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US Army Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE)


Types of MRE - American Dry Soldering (IRP)

MRE (dry ration of the US Army (American IRP). Today we will take a closer look at each of its types.

Initially, MREs were issued exclusively for the US Army and were not sold to the side - strict accounting and control was conducted.

Then, gradually, at the end of the Vietnam War, all severity gradually came to naught. Without hesitation, the cunning military immediately began to sell strategic reserves from under the floor. So the first "market" MREs appeared - the original army ones (that is, state-owned, state-owned), "decommissioned" or stolen from military depots. The product turned out to be surprisingly popular: demand exceeded supply almost threefold (after all, MRE was not always able to steal from warehouses).

Seeing a similar situation, private firms began producing “civilian” versions of food rations.

Today there is such a variety that it is quite easy to get confused, because the differences are in many ways minimal. However, they are.

Army or "Military" MRE.

There are a great many names: army, military, military, state, state. MRE data are the progenitor of many individual food rations - both within the United States (“civilian” versions) and in other countries (army packings). The armies of many countries produce their RRIs in the manner of the MRE, releasing an almost identical analogue.

In free sale, army MREs in theory “should not meet” - this is clearly stated on their packaging. The caption reads: “US Government Property. Commercial sale is prohibited by law. ”

However, as often happens, they are quietly pushed from under the floor. The most important thing when buying is to pay attention to the expiration date and storage conditions. Army mre-shki are so army! Who knows where they were lying before the "write-off" for sale? Maybe in military warehouses in Alaska, in the cold, under ideal storage conditions, or maybe in Iraq, in the sultry heat and under the scorching sun. However, there is a way to determine this.

Boxes with army MRE are delivered marked with a special “Time-And-Temperature Indicator”, or with a Temporary-thermal-sensor. It is a “smart” sticker that shows at what temperature the product was stored and how much it lay in warm conditions (literally “how much heat it absorbed”). It looks like this:

MREs are considered usable as long as the inner circle is lighter than the outer circle. If the circle inside has darkened, then the food has deteriorated completely.
In total there are 24 different types of taste (24 different dishes) in one-time packaging in mre rations. Each has its own serial number: sets 1 to 12 are called “set A”, from 13 to 24 - “set B”. Also, instead of the word set, “menu A” and “menu B” can be used. Each year, the set of tastes changes slightly - as a rule, manufacturers replace 2-3 dishes with others in order to update the assorted line.

Army MRE - types of flavors released in 2013
01 - Chili with Beans
02 - Chicken Fajita02 - Fajita Chicken (grilled with vegetables and tortilla (tortilla))
03 - Chicken with Noodles03 - Chicken Noodle
04 - Pork Sausage w / Gravy04 - Pork sausage with gravy sauce
05 - Mediterranean Chicken05 - Mediterranean Chicken (with tomatoes, olives and spices)
06 - Beef Taco Filling06 - Shawarma with beef (beef with tortilla, vegetables and sauce)
07 - Beef Brisket07 - Beef Brisket
08 - Meatballs w / Marinara Sauce08 - Meatballs with marinara sauce (tomato paste with garlic and herbs)
09 - Beef Stew09 - Braised Beef
10 - Chili and Macaroni10 - Pasta from Chile
11 - Vegetable Lasagna11 - Vegetable Lasagna
12 - Spicy Penne Pasta12 - Spicy pasta with penne pasta (short feather pasta rolls)
13 - Cheese Tortellini13 - Cheese Tortellini (small dumplings with meat, cheese and vegetables)
14 - Ratatouille14 - Ratatouille Ratatouille (lecho with vegetables (meat with pepper, eggplant and zucchini))
15 - Mexican Style Chicken Stew15 - Mexican Chicken Stew
16 - Pork Rib16 - Pork Ribs
17 - Maple Sausage17 - Pork sausage with maple syrup
18 - Beef Ravioli18 - Beef Ravioli (beef with dough and sauce (dumplings with beef))
19 - Jalapeño pepperjack beef patty19 - Jalapeno Beef and Pepper Pie
20 - Spaghetti w / Meat Sauce20 - Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
21 - Lemon Pepper Tuna21 - Tuna with pepper and lemon seasoning
22 - Asian Beef Strips22 - Asian Beef Stripes
23 - Chicken Pesto Pasta23 - Chicken with pasta (feathers or spirals) and vegetable seasoning
24 - Southwest Beef & Black Beans24 - Beef with black beans (with black beans) in the Southwest

