Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Survival Super Foods - Raisins



There aren’t many foods that contain a majority of the macronutrients (carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and fats) and the necessary micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) that are necessary for good nutrition. In a survival situation, good nutrition is essential in order to maintain your health, especially during the stressful situations that you will encounter in an emergency or crisis. Raisins are a survival super food as they contain most all the necessary nutrient contents for good health.

Raisins are also fairly sweet. This is due to a high concentration of fructose (sugar). When stored for a long period of time, the sugars inside the raisins will crystallize. This does not affect their use as the sugar grains can be dissolved by soaking the raisins in warm water or when used in cooking or preparing a dish with raisins as part of the ingredients. They may still be eaten as is but may have a grainy consistency due to the sugar crystals.

A single serving of raisins contains approximately 110 to 130 calories, has a fairly high water content per serving, most all of the essential macro and micro nutrients that are required by the body and only lack significant amounts of vitamin A. They also are low in cholesterol. This makes raisins a true super food. Hikers and backpackers have known this for years. Raisins, a dehydrated form of grapes, are a main ingredient of the trail mix often used when hiking or camping.

Raisins keep well for about six months when stored in the refrigerator. They are also a great snack for growing children. There are a number of benefits that are derived from raisins and they should be included with your recipes. There is even a study that shows raisins may be beneficial for oral health.

Got raisins?

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

15 comments:

Ken said...

...lots of good stuff flowing from yer last few posts' RW...like the idea for the 'fire bowls'(thankRW.Jr),good reminders on nutrition,and multi-tools,yep,all bases covered...super reads...

Jayce^ said...

Totally agreed on this one. I have 3 young kids in the house, and we buy *lots* of raisins. Big costco bags, and run through them frequently. Just when I think I've got a good buffer in the rotation queue, I realize somebody has sniped extras, and I'm almost out.

A great food, wonderful storage, already dried for you.

And don't forget, they mix in great with a lot of rice dishes, salads from the garden, and other storage meals to help get rid of bland diets.

riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Thanks. If you keep the basics covered you'll be way ahead of most people in an emergency or a crisis.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Jayce

Total agreement here! Great snack item for the little ones AND us older types! Thanks.

RW

A Texan said...

Is there any way to make them keep longer in their "as bought" state (i.e. no crystalized sugar)? Would vacuum packing with a seal-a-meal machine work? I'm thinking of pre-packing a whole bunch of 300-500 calorie trail mix snacks with bulk purchased raisins, nuts of various types and M&Ms, and I'd like to know that if they aren't consumed within a year or so, they'll still be good - because they are pretty fattening in normal times, as great as they would certainly be in hard or SHTF times.

Anonymous said...

Texan:
I'm not sure about raisin's,but I know nut's can be canned for long term storage.Wow,a pre dehydrated food,what a timesaver!!
Dean in Az

Anonymous said...

GORP (Good Old Raisons and Peanuts) is a camper's staple - add some M&Ms and you have some high energy food.

A Texan, I've had some bags stay in last years' deer camp bag for a year, and though raisons are a bit dry and hard, chocolate and peanuts are good to go. I think vacuum packed and kept in cool space, could last a spell - no idea how long though. Hope this helps.

Abraham said...

You can also make a prison hooch from raisins, fruit juice, sugar and some yeast or moldy bread.

matthiasj said...

I love raisins. I buy them in the 1 lbs can and eat them all the time.

matthiasj
Kentucky Preppers Network

riverwalker said...

To: a Texan

Raisins keep the best when stored cool (45 to 50 degrees) and will keep their flavor, color and nutritional value if stored in a refrigerator in a sealed container. They will keep even longer if frozen and thaw fairly quickly at room temperature and is the way I keep my long term supply stored. If your raisins become dry due to improper storage conditions, just soak them in water for a few minutes to restore their moisture content and dissolve the sugar crystals. Don’t soak them too long as some of their nutrient value can be lost.

The length of time they will last depends upon your storage conditions. Cooler is better and they are best kept in an airtight container.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

You can even dehydrate your own raisins from grapes.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Abraham

I sure hope you aren't speaking from experience! LOL

RW

riverwalker said...

To: matthiasj

Sure hope you're not eating the whole can at one time.LOL

Raisins can also help retard the growth of mold in bakery products (when was the last time you saw a moldy fruitcake?)but will cause the finished product to be somewhat darker in color.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:56

GORP works for me! Thanks.

RW

Anonymous said...

I just bought a 6 pack of Sunmaid raisins at the local carneceria and the cellophane said - "Best by Dec 22 2010"! They were edible but had sugar crystals

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