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View Poll Results: Best survival food?
Trail mix 20 14.18%
Peanut butter 18 12.77%
Granola / Energy bars 20 14.18%
Dried fruit 8 5.67%
Beef jerky 32 22.70%
Bagels / Bread 1 0.71%
Cereals 0 0%
Crackers 0 0%
Cookies 1 0.71%
Other 41 29.08%
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So starting tommorrow for a few days I'm going to escaping from society running into my local forest. Going to take a backpack, water, sleeping bag, clothes, survival items, etc. But what are the best foods I should take?
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The best foods you can eat on the trail are the ones you find on the trail. Clover is a great source of vitamins and minerals, dandelion greens are full of calcium, beta carotene and iron, cat tails are plentiful and full of potassium and phosphorous if I remember correctly. I would recommend getting a wild plant guide and using this few days to make yourself more experienced with wild food identification and consumption. You can go for three months without food, so a few days may suck a little, but ill be a great training experience. Not to mention most of us could stand to loose a few pounds.
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I chose other because I wouldn't want just one food. You have three up there that I would recommend.

(FYI: You can do polls where you can select multiple choices, by the way, just in case you didn't know.)

The jerky. Beef or American Bison. Plain.
The trail mix (or Gorp which what I call my blend)
And for the Granola/Energy bars, I'd go with the Millennium 400 cal ration bars, not granola bars.

If it is more than three days I'd want something more than Iron Rations. Something cooked or heated, preferably. Hot drinks. Sweets. Fruits.

Hiker's freeze dried meals are one choice. (I'm partial to Mountain House Pro-Pack Meals)
If you will be able to have open fires, a hard frozen steak, a foil wrapped potato, and foil wrapped ear of sweet corn, ready for the coals, is not hard to do for the first or second night's dinner.

Some fresh fruit and hard cheese are good trail break snacks instead of the trail mix every time.

Some pre-mixed, only needs water, bread mixes in one or two person sizes in Zip-Lock bags might go along with that steak, too. And biscuit mix with freeze dried or fresh eggs for breakfast the second day.

I just wouldn't limit myself to what amounts to survival rations or simple snacks.

Just my opinion.
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I'm a big fan of Pasta Side dishes with a little meat added.
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Heres all you need,

Beans
Rice/Pasta (pasta takes longer and isn;t as economical)
Dry sauce packs (spaghetti sauce, enchilada sauce, alfredo, etc...)
Tortillas
Tuna packs (in bag not can EX. BumbleBee)
Hot sauce of choice

I know this may sound impractical but I swear it all packs up nicely and with the flavor packs and maybe few different types of beans you can make a semi-unique meal every day. I've made all sorts of good stuff. Maybe bring some pasta type stuff too; though that takes more time boiling.

When you don't feel like cooking, tuna in a tortilla with some hot sauce never gets old. Well, at least when it's all you got.

I lived off this diet with some occasional fruit for months. Totally doable and tasty.
Of course take some trail mix too.
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A Lieutenant that i worked under for many years in SAR advocated that whatever survival food you picked it should not only have food value but also be something that you wouldn't necessarily grab the first time you got hungry;

His "Survival Food"?

Peanut Butter; he hated peanut butter...a career marine and SAR coordinator, he still recognized PB's value as a survival food and would only grab it out of his Search Pack or survival kit as a last resort.

It was this thinking that inspired our SAR team to put a can of dog food in the Team Leader's pack for unexpected stay's out in woods during prolonged SAR missions.

I can't remember ever hearing that one of our SAR scouts tried the dog food, although teenagers should never be underestimated..
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Peanut butter - It's about the most calorie dense food you'll find. And, it's great for catching more food. Great balance of protein, fat and carbs.

Sunflower seeds - shelled. Very nutritious, high calories, and also great for catching other food.

Mix of Carnation Instant Breakfast, protein mix and instant milk powder. Just mix with water. You can heat the water and add some peanut butter for a great meal.

Honey - Never spoils, quick energy and can be used on cuts. Add some to pine needle tea.

Handful of multi vitamins.

None of this requires any cooking (except pine needle tea or the hot chocolate mix).
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Survival in the wilderness=
2 years of food and water,
Garden seed, and tools, including "mirical grow".
Also the capability of canning,
Rolls of chicken wire, to guard the garden and house chickens-brooders.
Preferibly a green house with both plastic sheeting and camo netting.
2 years of food, because you can't guarentee your first season of planting to be successful in an unknown environment, and or the soil may be contaminated.
If your not providing for an indefinate stay, you are dilusional thinking the world is going to fix it's self , while your gone.
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Take what you like, why over complicate things?
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obviously the answer is bacon
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corn meal and bacon .
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I chose other because I wouldn't want just one food. You have three up there that I would recommend.

(FYI: You can do polls where you can select multiple choices, by the way, just in case you didn't know.)

The jerky. Beef or American Bison. Plain.
The trail mix (or Gorp which what I call my blend)
And for the Granola/Energy bars, I'd go with the Millennium 400 cal ration bars, not granola bars.

If it is more than three days I'd want something more than Iron Rations. Something cooked or heated, preferably. Hot drinks. Sweets. Fruits.

Hiker's freeze dried meals are one choice. (I'm partial to Mountain House Pro-Pack Meals)
If you will be able to have open fires, a hard frozen steak, a foil wrapped potato, and foil wrapped ear of sweet corn, ready for the coals, is not hard to do for the first or second night's dinner.

Some fresh fruit and hard cheese are good trail break snacks instead of the trail mix every time.

Some pre-mixed, only needs water, bread mixes in one or two person sizes in Zip-Lock bags might go along with that steak, too. And biscuit mix with freeze dried or fresh eggs for breakfast the second day.

I just wouldn't limit myself to what amounts to survival rations or simple snacks.

Just my opinion.
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For traveling long distance I'd want what great great grand daddy used, ie. Parched corn drizzled with maple syrup then dried..It was said they could get by with just a pinch of this through the day along with a good drink of water..I keep a corona grinder and a barrel of corn just in case, along with supplies of canned goods and salt, sugar....But that's thread drift..so I'm done..
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corn meal and bacon .
bacon fritters?
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For a few days, I chose beef jerky. I love good beef jerky. Bacon would be another option.
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These types of discussions always break down the same.
They immediately go to comfort and pleasure.

Survival is suppose to mean "stay alive".

From what I've been able to surmise from the USDA lists, beef fat tallow is the most dense concentration of energy.

I recommend that you just take something that tastes good.
For 3 days, you'll still be digesting the previous 2 days of meals in your intestines and have plenty of ready food in your gut already.
Just supplement that with some 1000 calorie meals of whatever you like to eat.
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I chose other because there are like 3 to 4 things on the list that could mean a survival food. I also carry small PB jar washed out full of rice and beans just in case.
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Pemmican pemmican pemmican.

Apparently just saying pemmican is too short to be a valid response.
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This is a great article on good lightweight backpacking foods.

10 Ultralight Backpacking Foods

May favorites are pasta/rice sides, foil pack meats (mmm... SPAM!) and home made GORP. Not mentioned in the author's list are Baby Bell Cheese (wax coating is GREAT as a fire starter), instant oatmeal, bacon jerky (yum!), bouillon cubes and random snack bars which always accompany me. My peanut butter is usually in the form of Reese's Pieces. I get the drink mixes in single serving sizes for use on rest stops and try to get brands that offer electrolytes. I just do straight water in the bladder while on the move. Instant cocoa is good in the evening and morning.

I can live on those for a very long time and not want anything more. If you run into any edibles along the way, so much the better.

My dogs carry their own food - and water as well if it is a dry area.



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