Sunday, November 27, 2011

Simple Survival Meals - Straight from the Can

It is always important to conserve time, energy and resources during a crisis. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to think in simple terms when it comes to preparing meals. One of the simplest ways to prepare a meal is straight from the can.

Many canned foods are pre-cooked and can be eaten straight from the can. All you need is a can opener and an eating utensil (fork or a spoon). Now eating a cold meal may not be the best way to enjoy a meal but if you’re hungry enough you probably won’t notice it as much. If you do have a heat source, the canned food item could be heated directly or indirectly. Even exposed to some direct sunlight will warm it up a bit if it’s absolutely necessary.

There are also many canned food items that have “pop tops” that make them easy to open without a can opener. There is also a wide variety of foods that allow for a change in the menu without having to give it much thought and takes very little additional effort. As a bonus, the liquid used in the canned food can help conserve your water sources or be used to supplement them.

This is not a new idea by any means. Most anyone that’s been on a camping, hunting or fishing trip has probably eaten their share of pork-n-beans and peach slices straight from the can. This is also a fairly simple way to manage your food inventory. Even younger family members or those lacking culinary skills can prepare a simple meal in this manner.

Keeping things simple and avoiding as many complicated activities as possible will always be a great way to conserve your time, energy and resources. Routine and mundane tasks such as meal preparation can consume a lot of your time and efforts. Keeping your survival meals simple will avoid this problem. After all, who needs more problems during a crisis?

Got can opener?

Staying above the water line!



HermitJim said...

Always good to have a reminder!

Simple is the best way to go, I think!

Anonymous said...

A P38 or larger P51 is easy to keep folded in your wallet. always handy for a quick meal or snack. Also look into heating cans on coals - there are some tricks on learning how long it will be before can explodes!

Anonymous said...

Great post, I would like to add a P38 or P51 are great, and I have one on my key-chain and Bug out kits, but beware the cheap aluminum ones that don't last. Make sure its made of steel so they work when you need them to.

Dustin Tarditi said...

Be careful heating in the can itself - many cans are "lined" to extend shelf life, but this lining may break down and leech into your food when heated. Know what you have.

riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

It doesn't get much simpler than eating straight out of the can.

Thanks my friend.


riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 1:09

Those little P38's are a great piece of gear but as DN put it...make sure it's not one of those cheapo aluminum jobs.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: David Nash

Great reminder about avoiding the cheap aluminum P 38's...they're inexpensive enough that a good quality unit is very affordable...

Thanks DN.


riverwalker said...

To: Dustin

Great tip about the can linings. In my experience, it's usually the food items with a high acid content that have the interior coatings. Things like tomato sauce, etc.

Thanks Dustin.


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