Frequently Asked Questions about MREs.

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Q : What does MRE stand for?

A : MRE stands for Meal-Ready to-Eat

It is a self-contained, individual field, food ration in lightweight packaging. 


Q : Who can purchase MRE’s?

A : Anyone can purchase an MRE! They are great for Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing & Prepping. As well as Civilians, First-Responders, Natural Disaster Responders, Military and Commercial Facilities who wish to purchase from us directly. 


Q : What comes in a MRE?

A : An Entree, a Side, a Cracker or Bread, a Spread, a Dessert, a Beverage Drink Mix, an Accessory Packet & depending on the MRE, a Flameless Ration Heater (FRH).


Q : What is the average shelf life of an MRE?

A : MREs have an Inspection Date. MREs typically last, or taste their best at 3 to 5 years stored in the right conditions.


Q : What is the best way to store a MRE?

A : MREs are best stored in a location no warmer than 75degrees Fahrenheit. Packaging is waterproof but will last longer in a dry and colder environment.


Q : Where can I find the nutritional value of the MRE?

A : On the back of every MRE’s packaging is the Nutrition Label or you can find it on the back of every Entree and component items.


Q : How many MREs come in a “Build-A-Case”?

A : At The MRE Shop we let you build your own custom Cases! You can choose between a Half Case (6) or a Full Case (12).


Q : How many MRE’s come in a factory case?

A : Depending on the factory case the amount may be different. Most cases come with 12 MRE’s unless otherwise specified.


Q : Do you sell MRE’s in Bulk Amounts?

A : Yes we do! Reach out to us on the “Contact Us” page of our website and tell us what you’d like and we will do our best to get make it happen.


Q : Can you put a MRE in a microwave?

A : Do NOT put MRE packaging in the Microwave. You can remove food contents from packaging and place on a proper microwaveable dish. We do no recommend using the microwave to heat your MRE. A Flameless Ration Heater works best to heat and contain moisture to your meal.


Q : How does a Flameless Ration Heater work?

A : When water is added to a Flameless Ration Heater (FRH) it creates a water-activated, exothermic chemical reaction. During this reaction, water quickly reaches its boiling point to heat your MRE to the perfect temperature. A FRH can reach over 100+ degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 12 minutes. The FRH contains a food grade iron, magnesium, salt, oxygen and water that when mixed together create a safe, chemical reaction that will heat your MRE. Do NOT expose your unused FRH to any heat or flames before using, the iron & magnesium may cause combustion of the FRH. Do Not pour your MRE components into the FRH. Please read your FRH for all instructions before use.


Q : What happens if you overfill a Flameless Ration Heater (FRH) with water?

A : Do not overfill a Flameless Ration Heater. Adding more water than preferred amount will not make it hotter. Too much water will cause the ration heater pouch to burst open from added pressure.


Q : Can you eat a MRE cold?

A : MRE’s are pre-cooked meals making them safe to eat straight from the package, warm or cold. (But we recommend heating, depending on the Entree with the Flameless Ration Heater (FRH))


Q : Are MRE’s good to take Camping / Hiking / Hunting / Fishing?

A : Absolutely! MRE’s are great for anyone! Especially who are in Rural Locations, Off-Grid or are Locally / Internationally Traveling.


Q : Can you take a MRE on an airplane during personal travel?

A : If you leave your MRE in its original packaging you should have no problem with Airport Security and can take it on an airplane.


Q : Do you ship to Alaska & Hawaii?

A : Yes, we do ship to Alaska & Hawaii! We also ship to all U.S. Territories & underlying Islands including the Federated States of Micronesia! If you are from Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories, etc. and your MRE order is over 20lbs. you will be asked at check out to Contact Us for a custom shipping quote to give you the best shipping rate! Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories, and underlying Islands are subject to a Shipping & Handling Fee at Check Out.


Q : Do you offer International Shipping?

A : No, we do not offer International Shipping currently. We currently only ship within the United States, including Alaska ,Hawaii, U.S. Territories & underlying Islands including the Federated States of Micronesia. Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories, and underlying Islands are subject to a Shipping & Handling Fee at Check Out.


Q : Who do you ship your MREs with?

A : We ship with either UPS Ground or UPS SurePost.


Q : Do you accept MREs returned by shipping?

A : We do not accept any returned MREs. If there is a problem with your MRE that occurred during shipment (like, a problem with your individual MRE packaging) you are required to refuse your shipment, if not Contact Us so we can start a claim with the delivery carrier. If there is a packaging issue with your MRE you believe occurred before shipping are required to email us with a image / photo of your product and brief description with its issue.


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Q : What forms of payment do you accept on your website?

A : Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, PayPal Credit and a few others.


Q : Do you have other social media platforms?

A : Yes we do! Check us out! Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram & Pinterest : @themreshop
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