And finally, a moment of tenderness:

Civil, or "Civilian" MRE

This category includes almost all other rations that are not the property of the army (i.e. the state). The main difference: the number of species. In civilian MREs, instead of 24 types of tastes, either 12 or 6 is represented. By the number / quality of content, civilians can be more less and better worse. Otherwise, as a rule, these are almost identical military mre-shki produced by private companies, or by the same factories that produce military MRE. Until 2000, only 2 companies were engaged in the production of MRE rations: Sopakco and Wornick. Then, after 2005, after a panic over Hurricane Katrina, several more companies entered the market. Nowadays (2012-2013) there are five main such companies:
Ameriqual "APack"
Menu C (deprecated, discontinued)
Sopakco Sure-Pak 12 ″
Wornick "Eversafe"
Meal Kit Supply Civilian MREs

Ameriqual APack MREs

Ameriqual is the largest company (there are 3 such large companies) producing MRE-shki for military needs. Initially, he produced rations only for the US Army, then expanded the range with civilian options. The brand name is APack, or APack Ready Meals. By a-pack, I mean Army packages (or rather, packages).
A-pack differs from the army only in a few minor things:
a) there is no powder drink in it,
b) a spoon a little shorter (but wider) than the army,
c) no wipes,
d) the accessories are not packaged in a separate bag all together, but each is put separately,
e) a flameless heater uses salt water instead of ordinary (included in the a-pack).

A single pack of Mre A-Pack contains an average of 1,222 calories.
Packing box (12 pieces one-time (2 pieces of each taste, 6 * 2) - 14.660 calories.
By assortment: there are only 6 types of tastes.
Menu C MREs

One of the youngest brands on the market. The closest in appearance / content to army mre-shkami. The name, initially given as a joke, gradually took root: since the army mre has “menu A” and “menu B”, then why don't we make “menu C”? Along the way, the company trades in other “survival” food and related products, gradually increasing its assortment.
Menu C is no different from the army - a completely identical composition. The only differences are the silver packaging of the food itself (sometimes instead of the traditionally brown-swampy) and sometimes the packaging itself. At the moment (10 2013) is not released, however, it is still very often and universally found on sale.
MRE Star

Unlike others, the company was not originally engaged in the production of rations for the army. However, she is a certified mre-shek supplier for a pair of Defense Ministries (Department of Defense / Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia).
The photo above shows last year’s and last year’s rations. Particular attention should be paid to the fact that the NEW MORE STARs come in such packages similar to civil ones:

Mre Star differs from the army only in a few minor things:
a) 4 out of 6 tastes are innovative, absent in the army,
b) a spoon a little shorter (but wider) than the army,
c) the remaining 2 tastes (Beef Stew, Cheese Tortellini) have a much better taste than the military mre,
d) the packaging of accessories is expanded and contains a spoon, wet wipes, wipes, instant coffee, cream, sugar, salt and pepper.
e) are sold in two types: With a flameless heater and WITHOUT it
The flameless heater uses plain water.
A single pack of Mre Menu C contains an average of 1,150-1300 calories.
Packaging box (12 pcs. One-time (2 pcs. Of each taste, 6 * 2) - from 13,800 calories.
By assortment: there are only 6 types of tastes.
Sopakco Sure-Pak MREs

Like Ameriqual, it is a large company (the second of 3) producing MRE for military needs. In the photo above (green) - the old appearance of the package, in the photo below (red) - the new one.
Sopakco Sure-Pak differs from the army only a few minor things:
A) a slightly different spoon
B) fewer accessories

A single pack of Mre Sure-pack contains an average of 900-1250 calories, an average of 1060.

Packaging box (12 pcs. One-time (2 pcs. Of each taste, 6 * 2) - from 12,700 calories.
By assortment: there are 6 types of tastes
Wornick Eversafe MREs

Like Ameriqual and Sopakco, it is a large company (the last of 3) producing MRE-shki for military needs. In the period from 2001 to 2009, they could not decide on the design form of production, releasing all new types. It should be especially noted that packaging boxes of 10 pieces are OLD and the expiration date has already expired / expired. A new product line started after 2009 and now their mre are available in boxes of 12 pieces in this form:

Sopakco Sure-Pak differs from the army only a few minor things:
A) a slightly different spoon
B) the accessory package contains a napkin, spoon, salt, pepper, instant coffee and cream

A single pack of Mre Eversafe contains an average of 1000-1150 calories, an average of 1090.

