By Angie Sullivan Don’t pass up storing some of the tastiest, easiest food storage meals available! Our preparedness journey has recently focused on the lightweight and compact food bars. Well, there’s another easy preparedness food that you’re sure to enjoy. M.R.E.s or “Meals Ready to Eat” were originally created for the U.S. government in the 1970’s for the Space Program, Military, Forest Service, and FEMA. But, these meals have come a long way since they first debuted. They are ready to eat, delicious, and if stored in a cool spot, can sport up to a 10 year shelf life from manufacture date! (I know a group of people who ate a 23-year old Beef Stew MRE and it still tasted good!) The meals are packed in triple layer plastic/aluminum pouches that can be opened without any tools. The food is precooked, and sealed to neutralize bacteria so the food is shelf stable even at room temperature. So, what does this mean to you? It means you’ve just been introduced to the “fast food” of the preparedness world! When you first pick up a M.R.E., you will Replace it is packed in a small box which protects the meal and makes it easier to stack. Inside the box there is a dark pouch. Rip open the pouch and you’ve got your choice of amazing entrées! There is Chicken Pesto, Beef Enchilada, and Cheese Tortellini to name a few. Your entrée can be warmed by using an M.R.E. heater, dropping the pouch in hot water, or even leaving the pouch on a hot rock. Don’t want to wait for it to heat up? Many are tasty even at room temperature! With M.R.E.s you can forget the mess kit, the water for reconstitution, and the recipe book. The meals can be eaten straight from the pouch and you can even choose sides and desserts to go with your delicious main meals. Sides like Garlic Mashed Potatoes and desserts like Lemon Poppyseed Cake are comfort food favorites completely prepared and ready for your family to enjoy. They even have pouches of peanut butter and jelly for that picky toddler! So, don’t hesitate to try out the amazing M.R.E! They are perfect for “beefing up” your emergency kit food, but your food storage shelves will also benefit from these fast foods because they are an ideal one week, one month emergency food supply. Oh, and did you know that you can even purchase an Emergency Backup Meal that will include an entire M.R.E. meal along with the M.R.E. heater? Now, what could be M.R.Easier?