pocket Floss

    One of the new High Uinta Gear™ Night Sight™ Headlamps. I wouldn't necessarily say I’m a klutz, but if I were ever asked to hold a flashlight and try to change a tire simultaneously, I think only failure and injury would result. So, I’m investing in headlamps for my kits—one at a time for now. This time the headlamp is going in my car kit, and next time it will go in my at-home kit.

    High Uinta Night Sight headlamp

    A couple of MREs. Have you tried the new Garlic Herb Chicken MRE? (technically it's called Chicken Breast Fillet Seasoned with Garlic and Herb Sauce, but who has time to say all that?) If you haven't tried it, order it now. You’ll thank me later, I promise. This meat has delicious flavor and will go well with almost anything. Eat it alone for some quick protein, or eat the chicken and sauce over some rice for a great entrée. Serve it with veggies, wrap it up in a tortilla with some refried beans, etc., etc., and so forth. (Yum.)

    Chicken Breast Fillet with Garlic and Herb Sauce

     I also grabbed a Ratatouille MRE—because Ratatouille is awesome.

    So that’s it for my March purchases. I am left with $1.28 toward April purchases. And I think I’ll check back with you guys to tell you my planned purchases before the month is over—I tend to buy sale items, so in case you want to take advantage of the sales, too, I’ll post while they’re still valid.

    What about you? Saving up for anything specific? If you don’t live near a store, consider saving up for a longer period of time and just placing one or two orders a year with your Pennies for Prepping to save on shipping costs.

    Until next time, happy prepping!

    --Urban Girl

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  • March Group Items

    This month as part of our group program Emergency Essentials has a an impressive item on sale—the Hydropack. This is an extremely easy filtration system to use and provides 12 ounces of flavored water. All you do is drop the Hydropack in water (no matter how murky), wait 8 to 12 hours, and drink.* 

    Here’s how the Hydropack works: forward osmosis pushes water through a thin membrane that prohibits the passage of sediment, protozoa, bacteria, and pollutants larger than 5 ten-billionths of a meter. We’re offering the Hydropack at $15.00 for a pack of 10. That makes it 50% off! You have to buy at least 5 packs of 10 in order to receive the group discount, but it shouldn’t be hard to talk your friends into joining you for this great product. 

    Freeze dried Sweet Corn is also part of our group special this month. Bursting with flavor, this corn makes a wonderful side dish. It’s also handy for soups, salads, and casseroles. On sale for $12.00 each when you buy 12 or more cans. 

    If you missed the 18 Pack of MRE Pears last month, you’re in luck. They’re still in stock! We’ve also kept freeze dried strawberries and the Fresh and Go Travel Toothbrushes in the group specials this month. Don’t miss them this time around. 

    There are more group specials that we haven’t featured in this post. Click here to see them all.

     

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: MRE, March group sale items, pears, hydropack, freeze dried sweet corn

  • Friends, can you believe it’s March already? February absolutely flew by. And good riddance, right? I’m ready for spring to start.

    In February my plan was to save $5 toward preparedness supplies since I only saved about $2 in January. Well, guess what? Since I was thinking about it more, I actually saved almost $20! Here’s how I did it:

    1)      I took out cash for my monthly expenses (outside of larger expenses, like rent, that I pay for by check).

    2)      I requested the cash in $20 bills.

    3)      When all that was left of a $20 was loose change and $1 bills, it all went into my prep fund jar and I broke the next $20.

    4)      The end result was that I never even missed that extra change or the $1 bills.

    So, my ending balance from January was $1.01. In February I saved $19.55, bringing my total to $20.56. Here’s what I bought:

    I’m going to try saving just as much in March—we’ll see how it goes. Eventually I want to buy a small stove, a tent, a bivvy, and some MREs. But I’m also going to consider items that are on sale each month (like some of the great sale items this month), so I have to be patient and pace myself.

    What about you? Were you able to save some pennies and get something for your preps in February? What’s your goal for March?

     P.S. Guess what? I got a Katadyn Vario™ water filter as a gift in February! I couldn't believe it—what a blessing! I would have had to save my pennies for the rest of the year to buy that!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Urban Girl, Prepping on a Budget, Budget, Pennies for Prepping, Sanitation, Utensils, Tents, Bivvy, MRE, Stove