It’s taken us a little longer than planned, but we’ve finally got our first three menus complete.
We’ve also got all our packaging lined up. We’ll be packing Bug-Out Grub in a foil stand-up zip pouch with oxygen absorbers to increase shelf life.
Most of the individual food items in the Bug-Out Grub package will also be sealed in their own foil package with oxygen absorbers. Our packaging will ensure those items without oxygen absorbers (drink powders, accessory pieces, etc.) will last just as long.
Regarding shelf life, the latest research shows current MRE (meal, ready to eat) shelf life at up to 60 months at 55 degrees F. You may not have access to cold storage, so you can probably expect a shelf life of up to 40 months (3 years, four months) at 75 degrees F (room temperature).
With the additional foil packaging and oxygen absorbers in Bug-Out Grub, you can probably extend that estimate somewhat. As always, don’t put all your trust in what some government scientist says. Trust your nose as well. If it doesn’t smell right, don’t eat it.
Eventually, we plan on adding an additional six menus to the Bug-Out Grub lineup. Each menu will mirror (as closely as possible) their military counterpart.
In the near future, we plan on adding a civilian version of the military cold weather ration and long range patrol ration. These two rations have recently been combined into one – the MCW/LRP ration. We have already sourced all the products and packaging for these rations and expect to begin production within a few months.
In the meantime, expect the first three menus of Bug-Out Grub to be available within a few short weeks.