Packing box (12 pcs. One-time (2 pcs. Of each taste, 6 * 2) - from 13,000 calories.
By assortment: there are 6 types of tastes
Meal Kit Supply Civilian MREs

Meal Kit Supply, or “Set-On-Lunch”, is the only company that produces custom MPEs. Currently, they produce (!) 2 times more types of flavors than other manufacturers: in a box of 12 pieces they put 6 different mre with meat ("meat" mre), 2 different vegetarian mre, and 4 mre for breakfast.
A single pack of Mre Meal Kit Supply contains an average of 1300 calories.

They differ from other MREs in a higher price (more expensive), but a large number of calories (more satisfying) and a large number of dishes. An exceptional feature is the only MREs certified by the Department of Food Processing Canada, i.e. the only MREs that are quietly importing.

That's all for now. Bon Appetit

What is MRE? American RIs and Suhpai

In the Russian-language segment of the Internet, there are a lot of contradictions about MRE - that they just don’t talk about them, attributing all conceivable and inconceivable properties, right up to treatment with hands on. In fact, everything is horribly simple: MRE is American dry rations, an individual diet of the US Army. As they just do not call because of lack of knowledge of the English language! Here you have the "ration of an American warrior", and the "rations of the US soldier", and the "military regulated food - MPE", and many others.

However, we will be smarter - we will translate the original name, adapting it to Russia. MRE in the original sounds like Meal, Ready-to-Eat, which in the correct translation sounds like “Lunch, Ready-to-Eat”, or simply “Already cooked food”. In our last article “Dry packs of different countries of the world” we talked about different types of IRP and soon questions came up - everyone was wondering if the MRE is so different from domestic IRPs. On the one hand, we can say that MREs are analogous to our domestic RPIs and the differences are not so large, on the other hand, given that MREs are designed for the US Army, they still have several distinctive features.

The first MPE-shki appeared already during the Second World War and were called MCI (Meal, Combat, Individual) (Individual Field Lunch). Basically, they were cans of canned food, packaged in boxes. Some of these relics can still be bought - collectors sell them in an "almost perfect condition" - unless, of course, we take into account the shelf life that has expired a couple of decades ago.

Over the years, having undergone many changes, having gone through the Korean and Vietnam wars, closer to the 1990s, MRE entered full-fledged production with an established diet. The can was replaced by sealed foil packaging, third-party dishes were added, the diet expanded the range of dishes. Today, inside each MRE package, there is a main course and a number of other additional food and drink, as well as all the small things needed for food - for example a spoon and BNP.

One MRE-box is designed for a single meal. They are delivered to the army in two boxes, each of which contains 12 pieces of MRE (i.e. it is designed for 12 single meals). The first box is called “Menu A”, the second - “Menu B”.

In total, these boxes have 24 RPIs that are different in taste (i.e. 24 different MRE-shki).

On each package is indicated the number of the "menu" (1-24) and the name of the main dish. Changes to the “menu” occur on average once a year when a new product line is released.

Advantages and disadvantages of MRE

MRE is a complete one-time diet. It is not intended for long-term storage and, therefore, does not undergo any special processing, allowing it not to spoil for a long time. All water in MPE remains untouched - the product is not lyophilized and not dehydrogenated. Because of this (the presence of water-moisture in the composition), MRE-shnaya food weighs more than freeze-dried food containing the same amount of calories. Each MRE-box weighs an average of 500 to 750 grams. A box of 12 pieces, respectively, weighs 6-9 kg. This is a minus.

Nevertheless, the MRE packaging is designed for severe operating conditions and the effects of the elements, which allows you not to particularly care about storage conditions. The package is a thick plastic made of high temperature melt polyethylene, strong and tear resistant. Due to this, each MRE-cabinet can withstand a parachute drop from a height of 380+ meters, or just a drop from a height of 30+ meters - these are the requirements placed on packaging factories. Dropped from a cliff - went down - picked up - as if nothing had happened eaten. This is a plus.

Uses for MRE

The very word MRE (ready-to-eat food) suggests that it can be eaten on the go, without spending time on cooking. This means that MRE can be eaten cold, right from the packaging. Nevertheless, if it is heated, it will be much tastier and healthier. Eating MRE for more than 21 days is not recommended, because it's still not freshly prepared food.

