Monday, May 20, 2013

Bug Out Breakfast- Oatmeal Solo Stove Style

My Bug out Cooking setup. A day's worth of food, trusty Solo Stove and Solo Pot 900. The case is for the camera, not sure why it's in the picture.
I cannot claim credit for this idea. Stole it from Viking Preparedness some time back. My food bag contents is 2x oatmeal, 2x top ramen, 2x tuna, a half dozen random granola type bars (whatever we had), 1x big snickers bar, 1x peanut butter, a few instant coffee packs and some various munchies. My food setup is pretty 'bar' heavy. Generally in the field I don't stop to eat. Tend to snack a bit during the day then eat a big meal before going to bed. Aside from mild personal taste differences the only difference between Pastor Joes setup and mine is that I put the accessories into the day's bag. The reason I did that is so I could put the day's food into a side pocket or other more accessible place and go all day. Also it helps IMO to keep a day's munchies separate so you can make easier rationing choices and not all of accidentally eat the last day's munchies.  Don't think there is a right or wrong there, just different techniques.  

My cooking tools. The Solo Stove and Solo Pot 900.  Like this setup a lot. The stove not having the fire rest on the ground is good in dry terrain like the desert where I currently live. I would be comfortable scraping away a small spot (or finding a rock to set it on) then cooking, albeit carefully, with the solo stove. For packing it really helps that they nest together. An MSR type 1qt pot and some other sort of stove would function similarly but take up a lot more space since they would not nest. When the stove is inside the pot there is some empty space. I'm thinking about putting together a little spice and condiment bag to keep in there. It would give me some more options for flavoring.

Breakfast and the pot it goes in. Simple and easy. I did not go with the instant coffee, sticking to the normal drip instead. The reason for this is that instant coffee sucks. I know it sucks and do not feel a need to practice drinking it when an option I like is available.
The measurements on the side of the solo pot help you measure water which is nice.

Didn't bother to take pictures of myself cooking with the solo stove or eating oatmeal. You all know what that looks like. Anyway all was well on the chow front, my oatmeal tasted like oatmeal.

Today I learned a couple thing about my bug out/ whatever food system. 1) Need a plan for washing dishes. A little thing of soap plus a sponge is probably the answer. 2) Before I do this for lunch a fork would be really nice. A spork might be the long term answer.

Probably going to do my bug out lunch tomorrow. The reason I am doing these individually, aside from lunch getting away from me today, is to evaluate the meals individually before putting it all together. This way if for example I feel a bit weak or hungry I will know a given meal (the only change from my normal diet) was the problem instead of it being something in the overall food plan. After testing all 3 meals I will do a day of bug out food.

What are your cooking and food plans? Have you tested them? If so how?


Aesop said...

FWIW, the most correct method I found for washing dishes, both while hiking in the SoCal deserts as backpacker, and later, as on any number of compnay-sponsored forays to lovely places like Twentynine Palms and the surrounding environs, is that you load your dishes with coarse sand, and scrub (with a finger brush) and shake about 98% of the residue out dry. Then just a trickle of water to slosh out the desert dust residue at the end.
Cookware and utensils come out sparklingly cleaner than any other way, and with a minimal use of water.
Even in the dryest desert, there's usually an adequate (like in the hundreds of acres) amount of dry sand runoff creek/wadi to provide a suitable place for doing the dishes in about a minute and a half.
It also doesn't leave a blob of greasy soap & food residue, whether the concern is tree-hugging minimum impact, or military OPSEC wheether laagered up on foot or in convoy, of footborne E&E WTSHTF.
YMMV, but it's always worked well for me.

And +1 on the spice assortment. Try one (or two, depending on weight/preferences) of those 6-in-1 little multi-spice pots they sell at places like BassPro. If there's a flavor(s) included you don't like, you can always dump it and substitute something you do. Two of them, which should provide the means to cook darn near anything with more options than Julia Child, are about the size of 1 soda can.

Anonymous said...

I'd consider adding a bag of good old raisons and peanuts (GORP) as well for non cook quick energy food. Does your locale have mesquite trees ? I've found the ends of branches make a decent 'scrub brush' when pressed into service. I'd keep a pair of leather gloves handy too, many mesquite have some thorns hidden in the branches, the ends are thorn free though.

That sand scrub Aesop recommends works too, but our area has too much clay in the soil makeup. Hard to kick up.

Have you tried those Wal-Mart GV chunked chicken breast cans ? Pretty awesome, a plastic mayo package or two is all that is needed for field chicken salad - YUM!

Thanks for the post.

Ryan said...

Aesop, I've done sand washing before. It is a tool to have in the kit bag for sure. I'll add a sponge and little thing of soap all the same though.

@5:41, Don't have any gorp but do have a lot of granola bars. I have a few of those chicken breasts in storage I think.

Peter Pottinger said...

i carry soap and a synthetic msr scraper

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