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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Nutritious Food to Carry

As a prepper, you either have packed or are getting ready to pack up a backpack with your stove and fuel and matches and food. Here's just a little reminder of some light items to carry:

  • Freeze-dried and dehydrated foods: See this posting: Some to keep with you are: vegetable flakes, onion flakes, garlic cloves, mixes like for pancakes, etc.

  • Quick prep foods: cereal plakes, lentils, ramen noodles, etc.

  • Other: teas, coffee, boullion cubes, instant soup, dried mushrooms, peanut butter, gorp, butter powder, cheese powder, and chocolate

Be sure to keep various spices: we repack them into small pharmacy prescription pill bottles with child-proof tops. Good to keep: onion and garlic powder, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Keep a supply of one-a-day vitamin capsules too.

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Now... on to the "heavy" food - healthy meals to carry if you have a (mule) car or canoe! These are really too heavy to carry in your backpack.

  • a hearty breakfast is very important: granola, porridge mix, pancake mix with syrup

  • fresh fruit and veggies - wait to eat the produce that lasts longer (cabbage, onions, potatoes, carrots, apples) until AFTER the quick-to-spoil items are gone.

  • foods you pack yourself, like soup mix, stew mix, beans, pasta, etc. These are easy to make and actually pretty light if using freeze-dried or dehydrated ingredients.

  • s'more ingredients: marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers... yum!

  • canned ham, tortillas, canned refried beans and green chilis, canned chicken, etc.

  • nutritional yeast sprinkled on popped popcorn or salads or chili

PLUS... if you have room for a cooler, you can include fresh meat (eat in a day or two) like hot dogs, ground beef, chicken, cheese, sour cream, butter, milk, etc.

Be sure to pack a couple of power bars too! You might even consider a baggie of instant lemonade mix or hot cocoa.

Remember your utensils like potato peeler, paring knife, fillet knife (in case you catch fish to eat!), flatware (knife, fork, spoon), etc.


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