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Mainstay Emergency Food Rations - 3600 Calorie Bars (Single)

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Product Description

Mainstay's tasty emergency food is pre-rationed into 400 calorie meals. The non-thirst provoking formula contains no cholesterol. They are vacuum-sealed that are shelf-safe for 5 years in even the harshest conditions. It withstands temperatures from -40 to 300. Enriched with vitamins and minerals, exceeding RDA requirements. All in a nice, lemon shortcake flavor. Kosher and Halal.

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  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000QZ3CWC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,568 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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As my title suggests, these are excellent for Backcountry Camping. You have the equivalent of 2-3 days worth of food. It weighs next to nothing (2 pounds if I remember correctly), and can be eaten on the go. It's not gourmet dining to be sure, but it's not meant to be, and they still taste pretty good. I bought a whole case of these when I drove from the East Coast to Alaska and they cut down on my travel time because I wasn't stopping all the time to get fast food or some other obese-inducing garbage. As I said, I wouldnt want to live on the stuff, but it does have some practical uses besides stocking up for the apocalypse or some other craziness.
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Each package contains 9 bars each. I was hoping that they would be separated, but instead it's one giant block and if you want a serving then you break off a chunk. This means that once open you have to consume they entire package within a few weeks or it will most likely start to go bad.

These actually taste pretty good for survival rations. It's somewhat sweet, like the so-so cookies you get out of a vending machine. One thing to note, is that they do contain trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils) even though trans fats do not appear in the nutrition facts. I was planning to eat one cookie every week so I could slowly rotate out the old ones and always have a fresh supply, but since you can't open 1 serving without opening 9 and because of the trans fat I will just keep these in storage until needed. It's not a problem though. They have an expiration date of 4-5 years from when you get them (mine expires in 2014) so they should be good for 2012.
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By Babba on January 19, 2011
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When I opened the box, the packages had little crawly things on them. Very disgusting. One of the bars had obviously lost the factory seal and was no longer vacuum packed. Since the package was sent 2-day Fedex, it is hard to imagine that the damage was done in transit. If the damage was done in transit, it is a bit difficult to believe that the package would have been infested so quickly, especially with the super low temperatures we have been experiencing. Check your bars quickly and be certain the packaging is tight against the bars!
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I actually conducted a taste test for my family of five, on a scale of one to five (five being the best tasting) Datrex lost out to Mainstay. Daytrex- avg. 2, Mainstay-Average 4. What good is an emergency ration if it is not palatable.
Rev. Dr. Roger Dodds
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I acquired some of these last year for my bug-out-bag I keep in my car. I didn't do a very good job of inspecting them when I received them; when I was going through my pack the other day, I noticed the expiration date on the packaging...Oct 2011! I'm sure you can still consume them without worry about getting food poisoning, but if your intent is to have something that will be good in a year, 2 x years, 5 x years, whatever, make sure they send you a product with sufficient shelf life and a good expiration date.
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First of all, I see a lot of people looking for food to put in their 72-hour bag, or go-bag. None of these emergency rations are made for that situation. None of have enough protein or calories for a 72-hour 'situation'. You are better off buying MRE's for your 72-hour bag. These emergency rations are intended for a lifeboat or fallout shelter where you are sitting all day for several weeks not expending much energy. Maybe you can leave some in your car if you travel the back roads during the winter or the desert during the summer and it might be days before you are rescued. They are NOT FOOD. They are low energy survival rations.

The Mainstay bar comes in the 3600 calorie package. This package is not re-sealable. If it is raining or there are insects around, the 3600 calorie 'cake' type bar might spoil if you don't eat it all. The 3600 calorie package comes as a pre-portioned "cake" and you break or cut what you want to eat. Most of the other brands were sealed in 200 or 400 calorie wrappers inside the larger package. The fact the Mainstay bar cannot be re-sealed is a major weakness for this product in my opinion.

The Mayday brand is crumbly when you bite it. It has the texture of an old sugar cookie - sort of hard and crumbly - but without the sugar flavor. It essentially has no taste. If you ate 800 calories (two chunks) you would get most of your daily vitamins and minerals with this bar.

All of the food bars I tried seem to be intended for use on a lifeboat, because they indicate they are US Coast Guard approved.

After tasting and researching all of them - I will not be buying more of this brand because the wrapper cannot be re-sealed. You might be able to get around this issue if you keep the package in a ziplock bag until you need it.
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I ordered one pack of 9 bars. Not sealed is an understatement, it is extremely lose. This seems to be an issue with Mainstay, stay away from these things until they sort out their incompetents when it comes to sealing the bag.
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I had read mixed reviews about the Mainstay Brand Emergency Rations, so I ordered a single to try it for myself. In my experience with the product, I can only say that it was a big disappointment and a waist of money.

Having seen reviews of the SOS brand of emergency rations on YouTube, I had mistakenly led myself to expect that the Mianstay brand would come similarly sealed with the rations individuly packaged on the inside for freashness after the external bag was opened. However, this was not the case. Mainstay came sealed in the outer bag only. Once the outer bag is opened, all of the food "fragments" are exposed to the air and quickly begin to aquire a gritty texture and begin to harden. Even when rewraped in the original bag or placed in a ziplock bag for comparison, within 24-26 hours I had no desire to try to eat this stuff anymore. If this is meant to be three days of food, keep a hammer handy.

In all fairness, I must acknowledge that the initial mild lemon flavor of the rations was not bad. If Mainstay were to make the outer bag resealable and individually wrap the rations inside for freshness, it would make for a much better product. Until then, I'll not waist my money on this stuff again.
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