Shelf Life MRE

At an average storage temperature of 25+ degrees, the shelf life of the MRE is about 3 years. At lower temperatures (cool, about 10 degrees), the shelf life increases to 5 years. With increasing temperature - decreases. At this point, it is very important to know that many military MPEs are sold "decommissioned" - in other words, they have already expired with an initial shelf life of three years, but they have "extended" it to 5 years. Before buying, pay attention to the stock shelf life - with fresh MRE it should fluctuate within 3 years!
Individual MRE packages are more difficult to distinguish by shelf life than boxes: if the boxes are stamped with the full eight-digit date (day-month-year), then only 4 digits are put on boxed packages: for example, 8123. In this case, the first digit is the year, 8 = 2008, and the remaining 3 indicate the day and month. The calculation is based on 365 days a year, i.e. 123 = 123rd day of the year = May 11th.

What is inside MRE

Each single pack of MRE is designed for 1 full meal and contains at least 1,200+ calories (5,000 kilojoules) (13% protein, 36% fat, 51% carbohydrates) and about a third of the daily intake of vitamins and minerals. The daily diet involves the use of 3 one-time MRE-shek, i.e. 1 packaging box of 12 pieces is enough for 4 days.

Each single MRE package usually contains:

Main dish ("hot", for example meat or fish)
The second dish (side dish in the form of rice, potatoes, vegetables (stew), etc.)
Crackers (cookies, biscuits)
Peanut Butter Jam Cheese Paste
Dessert (sweet cookies, such as brownies, or a muffin-like cake (sweet muffins))
Sweets (em & ms (M & M’s), skittles or sweet bars)
Drinks (isotonics like Gatorade, fruit instant drinks, cocoa coffee tea, etc.)
Accessories (spoon matches sugar-salt-pepper chewing gum wet wipe (s) toilet paper or dry large and wide napkin)
Fireless food warmer (BNP for cooking)
In some MRE, spices / seasonings are additionally placed.

Let's take a closer look at one of the "menus":

It consists of:

A: Soluble (powder) grape drink
B: Fruit smoothie mix
C: Matches
D: Gum (chewing gum)
E: Milk cream (analogue without lactose)
F: Instant Coffee
G: Wet wipe
H: Large paper “lunch” napkins
I: Sugar
J: Little Tabasco Sauce
K: BNP (flameless food heater)
L: Crackers (cookie-biscuits)
M: Beef with ravioli
N: Spoon
O: Salt
P: Brownie Cookies
Q: Cheese paste (soft cheese) with bacon

In expanded form, it looks something like this:

1) Spaghetti with meat sauce + bread with cheese paste (soft cheese)

2) Crackers (an analogue of dry biscuits) + cherry-blueberry dessert

3) Small things for food and accessories:

MRE Flameless Food Heater (BNP)

We talked about similar BNP heaters (flameless food heater) in our last article. Sometimes they are called a "chemical heater." We will not describe in detail, we only clarify that it is a non-toxic heating element placed in a dense plastic bag with a clip. The composition of the MRE power heater includes a mixture of powdered iron, magnesium and sodium. For other heaters, something else is possible.

A similar “package” is intended for heating hermetically packaged products, ready for use. При добавлении воды в эту смесь происходит термическая реация с выделением тепла, что позволяет разогревать пищу. Хорош тем, что не занимает много места (14 см* 11.5 см * 1 см в высоту) и не требует разведения открытого огня. Плох тем, что время разогрева минимум 8-10 мин, а в среднем 12-15.

Некоторые из mre-шек используют вместо обычной воды соленую (таблетка соли, как правило, входит в комплект). Это делается для того, чтобы избежать запрета на транспортировку. Согласно законодательству, беспламенный нагреватель mre, работающий на обычной воде, считается «опасным» грузом и подлежит транспортировке с мерами предосторожности, навроде СпецСвязи. Небольшое изменение в формуле (так, что вместо обычной воды требуется соленая) позволяет избежать подобных проблем.


