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  • 3600 Calories per ration.
  • 5 year shelf life.
  • Non-thirst provoking.
  • Meets the US Coast Guard standards.
  • Withstands Temperatures of -40° F to 300°F (-40°C to 149°C).
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Mainstay is an emergency food product unlike any other. Before it came into the picture, emergency food bars were only being made for short-term use. Survivor Industries changed all that when it created a great-tasting, non-thirst provoking product with an extraordinary five-year shelf life. Mainstay is specially formulated for land-based high stress situations. Each package contains 9 pre-measured 400 calorie meals, which allows a person to get their full nutrition in a challenging situation.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 6.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 18 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B000B43JI0
  • UPC: 649241854470
  • Item model number: SIF-10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Even my dogs will eat it.
Teotwawki Johnny
They taste like lemon shortbread cookies and have the same crumbly texture.
Viceroy
This is a great product that provides emergency rations.
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By S. Sherman on May 9, 2008
The person who says this isn't food proceeds to list food ingredients that appear in most things in the grocery store. Flour and sugar aren't food? You need some fat in a nutrition bar. While hydrogenated oils have their problems, it is the only way to ensure shelf-stability for fat. These bars will last FIVE YEARS without refrigeration. You need carbs for energy in a stressful (remember, it's an emergency) situation. I like lemon cookies, so the taste is just fine for me. MREs are a great supplement, although the best only have a 3-year shelf-life. So use these in combination if you can afford the cost and space for the MREs. BTW, these bars are Kosher and meet the dictates for Halal. Not bad for meeting a wide range of dietary requirements. As always, people with specific food sensitivity should read the label.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Boatright on July 1, 2006
I purchased a packet of these for a lightweight and handy meal for packing in the woods. The taste is fine as advertised. This isn't a three star based on this being just a snack, however. They are survival rations, not just some kind of nosh. I would not choose to eat these as a snack as they are rather dense, and despite claims to do make you thirsty; just as eating anything bread-like will make you thirsty.

There is also an aftertaste that, while not strong, will make your mouth continue to taste the lemon-bar you just ate for as long as it takes you to drink enough water to wash it down.

I would rather have an MRE, but the compact and portable nature as well as the price makes this a good item for extreme light hiking.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By BrianW on January 18, 2009
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If you are looking for a product that has a long shelf-life, is compact, and will provide you will the sustenance you need in a survival situation, then this is it. I bought some to store in the pantry (about 3 weeks worth per person in the household) just in case we are held up in the house for an extended period, such as would be the case in a zombie attack.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By D. Clark on July 11, 2010
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The purpose of these rations is to keep people alive despite limited potable water supplies. They've got plenty of vitamins and minerals, however, they are greatly lacking in sodium and other electrolytes. That's a benefit when potable water is extremely limited, but it's a curse if you'll be performing strenuous activities.

Each bar contains only 23mg of sodium, which is 1% of the recommended daily allowance. That makes sense - any more salt is going to provoke thirst. But it also means that with any moderate or greater activity, you're going to be sweating out electrolytes, and these bars won't replace them. If you have any desire to fend for yourself in a survival situation (doing anything but sitting around waiting for help to arrive) I'd STRONGLY suggest adding a sports drink powder high in sodium and potassium. Same thing if you're planning on using them to replace/augment hiking rations.

The texture is heavy but crumbly, and doesn't seem to absorb much water. (The first two ingredients on the list are Enriched Flour and Vegetable Shortening; the shortening would repel water or saliva) Meaning: it's not going to provoke thirst anywhere nearly as bad as most baked goods.

The taste is similar to a lemon cookie. It's slightly cloying, but quite tolerable. Taste might not be a significant consideration for adults, but when you've got kids, you don't need the extra aggravation of one of them refusing to eat at meal time because they don't like the taste of their rations.

The packaging is a sturdy foil. Tough, but can be opened without tools, and can be folded closed to protect an unused portion.

All in all, I'm impressed. I wouldn't want to eat these things for a month straight, but they would be great to get by for a few days.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By technonaut on August 23, 2009
Mine are 6 months expired (i.e. 5 and 1/2 years old), and I've had them in the garage in extreme heat (Florida) for quite a while. I've never actually tasted them before. Since they expired, I figured I might as well give them a try. If they're good, I've still got the rest of them to keep handy. If they're bad, well, at least I know.

I wasn't sure what to expect as I peeled the package open. Would it be a moldy mess, or dry as cardboard?

I first realized they were moist, and showed no signs of mold. They smelled pretty good, actually, so I went ahead and took a nibble. Lo and behold, they tasted great! Even as old as they were and how they'd been stored.

I give these a big thumbs up.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel H. Okada on July 3, 2011
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This is the second brand of emergency food ration I've sampled (the other being ER Bars). I have no idea why the Amazon review is listing this as a toy review (presumably a database glitch), but Mainstay Bars are a 4 star product.

Starting with the packaging, the case of 10 packs came double boxed, presumably to avoid any potential shipping damage. Crushed bars are less of an issue as these are very durable, not to mention, dense. But severe damage could potentially rupture a pack, killing the shelf life. Always examine each pack individually before caching it or adding it to an emergency kit. The actual product box is extremely compact for a month's worth of rations, and is easily stored or cached virtually anywhere for emergency use.

Each pack has indentations formed in the brick for easy portioning and is vacuum sealed in a durable, non-resealable foil/mylar wrapping. Packs are compact and small enough (24 oz weight) to be thrown into any bag of emergency supplies, be it car kit, marine kit, or even at the bottom of a backpacking pack to be used in emergencies if caught stranded out in the woods, desert, bush, etc. beyond what was planned.

The taste of these rations is surprisingly pleasant, perhaps a bit too sweet for some tastes, while others may have issue with the lemon flavor. While not overpowering or artificial tasting, it is clearly lemon flavored. A more neutral flavor might be preferable if one had to subsist off these for more than a few days. For reference, the nearest comparison to a common food stuff would be lemon sugar cookies, albeit much denser.

Compared to ER Bars, I would personally say the taste is better (more like a cookie and less like a biscuit) although a bit stronger (sweeter, stronger lemon flavor).
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