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So I touched on this topic like 5 years ago.... but didn't have the funding to really pursue it...

My goal is healthy-ish meals with no prep other than 'add (boiling) water'..

I realize with a lot of the stuff that has fats in it, like butter, and milk, that ultra long storage isn't going to be easy... So, I'm shooting for about a year of storage which would be easy to do. I also have oxygen absorbers to assist in trying to get as much as I can out of it.

So, I opted for something simple to start....

Basic pasta, rice, 'vegetarian chicken', 'vegetarian beef', cheese powder, freeze dried broccoli, parmesan sauce powder, beans, nonfat milk powder, butter powder, protein mix, coffee (decaf and regular), non-dairy sugarfree creamer, and no sugar added Nestle Quick...

I still need to get oatmeal, and possibly some powdered honey or something similar.

Plan is to basically vacuum seal EVERYTHING...

So far, what I'm thinking....


Breakfast - (I was considering granola but in research I'm seeing high fat content doesn't allow it to store well)

Oatmeal (Possibly with freeze dried fruits added)
Grits (with milk/butter powder)
Protein shake w/milk powder --┐
Coffee W/creamer-------------- | (in a (2?) cup sized vacuum bag with powder in it to drink straight from bag)
Protein shake w/coffee ---------┘
Probably a multi-vitamin powder or something similar mixed in with the protein shake.


Dinner -
Beans/rice w/beef
Beans/rice w/chicken
Rice w/chicken and broccoli (W/parmesan sauce?)
Rice w/beef and broccoli (asian, spicy)
Macaroni and cheese
Macaroni and cheese w/beef (beefaroni)
Macaroni and parmesan w/chicken & broccoli



But, what for lunch?! I was thinking maybe some baked rice or egg noodles or similar with sodium free broth (beef, or chicken), and I did get freeze dried cilantro leaves and green onion, and along with some red pepper flake so should make for a much healthier, and tasty option over store bought ramen... But ramen EVERY day?




I also looked at powdered eggs and it ends up being something like a dollar an egg when you break it down. Shit.




All the stuff I've chosen is relatively low fat, and low sodium, although it does tend to be a little carb heavy.

Thoughts?

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:36 pm
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My roomates do this, although they cook items either in the oven or in a pressure cooker and then put it in reusable containers for prepacked meals with specific quantities. Not Seal-a meal, but plastic containers. Stack in fridge.


Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:04 pm
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A lot depends on what you’re going to be doing and personal preference

Most of the time I don’t like eating a big lunch. Right now I eat a few fig bars, some jerky, and dried fruit. Have to drink a lot of water with all that but I’m not eating that much

It would be great if you could set up a dehydrator so whatever meat or fruit you drive come across could be preserved

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Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:29 pm
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This is something that I have really wanted to do as well. Make up soup mixes and the like, where all you need to do is dump in a pot and add water.


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The YouTube channel Townsends does videos on living during the colonial era. He has lots of stuff on cooking and food preservation. It's worth checking out "portable soup". It's basically meat broth boiled down to taffy consistency. This can be stored and carried and combined with foraged vegetables. Or you could stock up on bullion.

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Tue Sep 20, 2022 11:33 am
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I actually stocked up on beef bullion via Thrive. I don't remember how much it was, but the #10 cans of beef bullion will last a bit. That and we have a hell of a pantry that includes quite a bit of canned bullion.

I will definitely check out that channel. I have been looking at ways to preserve meat. I did some jerky and then vacuum sealed and froze it. After thawing, it still tastes great, still has a good consistency and I will definitely do some more of that.


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I use herbox sodium free chicken/beef bullion.

Tastes great, and I can add a little salt/msg if I want.

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