Menu 1
Chili w/Beans
Corn Bread, Trans Fat Free
Cheddar Cheese Spread
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Cheese Filled Snack Food
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder

Menu 2
Shredded Barbeque Beef
Seasoned Black Beans
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread
Tortillas, Trans Fat Free
Infused and Dried Fruits
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder
Barbeque Sauce

Menu 3
Chicken w/Egg Noodles & Vegetables
Wet Pack Fruits
Peanut Butter
Cracker, Trans Fat Free
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder
Hot Sauce

Menu 4
Spaghetti w/Beef and Sauce
Toaster Pastry
Peanut Butter
Multigrain Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Infused and Dried Fruits
Fortified Cocoa Beverage Powder

Menu 5
Chicken Chunks
First Strike Bar, Trans Fat Free
Cheddar Cheese Spread
Tortilla, Trans Fat Free
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder
Hot Sauce
Buffalo Style

Menu 6
Beef Taco
Wet Pack Fruits
Cheddar Cheese Spread
Tortillas, Trans Fat Free
Nuts and Raisins w/Chocolate Discs
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder
Seasoning Blend Spice

Menu 7
Brisket Entrée
Au Gratin Potatoes
Cookies, Trans Fat Free
Peanut butter
Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Jelly / jam
Irish Cream Cappuccino Drink Mix

Menu 8
Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
Garlic mashed potatoes
Cookies, Trans Fat Free
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread
Italian Bread Sticks, Trans Fat Free
Beef snacks
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder

Menu 9
Beef stew
Fudge brownie
Peanut butter
Multigrain Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Jelly / jam pretzels
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder
Hot sauce

Menu 10
Chili and macaroni
Pound Cake, Trans Fat Free
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Beef snacks
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder
Crushed red pepper spice

Menu 11 Vegetarian
Veggie Crumbles w / Pasta in Taco Style Sauce
Wet pack fruits
First Strike Bar, Trans Fat Free
Chunky peanut butter
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
French Vanilla Cappuccino Drink Mix
Chili Lime Hot Sauce

Menu 12 Vegetarian
Elbow Macaroni and Tomato Sauce
Cheese spread
Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Nuts and raisins
Chocolate Protein Drink
Hot sauce

Menu 13 Vegetarian
Cheese Tortellini in Tomato Sauce
Dessert Powder
Peanut butter
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Nuts & raisins
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder
Hot sauce

Menu 14 Vegetarian
Spinach Mushrooms & Cream Sauce Fettuccine
First Strike Bar, Trans Fat Free
Peanut butter
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Chocolate Protein Drink
Hot sauce

Menu 15
Maple Pork Sausage Patty
Maple Muffin Top, Trans Fat Free
Peanut butter
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Table syrup
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder

Menu 16
Rib Shaped BBQ Pork Patty
Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans
Ranger Bar, Trans Fat Free
Peanut butter
Wheat Snack Bread Twin Pack, Trans Fat Free
Jelly / jam
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder
BBQ Sauce

Menu 17
Mexican Style Chicken Stew
Wet pack fruits
Cheese Filled Snack Food
Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese Spread
Vegetable Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Chocolate Hazelnut Cocoa Beverage Powder
Crushed red pepper spice

Menu 18
Beef Ravioli in Meat Sauce
Muffin Top Chocolate Banana, Trans Fat Free
Cheddar cheese spread
Wheat Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Meat snack
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder
Hot sauce

Menu 19
Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Beef Patty
Cherry blueberry cobbler
Cookies, Trans Fat Free
Cheddar cheese spread
Twin Pack Wheat Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder
Ketchup / mustard

Menu 20
Hash Brown Potatoes w / Bacon
and onions
Granola w / Milk and Blueberry
Cheddar cheese spread
Crackers, Trans Fat Free
Nuts & raisins
Sugar Free Orange Fortified Beverage Base

Menu 21
Lemon pepper tuna
Pound Cake, Trans Fat Free
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Tortillas, Trans Fat Free
Snack food
Carbohydrate Fortified Beverage Powder
Fat free mayo

Menu 22
Asian Style Beef Strips w / Vegetables
Fried rice chunky peanut butter
Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Jelly / jam
Chocolate Cocoa Beverage Powder

Menu 23
Chicken Pesto Pasta
Filled Bakery Item
Patriotic Sugar Cookies, Trans Fat Free
Cheddar cheese spread
Snack Bread, Trans Fat Free
Carbohydrate Electrolyte Beverage Powder

Menu 24
Southwest beef and black beans
Spiced apples
Pound Cake, Trans Fat Free
Cheddar cheese spread
Chipotle Tortillas, Trans Fat Free
Meat snack
Mocha Cappuccino Drink Mix

