Monday, January 20, 2014

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SBJABOBno12

Another Bug Out Book

Travel Food

Your travels will require a lot of extra calories, but keep in mind that unless you are already at an extra fit and trim low body weight ( I use fit and trim in a less that admirable context-after the demise of central air lack of body fat will be a survival issue ), you can live partially off of your surplus body weight and partially off the food you pack with you. Keep in mind at all times when planning to bug out, weight is your enemy and not your friend. I’m in great shape for my age, commuting daily up to two hours by bicycle, and I can easily tell the difference a small bit of weight makes. You probably won’t be in as good of shape. I can’t tell you the optimal amount to carry as everyone is different, with different terrain. But I’ll cover the highest calorie foods with the least weight and hope you can optimize the rest of your gear. If you carry water and food, a means of defense and a way to stay warm, paring it down to essentials and foregoing luxury, you shouldn’t need to carry too much. Sleeping bags are light, being down, a pistol with a few reloads and a knife shouldn’t be too noticeable, a tarp for keeping off rain and a few wool clothing items should be about all you need except food. And you can keep that down by using a few dense foods and a few light-weight fillers.

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There are far better tasting foods, foods with better protein and cheaper foods- but I think this is a good mix compromising as little as possible. For carbs, oatmeal and Top Ramen and for protein peanut butter and beef jerky. That’s it. No cans, no freeze dried, no MRE’s. A half of a can of peanut butter is almost twice the calories count as an MRE. It ain’t as tasty, but get over it. You are fleeing for your life, not going on a luxury cruise. I know everyone can be slightly different, but as a general rule vegetable protein isn’t as good/filling as animal protein. And eating just carbs or proteins alone doesn’t seem to satisfy. I’ve found that a bit of protein added to carbs is the best return on your eating( and a hat tip to a royal minion for this obvious but overlooked nugget of pure D wisdom ). With only protein, you eat a lot trying to fill up ( the dense foods packs a lot of energy but the body doesn’t get a full signal ). With only carbs, you keep eating trying to fill satisfied ( the body craving protein ). Mix the two. Munching on Ramen noodles gives you carbs, so eat jerky for the protein. No cooking, no stopping for prep. For breakfast, mix up raw oatmeal into peanut butter globs, some to eat now and some to eat later on the move. Boring, processed, sodium drenched. And it will get the job done. Figure how much you want to eat a day ( I’d say probably two thousand calories. You might be burning three, but two should keep your energy up and not deplete your reserves too quick ) and pack zip-locks pre-measured so you know how much you’ll be getting ( leave the peanut butter and jerky sealed and guess how much the ration is. If you open it, it will be bad by the time you need it ).

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18 comments:

  1. Good advice. I keep some of the Mainstay survival 3600 calorie packs. Pretty lightweight, taste like a sawdust cookie but convenient. They actually don't taste too bad but are dry. if you put a couple in an easy access pocket you don't have to stop to get a 400 calorie shot. Keep the water handy though.

    For the MRE crowd (not a big fan except for bugout food, not long term) be sure to strip the packages down to the basic foil envelopes. Only need one spoon, dump the heaters, accessory packs, ect. This will save weight and space. Its about weight, not hot sauce and hot food. Pretty easy on the go food. Stop long enough to tear the corner off and you can eat on the move.

    Good post Lord Bison and thanks to Vlad for planting the idea in your head.

    BTW, I'm mailing you the money for your thumb drive books. Just worked 80 hours a week and haven't done it.

    Great hair!

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    1. Remember the skit on working several jobs? You lazy boy, only working three jobs! Only 80 hours!? :)

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  2. Oh Mr. Dakin.

    This is me or I (whatever you prefer). Dr. Shitfinger.

    My questions for today are:

    What kind of MRE's you used to have in the mothership?

    Are you receiving signals from the mothership?

    Did you guys got the formula for GMO H2O (genetically modified water) ??.

    Are the earthlings ON to you??

    If not. You must hurry up. (hint) The invasion is in two decades (that's 20 earth years). That's after the world leaders we put in place convinced the population in GUN CONTROL, and the NOW.

    Check your signal Equipment (That's Plasma Radio). And remember to communicate at the highest peak (Mt. Everest) nightly> During the winter time @ night. Use ABC 123 code.

    Yours truly.

    Dr. Shitfinger.

