Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s)
Are a product first adopted by the military worldwide for units deployed out in areas where resupply would be less than frequent.
They are so called for the fact that you would simply break andoss in the chemical hot pack and let it self-heat then consume.
They are known to have a variety of entrees available from lasagna to spaghetti and meatballs.
As with all things, when the world economy collapsed cheap food was a necessity. To accomplish this the MRE manufacturers came out with the second generation of their products. Instead of being designed for longevity they were instead designed to be quick and affordable.
Having replaced the TV dinners and with vast improvements in material science all MRE’s now come with a insta-pull tab which triggers the rapid heating of the meal.