Just stumbled on this interesting thread which I will add more when we stay put for a few days... in about a week after freezing throughout our rides toward Eastern Texas! ( don't ask... please!).
We have been going on over 5 years without refrigeration, winters of course are great! But I take it a step further in the senses that I do not use any processed food... (health!).
Feedback on that aspect also would be great as I will add some soon... It makes it all a bit restricted, yet a feel better situation when one needs to stay healthy. Even as far as using salt (which I rarely do, instead using lemons and lime) I use Himalayan Pink Rock salt, "NON processed" salt...
Talk soon... Be well...
Ara and Spirit
I was at costco a couple weeks ago and found a giant sized milk carton-like case of dehydrated has browns. Equal parts boiling water and hash browns reconstituted for a while then browned in a bit of oil and added to the backpackers breakfast burrito. One step closer to completion.....
Lets leave all our crap where it is and go live in the woods.
Some of my favorites are Marvel dried skimmed milk, Jordans Organic Porridge and Granose Meat-Free Burger Mix.
I drink and use Marvel in place of liquid milk daily and have not bought liquid milk for years. The burger mix can be enhanced with onion and dried spices etc. I also carry Peperami which can be added to the pot like jerky, I keep lots of cereal/fruit bars as well.
There's this tip too;
Granose Meat-Free Burger Mix info; http://www.veggiestuff.com/acatalog/...urger_mix.htmlTry rolling the mix into small balls instead of burgers and frying in shallow oil. This can be used as an alternative to falafels in vegetarian kebabs, or even as meatless balls with a Spaghetti Bolognese.
Marvel milk info; http://www.premierfoods.co.uk/our-br...rocery/marvel/
Jordans Organic Porridge info; http://www.jordanscereals.co.uk/our-...eals/porridge/
Peperami info; http://www.unilever.co.uk/brands/foo.../peperami.aspx
I just discovered something called a Butter Bell, which keeps butter fresh for up to 30 day's!
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I bought a dehydrator and I have done chpped meat and mixed in veg and some rice great meal. You can also sub noodles for rice just add brown gravy. Can also take instant mash potatoes and put it over the meat and eg and make a shepards pie.
Water is weight and spoils food. Who wants to carry that around?
We use our freeze dried food storage and take the can or package in a dry box. 25 yr shelf life sealed, one year open if the moisture is kept out and you don't leave it in direct sun.
Overland use unsurpassed,
For a planned trip with ziplocs or a seal a meal, I mix foods with the spices i want in the portions we need and can pack two weeks food that weighs 11 pounds.
It easy, healthy, preservative free, low in salt, no GMO, no chinese products and if need be gluten free too.
I bought a kitchen from http://www.kanzoutdoors.com/ I carry the stove separate and the top of this kitchen holds 15 pantry cans perfectly. thats a lot of food and great variety.
Check out the store at www.thriveon.shelfreliance.com/home
There is also bug out packs, water filtration and survival supplies.
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Don't forget wasabi peas, great snack while driving. I get 5 lbs shipped from amazon for $20.
In the United States we've come to believe that just about everything needs to be refrigerated. Those of you from Europe or Asia certainly know better, as do blue water sailors.
Does butter need to be refrigerated? Of course not. Cheese? No, absolutely not. If you're going to be gone for a while, wrap a bit of cheesecloth around that block of cheddar and moisten it with vinegar. Worst case scenario: you'll have to trim off a bit of mold now and again, but not likely if you use the vinegar method. Of course, if you insist on overlanding with camembert, it may get a tad runny.
Farm-fresh eggs: get them BEFORE they've ever been refrigerated and coat each one with petroleum jelly. Room-temp storage is fine for up to three months. Heck, my grandparents and great-grandparents used to put up crocks of fresh eggs in waterglass and store them in the cellar; they were good for years.
Cabbage? Just peel the funky leaves off and it's nice and fresh. Whole salamis, onions, potatoes, garlic, carrots, peppers, fruit, even asparagus...sailors swing them in a little hammock to allow air to circulate and they last a long time. Of course, dried herbs will be more portable than fresh. Visit a good Asian market to find an astonishing variety of dried herbs, spices, fruit & veggies, and a wide range of protein sources.
Larry and Lin Pardey are well-known sailors who have written extensively on cruising life with minimal power requirements. They have written an authoritative text on cooking far from civilization that has direct applicability to overland adventurers.
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This is a great thread with lots of ideas for trail and camping foods. However, while living here in California it has occurred to me that I really should put together a survival type stash for 'The Big One,' which we all know is coming. Already have various cooking options and water, but my long term food related plans are kind of sketchy. Canned foods, sure, some are not bad but considering the possibility of weeks of consuming them and in event of evacuation, trying to carry canned goods along might be burdensome. Someone here mentioned MRE's? What about them? Personally, I have little to NO experience with them and wonder if anyone here has personally tried or tested the various products out there? Like what brands are good and what's gawd-AWEFULL?
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