February 6th, 2014 11:59 PM
I'm in the process of assembling a 72-hour/bug out bag, and I've hit a minor roadblock. Specifically, food.
I'm looking for 1 or 2 serving meals that can be prepped on a basic alcohol stove. I can fall back to MREs if need be, but I'm hoping for something a big more compact. I keep trying things, but what I'm finding is almost always 4+ servings per package, and requires boiling/simmering for 20 minutes.
So far the best I'm finding are Lipton soup packets, which can be prepped in about 5 minutes for a 2-3 serving size, but I'd like a bit more variety. (Who wants 2-3 cups of chicken noodle soup, 3 meals a day for 3 days?)
February 7th, 2014 12:10 AM
Tuna steaks in a bag are pretty good. I am not 100% sure how long shelf life is but they are already cooked. They are by the caned tuna in the stores.
February 7th, 2014 12:14 AM
Old Truck driver Survival kit(For winter driving) I had a 6 pack of Sterno, Canned baked beans, Chef Boyardee (or Spaghetti-O's) & Vienna Sausage.
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February 7th, 2014 12:19 AM
Wise Foods, Food Supply Depot, Alpine Aire Foods and Natural High all make pretty good food in pouches. Most entrees are 2 servings but you can buy single servings in larger quantity packages of single serve pouches. Breakfasts and deserts are also sold by these companies.
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February 7th, 2014 03:49 AM
It's been a while since I had any first hand experience to offer on this subject. This may offer more current info: Backpacker Magazine - Search
I really think the freeze dried backpacking foods that SIGP250 mentions are the way to go. You don't really cook them. You boil water, add it to the plastic pouch, insert the pouch into the foil wrapper, close and let it "cook". They really are quite tasty IMHO. If you're worried about portion size, you could buy a #10 can and make your own size although I have never done this myself. It seems like it would work for an immediate trip but I would worry about shelf life in a bug-out bag. Most of the backpacker meals state they serve two but I never had any problem eating the whole thing myself and I am not a large person.
Seventy two hours doesn't seem long enough to get sick of freezed dried backpacking fare but I do recall that mixing in other foods was a welcome change back in the day. We didn't have tuna steaks in a pouch but I've got it in my bag now. GORP, power bars, heck I even have in a 5-hour energy. We are truly blessed with many options unlike our forefathers who had pemmican. Lol
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February 7th, 2014 04:02 AM
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February 7th, 2014 09:57 AM
February 7th, 2014 10:03 AM
Mountain House is much better than Wise, IMO!
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February 7th, 2014 10:23 AM
Mountain House is my choice.
Consider including a few food items that enhance meals:
Idahoan Mashed Potatoes (they make several different flavors)
Idahoan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Walmart.com
Knorr Pasta Sides (they make several different flavors)
Knorr Pasta Sides - Walmart.com
Knorr Rice Sides (they make several different flavors)
Knorr Chicken Rice Sides - Walmart.com
You don't have to make the entire package...Pack a few ziplock bags so you can seal the unused portion of the packages.
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February 7th, 2014 12:17 PM
February 7th, 2014 12:28 PM
I've eaten mre's 4 times a day for 21 days straight. On numerous occasions. It is food for survival--f you read "how to stay alive in the woods" by bradford angier he drives the point home that many people have died in the woods just because they were picky. I wouldn't worry so much about the boring part and would worry about a good calorie to weight ratio (its survival food for 3 days, no one is goin on a diet in this kind of scenario). MREs are packed in a tremendously inneficient manner--you can open the main pouches, strip out all the cardboard, and get 3 meals into the space of one. - am used to working in the far off places, on burning mountaintops where resupply is not often to be had, weight is a concern, and calorie expenditure is huge. Rats will keep you running, and for 3 days you can make due with 5 and not materially weaken your effectiveness.
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February 7th, 2014 01:45 PM
Beef jerky, powdered milk, marsh mellows which makes good bait for squirrels and a back country water filter system and old fashion water bag,have that in car right now.
February 7th, 2014 03:06 PM
I KEEP several of those very items in my backpack - fast , easy, very good out at camp!
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February 7th, 2014 03:34 PM
You can also find Mountain House products at sporting and outdoor stores in the camping section.
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February 7th, 2014 03:39 PM
that book is a classic. To reply to the OP, you're going away for three days and are going to carry an alcohol stove, and a bunch of heavy cans, etc. Not sure you'll get far.
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