Miscellaneous flavors and types:
Beverage Powder, Carbohydrate, Fortified: Lemon-lime, orange, and tropical punch
Beverages Powder, Carbohydrate Electrolyte: Fruit punch, grape, lemon-lime and orange
Pound Cakes, Trans Fat Free: Vanilla, lemon poppy seed, spice, carrot, marble, and applesauce
Candy I: Chocolate toffee rolls, licorice and mints
Candy II: Pan coated candy: plain chocolate disks, peanut butter disks and chocolate with peanuts oval / round
Candy III: Original, berry and sour fruit disks
Cookies: Oatmeal, chocolate chip, and oatmeal chocolate chunk
Pudding Powder:  Vanilla and chocolate
Filled Bakery Item: Cinnamon bun and apple turnover
First Strike Bars: Chocolate and apple-cinnamon
Fruits, Infused and Dried: Cranberries and raisins
Fruits, Wet Pack: Raspberry applesauce, carbohydrate enhanced applesauce, mango and peach applesauce, pears, and mixed fruit
Jams and Jellies: Blackberry, strawberry, apple and grape
Meat Snacks: Beef strips, smoked and turkey nuggets, smoked
Nuts: Dry roasted peanuts, jalapeno cashews, smoked almonds, and barbecue almonds
Ranger Bar: Caramel apple, chocolate covered chocolate chip, cran-apple and banana nut
Snack Bread: Wheat and white wheat

Soldering specifications

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Characteristic Mre
Energy value of soldering, kcal.1300
Number of menus24
Rations per day, pcs.3
Shelf life at a temperature of 27 ° C, years3
Shelf life at 38 ° C, months6

What is an IRP?

As a rule, it contains:

  • crackers, crackers,
  • vitamins
  • food additives (seasonings, sugar, salt),
  • canned, freeze-dried, dried (cocoa, instant soups, milk powder) products.

In addition to food, the composition of American dry rations (MRE) without fail includes:

  • hygiene products (napkins, sheets of toilet paper),
  • matches
  • additives for disinfecting water, heating food (dry fuel),
  • disposable tableware (plastic spoon, plate).

An individual diet is calculated per meal for one person.

Distinguish between army ("Military") and civilian MRE.

Consider what they are.

Army American rations

“Military” MREs are delivered in boxes labeled with a temporary thermal sensor, which is presented as a “smart” sticker. Its purpose is to determine how much heat the product has absorbed.

Packed rations are considered usable while the outer circumference is darker than the inner circle. If the colors are “equal” or the indicator inside darkens, the food in the container has deteriorated and is forbidden to eat. Taking expired meals can cause digestive tract disorders and poisoning.

In the military diets of MRE, there are 24 different dishes, each of which has its own number. Sequential numbers from 1 to 12 are called “menu A”, from 13 to 24 - “menu B”.

To heat food, the kit includes a container with a flameless heater.

Tastes of the American IRP released in 2013
MRE serial numberName of the product (dish)
01Chili with beans
02Tartilla, fried chicken with vegetables
03Chicken Noodles
04Pork sausage in own juice
05Braised Chicken with Olives, Tomatoes
06Beef Shawarma
07Baked veal brisket
08Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
09Braised Beef
10Chili Pasta
11Lasagna from vegetables
12Penne pasta with sauce
13Cheese Tortellini
14Vegetable Lecho
15Mexican chicken
16Roasted pork ribs with spices
17Pork sausage with maple syrup
18Beef dumplings
19Jalapeno Pepper Roll with Beef
20Spaghetti with sauce
21Baked tuna
22Asian beef
23Braised Chicken Breast with Vegetable Seasoning
24Black bean

Each year, the set undergoes changes: 2-3 dishes are updated. A single package of an individual diet contains from 1150 to 1300 calories, depending on the MRE product.

US civilian rations

This category includes diets that are not state property. Separate vegetarian and meat MRE.

Unlike army, in civil rations there are 6 or 12 flavors. As a rule, they are identical to the military and are produced by factories, private companies.

Until 2000, 2 organizations engaged in the production of civil dry rations:

In 2013, their number increased to five:

  • Meal Kit Supply Civilian MREs,
  • Ameriqual "APack",
  • Wornick "Eversafe",
  • Sopakco "Sure-Pak 12",
  • MREStar.

Thus, rations are a ready-to-eat set of foods and dishes, with a shelf life of up to 7 years, which allows you to saturate the body with the necessary vitamins and minerals “in the field” with minimal time and labor costs.