The best long-term and survival food on the market is also the hardest to get ahold of: the US Military Meal Ready-to-Eat (MRE). The MRE became popular around Y2K, but ever since Hurricane Katrina, many companies have been trying to cash in on the popularity by producing similar looking products under the same name.
MREs are the main operational food ration for the United States Armed Forces. The MRE is a self-contained, complete meal. One MRE yields one meal for a large person or two to three meals for kids and smaller adults. The packaging of an MRE is designed to withstand rough conditions and exposure to the elements. Inside each MRE bag is an entree and a variety of other food and drink items.
MREs come packaged with:
Entree - the main course such as spaghetti or beef stew
Side dish - such as rice, corn, fruit or mashed potatoes
Cracker or bread spread - peanut butter jelly or cheese spread
Dessert - cookies, pound cake, M&Ms, Skittles, Tootsie Rolls or other sweet