We carry the best selection of MREs from top USA Manufacturers! Sopakco, AmeriQual, MREStar, Bridgford Foods, Thermo-Pac, Sterling Foods, Pangea World Bakers, Mainstay, and more.
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Q. What's the difference between each of the above manufacturer's full meal cases?
A. We've got your answer! Click on the PDF link below.
MRE Full Case Component Comparison Chart
Q. How are MRE's heated?
A. MRE Flameless Ration Heaters are the most popular method of heating MRE's. However, MREs are "ready to eat" and can be eaten cold, although a hot entree or side dish may be more appealing! Click on the PDF link below for other heating methods.
The SurePak MRE meal case by Sopakco was designed to meet the needs of the end user who requires a top-of-the-line, fully configured meal case. Each case contains 12 complete meals. These
are factory-packed cases; there are typically six different menus, with two of each menu in each case unless otherwise specified.
Each SurePak case contains the following in each meal:
We offer discounts for large MRE Case orders (12+ cases). Full pallets contain 48 cases. Please call us for a quote!
12 Specification Sheet
Menu entrees included in this case (Lot #4212 packed on the 212th day of 2014):
We have some random menus that we can also offer in 1/2 cases.
Need MRE full meals but don't want to buy a whole case?
1/2 cases are now available!
You will get 6 different full meals. No duplications!
We can't tell you what the menu will be the day you order. It's a random batch of miscellaneous menus that we don't have enough of to offer in full cases.
MREStar Full Meal Cases WITHOUT heaters.
MRE STAR is a certified supplier of emergency rations for the DoD/DLA, Defense Supply Center Philadelphia. These MREs are manufactured in the U.S.A. and their plants are USDA/FSIS and FDA approved.
These meals don't have the traditional side dish you expect. However, they do have three snack items per meal. These snacks may include: Nut Raisin Mix, Dried Fruit (Mango, Banana, Papaya, Pineapple), Sugar cookies, Hign Energy bar, Crackers or Tortillas.
Several of these entrees are not found in any other case or by any other manufacturer! How cool is that?
MREStar Meal contents:
Entrees included in the REGULAR menu pack of 12 meals (Pack Date: February 2014):
This is a special VEGETARIAN case made specifically for TheEpicenter!
This case has 12 meals, but contains only three (3) kinds of entrees.
there are four (4) of each of the meals below (Pack Date: February 2014):
We also offer MREStar Meals by the 1/2-Case (6 full meals).
We just received about 100 cases of real HDR (Humanitarian Daily Rations) full meal cases. These were shipped to us directly from the manufacturer (AmeriQual).
HDRs are similar to MREs but are intended to feed refugees who are often malnourished and in need of lots of calories. These HDR cases have ten (10) meals in each case, and each meal contains about 2200 calories.
HDRs contain no animal products., and each meal has enough calories for an entire day.
Each meal pack contains two (2) entrees in each meal pack, plus bread and snack items.
Most meals have peanut butter and jam.
The exact mix of items is a bit complicated.
Each full case has a total of ten (10) meals, with each meal pack containing two each of five different menus. Note: There are three variations of each menu possible.
Entrees may include:
Breads and snacks may include:
These HDRs are older than we would normally offer, however we got a great deal and are passing on the savings to you! Although these meals were made in November 2009, these have a TTI (Temperature Time Indicator) on each box which shows they still have life left to them. NOTE: A TTI has an outer reference ring and an inner circle. The inner circle darkens with time, and darkens more quickly as the temperature increases. The quality of food is dependent on the time and temperature of storage — so the darker the circle, the less fresh the food.
These meals are quite substantial. A full case (10 meals) weighs 25 lbs!
Need to feed an Army?
Limited supply of MRE's packaged in large poly trays
These tray packs serve from 9-18 people each depending on suggested serving size.
Each Tray Pack weighs nearly 6 pounds! A massive amount of food for the price.
Production dates are listed by each item below. Stated shelf life is 3 years.
Here is a tip: We have a customer who doesn't like to cook. He takes these poly trays and vacuum packs them into smaller portions for his freezer. He then defrosts only what he needs for a quick dinner.
We have marked some of the best ones with "high-and extra-high" ratings only. These are ones that TheEpicenter.com's staff think are real standouts! The ones with these ratings will surprise and excite your taste buds and have been personally rated by our crew! You will also find comments from our family, friends and even customers for other stand-outs.
Some items have no comments at all. It's not that they don't have any comments because they "suck" but rather there is not anything special to say. Take Meat loaf as an example: "It's not as good as my Mother made, but it's not bad -- better if warm." If our customers would like comments for all items listed, please note that in the comments section on your order. If enough customers think we should include comments for all the entrees and sides we offer, we would be happy to expand our rating system. For now, we only have comments for the real stand outs on the list.
