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      MREs for hunting blind?

      Might be sitting in the deer blind dusk to dawn in December. Was thinking maybe MREs would be handy. Never had one, so I don’t know anything about them.

      Are they a worthwhile thing to try?

      If so - Best place to buy them? Type?

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      I've used them for years - nice easy way to make a hot meal in the stand (just need to bring a little water with to activate the heat packet). My brother was in the National Guard for years, so that was always my source. Lots of places online to buy them, and our local surplus freight store always seemed to have them. Biggest issue is to try to find ones that aren't real old (older than 10 years) - lots of online discussion about that as well.

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      ass't crackers, sardines, vienna sausages, deviled-potted meat, etc will tide you over. also don't overlook lunchables packs.

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      Quote Originally Posted by measure-it View Post
      ass't crackers, sardines, vienna sausages, deviled-potted meat, etc will tide you over. also don't overlook lunchables packs.
      Right - I’m pretty well versed on the traditional approach.

      At 0F nothing beats a warm meal.

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      Beings your in a blind would a small stove be an option. This opens your world to alot more variety

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      If you don’t have a taste for mres and have a jetboil or something like it the assorted meals on the market like mountainhouse are pretty damn good for what they are. Enjoyed them a lot more than I thought I would on the elk hunt I went on in September

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      The Peak brand are good as well

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      Reminds me of working on the county highways during the summer back in HS and college days. Buddy that was in the guards ate them every day on our lunch breaks.

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      Soup in a good thermos always hit the spot for me on a cold sit , Simple, easy to carry and quiet

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      I don't sit in blinds too often, but I love my jetboil and a piping hot mountain house! Quick and easy! And the stove is super compact. I'd let you borrow mine if we lived closer...just so you could try it out.

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      I could cook on a buddy heater easy enough - but cooking generates a lot of scent - and luring deer is illegal

      every time I bring a thermos “soup time” doesn’t happen - so drag it back to camp and reheat there

      it just seems like MREs would be fun to try

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      Theres so many good things to eat that you could put in a nice wide mouth thermos.

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      down side of thermos is packing it along… but then not eating it or having time

      nice thing about freeze dried or MRE is they’re totally optional - they can sit out in cold no worries until you want to eat them
      and no getting things ready at 5am to take hot thermos with

      and thermoses Ive tried suck at low temps - never truly “hot” when eaten

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      thanks for input everyone

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      You might be better off bringing a polka band with you on stand if you want to open all the plastic prepacked MRE meals in subfreezing temps. They are LOUD when opening them at 100 degrees F. I can only imagine what they would sound like in zero degrees. You have the main MRE pack, the meal pack, the desert pack, the cracker pack, the salt/pepper etc. pack, the chicklets/candy pack, the heater pack, the peanut butter/jelly pack, and the utinsil/napkin pack. MRE's are a plastic bag manufacturers wet dream. I'd go with freeze dried backpackers meals and open them to pack in another "quiet" container. Just a thought.

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      Yeah the freeze dried meals are pretty good. If you have a jet boil you can boil your water in 90 seconds. Starting to be pretty good variety. The elk ragu from peak is good. As is mountainhouse chili mac, beef stew, biscuits and gravy, beef stroganoff. About as convenient as it gets for a hot meal in the field all in 1 pouch.

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      Yep mountain house biscuits and gravy are good. I like the blueberry granola with hot water to.

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      jet boil it is - thanks guys

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      Being able to make coffee when ever you want is nice

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      I like MRE's when hunting. They're just easy to grab and go. Just bring some water to get the flameless ration heater working and to make coffee or drinks. As KDM said they are noisy to open but I'm usually in an enclosed blind so I just make sure to close the windows to help contain the sound. The absolute noisiest thing in them is the bag that the FRH is in, I often wonder why they couldn't have made that bag half an inch wider to make it easier to get the meal into.
      In a case of mre's some of the meals are pretty good, some are ok, and there is always one that is just terrible. The one I really dislike is Spinach Fettucini, to garlicly and I like garlic.

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      Mt House lasagna, or stroganoff are both good enough to eat even at home with a full kitchen @ your disposal.

      The Blueberry crunch thing I can’t eat ‘cause it looks JUST like bear poo.

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      Tried a few of the mountain house and mre types. Some were OK but I'd prefer a thermos of soup and a sandwich. Most of time I just go the sandwich and snack route. November/December days are pretty short anyway, start off with a decent meal before heading out and a snack or 2 during the day is plenty IMO.

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