__________________ “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams
As has already been stated, MREs have a shelf-life. Certainly, one should do everything one can to extend the viablility of life-sustaining supplies, but also have a program to rotate those supplies to keep them fresh.