Also: People might ask why we have some items marked as "New Item" even though the production date has age on the clock. If an item is marked "New Item," it's new to us or is back in stock after being unavailable for an extended period of time. We strive to have the largest selection of items out there. From time to time one of the factories, other suppliers, or Epicenter itself runs across something that has been lost in a warehouse. All of a sudden, something may be available again that our regular return customers have not been able to get from us for some time.
MRE Entree and Side Dish Allergen Info
MRE Entree Nutrition Info Sheet
MRE Side Dish Nutrition
These specially-priced entrees are available as individual units. We are also offering additional discounts when you buy the 5-Pack entree-only mixed kit package!
Or, buy all five of the specially-priced unboxed entrees packaged together for additional savings:
These sandwiches are used in the new U.S. First Strike Rations (FSRs)!
The First Strike Ration (FSR) is a compact, eat-on-the move ration concept from the United States Army, designed to be consumed during the first 72 hours of conflict, created by the United States Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts.
These FSR / MRE Sandwiches by Bridgford Foods are packaged like MRE Pound cakme or MRE bread, require no refrigeration, and have a 3 year shelf life at 80 degrees.
They can be eaten cold, but we discovered that they fit inside an MRE
Heater! So you can even have a hot sandwich if you purchase heaters separately.
On average, Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches provide 300 calories per
MRE Sandwich Summary and Nutritional Info
Epicenter MRE Sandwich taste testing results:
We did some taste testing of our own, and heated each sandwich with
an MRE Heater.
Three of us tried each sandwich and we rated them on a scale of 1 to
10 (ten being the highest), and took the average:
These Cinnamon Buns, manufactured by Bridgford Foods, are being used in the First Strike Rations (FSR).
Sold in 12-packs only.
Some people like the regular style, some people like the Vegetable style
better. As the owner of TheEpicenter.com, I have always liked
the Vegetable Crackers the most. Although not as salty as the regular crackers,
the combination of flaked carrots, onions, red and green bell peppers mixed
into the wheat flour give these crackers a fancy flavor like high end boxed
The Picante Sauce makes a great addition for our cheese omelet entree. And now available is Salsa Verde!
(The MRE BBQ sauce is not available at this time.)
Available in 12-packs only.
A true G.I. favorite!
Lower cost pouch style
The pouch is like you would find ketchup in at a fast food store. But don't be confused, this is HOT sauce and not some wimpy taco sauce!
Sold in 4 packs or 100 packs.
The following beverage bases are available in 12-packs only.
The world famous Taster's Choice™ brand.
The coffee you often find in full meal MREs!
Available in Regular or Decaf!
Available in 10-pouch packs, or a full box of 80 for extra savings!
MRE electrolyte drinks have been tough to find. Many of our Search &
Rescue customers have asked for a similar product and now we have one to
take its place. These Qwik Sticks are now even being used in MRE full meals
like the Sopakco Sure-Pak 12 case.
These are the "Sqwincher" brand, in a unique package called the "Qwik
Stik." Each stick is a self contained packet that can be added to a bottle
of water to make an instant sports drink full of necessary electrolytes.
Take a standard 20-ounce bottle of water, add the contents of one of
these sticks, shake, and you have just made a 20-ounce bottle of sports
drink -- as good as any leading brand you have tried!
is some additional info on this product:
These QwikStik Sugar-Free Electrolyte Drink Mixes are available in many flavors!
And available in 10 packs of any flavor, 10 packs of mixed flavors,
or 50 packs of a single flavors at additional discounts.
Intended to be added to your own 20-oz. bottle of water.
Packs of 10 QwikStiks ($0.50 ea):
Packs of 50 QwikStiks ($0.40 ea):
These are the ultra rare military MRE spoons, the ones our troops get in the field!
Sold in 12-packs, 50-packs, and 100-packs.
For the guy (and gal!) who has everything, and who also loves MRE's!
Ever wanted to dispense your MRE onto a plate or have trouble getting
to the last bit of sauce?
We have a solution. We call this an MRE Key.
It acts like a toothpaste tube squeezer, but is the right size for an
MRE Entree. It can also be used for MRE side dishes and MRE cheese or peanut
Actual MRE Toilet paper.
Sold in 12 packs, 50 packs or 100 packs.
Another great use for this MRE TP is for checking the oil in your car!
I keep several packets under my hood. When it's time to check the oil,
I insert the dipstock into the end of the roll to wipe it, then take the
oil measurement. Works great!
Chemical MRE heaters! These units will make your MREs piping hot in a few
minutes using only a little water! But note that MREs don't require cooking.
We are offering MRE heaters as an easy way to have an occasional hot meal
during a disaster, and could also be used to heat your own food if packaged
The MRE heaters work like this:
We also have a limited supply of clear, over-sized MRE heaters.
Shown on the left is an over-sized heater, and a normal one on the
right for comparison.
