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Is it actually useful to ration food?

There are several reasons why I think rationing is useful. Morale - If you eat all your food on the first day you won't have anything to look forward to. If you eat a little bit twice a day you can ...
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Can I safely eat grass?

Just because there are grasses (Poaceae) with edible and nutritious parts does not mean that this applies to all grasses. That is pretty common-place. A quick Google search give you all the info you ...
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Giving honey to a bear?

No, not a good idea at all. The bear is now used to people and food together and will seek people. This will not end well for the bear and may very not end well for the next people it encounters. &...
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Is it actually useful to ration food?

Aside from the previously mentioned micronutrients, your body doesn’t really store protein in any significant way, so in order to ‘repair’ your body you need a relatively constant stream of protein (...
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Does an ice chest packed full of frozen food need ice?

Short answer: A cooler containing more ice and less frozen food will last longer than a cooler containing all frozen food. With frozen contents of a given mass, the length of time a cooler will stay ...
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How can I store milk for long periods of time?

Couple of ways to do this, Powdered milk, has a shelf life of over a year and just needs water added to it. Evaporated milk, milk with over 60% of the water removed before being canned. Sweetened ...
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How do you flavour your water on camping trips?

As a former soldier (and Medic), I personally don't flavour my water during the outdoors. The contents of the canteen/flask might be required for a non-drinking purpose such as: Eyewash Rinsing ...
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Possible diet to avoid/delay defecation

The term you're looking for is "low-residue diet" or "low-residue meal" (for some reason, the medical community tends to avoid the term "poop" in their technical terminology). Simply googling on those ...
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Is it actually useful to ration food?

There are many nutrients that your body cannot store, or not in decent extra amounts. Water, salt, potassium, vitamin C, etc. You will rapidly excrete these, and then greatly feel the lack of them ...
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Is wild garlic edible? How do you prepare it?

Here in Slovenia, the use of wild garlic is quite widespread. Although the whole plant, including bulbs, is edible, leaves are most commonly used. I tried only leaves so far, so I can share my ...
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Is it actually useful to ration food?

The simple answer is that yes it does make sense to ration, see the stories of the men who survived the Essex or the Mutiny on the Bounty or the Chilean Miners or many countries during wartime. From ...
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What foods can you cook by directly placing them into a fire?

Basically tin foil is your friend! Even though you could also place some of these foods directly on the embers, if you're willing to carry some tin foil and do a little bit of preparation, you can ...
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Does an ice chest packed full of frozen food need ice?

If you look for the manufacturer's promises for these "passive" boxes (there is absolutely no cooling, just the attempt to keep the cool in - called isolation), they usually state something around ...
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Cooked meat/chicken when hiking

I strongly recommend you don't follow the plan you outlined, bringing cold cooked meat along on your hike to eat after a day or two. You almost certainly can not achieve this while following food ...
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Is it actually useful to ration food?

What I've always understood to be the rationale, and doesn't seem to be directly addressed with the other answers, is that the human body adjusts its metabolism to its resources. If you gorge on all ...
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Cookware: Why not Copper instead of Titanium, Aluminium or Stainless Steel?

Copper is about the same density as stainless. It is relatively toxic so is always coated for cooking. Copper and copper compounds are used for sea water boat hulls because it kills or repels ...
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How to preserve cheese while backpacking?

Avoid Putting cheese in plastic bags. Ever. Mold guaranteed. The cheese should receive enough air and shouldn't get wet. Cutting a big piece into smaller pieces (for easier service, you know). First, ...
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What factors should I consider to prepare high protein meals using a single camping stove and pan?

I am pretty certain that this is what you are looking for, Image Source Two tablespoons (32g) of the stuff has 8g of protein and 16g of fat. Source It easy to carry, does not require refrigeration ...
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Can I safely eat grass?

Eating grass isn't smart because our bodies lack the enzymes to digest it, and because you never know if some animal came along and crapped on it. Don't eat grass.
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Is it possible to 'live off the sea'

Theoretically, it might be possible to survive on fish, rainwater and desalinated seawater. In one 1930 experiment, two men survived for a year eating exclusively meat without experiencing any health ...
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Permanent Camping Cooler - No Ice Needed

The first solution that comes to mind is a "zeer", or pot-in-pot refrigerator. However, this functions best in hot and dry environments as it relies on evaporation to work. Such a device is ...
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What foods are unsafe to cook over an open fire?

Cooking raw brats over a fire is only dodgy because cooking brats well requires fairly precise (for a campfire) temperature control. Even with hot dogs, it can be a bit challenging to get the whole ...
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Can a watermelon be left outside overnight?

If it's intact and undamaged it should be fine. After all they're grown outdoors (in your climate and mine related species like pumpkins may do better). Growers do suffer some losses but that's over ...
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How do you deal with a picky eater on a backpacking trip?

I've been involved with hiking/trekking clubs around my area here. I was what they call chief guide for a few years (responsible for organizing trips and lead some of them together with other club ...
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What foods can you cook by directly placing them into a fire?

Another one would be Damper, an Australian bush bread traditionally cooked in the hot ashes of a dying fire, with or without tin-foil (just don’t eat the crust). It has a pretty delicious smokey taste ...
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How do you eat nettles?

Nettles should be blanched to destroy the formic acid before eating (Handle with gloves of course). Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil & prepare a bowl of ice water on the side. Once ...
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Does an ice chest packed full of frozen food need ice?

I'm assuming the amount of food you want to take and your coolbox size is fixed, so the question you're asking is really whether you should fill every remaining gap with ice, or whether you should ...
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Which place in the car is coolest on hot sunny days?

My car has a double floor in the trunk. To my experience this is the coolest place in the whole car and I will often store a bottle of water there before leaving for a hike which is sufficiently cool ...
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