Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars
|Price:||$7.89 - $89.99|
- Ready to Eat: Each package contains 9 pre-measured 400 calorie meals.
- 5 year Shelf Life, Non-Thirst Provoking, Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C)
- Individualized portions eliminate the messy breaking-up that occurs with other bars, Allows for on-land emergency consumption in a high-stress active situation
- Contains no cholesterol or tropical oils., Enriched with vitamins and minerals exceeding the RDA requirements, Pleasant lemon flavor which appeals to everyone.
- MainstayTM is Kosher and meets the dictates for Halal.
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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.
These actually taste pretty good for survival rations. It's somewhat sweet, like the so-so cookies you get out of a vending machine. One thing to note, is that they do contain trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils) even though trans fats do not appear in the nutrition facts. I was planning to eat one cookie every week so I could slowly rotate out the old ones and always have a fresh supply, but since you can't open 1 serving without opening 9 and because of the trans fat I will just keep these in storage until needed. It's not a problem though. They have an expiration date of 4-5 years from when you get them (mine expires in 2014) so they should be good for 2012.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall a disappointment, very similar to home made "hard tack" and other survival foods. Sometimes must be soaked in water to become soft enough to eat. Read morePublished 23 days ago by nicole herren
First time I order 3, two of the packages lost vacuum seal, had to return it. Second time I ordered 2 packs, AGAIN one of them lost vacuum seal! Had to return AGAIN. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Hard to say I love the product since I haven't tasted it so far. Thankfully!
What I do love about it is that it's compact and fits nicely in my earthquake kit. Read more
They need smaller sized packaging once you open the pack you have no way of resealing.Published 2 months ago by leobardo m trujillo
8 out of 10 kept seal
3 years left until expired
Need resealable bag once opened to keep what you don't eat
Product is more than palatable. Read more
Perfect for the the car to have just encase. This is the size of about two pb&j sandwiches. The package is tight and small. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thompson Family
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 4 months ago by Yadira Vazquez
I should have looked at the other reviews. Mine was not properly sealed so I don't dare use it for my 72-hour kit.Published 4 months ago by Calvin