An FRH, or Flameless Ration Heater is a self-contained, exothermic chemical heater that is water activated and used to heat ready-made food.
In today's United States military, the term MRE is well know. MRE, which stands for Meal, Ready-to-Eat, refers to a packed ration that is ideal for nutrition on the go. Since their introduction in 1981, MREs have been continually improved to provide optimal nutrition to soldiers while also being as easy as possible to carry and use.
MREs, or ‘meals ready to eat’ were originally the preserve of the military, but in recent years they have become something that more civilians use either for camping and outdoor pursuits, or for disaster planning and “doomsday prepping”.
The civilian population has been holing away necessary provisions to keep them alive during hard times, since the agricultural revolution and long before. The threat of disaster, upheaval or the roving bands of barbarians has made the art of food storage a fine science.
Back then before MRE were developed, soldiers stomached an excess of foods, of which none of all those were popular. In the 1900s, soldiers were given field rations which were known as “Reserve ration,” and it only included one pound of dehydrated meat and a hardtack biscuit.
Almost everyone has heard of MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat, because the military has been using them for decades to feed the troops. One MRE is one meal for one adult that comes in a very tough, sealed, bag that can withstand extreme heat, cold, and abuse without breaking or bursting.
There has always been a specific element of society that harbors a deep-rooted distrust of the conveniences we see around us. When the storms come to a blowing, the famines set in and social upheaval disrupts regular supply chains, who do you think is eating well and thriving while the rest of the world is in chaos?
Most of you by now have at least heard of Meals Ready to Eat (MRE), but likely have not tried them yet. If you are reading this, then I'm guessing you are very interested in trying an MRE soon.
There are many reasons why you might find meals ready to eat (MRE) to be a convenience. For some, it is having the nutrition and food that they need when they are out on the trail in an easy to carry package.