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ER Emergency Ration 1B 3600 Calorie Food Bar for Survival Kits and Disaster Preparedness, Single Bar
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- Certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to remain fresh for up to 5-years.
- Each packet contains nine individual, ready-to-eat 410 calorie rations; requires no preparation
- Durable, zip-close re-sealable packaging; withstands extreme conditions and temperatures (-22F to 149F)
- No trans fats, cholesterol, coconut, or nuts
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About Quake Kare | Lighthouse for the Blind
Quake Kare is a leading supplier of ER Emergency Ready branded disaster preparedness kits and emergency supplies for the home, office, classroom or vehicle. Since 1982, Quake Kare’s mission has been to provide top quality, comprehensive emergency kits and supplies for all disasters at competitive prices to make families, companies, schools and communities safer. Quake Kare began as a small women-owned business founded in Moorepark, CA. Former owner/CEO, Sherry Heitz, established Quake Kare as an outlet for families and businesses to purchase prepackaged, comprehensive survival kits in earthquake country. The company has since grown to be an industry leader in disaster preparedness products supplying all types of disaster preparedness kits and supplies to families, schools/universities, corporations and municipalities across the U.S. and internationally.
In 2014 Quake Kare’s assets were purchased by the Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit headquartered in St. Louis, MO whose mission is to provide employment opportunities and support programs to adults and children who are legally blind. The Lighthouse staff remains dedicated to Quake Kare's principle of providing quality, comprehensive emergency preparedness supplies for all disasters and locations at affordable prices. Quake Kare’s line of preparedness kits are currently assembled with pride in St. Louis, MO by employees who are legally blind.
The 3,600 calorie ER Bar is a 72-hour emergency ration formulated specifically for disaster victims. Each packet contains nine individual 410 calorie rations that are ready-to-eat with no preparation. The ER bar is formulated with an optimum balance of salt, carbohydrates, protein, fat and enriched with the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals. One 3,600 calorie ER Bar can minimally sustain an average person up to three days if necessary, but it’s advisable to evaluate the needs of your family and prepare accordingly. Following a disaster, food supplies may become disrupted, stores closed and power outages could last for days. Survival experts recommend storing a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person to prepare for emergencies. Store ER Bars in multiple locations for easy access to essential nutrition in an emergency. The special re-sealable package is vacuum sealed and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain freshness for up to 5 years. ER bars contain no coconut or nuts which may cause dangerous allergic reactions when no medical aid is available. Non thirst provoking formula.
From the Manufacturer
Quake Kare is a leading supplier of ER Emergency Ready branded disaster preparedness kits and emergency supplies for the home, office, classroom or vehicle. Since 1982, Quake Kare’s mission has been to provide top quality, comprehensive emergency kits and supplies for all disasters at competitive prices to make families, companies, schools and communities safer. Quake Kare began as a small women-owned business founded in Moorepark, CA. Former owner/CEO, Sherry Heitz, established Quake Kare as an outlet for families and businesses to purchase prepackaged, comprehensive survival kits in earthquake country. The company has since grown to be an industry leader in disaster preparedness products supplying all types of disaster preparedness kits and supplies to families, schools/universities, corporations and municipalities across the U.S. and internationally. In 2014 Quake Kare’s assets were purchased by the Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit headquartered in St. Louis, MO whose mission is to provide employment opportunities and support programs to adults and children who are legally blind. The Lighthouse staff remains dedicated to Quake Kare's principle of providing quality, comprehensive emergency preparedness supplies for all disasters and locations at affordable prices. Quake Kare’s line of preparedness kits are currently assembled with pride in St. Louis, MO by employees who are legally blind.
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I tried one, and it is basically a VERY DENSE, thick, mildly sweet short bread. It is very filling and the taste is very mild.
GOOD FOR EMERGENCY:
These rations would serve very well for an emergency situation, especially since they can probably withstand extreme temperatures, at least a lot better than many other foods would. Great food to keep in the car. Like the description says, they don't make you feel like you need a drink, amazingly enough.
EASY TO OPEN/ZIP CLOSE:
It has a top than you tear off, (no scissors or knife needed to open, and it opens very easily for me, who is a person who often has a hard time opening things), and it has a zip close.
It's basically a brick that breaks into 6 pieces, each piece is a serving. Recommended at least 2 servings per day, I believe. I included a couple pics, next to a soda can for size reference (I had no clue how big they were gonna be before I bought them).
How is the packaging?
The packaging is fairly sturdy and has a resealable top. It is vacuum sealed, so make sure you don't puncture it, otherwise the shelf life will be drastically reduced.
Is it easy to eat?
As mentioned in other reviews, the block is not separately packaged into 6 individual units. Instead, the block has indents separating the sections, which can easily be broken by bending the package. The foodstuff itself is a light yellow, and really doesn't feel all that much different from a thick blondie. Biting into it does reveal a crumbly side, but it's not overly thick, nor is it difficult to bite or chew through. In fact, nothing about the eating process made it seem all that weird. Because the food doesn't feel too heavy, if you underestimate it and eat it too fast, the effects of its high calorie density might make you feel a little queezy. Eat slowly!
How does it taste?
