Emergency food no hot water – page 2 – survivalist forum gas smoker recipes

Things that actually must be cooked, such as dry beans, non-instant rice, most raw meats (not including jerky), then a heat source, cooking container, and an appropriate amount of water is required. And those usually do require at least a couple of tablespoons of water to clean afterwards.

There are other means to clean cooking and eating utensils that have dried foods in them. A couple have been mentioned. If they are not non-stick coated, then a bag of mortar sand, and a clean rag to wipe it out after scrubbing is all that is required. No water at all.

For flavor enhancement, and to speed up rehydration, there are several ways to either heat the water for rehydration first, or to heat the meal after adding the room temperature water. Easiest is simply putting the food in a disposable bag such as the original container, or a Zip-lock, and putting it under an arm pit, inside one’s coat, between the legs, in the sun in a window with insulation under, behind, and to the sides, close to any natural or created source of heat, and many, many more.

Many, if not most, canned foods can be eaten right from the can without heating, with disposable utensils. Or, what I often do, is to simply lick the fork, spoon, chopsticks, or craft stick, or whatever clean after finishing, and stick it in my pocket or a zip-lock, or whatever. My germs are my germs. They are not likely to cause me problems later, as long as I make sure there is no salmonella or similar little beastie hanging around.

Just be sure that you have enough water to maintain hydration levels, no matter what you are eating. And many of the dehydrated foods, and especially freeze-dried foods can be eaten and even enjoyed dry. But you will still need the equivalent amount of water to rehydrate them in the stomach, or you will have other, serious problems.

If you only use the cup to heat water in, it shouldn’t need to be washed very often if ever. But even if you do put food in the cup, you don’t need a lot of water to clean it. No one here is suggesting you fill up a sink with soapy water to wash it.

Try an experiment. Take one ordinary (fresh) dirty dish in your home and see how clean you can make it without water. Then see how clean you can get it with, say, half an ounce of water. How clean can you get it by licking it? Wiping it with a handful of leaves or grass? A rag? A handful of damp sand? Don’t forget that humans have been using dishes and pots for a lot longer than modern dish soap has existed.

In a SHTF situation, you could just lick it out immediately after every use, then add a little water, rinse it around, and drink it. If you don’t add soap, it’s just water and food residue, neither of which you want to waste. Well, and your own germs, but those are already in your mouth, so no harm. Miss Manners will not be around to give people points for good table etiquette.

It’s good to think about how to not waste water in a SHTF situation, but if you have to be so stingy that you can’t spend an ounce of water washing something every couple of days, you’re pretty much already dead. As others have said, store more.

Without exaggeration, I have done so hundreds of times. I used to live off of military LRRP rations in the field for weeks at a time. Starting back in the 1970s and forward to recent times. Those rations were/are still contracted by Oregon Freeze Dried Foods, the parent company of Mountain House. In other words, military freeze dried ration entrees ARE Mountain House menus. The exact same thing. One of my favorite eaten-cold MH entrees has always been their Chicken & Rice. I love that stuff… dry, wet, hot, or cold. Especially tasty eaten wet & cold on a hot day. Or eaten dry as a form of psychological comfort when out in all day long drenching rains. Kinda nice to crunch on something dry when you’re soaked to the bone. As I often was while playing grunt.

I’ve eaten freeze dried backpacking meals dry with no problems whatsoever. It helps to chug a few swigs of water when spooning that stuff dry, because it’s a lot like eating dry cereal. You get cotton mouth by the time you consume the whole pouch. All the BS you hear about blowing up your stomach or GI tract as the food expands is just that. BS.

At certain times, when use of a stove or fire is not possible due to tactical considerations, a common infantry patrolling trick is employed. Stir in a normal amount of cold water to an MH pouch, fold the pouch mouth over a few times (or twist & rubber band shut), place entree pouch into your front pants pocket, and let groin/thigh heat warm it up on the move. Or stick it inside of a winter parka interior chest pocket. Walk with it for a few hours and it’ll actually be moderately warm and completely reconstituted. You can also do the same with any wet retort pouch food (like tuna pouches or chicken salad) without even having to open it first.