I received samples of MREs from Meal Kit Supply for review. I have tried other MREs in the past, so I have something to compare this. The package I tried was the Vegetarian Ratatouile. It included the following: heating unit, Vegetarian Ratatouille entrée, Au Gratin Potatoes side dish, cracker and cheese, strawberry banana shake, lemon lime beverage mix, condiments, and spoon.
I set up the heating unit according to package directions. All you have to do is open it, and add about 1/2 cup of water to the bag, up to the line indicated. You then wrap the heating unit around the entree and side dish according to the photo illustration. It was very easy. Then you place a weight on top of it.
Activated MRE Heating Unit
I felt the heating unit activate as soon as I placed the weight on it. The whole thing started puffing up and you hear a sizzling sound. The weight was about to fall off so I removed it when the unit got very puffy. In about 10 minutes, both the entree and side dish were warm.
I also prepared the strawberry shake. Just add water to the powder and shake. It took a bit of shaking to mix it properly, but here is the result.
Strawberry shake included with MRE
Once the meal was warm I transferred them into bowls.
Meal Supply Kit MRE Au Gratin Potatoes Meal Supply Kit Vegetarian Ratatouille
Now for the taste test.
The potatoes had a good texture, and had a creamy cheese taste. It was comparable to name brand packaged au gratin potatoes.The vegetarian ratatouille was actually pretty tasty. It had vegetable pieces and sauce was flavorful.The strawberry shake tasted similar to Nesle’s Strawberry Quik; I think kids would like it.
All in all, I thought the MRE from Meal Kit Supply was fresher tasting than other MREs I have tried in the past. Prior to this sample, I have never finished one; in this case I actually ate the rest of it as my lunch. (Please note Apartment Prepper has no financial interest in Meal Kit Supply. I review these samples so I can pass information along. Food storage quality varies greatly, so it is best to research your choices prior to making a decision.)
The site has a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page that had some good information. Here is an excerpt:
What is the shelf life of your MRE’s?5 Years, assuming they are stored at 55°F. If stored at a higher or lower temperature this can be shortened or lengthened based on the test results below :Sustained Storage Temperatures °F Estimated Shelf-life (in months):Are the meals full of preservatives?The meals are preservative free. By fully cooking the meals and sealing them in three layer retort pouches that are thermal stabilized maintains the nutritional goodness, full flavour and natural juices which result in the prolonged duration shelf life without requiring refrigeration.
Lastly, are some important points they wanted you to be aware of:
– Shipping is included in the $129.95 price (a case of 12)
– Their MREs are made from 100% US Military food components (the same
ones used in Military MREs)
– Meal Supply Kit MREs are very fresh (they are currently taking pre-orders for
January production MREs) This explains why this sample tasted fresher than other ones I’ve tried)
– They pack more items/components into their MREs than any other commercial MRE
They ship to both the U.S. and Canada.