The product has a very mild lemon flavor to it. Considering how much fat it has, you might think it tastes horrid. On the contrary, while you might not finish it and say it was the best lemon bar you've ever eaten it, you won't cough it up and think its disgusting. Besides, in the right conditions, anything will taste amazing.
Thirst Prevention: I sampled this item after about 22 hours of no food or drink. The product is high in fats and oils, which does in fact make it less thirst producing. After I was done eating, I did not feel much thirstier than when I started. That is not to say, however, that the desire to drink did not come simply as a result of having something pasty in the mouth and throat.
Is it safe or healthy to eat?
So I finished my graduate degree in nutrition at one of those fancy IVY league schools, but I'll be the first to say I don't know everything. In regards to this product however, keep in mind that it is an emergency food and is not designed to sustain you for long periods of time. There is a very high fat value, which is a great source of calories. In an emergency this is great, but over the long haul, the body will respond negatively to the imbalance of carbs, proteins and fats.
Contrary to popular belief, not all saturated fats are that bad for you. Palm oil, the major source of fat in this product, is comprised mostly of oleic, linoleic and palmitic fatty acids. Myristic acid is the one that is most bad for you, and seems mostly absent. So, while eating tons of calories in the form of fat is unhealthy in the long run, you don't have to freak out simply because each serving is 45% of your daily saturated fat allowance.
What about them vitamins?
The addition of vitamins is an interesting idea. In the short term, (3 days or so) the human body will experience very few, if any, vitamin deficiencies. The main priority is to obtain enough calories, and then protein, in order to reduce the degrading your own body for energy. That being said, this food is a great tool in rescue operations, as those who have been lost and on their own for some time may have easily developed vitamin deficiencies during that time. So, while it's nice to have, the fortification of these nutrients plays a minimal role in an emergency situation where you plan to use this product for only three to four days.
Overall this product is great. I have also performed nutrient analyses on other emergency foods, but I won't include them here. If you're interested, I'm sure you can contact me somehow via amazon.
As per description, each brick has indentations for dividing it into 9 portions. Due to the dense and dry nature of the food (essentially enriched flour, sugar and fat, no leavening), it has a tendency to crumble and did not break into even pieces, but as the indentations are merely portion guides, this is hardly an issue. Each mylar/foil package is zip lock resealable, which is a convenience not found in other emergency bar packages.
Taste is a mild lemon/vanilla flavor, not overpowering yet not flour and sugar bland either. It tastes a bit like a shortbread cookie with a much denser texture. Texture is somewhat crumbly, even powder-like when bitten or ground off a block/serving.
Like most foods, eating nothing but ER Bars for even three days would be taxing, but in a true emergency situation, you are eating to replace and replenish the basic substances your body needs to continue to function properly. On the other hand, I did not personally find anything wrong with the taste of the rations and while I wouldn't necessarily be eagerly looking forward to eating these three times a day, they are still palatable. And while some may argue differently, I generally agree with the manufacturer's claim that they are for the most part non-thirst provoking. No dry mouth.
As an Army veteran who has happily lived off of MREs in the field for weeks at a time, it should be clarified that emergency food rations are not substitutes for these in any way shape or form so much as emergency rations to be cached in the event of a true emergency or added to emergency car kits, marine kits, go-bags, etc. for emergency use only. The extremely dense and compact (and durable) nature of the packages make them ideal for these applications.
At 27 oz (little more than 1.5 lbs) for 3 days worth of calories, it would be tough to find a more efficient shelf stable food source that contained the same nutritional balance. By comparison, a single 1200 cal MRE weighs about the same with about 2-3 times the bulk unless pre-field stripped (which reduces MRE storage/shelf life). Given the choice between a single MRE or three squares of ER Bars for a reduced 1200 cal/day emergency ration, the MRE would win; no comparison. But when it comes to caching, a case of 20 ER Bars (2 month supply) occupies less storage space than a box of 12 MREs (12 meals total). If space is a consideration, 5 boxes of MREs would be the caloric/nutritional equivalent of a single 20 package box of ER Bars. ER Bars are extremely easy to store/cache and transport.
Health concerns could include the high saturated fat content (used to bind the flour/sugar mixture into bricks as well as provide slower burn energy) at 9g per serving (45% USRDA) as well as the 50% USRDA niacin for those who are niacin sensitive. Low fiber along with the high fat content will likely slow gut motility in the average healthy individual (fewer bowel movements) which is generally beneficial in an emergency survival situation. Lastly, the sodium and potassium content (no added salt/extremely low sodium content) is almost non-existent, making electrolyte replacement a potential issue in high heat environments. The bars do contain potassium iodide.
Are these health concerns really an issue if no other food sources are available? Barring individual with special health needs, probably not.
ER Bars are priced lower than Datrex and Mainstay with slightly larger portions (3600 calorie brick is actually 9*410 kcal bars at 3 oz. @).
I ordered a case direct from QuakeKare and the lot received were manufactured this month (Jun 2011) so old stock should not be an issue.
This is generally not a product to be cycled on a regular basis so much as emergency supplies that are better to have and not need than need and not have (and preferably never need). I have no intention of eating another package myself unless I decide to do a 3 day emergency simulation eating nothing but the recommended 3 square allotment per day.