Lightweight food from supermarkets.

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nic a char

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Dec 23, 2014
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"porridge oats for brekkie (cheapo stuff from tesco/asda, just add to boiled water with dried milk and added dried fruit, seems no different to expensive oat-so-simple except it's a fraction of the price, 58p a kilo)"
:)
ALSO LIDL/ALDI + reductions - it stores well in a cool dry place.
Oatmeal is even healthier - for a quick cook throw some into a wee pan of hot water last thing at night + lid on = 2 mins in the morning.
Nettles growing around old ruins are excellent + no carrying...
 

Robson Valley

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Nov 24, 2014
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This took me quite a while in big grocery stores.
1. Dry starchy things = fast-cooking "Minute rice," quinoa, all kinds of pasta.
2. Dry soup mixes (test at home to pick the ones you like.)
3. Buy a food dryer. I have an "American Harvest" with 6 trays. Meat, veggies, fruit.
I am delighted with the concentration of taste.
4. Some sort of device to make damn certain that you have clean water.
= = =
I like the idea of taking simple flours to make simple bready things and tortillas.
Those, I'd need to mess with them at home to learn what and how to get an appetizing result.
 

ateallthepies

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Aug 11, 2011
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Even though this is an old thread, for a really tasty meal for around £1.50 I combine a Beef and Tomato Pot Noodle with an oxo cube plus a scoop of Beef gravy granules and half a pack of Asda dried mixed veg. If I have any dehydrated Mince Beef I put a scoop of that in also for a near 1000 calorie meal.

Cook the veg and beef together as you heat up the water then when cooked add the rest for a heavenly meaty meal that cries out for some bread to dunk in the rich thick sauce.
 

Bishop

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Regular pasta, fry off some chorizo, forage some greens and add a generous spoonful of pesto. Top with cheese shavings if you've got it.
Depending upon the ambient temperature ready made Pesto will keep for 3-4 days in ziplock bag. Lots of calories and perhaps more importantly lots of flavour.
 
Jan 16, 2016
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Go Asda and get some vesta meals or if you get lucky get them in poundland or B&M.

http://groceries.asda.com/product/noodle-snacks/vesta-chow-mein/14890698
http://groceries.asda.com/product/meal-kits-sides/si-beef-curry/14890713
http://groceries.asda.com/product/risotto-paella-orzo-rice/vesta-paella/14890699


Get 700ml food thermos
Not sure why the forums changes my link but search aamazon for
stanley food thermos

Add dehydrate and fill remainder with boiling water

OPTIONAL:
Add a drop of insanity type hot sauce

Leave for 45mins and eat.

1k calories weighs about 160grams.
 
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Robson Valley

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DIY: slice the meat 1/4", marinate if you wish. Cake rack over a drip pan in the oven, 250F max until it's as dry as you like.
Don't be discouraged, there's been days when it seems to be 99% water! I cure and dry bison about once a month for chewy snacks.
 

ateallthepies

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@ ateallthepies - Where did you buy dehydrated beef from?
Just lean minced Beef put in a dehydrator. Can also dry in a very low oven. The dried Beef gravel then stays good for several months in the fridge and can be added to all sorts of dried foods to meaty them up! I haven't tried but the same could probably be done for Chicken too?
 

demographic

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A packet of 'own brand' instant noodles and a sachet of 'own brand' cup-a-soup and you have a Pot Noodle without the pot. Works out at about 40p/snack (can't really call it a meal).
I do that, have them in my van for when I get bored of sarnies at work. Hot water from my flask and leave a few mins. Pretty good for what it costs.
 

bilmo-p5

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Jul 5, 2010
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A packet of 'own brand' instant noodles and a sachet of 'own brand' cup-a-soup and you have a Pot Noodle without the pot. Works out at about 40p/snack (can't really call it a meal).
If you then mix a 125g tin of mackerel fillets (in the sauce of your choice) it makes something very tasty indeed.
 

Janne

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Feb 10, 2016
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You want food that is filling, quickly cooked and has a high energy level.
For starch, dehydrated stuff like Minute rice, thin pasta ( more quick cooked than thick walled pasta), instant potato mash, flour from various grains.
Dehydrated egg
Home made dried meat ( the Americans are experts here with their Jerky)
Home dried fish ( unless you travel to Scandinavia and can buy it there)
Dried fruits are delicious
Chocolate bars, sugar.
Always carry a tasty oil, herbs, pepper and salt.

If you plan correctly, a daily ration should not weigh more than about 350-450 grams.
I am assuming that you will be able to get water locally.
 

Janne

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Just lean minced Beef put in a dehydrator. Can also dry in a very low oven. The dried Beef gravel then stays good for several months in the fridge and can be added to all sorts of dried foods to meaty them up! I haven't tried but the same could probably be done for Chicken too?
I would not dry raw chicken, poultry and pork in a low heat owen. Listeria and Salmonella risk. Drying cooked is safer, also easier to cook later.
 

knifeman

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May 27, 2015
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I take bannock mix, noodles 18p from Aldi, pasta and a pesto and tomato sauce from Aldi (one downside is that it's in a glass jar), uncle bens rice time, chorizo, porridge oats and my dad owns a butchers so I take vac packed bacon. these are just some of the things but most of them are usually in my bag


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Apr 12, 2014
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Here's what I carry for 24hrs. Only thing not in the pictures (because it's late and I didn't have any made up!) Is a dry bannock mix and water...





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Janne

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Barbourdurham, I hope you do not mind me critisizing your choice, but your food is suitable only for a few days maximum.
Too much sugar, not enough fiber.
Next time grab a packet of Wasa crackerbread too.
I used to be in the "nature" for up to 4 weeks at a time, and the biggest problem was avoiding constipatiob, as most lightweight food is without fiber.
 
Apr 12, 2014
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Barbourdurham, I hope you do not mind me critisizing your choice, but your food is suitable only for a few days maximum.
Too much sugar, not enough fiber.
Next time grab a packet of Wasa crackerbread too.
I used to be in the "nature" for up to 4 weeks at a time, and the biggest problem was avoiding constipatiob, as most lightweight food is without fiber.

i dont mind your comments, like i said, its what i pack for 24hrs.........
 

ateallthepies

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I would not dry raw chicken, poultry and pork in a low heat owen. Listeria and Salmonella risk. Drying cooked is safer, also easier to cook later.
Your quite right and I should have stated thus! Any meat product I dry has first been cooked. If it's come out a can its been cooked so I dry as is.