No refrigeration needed

frans

Adventurer
Part of the fun of consuming these nasty, old C-rats was they often had no labels on the OD cans (these were so ancient that the labels had come off of them), so each meal started out as a mystery and was a complete surprise until you opened up the cans with your included P-38, to discover whatever delight was in them.
We called them 'man cans'
What you opened, you ate lol
 

PPCLI_Jim

Adventurer
I wasn't in the military back then, but I did join the Canadian Forces in 87. Med retirement in 2013, so I've had my share of rations. Brit, French Norwegian, German, US, and of course Cdn. What a spread of taste and quality,I did 3 of 5 tours eating whatever came in the box or bag not enjoyable.
 

trae

Adventurer
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Here's a fairly simple way to do individual portions
That’s pretty cool. I wonder what the shelf life is with no desiccant packets. It’ll probably last a camping season a figure. Great idea. Could do the same with pasta or dehydrated potatoes instead of rice.


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PPCLI_Jim

Adventurer
That’s pretty cool. I wonder what the shelf life is with no desiccant packets. It’ll probably last a camping season a figure. Great idea. Could do the same with pasta or dehydrated potatoes instead of rice.
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Yes, without other methods this is about a 1 year shelf life. I've already done fully prepped and dehydrated spaghetti and chili, so I'm looking for other meals , ie some chicken or beef slices. Potatoes already come in the bags, so its simply pour out 1/2 and start cooking. Thanks for checking it out!
 

Alloy

Well-known member
Always bought skim milk powder but recently bought whole milk powder from Medallion Milk. What an improvement.

 

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PPCLI_Jim

Adventurer
Same I use it for baking and cooking. It will improve the taste over me putting a little butter in to make it have the same flavor .
 

Shovel

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When looking at the refrigeration situation years ago I came to the conclusion it's a lot thriftier and more efficient and easier to just go vegetarian while traveling. Vegan, just about. Tabouli is super easy to preassemble for easy hydration later (water, oil, citrus juice, diced pickles if you have 'em..) , Captain Crunch is a perfectly acceptable lunch, naan and hummus are both easy to prepare from dry stock, peanut butter and jam is timeless, dried fruits are satisfying and healthful. In North America it's difficult to find anywhere that's more than a few hours from a town so fresh veggies, sliced bread and such are easy to just stock up on the way and while that itself isn't thrifty, it would take a LONG time of traveling for the cost of renting pantry space in local stores to become more than a mobile refrigerator's up front cost.
 

geojag

Member
Nestle Nido milk, often found in the Hispanic grocery section, is decent and widely available.

Also, honey is always good to have and never goes bad.
 
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