Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
|Meal Ready to Eat (MRE)|
At $70 to $80 for a dozen meals, the only people that I recommend storing M.R.E.s are Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and others that are issued the meal.
It would be easy to skip a meal or two, during each training event, to build up a stock of food. After a year, if they went to the field, a lot, their family would have three or more days of emergency food.
No one else. Especially if you are planning to buy the MREs.
$6.25 per meal ($75 divided by 12 meals) you and your family can buy more food than a single meal, for $6.25. Heck, for a family of four that is $25, for one meal!
How much food can you buy with that $25?
Some folks are planning to eat only one meal, a day. Tell that to your family, they'll soon be talking cannibalism, and you'll be the first one, for dinner ; - )
Yeah, yeah, again.
Some people are saying, 'The MRE is sooo rugged'
Really, have you ever seen a frozen one? How about one that has something, really heavy, dropped on the MRE? How about one that has been folded back and forth until it leaked?
Popped because the food had spoiled?
Needless to say, I try to provide a certain level of ... I don't know; sincerity, level-headiness, truthfulness, unbiasediness (I don't think that's a word, but you get the point), or ...
Earnestness ; - )
What Can You Buy for $6.25
Let us look at some of the meals you could probably make for less than $6.25 that would feed the whole family, just not one person, for one meal.
75¢ - String Beans, French Cut - 3.5 servings
$1.50 - Fruit, Pears or Peaches - 4 servings
$1.00 - Pasta, Chef Boyardee - 4 servings
$2.50 - Beef, canned - who cares how many servings. It's added to the pasta.
$5.75 and you have fed the whole family for one meal.
75¢ - Black Beans - 4 servings
40¢ - (2) Noodles, Instant - 4 servings
75¢ - Fruit, Pears or Peaches - 4 servings
$1.90 and you have fed the whole family for one meal.
$5.00 - Peanut Butter - a whole jar, O.K. a medium jar
$3.50 - Jelly, you choice - a whole jar, store brand of course
$3.50 - Bread, you choice, again - 12 sandwiches
$2.25 - (3) Fruit, Pears, or Peaches - 12 servings
$14.25 and you have more than enough for lunch, for three days
I know I kind'a cheated.
You get my point, ...
With a little planning, you and your partner could feed the whole family, for a lot less and a lot longer, than the three meals a case of MREs would cost, for a family of four, for one day.
With that said, ...
If you look into the whole foods, such as dried beans, whole hard red winter wheat, quick oats, white rice, and many others, we (you and your partner) could probably feed the family for a lot less.
Now you know, why I was complaining about typing so much, on Friday.