As long as the individual MRE components
aren't damaged, punctured, (or swelling!), they should still be edible.
Some people (on usenet) say that an MRE may lose its flavor or turn an
unappetizing color but will still retain all the nutritional value.
MREs can be purchased by civilians directly
from the contractors who supply MREs to the United States Government.
These MREs are very similar to genuine US Government MREs, differing
only in minor details (i.e., design of case and bag or type of spoon).
Keys or was short for "Commando" (as elite troops
were the first to receive it). However, the letter "K" was selected
because it was phonetically distinct from other letter-name rations.
The K-ration first saw use in 1942, when it was issued to U.S.
Airborne troops on an experimental basis.
Earlier studies demonstrated that consuming the
MRE for 21 days had no negative effects on Soldier nutrition status.
However, the question of whether subsisting solely on MREs could cause
gut leakiness or other gastrointestinal symptoms and change the gut
microbiome had not been considered.Sep
Data was analyzed over a two-year period from
2015 to 2017. At the conclusion of the three weeks, the authors
reported that participants in the MRE group averaged one fewer
bowel movement per week than the non-MRE group, a moderate
vindication of every Meal, Refusing-to-Exit joke ever made on field
ops or deployments.Oct 23, 2019
The average MRE shelf life lasts five years in
75 degrees F. If kept in cooler conditions, they can last well
over 10 years and still be safe to eat. However, you should note that
an MRE will only last about a month if stored in 120 degrees F.Jul
MREs come packaged in cases with 12 MREs per
case. There are currently 24 different “menus” or varieties of MREs.
Menus 1-12 are packaged in a case designated Case A and menus 13-24
are packaged in Case B. MREs are the main operational food ration for
the United States Armed Forces.