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Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - Case of 10 Packs
- 3600 Calories per ration.
- 5 year shelf life.
- Non-thirst provoking.
- Meets the US Coast Guard standards.
- Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C).
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Top Customer Reviews
Each bar contains only 23mg of sodium, which is 1% of the recommended daily allowance. That makes sense - any more salt is going to provoke thirst. But it also means that with any moderate or greater activity, you're going to be sweating out electrolytes, and these bars won't replace them. If you have any desire to fend for yourself in a survival situation (doing anything but sitting around waiting for help to arrive) I'd STRONGLY suggest adding a sports drink powder high in sodium and potassium. Same thing if you're planning on using them to replace/augment hiking rations.
The texture is heavy but crumbly, and doesn't seem to absorb much water. (The first two ingredients on the list are Enriched Flour and Vegetable Shortening; the shortening would repel water or saliva) Meaning: it's not going to provoke thirst anywhere nearly as bad as most baked goods.
The taste is similar to a lemon cookie. It's slightly cloying, but quite tolerable. Taste might not be a significant consideration for adults, but when you've got kids, you don't need the extra aggravation of one of them refusing to eat at meal time because they don't like the taste of their rations.
The packaging is a sturdy foil. Tough, but can be opened without tools, and can be folded closed to protect an unused portion.
All in all, I'm impressed. I wouldn't want to eat these things for a month straight, but they would be great to get by for a few days.Read more ›
There is also an aftertaste that, while not strong, will make your mouth continue to taste the lemon-bar you just ate for as long as it takes you to drink enough water to wash it down.
I would rather have an MRE, but the compact and portable nature as well as the price makes this a good item for extreme light hiking.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I peeled the package open. Would it be a moldy mess, or dry as cardboard?
I first realized they were moist, and showed no signs of mold. They smelled pretty good, actually, so I went ahead and took a nibble. Lo and behold, they tasted great! Even as old as they were and how they'd been stored.
I give these a big thumbs up.
Starting with the packaging, the case of 10 packs came double boxed, presumably to avoid any potential shipping damage. Crushed bars are less of an issue as these are very durable, not to mention, dense. But severe damage could potentially rupture a pack, killing the shelf life. Always examine each pack individually before caching it or adding it to an emergency kit. The actual product box is extremely compact for a month's worth of rations, and is easily stored or cached virtually anywhere for emergency use.
Each pack has indentations formed in the brick for easy portioning and is vacuum sealed in a durable, non-resealable foil/mylar wrapping. Packs are compact and small enough (24 oz weight) to be thrown into any bag of emergency supplies, be it car kit, marine kit, or even at the bottom of a backpacking pack to be used in emergencies if caught stranded out in the woods, desert, bush, etc. beyond what was planned.
The taste of these rations is surprisingly pleasant, perhaps a bit too sweet for some tastes, while others may have issue with the lemon flavor. While not overpowering or artificial tasting, it is clearly lemon flavored. A more neutral flavor might be preferable if one had to subsist off these for more than a few days. For reference, the nearest comparison to a common food stuff would be lemon sugar cookies, albeit much denser.
Compared to ER Bars, I would personally say the taste is better (more like a cookie and less like a biscuit) although a bit stronger (sweeter, stronger lemon flavor).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the packets was punctured and these rations will only last me 4 years. So I expect at least 7$ for the punctured packet and 20% refund on the other 9 rations since this is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yadira Vazquez
Mine came packaged very nicely with none of them having any puncture holes or having lost any of the vacuum seal. These actually taste pretty good! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
came on time in good condition, fair price. Have tasted these---no so bad tasting. Keep some in car, in emergency packs.Published 1 month ago by nobody123
LOVE ME SOME SANUKS!!! Super comfy. Super cute. Can't ask for more.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would give 5 stars except that 4 of the 10 packages had lost their seal. This is a problem I've had with all brands, and I don't know how big of an issue it is, but I assume... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alaska Guy
I purchased a case of ten of these to keep on hand for blizzards or other emergency's when I couldn't get to the store. Read morePublished 3 months ago by D Bays
The 5 year shelf life is a major reason why I bought these to add to our emergency supplies. The fact the description conveniently doesn't even hint that these are already 2 YEARS... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My only complaint is that it came already 2 years old and it is suppose to have a shelf life of 5 years. Now I have to replace it in 3 years.Published 4 months ago by Terry Barney
I have purchased this product before from other vendors. Never a problem. They actually taste pretty good. I would give the product a 5 star on its own. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Danny Boy