I'm pretty sure everyone in this thread ate better than me. With the exception of home made hummus and beers I picked up at the BxB rest stop, I had only shelf stable food and no stove. (I was able to keep my hummus cold on the bus and using a small soft cooler from a neighbor through monday until Ratty (who is some kind of angel) hooked me up with the cooler which made a big difference for me as I had cold beer the rest of the week.)
I was truly packed to capacity and thought it would be good to focus on survival food. I'll post this in my guide to noob 7 day solo burn, but here goes:
- 4 cans of Ravioli or similar, 1 accidental can of chick peas
- 6 packets of prepared tuna saled
- 1 jar of peanuts
- 1 bag of dried mangos
- 1 bag of craisons
- 4 things of water sweetner / vitaminer
- 2 bowls of prepared rice
- 2 packs of wheat pocket bread
- 1 home made hummus split into two small ziplocks
- 6 bags of jerky, various types
- 1 jar of salsa
That's it. That is enough calories to make it through the burn. I came home only with some of the peanuts and two packs of the jerky. Also the water sweetners were a waste of money. I did get a warm meal from a friend who showed up Thursday, and another pal at his camp. Also a f'n fantastic donut from Porn and Donuts.
This probably is not appetizing enough for most folks, and frankly I gagged on one of the ravioli meals once. But it packed super small and I was completely taken care of for food out there which was the original goal. I would probably not do this again, but if anyone is doing a similar trip, it works.
Cheers to whoever suggested pouring salsa on the rice and its a meal. Found that idea on here.
Only by re-reading this and looking at this set of food do I realize just how unappetizing this must appear.
For whatever reason it didn't seem that bad to me at the time. I prepared for the burn in under 40 days, and food was basically my last task before leaving.
I do have a further tip for someone replicating this. Bring a light shoulder tote reusable grocery bag to put all of your food items in. This keeps them manageable and collected in your tent. There is no question of how much food you have left or what is where. Food is here, it is ready: consume.