I found this tip in a recent Boys’ Life Magazine my son was reading. I thought it would be a great way to keep an emergency meal available in your car or hunting pack.

You will need:

  • An empty juice pouch like the one shown in the picture
  • 1/2 cup of instant rice (or small pasta)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chicken or beef bullion granules (about half a cube)
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Hot iron

Cut the top off the pouch. Rinse it out and let it dry completely. Add rice and chicken or beef bouillon granules. Place the pouch on a hard, heat-proof surface, like a wooden cutting board. Seal the pouch by applying a hot iron to the open end of the pouch for a few seconds. Be sure the seal goes below the straw hole. Allow it to cool, then check to make sure the pouch is sealed. Use a permanent marker to label the contents of the packet.

When you are ready to eat a meal, pour the contents of the pouch into a heat-proof cup or bowl of boiling water, stir and let it set for 3-5 minutes. Do not pour hot water into the pouch! Be creative with other kinds of quick-cooking food. Oatmeal and dried fruit comes to mind, or instant potatoes and seasoning. The trick is to use dry food that cooks quickly in hot water.