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Missing Expiration Date If you’ve bought MREs before, you’ve probably noticed that there aren’t any expiration dates printed on the packaging. Don’t bother trying to look for one because you won’t find it. MRE manufacturers don’t use expiration dates in the traditional sense of a day, month, and year. But that doesn’t mean that MREs are some sort of immortal food that never goes bad. Eventually, they do expire. Shelf Life Evidence The answer to how long your MRE will last in storage largely depends on the temperature at which you store it. Ideally, you should store your food at 60° F for the longest shelf life possible, which is typically 5 years. This time decreases as the temperature of your storage area increases. If you were to store your  ...
Author: Lexi Clukey
Posted: May 1, 2015, 5:04 pm
The Breakdown of an MRE Full Meal Many people associate MREs with the military. However, there are also MREs available for civilian use. An MRE, or Meal, Ready-to-Eat, is a self-contained meal package that includes everything you need to prepare and eat the food inside, including heating up the food. MREs are used in the military because they are packed with all of the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and calories for survival and sustenance. Civilian MREs are similar to military MREs, but have a few key differences.  Military vs Civilian MREs Military MREs cannot be sold to the public. However, the companies and distributors of military-grade MREs make similar MREs that can be sold to civilians. These MREs differ in packaging and contents like sauces and beverages, but still have the  ...
Author: Lexi Clukey
Posted: April 29, 2015, 8:40 pm
As you work on you emergency preparedness it is important to understand the new vocabulary. Terms that you hear quite a bit are “Shelter in Place” and “Grab and Go.” It is important to make sure you have emergency supplies that allow you to do both. Depending on the disaster and depending on the circumstances surrounding the disaster you may need to “Shelter in Place” or you may need to evacuate or “Grab and Go.” The term “sheltering in place” became very popular following 9/11. There was a lot of talk at that time regarding the possibility of a chemical or biological terrorist attack that would make it necessary for you to stay put, usually in your home. It’s similar to when families hunker down in preparation for a hurricane  ...
Author: The Ready Store
Posted: March 31, 2015, 4:36 pm
Knife blades come in all sorts of different shapes, cuts, weights and sizes. Which can serve many different purposes. Sometimes that makes buying a knife really hard! What kind do you get? Why should you get that one instead of another? Below, learn what each knife design was made for – in the complete guide to knife blades. Your Advice Which knife blade do you prefer? Why do you like that one best. Comment below to help others know what they should do.
Author: The Ready Store
Posted: March 20, 2015, 8:24 pm
For those who are new to the emergency preparedness world or just looking for some water storage items for your emergency storage this blog is a must read. When searching for a water storage containers you need to make sure they are BPA-free and made out of HDPE. What is BPA? You might have read or heard in the news regarding a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a chemical added to some plastics commonly used to make beverage containers and several other plastic containers with the recycle symbol 7. Research has discovered that BPA can leach into your food and water from containers that have the chemical in them.  The research also showed that food and water contaminated with BPA caused many health problems including issues related to  ...
Author: The Ready Store
Posted: March 13, 2015, 2:23 pm
Fish traps are as old as humans themselves. They date back to pre-historic hunter gatherer groups, and like many primitive tools, remain perfectly useful to this day. A stout fish trap offers a fisherman many similar advantages that land-based traps offer hunters. The main advantage of a fish trap is that it allows you to catch fish while you’re off doing other chores or gathering other supplies or food. With a bit of time, a few vines, and some strong reeds or tree branches, you can easily build a fish trap to gather fish for you. This kind of trap can be the difference between life and death in dire situations, or can make running a homestead much easier. Here’s how you can build a working fish trap out of  ...
Author: Mike Young
Posted: March 10, 2015, 8:16 pm
Imagine an emergency occurs and you have to open your food storage only to discover that it’s not good anymore. That would be horrible. How and where you store your food can have a huge impact on the life of your food storage. Cool temperatures Make sure that your food is in a consistently cool place. Many times your garage is cool during the winter but without air conditioning in the summer it can get pretty hot in there. Make sure that the location of your food storage is consistently cooler. Canned goods will store for longer periods of time when they’re stored below 70 degrees compared to those that store at 90 degrees. Remember that being in the shade doesn’t necessarily mean it’s cool. Also be sure to not  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: February 24, 2015, 10:00 pm
There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking to start homesteading. Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources out there. Books such as Homesteading: A Backyard Guide and Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills are both great places to start. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the first things you should consider when you want to find and buy a homestead. Finding the Perfect Location It’s important to look at many different areas when you are searching for a location for your future homestead. Laws and Regulations. Different areas offer many different amenities depending on the country, region and specific location. Consider the state and local laws regarding homesteading, hunting, collecting rainwater, raising livestock and owning firearms. It’s important to make sure your homestead is  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: February 23, 2015, 9:30 pm
Before we get to priority #4 here is the summary of your top 5 Priorities of Emergency Preparedness. They are: 1. Make a Plan. Review, Rotate, Replace. Make adjustments for family size, age and local community needs. Consider evacuation, communication and staying put. 2. Gather Grab and Go Supplies. 72 hour kits, MREs, food bars, water pouches, water purification, first-aid, storage. 3. Gather Shelter in Place Supplies. Radios, flashlights, first-aid, sanitation, hygiene, warmth, shelter, storage. 4. Clean Water. Water storage, barrels, filters, storage. 5. Shelf Stable Food. Items in pantry, short term and long term food storage items. Priority 4 – Clean water Having access to clean water in an emergency is critical and almost always overlooked until it is too late. Here are a few obvious points to understand  ...
Author: Brandon Garrett
Posted: February 12, 2015, 11:02 am
This article is an excerpt from Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness by Richard Graves. We would encourage you to continue learning through his book and purchasing it here. Used by permission from Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. Food and water are essential to living. Under normal conditions a person cannot live longer than three days without water, but one can live ten days or longer without food. Food, apart from its vitamins, minerals salts and other minute elements, must contain Proteins and Carbohydrates. Proteins are the flesh builders. Carbohydrates are the energy makers- the fuels for your body’s furnace. Every action calls for work from some of your body’s cells, and, although new cells are continually being made in your body tissue, old cells are dying. These body  ...
Author: Richard Graves
Posted: February 9, 2015, 10:26 pm

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