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A Legendary Dutch Oven Combination

Pictured above are: one 25-ounce can of Hormel Chili, one 32-ounce bag of white rice, one 15-ounce can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew, and a 1-quart, legendary, Lodge Logic Dutch Oven.  The food items combined contain 4,380 calories, 120+ grams of protein, and 850+ grams of carbohydrates.

For those who may not appreciate the ingenious culinary potential of the items above, here are a few more facts:  According to the FAQ’s at the Hormel Foods site, the Chili and Beef Stew are “always safe to consume as long as the seal has remained intact, unbroken and securely attached. However, the flavor and freshness of the product gradually begin to decline after three years from the manufacturing date.”  Hormel’s canning process provides an indefinite shelf life.  White rice, if stored in a mylar bag (or purchased in a #10 can) has a shelf-life of 30+ years.  For less than $10, a person can pack away a sustenance combination such as this one for consumption in just about any kind of emergency.

I recommend the addition of a $35 Lodge Logic 1-quart dutch oven, as it is mobile (about 7 pounds) and can easily cook white rice with a small amount of fuel.

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Here is how I do it:

-Add “1 knuckle deep” rice to the Dutch Oven

-Add “2 knuckles deep” water

-Cover the rice and water with the Dutch Oven Lid and bring to a boil

-Remove the Oven from the heat and let it sit covered until the rice is soft

-Add the Chili or Beef Stew, stir, wait a few minutes for the concoction to heat up, then consume it.

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Read more of this article by John A. Heatherly here.

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