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#233720 - 10/14/11 12:27 AM Re: Powdered food? [Re: Am_Fear_Liath_Mor]
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Every situation is different,but to me, an ancient desert rat, the problem with powdered foods is that they almost always require adding water. Where I have roamed a lot, providing water is precisely the problem.

If weight is not an issue, I go with canned goods - rarely would you need to add water in prepping them. If weight is a factor, then you have a proper role for powdered or dehydrated items, but be sure of your water supply. One of my faves for dense nutrition is almost any kind of nut - pecans, walnuts, almonds. Tasty and healthy, especially if you are working hard.

I heartily agree you had best sample the items before you lay in a year's supply. Powdered milk works great is some situations, but it is very poor in others.
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#233730 - 10/14/11 03:08 AM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
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Would a diet solely of powdered foods have any negative effects on your digestive tract?

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#233821 - 10/16/11 06:28 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
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"Long term availability of bakery bread and cake products can be quite difficult to obtain during an extended emergency. "

If ever we have a huge earthquake in California, make sure you mail me a large fruit cake from the UK.
Hahahahaha !!!

Maybe not everybody here appreciates that comment. Back in the World Wars of the last century soldiers from England were fighting under very bad conditions (trench warfare) in Europe. A lot of food supplies that were sent to the army went bad, or could not be easily prepared. British families responded by mailing fruit cakes. I suppose they probably wrapped them well in greaseproof paper, or something like that. These fruit cakes are basically heavy grain cakes loaded with a lot of moist fruit (like raisins and sultanas). The consistency of these cakes is quite damp and moist. For some reason - which I really don't understand - these fruit cakes last a very long time in storage at room temperature. They can be eaten weeks, and even months, after they have been prepared. They are very rich and high in calories. So they actually make quite a good survival food ... as far as sending a package to someone in a disaster zone.

Am_Fear_Liath_Mor probably knows a whole lot more about this than I do ... so he can clarify.

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#233826 - 10/16/11 07:35 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
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Fruitcakes are also often soaked in brandy (or other liqueur), and coated with sugar, both probably acting as preservatives. I doubt that any of the soldiers turned them down because of the liquor content.

But I wouldn't want it powdered.

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#233830 - 10/16/11 10:15 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
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I think the strategy is to use powdered ingredients, with other stuff if you have it, to make fresh food.

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#233843 - 10/17/11 05:58 AM Re: Powdered food? [Re: Susan]
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Originally Posted By: Susan
Would a diet solely of powdered foods have any negative effects on your digestive tract?

Sue


Depends on the powder. Most "super food" supplements are powders. They contain spirulina, sprouts, wheat grass, etc. Taste is kinda nasty but definitely good for your digestive tract.

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#233903 - 10/18/11 05:10 AM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
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Carrying your custom mix of veggies and spices or fruit and spices, can liven up, and greatly increase the nutritional value, of your canned and fresh foods.

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#233911 - 10/18/11 02:48 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: dweste]
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Powdered food is ideal for long term storage but unsuitable in time of disasters.

Take flooding for example, you are surrounded by lots of raw & contaminated water. Clean fresh potable water may not be available to hydrate the powdered food.

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#233913 - 10/18/11 03:08 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: Pete]
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Am_Fear_Liath_Mor probably knows a whole lot more about this than I do ... so he can clarify.


Dundee Cake will last approx 3-6 months when stored in an air tight cake storage tin (if you can wait that long grin )

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/entertaining/traditional-dundee-cake.html

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#233915 - 10/18/11 03:15 PM Re: Powdered food? [Re: firefly99]
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Originally Posted By: firefly99
Powdered food is ideal for long term storage but unsuitable in time of disasters.


I suggest you consider the range and type of disasters before coming to such an absolute conclusion.

By the way, you do have an emergency food plan that includes lots of water, don't you?

And if polluted water is likely to become your only source, you have filters and other treatments lined up to allow you to process such water for consumption, don't you?


Edited by dweste (10/18/11 03:18 PM)

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