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  3. Since you're on the subject of bugging out, would you please share your thoughts regarding bucket caches such as this one: http://www.savvysurvivor.com/supplycache.htm

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    1. bucket catches will be covered in due course

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  4. As you point out, neither adequate protein nor carbohydrates satisfy. What satisfies and fills is fat, and it happens to be the highest energy density food to boot. It also releases energy more uniformly than carbohydrates. That’s why peanut butter is so good. It has lots of fat along with a good bit of protein and carbohydrate. 1 1/3 cups of peanut butter provides 2,000 calories including 170 gms of fat (260% of RDA), 85 gms protein (a bit over the RDA), but only 21% of the carbohydrate RDA. Being short of carbs is fine as long as there is adequate fat to compensate, which there is in peanut butter.

    Adding oatmeal isn’t necessary, but it doesn’t hurt and it makes the protein complement a bit more complete (oats are grain, peanuts are legume). To bring total carbs up to the RDA you would need to add 4 cups of oatmeal, so it is really peanut butter added to oats rather than the other way around. This would bring the total calories count to about 3,200. Carbs would be 100% of RDA, fat would be over 300% of RDA, and you’d have over 125 gms of protein. Just as important but often overlooked, you’d have about 200% RDA of dietary fiber. Try getting along on the run without fiber and you’ll learn the true meaning of the word “run”.

    Which brings us back to pemmican, the near-perfect time tested bug-out food, which I think you touched on in a previous post? Easy and relatively cheap to make, good storage life, and also tasty enough to eat regularly so you can rotate a decent stock throughout the year, always keeping enough on hand for bug-out if needed. Lots of fat for energy, real lean meat for dense complete protein, and a bit of carb ingredient for quick energy burst, flavor, and adequate fiber. Low cost lean beef cuts work fine. Since you dry and pulverize the meat, tough isn’t an issue. I get the fat for free from a local butcher. The carb/fiber complement can come from raisins although I use free blackberries picked locally. Not much more expensive than peanut butter and oats actually.

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    1. The added oatmeal is for fullness. Pemmican would be much better, I'm just assuming most folks won't put in the effort, or rotate for freshness.

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  5. Bacon grease would have to be right up there, as lard, tallow, and fish oil top the list of calories per gram.

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    1. Storage longevity would be an issue. I'm thinking most folks store and forget for years.

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  6. http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-13257.html
    page 90 Wilderness Cookery by Bradford Angier
    Meat is the one complete food. Plump fresh meat is the single food known to mankind that contains every nutritional ingredient necessary for good health. It is entirely possible for man to live on meat alone.

    http://thementalmilitia.com/forums/index.php?topic=10574.0
    Dried meat is an ideal food for travelers. On long marches, Mongols simply take out a stick of dried meat, powder it and add to boiling water to make a cup of fresh and nourishing bouillon.
    sunflower seed kernels
    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrientprofile&dbid=127

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    1. Drinking meat. I like it. Why didn't our indigs do that? Or is it a myth the old toothless guys died when they couldn't chew jerky?

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  7. Dried fruit = fiber. No fiber = no shit. Constipation is not funny on the road. Remember - raisins, figs, prunes, apricots, and .etc. repackage them if necessary.

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    1. The oatmeal should work to combat constipation. You want REAL constipation? Eat nothing but MRE's.

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    2. Dang! We seem to be at odds today ;) Mass produced oatmeal has more than a few problems with the fiber issue - mainly its pretty much starchy cardboard crap, and causes some people to bind up - not me. You can buy "organic", but then you find out that "organic" is shorthand for Expensive As Hell.

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    3. Is it a whole grain? Is it just because oatmeal itself has little fiber? This is a new one on me.

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    4. I'm gonna stop after this one. I promise. The most popular brand of oatmeal in the US is that Quaker crap; its quality is debatable and questionable. McCann's Irish is a more realistic oatmeal - it still comes in tin cans. The problem with McCann's is that it is expensive and bulky ( Not to mention the fact that its Celtic oatmeal and when you open the can it will grab you by the throat and shake the dandruff from your hair.) and the "instant" variety is pretty much the same as Quaker crap.
      But - take into account that all protein/fat/complex carbs require more water to digest than simple sugars. Dried fruit and candy bars will actually get you farther down the road. When you get there, then you can have Spam and Ramen (mm .. mm).

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  8. I dry ground beef round in dehydrator, batter it to pieces and grind it in Corona corn mill. Think of it as ground jerky.
    A meat shake needs no cooking or refrigeration. No fire means no smoke to give away your location. It is a quick meal while travelling. It is suitable for those with hiatal hernia, or poor or no teeth.
    Meat shake consists of
    one cup dried meat powder ( one cup weighs 4 ounces, equals 10 oz fresh meat 50 protein grams)
    one teaspoon ground cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon yellow curry
    1.5 oz sunflower oil
    in filtered water. shake well.

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