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Click pic to view comments - Fortnightly face-off: Humanitarian Daily Rations vs Noodles and Gatorade Fortnightly face-off: Humanitarian Daily Rations vs Noodles and Gatorade
Posted: 09:46 Fri 16-04-2004.
Snackspot reports: A fascinating discussion last time on the relative merits of our British chocolate Easter eggs compared to American abominations like the Marshmallow Peeps (click link for a reassuring story of some dude trying to eat 100 of them). Generally, the chocolate eggs won the day, despite (currently unsubstantiated) allegations that their chocolate is never right, and a catalogue of a whole range of US Easter treats that never seem to reach these shores. This week, inspired by the ever-present threat of terrorist outrage (and watching slightly too many zombie films), I thought I'd ask: What snacks would you (or do you?) stock up on in the event of a major national disaster, like a long-lasting powercut, or all the lorry-drivers cutting off the country's food and diesel supplies?

...Are you the sort of secret survivalist who's already stockpiled hundreds of Humanitarian Daily Rations (or army-surplus MREs) in a hut in the backwoods of Montana, just hoping that the apocalypse arrives before the "best before" date expires on the five-year shelf-life water in your Personal Evacuation Kit? Were you as disappointed as I was, looking forward to a Seinfeld-like existence on cereals and UHT milk, on discovering that new "long life" product Moo will only last for "for up to six months"? Or would you prefer a more exotic survival diet, such as the recently headlined story of living for 10 days on nothing but instant noodles and Gatorade?


Posted: 10:44 Fri 16-04-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Snackspot, did you just use the word dude? Frankly I'm shocked.
Posted: 10:49 Fri 16-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: yes, dude, I did. and if trying to eat 100 marshmallow peeps doesn't fully deserve that epithet, then I for one don't know what does!

(on a more practical note, be careful if searching for "moo milk" as a phrase on Google - current number 3 result: http://www2.b3ta.com/man-milk-or-moo-milk/

- probably isn't safe for work at even the UK's most open-minded dairies...)

Posted: 12:51 Fri 16-04-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Actually, looking at the man's face there is no more appropriate name for him than dude.
Posted: 15:05 Fri 16-04-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I am confused about what to put here. Actually, I'm more confused about whether this is a face off or a debate.


My brain hurts. I need more easter egg.

Posted: 15:28 Fri 16-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: sorry, might be my fault - it's a face-off debating what foods you think would be best for surviving after the (no doubt imminent) collapse of the social order. have we forgotten so soon the lessons of Richard Madeley, who advised keeping "medical supplies, candles" and "ten weeks worth of food" in his special "millennium cupboard"?:


Posted: 16:17 Fri 16-04-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Does the average snackspot reader think that far ahead? I can't manage to do more than a day's worth of shopping when I go to the supermarket, let alone plan rations for life after something that will go away if we don't think about it.

I truly, honestly can't answer this question. My mind just wanders off to the free chicken I'm getting from Nandos tonight.

Posted: 21:06 Fri 16-04-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: Mmm, Nando's. I've rated this my number one food, and not without good reason. As for rations, I would say vitamin tablets, chocolate and yes, noodles.
Posted: 21:54 Fri 16-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Well I do seem to remember some bottled water shortage in the summer due to people stocking up. Apparently we do think that far in advance. However, I think that my choice would just be canned food and carnation powdered milk. The noodles would be in the canned chix noodle soup so I'd be all set on that front.
Posted: 22:02 Fri 16-04-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: All the Kaptain needs to carry him through the lifetime is.....

->Some delicious German Rye bread

->Granny smith apples

->Madarin Oranges

->Plastic processed cheesing slices

->Moo moo milk

->Koffee beans, a grinder and a koffee kreation kontraptionator

->And finally, a super slab of cold roasting beefs

Posted: 15:31 Sat 17-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: you'll thank me when the zombies are roaming the streets "Nebbish", that's all I'm saying!

(seriously, if this one is too difficult, you can just treat it as "what's the longest shelf-life product you currently own/ would consider eating?")

oh and someone just sent me this "save £528.00" one-day only apparent Tesco wine bargain:

http://[URL display truncated]

- don't know much about wine myself so purchase at your own risk!

