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Old 06-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #29
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With all the interest here about freeze dried and vacuum sealed food products, has anyone here ever given in to using military MRE's as a supplemental food stash? They are reasonably priced, and you can even get them in case lots.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:16 AM   #30
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MRE'S Military ones are good too. All depends on which ones you get. But the Mil ones have more stuff in them you might not need. Mountain House has the best tasting ones by far overall. I also made my own. I also make beef jerky JD style. I put JD in most my meats.
Also be careful with your military mre's, check date before you buy. I think most of them come with heaters but some dont so why pay for it if your not going to use them. Most people already have a spork and salt ect.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:19 AM   #31
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It is nice to find out some of you guys are preppers even if you don't think you are.

...But I think half the fun is cooking in the outdoors so I won't eat out of a bag unless the SHTF...

...As far as water goes, Berkey water.
Greetings Shawn.
Yea i suppose my wife and i do have some of that prepper in our blood. Some of it comes from the fact that in the back of our West-Coaster minds there is that California falling into the Pacific thingy...and being just north...if we can get off the coast we will...once the first big rumble subsides

SHTF comment...
My wife and i also enjoy cooking outdoors and will do so as much as we can on our 2 door deluxe RocketStove and the Kelly Kettle if the season allows for wood-gathering (or charcoal that we carry in the tongue box if gathering not allowed.) Otherwise it is the portable camp stove(s) one in van, one in trailer used on folding/rolling table outside.

With us here in the Pacific Northwest it would be something like SSOU; Sun Shines On Us, nearly as rare as the SHTF scenario.
I'd say about ~50% of our daylight hours even in the summer has the sun trying to hide behind clouds. So we've got to plan our daily activities on how the cloud cover is/looks. Rain is common in our camps even in July & August.

Berkey comment...
I'm looking across to the kitchen in the Mobile Suite... on the counter top is our Berkey water filter. We take it with us if we are planning a longer trip and place on Parkliner's counter.
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:36 AM   #32
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You can keep the MRE's! I've had my lifetime dose of them already.

Have to post some pictures of the 55-gallon rocket stove we made last summer, 2 6-inch burners, really boils some water fast! Not very portable, though.

IMHO, Mountain House is one of the worst for taste and texture, there are better options out there, like Enertia (some of their meals sold under the Coleman label, although WM has switched back to carrying MH) and Packit Gourmet. Wise is probably the worst-tasting FD food I've had, outside of MRE pork patty.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:17 AM   #33
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Okay I have to know what is the "hamster ball" popup gazebo????
I think of the Playhut type screenhouses as hamster balls for people.

Actually, they have their use. One of them is to drive people crazy trying to fold them up again after use.

Mine has a floor which is helpful against bugs that fly up from the grass.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:39 AM   #34
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:01 PM   #35
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If you want to reduce weight take along dehydrated water. But the drawback with that is you have to carry regular water to rehydrate the dehydrated water.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:09 PM   #36
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Now if I could only take dehydrated ice! (The only kind of water I carry.)

It is taking me much longer to get ready for a longer trip- I suppose that will change as I get more used to it. Next long trip is August and that one I shouldn't need cool-weather clothes for. Plus a few extra things go along with this trip that take more time.
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Don't throw away the instructions on how to fold the Play Hut. Ok, ok, ok, yeah. Stick in the bag before it deploys again!
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I have had windowshades that worked like the Playhut and had no problem folding them but had friends who could not for the life of them do it. I think you just have to figure out the knack and then it's easy.
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Bobbie, I thought you were going camping this weekend? Were on the beach and next to the river in North Beach in ST Augustine. I am giving this place 5 stars.
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #40
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I'm going Sunday-Sunday, leaving tomorrow AM.
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Your going and I am coming home today, I like my canopy with lites and I bought the bug screen! Everything worked great! I still have a few things to work on and to fix on my egg but I can use it now.
Bobbie, Happy Fathers Day and to the rest of the Dads have a great
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For many years I packed food willy-nilly in my trailer. I bought and took food that sounded good or interesting for camping. I found I was dragging a ton of food both ways. Then I started menu planning for each day. That only worked... just okay. Now, if I'm out for seven days, I plan seven breakfasts, seven lunches, seven dinners and up to fourteen snacks. That's all I take. I typically eat the fresh food first (yogurt, lettuce) and the dry, frozen or canned foods later in the week. AND, I'm not dragging a bunch of uneaten and soon to spoil food home. I'm saving money, eating better and actually less stressed because I have an (adaptable) plan. This works for me. YMMV
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