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 on: September 20, 2017, 07:45:08 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Blueduck
My oldest son likes certain Cliff bars, which i can take or leave.... im gonna have to look into the LArabar, see if anyone carries them around here or i will check on the amazon site for a trial run of em..... Ive got overwhelmed by the selection a couple times at the local grocery, way to many different types and brands.... which is why i still would consider doing one out of the bakery yet...... why not add another choice thats local to the lot  8)


 on: September 19, 2017, 09:18:14 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
I've been slowly adding some food to the bushcraft kit. I picked up another two Mountain House beef stew pouches to add to the beef stroganoff and lasagna with beef as my backup food. I also have three cans of Spam in different flavors and a can of Chunky Country vegetable with beef burger. Other items include a pound of plain rice and some instant mashed potatoes. I'll end up adding Lara bars for snacks and trail food. I intend to take perishable food when I head out with it but I want some canned food that can be eaten straight out of the can if need be and some freeze dried for just in case. This way if I stay out an extra day or two, or something happens to the fresh food I have a back up.

I have the cans in a small nylon bag and the other food in a dry bag. I still have some spices and will add some more packets of instant potatoes to round things out.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'll get out this fall, too much to do and not enough time, but I'll have to hope for spring.

 on: September 19, 2017, 09:09:30 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
I just picked up two more MH beef stew pouches for my bushcraft bag.

As far as bars go I've been enjoying the Larabars, although they have a new peppermint flavor that is REALLY intense. They are the best bars I've been able to find - maximum of 6 ingredients with the base being dates and some good flavors. They are great in the deer stand or as trail snacks, or snacks at work.

 on: September 18, 2017, 11:36:27 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Blueduck
Other than a higher calorie count, folks generally get tired of eating most MRE made for the military.... and even in a bugout we are not gonna need that high of a calorie intake for longer periods generally.  granted some of the newer menus are better flavored and ya wont get tired of the selections, but dollars spent vs per package, the MRE items are outside what i want to spend except to have a couple cases around for hunting/mining/ and emergency vehicle problems in the mountains..... the weight also makes them a problematic thing if we were to become walking refugees limited to just our packs depending on the direction we would be heading at the time...... I can tote quite a bit of the more expensive freeze dried and dehydrated foods along though some of them take up just as much room as the MRE volume wise and a person needs to find a water source more often [8 pounds per gallon adds up fast too in a pack]

I keep studying these products long enough, and i will have a whole new line of education under my belt, and enough knowledge to open up a product line of my own if I dont find something i like perty qwik, and i dont really want to do that..... Ive already been doing a decent breakfast granola type thing and working on it going into a bar for prospecting..... since not everything already out there is what i want either in that department..... and the kitchen at the bakery/ restaurant that my wife manages is set up for production and shipping i know it would be possible to contract it there at a reasonable price point.... she just isnt ready to go that way though i know the owners would allow for it as long as we paid the costs up front.  we have talked about purchasing the establishment but the owners are still emotionally attached at this point to the tune of $800K  and what they do is about $300K per year right now [the right  products marketed in the correct way and it could do $2.5 to 5 million per year shipping out specialty seasonal goodies] we would be into it over $million just to prove it could happen the way we see it, the owners used to come close but they lost their Costco contract several years before my wife started managing for them, and she cant find a baker on the owners terms [cheap help aint good and good help aint cheap.... and they want cheap help]

options are always good, and believe it or not a bakery/resturant actually makes decent sense for a prepper to a degree.... but i digress off topic.


 on: September 18, 2017, 09:01:23 PM 
Started by goinpostal - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Have fuel on hand and Pri-G or Pri-D for long term storage. The hurricanes kind of screwed up my plans to stock on diesel for the plow truck, so I'll wait a bit for that. I keep premium unleaded for the various small engines around the place and of course it will work in the other 4 trucks on the property.

I have back road routes to where I need to get, we have two meet up locations so we're good.

 on: September 18, 2017, 08:56:08 PM 
Started by Blueduck - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Nice score on the freezer :)

I collect 20 pound propane tanks whenever I can. I have about 10 of the new style and about 20 of the old style. I can get the valve replaced and the tank recertified for about $15 cash at a local propane place. I also have 4 100 pounders, one that is damn near full but with a stuck valve so I will have to empty it and get the valve fixed.

 on: September 18, 2017, 08:50:55 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver

I spent a long time hardly able to scrape up an extra $5 a month, so I know what it's like to be poor. I ain't poor but I ain't rich either and am still concerned about cash. On some things I will be cheap, on others I will pay for quality. My bottle kit set me back about $100 total, but it was money well spent on gear that will last a long time... not that much of a price difference compared to the Kelly kit.

 on: September 18, 2017, 08:43:30 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
I've had Alpinaire and Backpackers Pantry, they were OK but kind of bland... like they added the individual ingredients to the bulk tank, mixed and packaged. Mountain House actually cooks up huge batches of whatever it is and then freeze dries that so there is a better taste. There are other companies that make products that will last a long time, if it is freeze dried there is a good chance that Mountain House (parent is Oregon Freeze Dry) made it for them since they are about the largest freeze dried company in the world and do a lot of private label contracts.

Good dehydrated goods will keep a long time depending on the packaging as well. So there are options, but freeze dried is probably the best bet.

The shorter shelf life products are good for camping and short term emergency storage. I have three cases of MREs a friend gave me when he got back from training last year. He's retiring from the reserves after 20 years so that supply option will go away.

 on: September 17, 2017, 01:28:05 AM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Blueduck
I agree, $120 is spendy for a rocket style stove that boils water and comes with a bowl, wire 2 piece grate, and a flimsy looking stand to put the pot on the chimney with to cook on.... HOWEVER it is well built and sturdy to last many seasons of intermittent use camping.  end of times i really do want the best i can get that will lsat the longest possible time and give me the least amount of trouble.  and whilst i am handy with some things, im not sure i could weld the kelly kettle up the first go round and make it work and last, stainless sheet isnt really expensive, but its not easy to weld as a water jacket either even with nickel rod which IS expensive.

Ive taken a new approach, not new to most and even ive used it before.... I want top quality in all my purchases because when the balloon goes up, aint gonna be new product made for one or two generations, and then what we like now might never even make it into production again..... I am frugal in many ways, but i dont want to be so thrifty that i make an error in judgement when it comes to products [ergo the comparison of like products is imperative and seek quality out, not just cheapest value]

Ive been broke for so long, i hear you, and spending dollars is not done in a manner which there is no tomorrow.... so to speak.  Each dollar spent on anything other than day to day living has to be scrutinized and know that it made sense and not just was an emotional spend.


 on: September 17, 2017, 01:01:39 AM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Blueduck
I agree about the 2 year shelf life, and the way some folks have to store some of their prep foods, the LTS foods may not all last the 25 years either.  shoot there are some companies out now that haven't been around for more than 5-7 years and tout their shelf life is 25-30 and they are the ones to watch out for on calorie count.... and they have their own independent "test pages" and reviews, but funny how no bad reviews are ever given or posted....

Its funny to a degree that when you find some of these pages, you see they are nearly  always number one and the number 2 choice is mountain house products though and maybe its because ive been in retail for a number of years and see thru their wholesale BS. 

I would wager that MH overall is still the best out there for the dollars, though some may have better taste [not a charlie the tuna canned joke either]


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