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Old 02-23-2009, 05:25 AM   #1
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I've seen in several survival articles statements like, "You don't have any business even going on a day hike without a few bullion cubes in your pocket."

I assumed that bullion cubes must contain a lot of fat/calories. However, when I examined the nutritional info on several brands of bullion cubes, it seems that they contain (depending on brand) only 1 - 15 calories, and next to no fat. In fact the only thing they really contain is salt/sodium.

So why is it recommended to carry bullion cubes? Is it just for the salt? I can think of several other options that would be just as light and easy to pack, that would be a much better source of calories.

I'm eager to hear some feedback on this.

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Old 02-23-2009, 06:19 AM   #2
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Uhh it's easier than carrying a salt shaker.



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why the hell would you cook on a day hike? it's not like its camping. pack a lunch.
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Has anyone bitten into a Bullion cube? YUK! It's like eating a SALT LICK.
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Protein!!!!!

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In the hiking forums these cubes are looked on as a source of food. They simply boil water and add a cube, mix well and drink. They seem to think that these cubes are nutritious, like actually having a meal even though they are not. Rather than focusing on flavor I would recommend high nutritional value over flavor. (not that I like the flavor of chicken/salt)

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In the hiking forums these cubes are looked on as a source of food. They simply boil water and add a cube, mix well and drink. They seem to think that these cubes are nutritious, like actually having a meal even though they are not. Rather than focusing on flavor I would recommend high nutritional value over flavor. (not that I like the flavor of chicken/salt)
That's pretty much what I thought of the idea, but I was just wondering if there was some advantage that I had overlooked.

As far as Chopkick's comment about protein, they don't have any of that either. Literally the only thing they have is salt, and 1 - 15 calories depending on the brand.

I think maybe, that the only real value they have is 'comfort'. I suppose that if you were on a day hike and ended up getting lost, chances are you would find your way back or be found within a day or two, so maybe the idea is that a cup of hot 'broth' will comfort you, in that you feel like you almost ate soup or something.

Personally, I guarantee I could find something with more food/energy value than bullion cubes to carry in my pocket.
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bullion cubes, huh? Not sure what the nutritional value would be. And if you are going to make a fire to heat up water, I would rather have a cup'o soup with some freeze dried veggies and noodles. Another good light weight thing with some nutrition would be the freeze dried miso soup.

I guess if you were going to go a week in the woods without food, a bullion cube would be welcome in your water. But you would probably get more nutrition out of some spruce tea! Bullion cubes are just salt and msg.

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Most survivalists will tell you that above any other thing you may need, you need to have the will to live and determination to survive. Low morale is a killer. If you think you're screwed, then you really are screwed. While bullion cubs have little in the way of nutritional value, you'd be surprised how a cup of hot soup raises your spirits and gives you the drive to keep trying.

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Maybe they allow you to make gross things edible? You get stuck out in the wilderness, so you boil water, grubs, and a cube to eat?!? I'd rather eat a grub in broth, than a grub without broth!!!

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Maybe they allow you to make gross things edible? You get stuck out in the wilderness, so you boil water, grubs, and a cube to eat?!? I'd rather eat a grub in broth, than a grub without broth!!!
exactly why right there. in a survival situation you need all the confidence you can get and it also helps by putting something in your gut to keep your mind on surviving. plus who wants to eat grubs, might aswell make a stew out of them right


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