Thursday, May 14, 2015

MRE Gourmet

I’m sure Alton Brown—of Food TV—would love an MRE challenge where MRE foods must be made glorious through brilliant preparation skills of competing chefs.

Yes, I know gonzo preppers believe that MRE’s are supposed to be low on drama and consumed as is, commando cold, but that kind of thinking is limited.

We stockpile food and we need to rotate it…even MREs.

“My MREs have a 20 year shelf life.”

OK, Hummer boy, are you OK with this being year 20 and you’re throwing away food you purchased?

MREs need to be rotated too.

Why would you eat an MRE that you don’t enjoy even in a crisis?

To say “Well, it’s a crisis, dammit!” would be the words of an idiot.

Though I currently have no MREs, I have plenty food.

I intend to start experimenting with MREs this summer, preparing them, tasting them, deciding which brands are good, having some of the good ones on hand, and ultimately taking them beyond their limits.

The #1 drawback of MRE entrees is their dangerously high sodium content.

It is my belief that we should regard MREs as tools rather than something we have in a plastic bucket for a doomsday that will never come.

Why don’t we know how they taste?

If we’re going to eat MREs in a SHTF moment, we should be used to eating them normally.

In a SHTF moment, MREs are a godsend because they provide instant nutrition.

But what if the MREs in your handy-dandy, plastic bucket are not to your liking?

Did you buy the bucket to check off something on a list?

If so, you’re not being frugal.

My basic question is: why do you buy MREs if you don’t taste them?

Yes, it will be—slightly—more expensive to buy MREs not in a kit, but sometimes the best deal is far from the cheapest deal.

MREs are an expensive proposition to begin with but buying a bucket is idiocy.

What if the moment is CHTF (crap hits the fan) like a sustained power outage after an earthquake?

What if your cooking abilities are compromised?

You open the bucket kit can start eating MREs and you hate them.

Was your purchase a bargain or a foolish mistake?

I say the latter.

I plan to experiment making “homemade” meals out of MREs that I start “field” testing.

I need to find MREs that are pleasing and to stockpile them.

I need to get used to them.

I would to cook with my small amount if MREs in order to rotate them through my pantry.

My strategy in a bug-in situation would be to reduce prep time—hence MREs—and yet to provide the solace of a well-considered, well-executed meal for my loved ones.

Take an entree and extend it with unsalted vegetables and / or unsalted rice, and the sodium per serving would be high, but not criminally high.

There are several Food TV shows that elevate ready-to-go foods that we can purchase at the supermarket into “gourmet” delights.

That is my mindset.

If there were a crisis, saying to my daughter “Here’s your MRE; eat it!” would not be the best way to calm her.

But if I could take an MRE and provide her with a dad-cooked-meal derived from the MRE and presented deliciously, then she would know things will be OK.

I cook for my daughter and it makes her feel safe.

As a single dad, I could do the fast-food-every-night routine—we do pizza once a week because it’s our Wednesday routine—but I want my daughter to feel that our time together is special.

Cooking for her demonstrates that.

If in a crisis moment she still feels special because I have made her food, then she will relax and be safer because she is not in a panic mode.

Buy MREs.

Eat MREs.

Cook with MREs.

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