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DATREX Emergency Food Ration Bars for Disaster or Survival, 2400 Calories per Pack of 12 Bars

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  • ASIN: B01DUTZ4JE
  • Item model number: DX2234F-Parent
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
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Size: 1 Pack = 12 Bars Verified Purchase
Here are the possible sources of food during an emergency. You should decide for yourself what is most reliable and cost effective. A normal person needs about 2,000 calories per day, and someone who is exerting themselves (eg, survival, search, and rescue operations) may need 3,000 - 4,000 calories per day.

1. The regular canned food in your pantry. Regular canned food, such as Hormel Chili, is cheap, tasty, easy to get, and will last a very long time. It's manufactured from reliable sources. You can buy what you would normally eat, and nothing will go to waste if you rotate your stock. Additionally, most canned food is packed in WATER, so you get a safe supply of fresh water with each meal. Almost all canned food is cooked as part of the canning process, so you normally can eat it straight from the can (without heating). Canned food also has a shelf life far beyond MREs or Emergency Rations (for example, according to Hormel, "the shelf life of [canned Hormel Chili] is indefinite as long as the seal remains intact", although the flavor may decrease). COST PER 2,000 CALORIES: about $2 - 6.

2. MREs. MREs are hard to get (due to ongoing military and recent civilian needs) and relatively expensive (between $6 - 8 per meal). Each MRE contains about 1200 calories and is relatively tasty. They also contain vital ingredients you need during heavy exercise (search and rescue ops), such as salt. Despite some claims by competitors, you DO NOT require water to eat an MRE. Only a small, non-essential portion of the meal requires water (the drink mixes). MREs will last 5 years only if stored at less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. At 60 degrees, the shelf life is 4 years, and at 80 degrees, the shelf life is 3 years. At 100 degrees, the shelf life is only 6 months.
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Size: 4 Packs = 48 Bars
I purchased a case of these from an online vendor to stash with the rest of my food storage. The unmolested foil packages were stored in a climate controlled room with very little fluctuation in temperature and humidity. When purchased, all were freshly packaged and well sealed.

Nine months later half of the packages had lost their seal. I contacted Datrex and received very polite and prompt communication. They advised that I throw out the rations that had lost their seal as they may have gone bad. There was no offer to replace the rations.

I went ahead and opened one of the remaining packs to take a taste. Very good for an emergency ration, but I have no confidence in this product. If half of my supply was unable to stay in a climate controlled environment for nine months without going bad I shudder to think what would happen if my life depended on a case of these that had been thrown in a trunk or stored in a less ideal climate.
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Size: 4 Packs = 48 Bars
April 30, 2011:
When my order arrived I found one of the four pouches had lost its seal. A replacement was sent but the replacement had also lost its seal.

Out of the five total pouches I received two had bad seals. I cannot recommend a product that has such a high failure rate.

Update- November 10, 2014:
It has been over three years now and all the packages that arrived sealed stayed sealed up until recently.

These were stored inside a backpack, inside a climate controlled shelter. While updating my go bag the zipper rubbed one food pouch causing it to loose it's seal.

This leads me to I believe the seal problem I initially experienced was due to rough handling by the seller or shipper. It appears the product itself was not defective but needs to be handled nicely to avoid seal breach.

Out of curiosity I took one of my other food bricks and dropped it from counter top height onto a finished concrete floor. It looked ok for about an hour but then lost it's seal. Some would say this is product abuse but in my opinion a survival product should be able to take a fall off a common counter top.

I saved my last Dartrex food brick to see if it makes it all the way to the expiration date.

Update- November 21, 2015:
With the expiration date on my last bar very near I checked and it has held all the way to the end. I opened it and ate about a half bar. The taste was tolerable and I'm sure in a pinch it'll provided enough calories to keep me from starving to death for a short while. So as long as your nice to the Darex bars these would work in a three day bag but I think there are better products out there.

I replaced this product with "Millennium Energy Bars Assorted". Every bar on the two sets I ordered came in sealed and they can survive a fall off a counter top. Now it's been over two years since I ordered the Millennium Energy Bars and every bar I received is still sealed.
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Size: 1 Pack = 12 Bars Verified Purchase
To be clear: It costs approx $12 or so for ONE bar! In the product description it states that a case contains 30 bars, making one think that they might be buying a case. Also the PICTURE NEXT TO THE PRICE AND TITLE OF THE PRODUCT has THREE bars in the picture, leading one to believe you are buying multiple bars with this price. In fact, you are paying for just ONE bar! Each ONE bar can be eaten over 3 days. There are NOT 3 bars per order, as is possibly suggested by the THREE BARS in the picture. I wish they were more clear, but learn from my review!!! HAPPY CAMPING!
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