Posted: 16:46 Sat 17-04-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: Re: Long shelf life products.

Last year the Kaptain's father showed the the Kaptain a glass bottle of Coca-Cola that had been sitting on a shelf in the garage of the family home since around the year nineteen hundred and seventy. The bottle was still sealed but unfortunately the Kaptain found that the contents resembled urine rather than the tasty caramello sugarised water treat.

The Kaptain's father may still have the valued vessel of Coking fluids. If this statement is true then the Kaptain will perhaps get an image with a 'digital kapturer' and place it online for e-viewings.

Posted: 15:57 Sun 18-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: wow, that beats this guy eating a 1991 box of cereal: http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000115.html

(via the new, some strong language "Steve, Don't Eat It!" addition to the left-hand links list, which also features human breast milk, bacon-flavoured dog treats, plus Ralph's Potted Meat Food Product)

Posted: 07:45 Mon 19-04-2004 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: Well, I think wine is the longest-lived product I've ever consumed. And some wines are kept for decades. So for liquid refreshment - wine.

In terms of food - well anchovies in olive oil seem to last a long time, anything in tins, and Japanese milk (which lasts forever, even if you don't leave it in the fridge. I don't think there's much milk in it).

But finally, if civilisation did collapse and zombies roamed the ruined streets, I think it's a pretty safe bet that we'd all be eating BRAINS.

Posted: 10:16 Mon 19-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: Every now and again we do something radical such as get a new kitchen fitted, and that always brings up the long-forgotten foodstuffs in the far recesses of the cupboard. The most recent episode is fondly remembered for the pre-decimalisation price stickers on the little-decorative-silver-balls-for-cakes. They were just as hard and tooth-unkind as always, furthering my campaign to prove that they should not be recognised as edible. As for apocalypse preparation, I vaguely remember a "so you're a student, eh?" flyer from one of the banks that assured me that baked beans on toast followed by an orange is one of the most balanced meals a person can have, so I'd suggest this.
Posted: 12:24 Mon 19-04-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: I've never understood what's so bad about being a zombie anyway.
Posted: 12:45 Mon 19-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: what's more, as this handy zombie infection simulator implies:


- it's not clear whether they can continue to reproduce in the absence of suitable host organisms, so as long as you're somewhere where they can't get you, presumably they'll all die out eventually?

(also a clear oversight by whoever came up with that complicated reproductive cycle in all the "Alien" films)

Posted: 01:08 Thu 29-04-2004 by "frothy" # permalink comment
Comment: my grandad used to keep tins or ben shaws dandelian and burdock and iron brew in his larder and everytime we used to visit he used to give it to us.some were 5 years old.They did taste ok though. Lancaster hot pot in the boily-in-the-bag that came with the UK armed forces ration packs would be great to live on or any of the US packs as they also self heat. I did a five day expedition living only on raw jelly blocks, kendal mint cakes and powdered mash. it wasnt bad but I missed meat. Id have to have the brains as well. Leave all this long life water just make you own by filling up bottles and putting in a 1pence coin and this stops in going stale. You get a slight copper taste though.
Posted: 19:11 Fri 30-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: ...not to mention all the germs that are on a 1p coin.
Posted: 01:05 Mon 03-05-2004 by "frothy" # permalink comment
Comment: bah! we breath so many germs that a few more are not going to kill us. its not likely to be salmonela or anything to serious anyway.
Posted: 01:47 Mon 03-05-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: It could be salmonella. People drop coins on the floor, stand on them, and then pick them up again, plus considering how long some 1p coins have been in circulation- over 20 years- and have never been washed... I shudder to think. At least put a flame on the coin first.
Posted: 02:31 Mon 10-05-2004 by "frothy" # permalink comment
Comment: well i have been putting coins in my water for years on numerous expiditions and i am still alive and well. it is purely your perogative but the base of the story is this is a good substitute for expensive longlife water. also you can put in flavoured powder if you can resist using it for sherbert instead. just an idea 1447 1
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