In some situations, cooking isn’t going to be an option, even if you have every off-grid cooking appliance available. In those cases, you need some meals that are ready to eat the minute they’re opened. Think raviolis, canned beef stew, canned meats, protein bars, peanut butter and pretzels, and even the military MRE’s (meals ready to eat). Having a can or two in your car’s emergency box and a few on your shelves in the pantry may really come in handy the day something happens and you don’t have access to cooking anything. They may not be the healthiest of options for day to day living, but stored for real emergencies, they may be an only option.
Some folks rely on emergency ration bars that are easy to store, have lots of calories, and are good for short term nutrition without the fuss of getting something ready, lots of trash and easy portability. Some use MRE’s from a military supplier, which again, are good for a short-term emergency and packed with calories, but they aren’t always the best choice for you (read my review of an MRE we tested one out with our family).
Want some ideas of make your own ready to eat meals that might be perfect for your family? Check out these links:
Making Your Own MRE’s Can Be Satisfying and Cheaper
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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.
She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.
Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).
Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.
Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.
Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.
She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.