These over-sized heaters are ideal for Hormel Completes or other similar
consumer poly tray packed items. They are also great for heating MRE sandwiches
or other large MRE items that normally don't fit inside a heater.
For use with MRE Heaters.
Now anyone can make a hot beverage using a standard MRE Heater (sold separately), and the new Hot Beverage Bag developed for the military.
These 4.5" x 9" PET / Poly side weld, 3 mil bags are not your normal
zipper lock style bag.
These are made to military specifications and have unique features
including resistance to the high temperature MRE heaters develop!
They are designed to heat water for beverages but have many, many other
It gets better, read on!
Anything you can put in the special high temperature
bag can also be heated using an MRE heater.
Even if the item (once placed inside the beverage
bag) can't fit in the MRE heater, it can be placed ON TOP of an activated
When using the bag for beverages, you just fill the bag with the desired
amount of water using the printed ounce marks, put the desired mix in (like
instant coffee) seal it, place it inside the heater bag and activate the
heater. After six minutes it's ready and really hot! These bags also
have measuring marks for 6 oz, 8 oz, and 12 oz. with instructions.
Just read the instructions for the beverage you want to make, and determine
how much water to use and fill the bag to the mark.
these hot examples of cool uses for MRE Hot Beverage Bags!
In addition to using these bags for making hot coffee,
hot apple cider, or hot tea:
A whole can (15 oz) of pork and beans fit in these special bags. Although
the combined package won't fit inside the MRE heater, it can be placed
ON TOP of the MRE heater and lets the product spread across the surface
of the heater for maximum heat transfer.
How about things that don't fit inside MRE heaters like Hot Dogs and
In this example, the buns don't need a lot of heat and don't need to
be inside the heater. The Hot Dogs can be inside or on top of the heater,
and the buns can be warmed with the excess heat.
We have discovered many other uses for these high temperature bags and
are offering an emergency food and beverage heating kit as well. See more
Buy more and save!
NOTE: The Hot Beverage Bags are intended to hold water for use in MRE beverages like coffee, but have many other uses. Use your imagination!
The Hot Beverage Bags do not produce heat and only provide a way
to contain items.
Mainstay™ is Kosher and it meets the dictates for Halal!
Durable packaging withstands temperature extremes from -40° F to 210°
The cases of 60 are easy to transport - just over 18 lbs. (8.17 kg)
per case of 60 packets.
Please Note: A 12-pack of water ration pouches has a 3.6 lb ship weight;
a full case of 60 pouches has an 18.2 lb ship weight.
30+ YEAR SHELF LIFE (24 OZ CANS)
This water will survive severe conditions of extreme cold and intense
heat for 30+ years!
The processing and purification used by the Military for decades has
been improved, adding additional stages which eliminate all bacteria. These
cans contain 24 ounces of water with a small amount of vacuum space which
allows for expansion from freezing or excessive heat without bursting.
12 cans (24 oz water each) to a case
Each case contains 2.25 gallons of water (288 ounces).
Weight 23 pounds.
The manufacturer of Mountain House foods has recently received approval
to produce several items made specifically for the U.S. Military. These
unique freeze dried food products are packaged in large silver foil pouches,
are shelf stable and, of course, are of superior quality.
The preparation instructions for these pouches are included with each pouch.
Instructions are for preparation of entire pouch contents (no single serving
preparation instructions; the bag does not have a zip-lock closure).
We tell our customers to figure on a 5-year shelf life for MRE items at
room temperature. But from the chart, you can see that the cooler you can
keep your MREs, the better. If stored at room temperature (75 degrees on
the high end), the taste testing indicates slightly over seven (7) years.
If you can keep them cooler (like in a basement or like in our warehouse
for example), the shelf life is over ten (10) years. Remember, the shelf
life of MREs is based on taste testing, and not that the product goes bad
and would be harmful to you."I've had 10-year old spaghetti that was
in my own supplies and it was just fine. The noodles were not quite as
firm as the fresh MREs, but other than that, just fine". TheEpicenter.com
The manufacturer uses an estimated shelf life figure of "3 to 5 years,
plus or minus" for its MRE-type pouched food products. Actual shelf life
may vary from this estimate. A key factor effecting actual shelf life is
the temperature of the storage environment. Storage at temperatures higher
than 85°F may shorten the shelf life of MRE-type food products. On
the other hand, lowering the storage temperature will help extend the products'
shelf life. This effect is common to most processed food products.
The shelf life figures given in the table for MREs are based on taste
test studies conducted by the U.S. Army's NATIC Research Laboratories.
This study was conducted by NATIC without participation of the MRE manufacturers.
As such, the manufacturer cannot verify the test procedures used by the
NATIC labs, nor do they adopt these shelf life figures as a guarantee of
any sort. The data is useful, though, as a general indication of the effects
of storage temperatures on the shelf life of MRE-type food products.
MRE Shelf Life Chart
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