Bullion Cubes?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Jesse17, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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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.

    Thanks,
    Jesse
     
  2. Shingles44

    Shingles44 New Member

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    Uhh it's easier than carrying a salt shaker.
     

  3. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    **** DITTO ****

    Has anyone bitten into a Bullion cube? YUK! It's like eating a SALT LICK.
     
  4. chopkick

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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) :rolleyes:
     
  6. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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    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.
     
  7. Spanz

    Spanz New Member

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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.
     
  8. user4

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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.
     
  9. janikphoto

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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!!!
     
  10. sgtdeath66

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    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
     
  11. orangello

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    I wonder if it has anything to do with keeping the body stocked on salt? Back-in-the-day, i know soldiers in hot climates were often provided "salt pills". I was always told that was why gatorade was better than water for dehydration, it replaces lost salts. I also remember something about some salts being a preventative measure for leg cramps at night. Leg cramps would suck if hiking.

    Any docs on board who care to comment?
     
  12. matt g

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    I'm not a doctor, but I have a fairly firm grasp on human physiology. Without going into confusing detail, salts are needed by the human body to use as electrolytes. These electrolytes are used largely to transmit electrical signals in the nerve pathways.
     
  13. Recon 173

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    You use the cubes to mix them with small amounts of meat to expand what you have. If you come across some mushrooms and use the cubes with the shrooms, you have more complete meal. Use the cubes to augment what you find, capture or scavenge. You can, if you want, use them without any other protein source but not unless you can't find anything else at all.
     
  14. dango

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    My hats off to you sir,have you ever eaten a grub,add some aquadic vegetation,grubs,inner birch bark or other sugar bearing tree and you got eatible,sustainable nutrional norishment. Add a couple of immature pine needles,pine nuts,and hell,better than a big Mac.All the things you need to stay healthy .Why on a day hike,before GPS's,or even a failure of our high-tech toys,I have been"mis-placed",lost is such an ugly word.A day hike can turn into something totally longer due weather,injury,or just plain stupidity.
    Along with bullion,I like to carry many Bic lighters and bacon bits,also good for flavor, and remember,just add water...!!
     
  15. Spanz

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    Yes, keeping your spirits up is very important. And a quick cup of something hot and tasty first thing in the morning really does make you feel good.

    But like I said, I would rather have a pack of some freeze dried soup that has some vitamins, protein, and minerals, than a cube of salt and msg. They weight the same, and the freezed dried soup is hermetically packed in a metalized bag, while the bullion cube is loose wraped and needs a bottle to keep it from getting wet. I go by pack weight, and since both weigh the same, the real soup wins out anytime.

    As for salt, I agree there 100%. Some need it, and you probably know who you are, and others do not. I need it when hiking. I carry a bottle of salt tablets with me, and on a hot summer day take probably 4 tablets. I use something called Thermotabs.

    Bic lighters...yeah I carry a couple, mostly for psychological comfort. If it is really cold out or windy, they really are hard to use. The fuel does not gassify very well below 20F. I would take a hurricane match anytime over one of them. And in a true shtf situation, you would rather have a renewable fire starter, not one that needs fuel.
     
  16. DSAPT9

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    I also carry Bouillon cubes in my bug out bag, pockets when I hike and in my car for emergencies they are not very nutritious but easy to carry and when on the move they make you feel full so you can think straight and plan your next move. They also have a reasonable amount of sodium. The biggest issue is getting your mind to focus on your next move. It is hard to think when your hungry. It is also hard to carry a cup of soup in a shirt or pants pocket and if your fanny pack gets washed down stream you at least have something. I carry several in a heavy zip lock bag and I use the bag as a cup in an emergency.
     
  17. falseharmonix

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    Most cubes I've ever used require the water to be boiling to dissolve the cube. Zip-lock bags melt fast under a flame.

    Something to think about.
     
  18. DSAPT9

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    You crush the cube and keep the bag of water next to your body it worms up and works ok. Not the best but better than being hungry. Try it, it works