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Old 07-19-2009, 08:16 AM
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You only need a sealer if you are storing long term as most package products have an exp of a year. You can use use zip-lock bags for short term MREs if you use them within 6-12 months.


I use Foodsaver and it has a stop&seal button so you can stop it from crushing things you don't want crushed. Bags are expensive unless you get a sale on them.
However, if you do have a Foodsaver you can reseal some types of MRE bags. I just tried it out on a Sopakco clear civy MRE bag. Just make sure your bag won't melt onto your sealer.

Just like MREs, you can eat some things cold but they taste better hot. Adding cold water to instant potatoes will still give you calories.

To build mine I made an Excel spreed sheet with: entree, side, desert, snack, bread, condaments. Each has the calories, protein, fat, etc., from the package. Your last page is a completed MRE sheet so when you copy and paste the various parts it totals the nutrition values up for each meal so you can see what you need to adjust. I also include the brand name and where I bought the item and cost, so I know where to buy more or to check prices with another store.
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This is what we have to eat during the Angola bush War
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I too make my own rations.

Ration pack = AU$30.

My ration pack = AU$13.50

Ration pack = 15,000kj

My ration pack = 22,000kj

I just got the contents from the website that sells them, and went and brought the same thing from coles.

Mine contain:

Home made ration pack
-Drink Sachet
-Biscuits
-homebrand 2 min noodles
-Mi Goreng 2 min noodles
-Muesli
-sultanas (2 packs)
-Condensed milk
-snack pack x2
-chocolate
-Muslie bars (x2)
-fruit salad
-baked beans/spagetti

There is 1 problem with my pack, in that it contains way too much sugar, and not enough... meaty/vegetable/rice type stuff.

Fortunately for me I have a fair bit of that stuff at home (dehydrated peas and the likes) so as soon as i get home i'm fine.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:54 PM
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Here's a good site for what you're looking for:
http://www.minimus.biz/
If it's made in travel size/packets/single serving/etc. they'll have it. Hope this helps.
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I started doing this myself. Great idea
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I got this little gem off some website.

Have not tried it yet but will asap.

I also picked up a jar of the Nutellbutter menotioned in the story about a man evading the mountains located in the book section of this board.




Raw, No-Bake, Agave PB Oat Cashew Etc Balls

This recipe doesn't really have a name since I just made it up, but these little
treats taste AWESOME and you can make them with whatever nuts/berries/additives
you have on hand. I'm going to share it with you and I hope you like it, because
it is super easy to make in a vehicle, very healthy (as long as you don't eat
the whole batch in one sitting!), and you don't need an oven or a stove. Just a
mixing bowl, a spoon, and maybe a fridge or a cooler to help them harden. They
are delicious, though, straight out of the mixing bowl, which is how I am eating
them, without refrigeration. These are guaranteed to become my new, perfect,
on-the-road snack treats.

These are basically little gooey peanut butter balls - only better - because
they don't use white sugar... I instead used "Wholesome Sweeteners" brand
Organic Blue Agave, which is an agave plant-based sweetener that is sweeter than
honey, but very low on the glycemic index (making it safe for diabetics or
anyone watching their sugar intake). These really aren't very sweet because I
only used 1 Tbl. of Agave in my batch. Feel free to use a little more if you
want them sweeter.

Mix together:

1/2 cup (heaping) chunky peanut butter (refrigerated natural kind)
1 Tbl. Agave Nectar (add another little bit if you want the end result to be a
little sweeter)
a good handful of quick-oats (I think I sprinkled in a little extra)
a heaping scoop of chocolate protein powder
2 Tbl. chopped cashews (raw, unsalted)
1 Tbl. shredded coconut
a dash of cinnamon
1 cap-full of real vanilla (not that imitation stuff)
1 Tbl. water (or a little dash more if needed)

The mixture should be thick and kind of sticky. Is it too wet? Add some more
oats, some ground flax seed, some wheat germ, or something else that is dry. Is
it too dry? Just add a little more water. I wouldn't add more agave nectar,
though, if it's too dry because then the whole batch might end up way too sweet.

Re-mix and then use your hands to roll it into tiny balls (I think my batch made
14) and either start eating them or put them in the fridge to let them harden a
bit.

The cool thing about this recipe is the fact that it doesn't make a whole bunch
- just enough to satisfy a little sweet tooth. You can also add dried cherries,
chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, raisins,
sesame seeds, basically whatever you've got on hand that you think would be
delicious in a peanut butter ball. Don't have agave nectar? Try it with a little
maple syrup, honey, or black-strap molasses instead. Mmm. Happy Snacking.
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Wow, I love the pics, I am also gonna try this!
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:11 PM
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Great post and very detailed. Now when your on the go just grab a pack and your all set.
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I had the same problem ,I think its either air getting to it or heat causing oil to separate
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Awesome post - guess I'll be going to Costco soon....
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This idea is awesome bro! I'm going to go recon some long life stuff today and see what I can do!
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Yes thank you, could you help out and do tell where to get the condments and such cheaply (not ready to just take at the local fast food)....
Why not? You go get a samich or something and ask for extra. Local smash a grab has 'em sitting right out( relish and onion , too), you can take as much as you want( within reason). No worries.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:32 PM
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You could try vacuum sealing ice cubes, but the corners may puncture the bag.
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I vacuum sealed batteries today, but put two vertical seals down the middle of the bag so I could just open one pack at a time. Then a thought hit me--how about doing the vertical seam and make a MARTINI. gin or vodka in one side and the vermouth on the other. Could work for many different drinks. Now THERE'S an MRE I could enjoy! I just have to remember to seal only and not vacuum seal it.
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I vacuum sealed batteries today, but put two vertical seals down the middle of the bag so I could just open one pack at a time. Then a thought hit me--how about doing the vertical seam and make a MARTINI. gin or vodka in one side and the vermouth on the other. Could work for many different drinks. Now THERE'S an MRE I could enjoy! I just have to remember to seal only and not vacuum seal it.
Funny.........................yet inspiring....
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Great thread, thanks!!!
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well if you can freeze it give that a shot then you could vacumme freeze it (thats what I do with stock and all that kindof stuff) butI dont deal with alcholoholmuch so I dont know if you could freeze it.
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I vacuum sealed batteries today, but put two vertical seals down the middle of the bag so I could just open one pack at a time. Then a thought hit me--how about doing the vertical seam and make a MARTINI. gin or vodka in one side and the vermouth on the other. Could work for many different drinks. Now THERE'S an MRE I could enjoy! I just have to remember to seal only and not vacuum seal it.
I would actually like to see this tried....just for fun....
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Wow great thread I was gonna buy a few MREs next check... I'll give this a shot
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