You can tel when Don is watching too many U Toob videos. There is a fellow that does reviews of MREs - well, military rations, actually. ( Steve Thomas. His YouTube channel, Steve1989 MREinfo) I found it interesting that many non-US rations were basically commercial canned food with some minor items added (utensils, Esbit stores, etc). and packed to .mil standards. The meals run from a single meal - Breakfast, lunch and dinner. - to a '24 hour' ration with all three in a single package. Weight runs from under 2 lbs to over 4 pounds. Multiple Vendors will sell you several kinds of US MRE components. What fun is that? So, how about your ideas on 'homemade MREs? Ground rules: Has to be ready to eat. . Heating can make it more palatable, but is not needed for consumption that is, no cooking required. So, for example, Minute Rice, no - retort pouch rice, OK. . Minimum calories per day is 2,500 cal. More, of course if fine. Must have: an entree, a side (say, veggies), a bread item (crackers are OK), a 'desert' item . some kind of drink mix - dry coffee or teabags are fine. Finally, a 'snack' item (or two) for in-between. ANy food item should be able to handle being frozen. I'm not fussing about heat as nearly every food is degraded by hot storage condx.. Storage - perhaps a 1 gallon ZopLoc bag. Anyone wanna play? I lg pkg of trail mix 4 Jiff peanut butter minis (goes in soup) (250 Calories per mini) Dry soup x 4 and Clif bars x4 Large pkg of Wet Ones coffee packets, 2 sugars and some gum 4 black tea bags (can also be considered p/o FAK) 1 pack MRE matches, the white container (seen below) is an Advil 'travel size' tube with strike anywhere matches. Stove module Esbit stove, w/ six heat tabs Modified to hold any of these pots or canteen cup I had 6 tabs, I also have an add-on kit for the stove left in car - with 24 additional heating tabs. Foil = extra wind-break. This Chow is is to ensure nobody goes to bed hungry. Your take?