Archive for the ‘Field Gourmet’ Category

Sneak Peek – Skratch Labs Endurance Recovery Mix

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Skratch Labs announces Endurance Recovery Mix, made with real vanilla, chocolate and coffee. I’m looking forward to this. Everything they make is tasty and they strive to avoid excess ingredients such as artificial coloring and flavoring.

They’ll be releasing detailed information on their website on September 26th and will begin taking orders in early October.

(Artwork by Bicyclecrumbs)

Emberlit- SprongS

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I noted the SprongS from Elberlit at OR. They are an interesting creation which combines a spork and a fork into a set of tongs for cooking. Although, unlike traditional tongs, the SprongS can be disconnected to be used as individual utensils. Additionally, the spoon is 1 tablespoon in volume, a common and useful unit of measure and the fork doubles as a bail hook for lifting hot lids and pots. Made in the USA from food safe, BPA free, hi temp (400° F), ultra strong, and flexible nylon. Offered in Red and Slate.

Bridgford- Ready To Eat Sandwiches

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

If you’ve served in the US military over the past decade, chances are good you’ve eaten a Ready To Eat Sandwich or two from Bridgford.

The military required a shelf-stable sandwich which had a three-year shelf life and tasted great on day one or day 1,095. Manufactured in Statesville, NC, these sandwiches are incorporated into the “First Strike Ration”. The Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches weigh 3.5-oz and the Wraps weigh 2.2-oz. No refrigeration or water is required, and the product has a three-year shelf life from date of manufacture if maintained at 80 degrees F or less. The Sandwiches can even be stored consistently at 100 degrees F for up to six months. The product’s shelf life is achieved through a combination of packaging and formulation.
Bridgford currently offers six varieties of Ready to Eat Sandwiches (BBQ Beef, Sweet & Spicy Chicken, Italian Style, Filled French Toast, Cinnamon Bun and Apple Turnover) and two varieties of Ready to Eat Wraps (Mexican Style beef and Barbecue Pork) in 2-count packages. There are eight twin-pack sandwich packages in a case. On average, the meat-filled sandwiches and wraps provide 336 calories per serving and 13 grams of protein.

The Bridgford Ready to Eat Sandwiches and Wraps are designed to be eaten straight from the pouch; simply tear the pouch open at the tear notches, remove the sandwich and enjoy. The sandwiches may also be heated in several ways: by using an MRE/Flameless Heater, by immersing the unopened pouch in boiling water for approximately six minutes, or by removing the sandwich from its pouch and microwaving it on high for 20 to 30 seconds or heating it in a toaster oven at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Check them out at OR Summer Market, this week in SLC, UT.

NRA – Mountainhouse Now Offering Military Issue LRP Ration Components

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

I found out during the NRA Annual Meeting that Mountainhouse is now offering the freezdried Long Range Patrol ration components they make for the military to commercial customers.  There are currently seven entrees available and these differ from their commercially available freeze dried offerings in a couple of ways.  First off, the military rations have about twice the amount of protein.  There’s the packaging.  They are vacuum packed but there’s no oxygen absorber so they are only guaranteed for three years.  

They are very popular due to their lightweight and compact form factor so if it’s not in stock, check back.

Hill People Gear – Cook System

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Days Of Old Podcast – Ep 3 Feeding The Forces

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

The Days of Old Podcast covers elements of WWII from the perspective of ordinary people. Using letters, interviews and diaries, the show focuses on the human side of history.


The third episode is all about food, rations and field cooking which should be of some interest to SSD readers.

Thanks Bill!


Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Tritensil is a Veteran owned company. It’s also the name of their product which combines knife, fork and spoon into a two-piece set. The Tritensil was inspired by 25 years of wildland firefighting and military experience. First off, it’s made from Nylon 66 which is both lightweight and strong.

The innovative interlocking handle design provides a nesting configuration for compact storage without the need of special clips, bands or cases. Not only are the fork tines protected from damage while nesting inside the spoon bowl but the storage configuration keeps the two Tritensil pieces snuggly secured to each other minimizing the chance of loss and unwanted noise. The interlocking design also allows the Tritensil to be configured into an extended Spork almost doubling the overall useable length for those times you may find yourself eating out of a pouch.

Chocolate Is A Fighting Food

Thursday, January 28th, 2016