Survival Ration Bar

  • 3 cups cereal (oatmeal, barley flakes or wheat flakes)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 package citrus flavored gelatin
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • Optional: (chocolate chips or mixed fruit)

Directions for mixing:
Place all dry ingredients (except gelatin) into mixing bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the honey and bring it to a boil. Dissolve the gelatin in the honey-water mixture, then add it all to the dry ingredients. After mixing well, add water a teaspoon at a time until the mixture is barely moist enough to be molded. Pack in a refrigerator dish or other mold. This recipe makes two bars (each bar 1/2 the size of a match box), or drop on cookie sheet (bite size for eating).

Each bar will provide about 1,000 calories and is sufficient food for one day. It can be eaten dry, or cooked with about 2/3 of a canteen cup full of water.

The bars may be placed in the oven and dried under very low heat — 250 degrees F., then wrapped in foil and stored indefinitely in a covered container .

(Source: Handout from Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, “72 Hour Emergency Survival Kit – Plus – Food & Water Storage)

NOTE: The size package of gelatin was not specified, nor the amount of time required for drying in the oven in these instructions. I tried googling to see if I could find any specific amounts and was not successful. Your best guess will have to do until we hear from someone who has actually tried these. 🙂

3 Replies to “Survival Ration Bar”

  1. I made these survival bars today. I used half of a SMALL (3 oz.) package of cherry gelatin and added cherry flavored craisins. Very pink and sweet.

    I needed to add quite a bit of water for moisture to make everything stick together. I then put wax paper on a cookie sheet and pressed the mixture until about 1/2 inch thick and heated in the oven for about an hour.

    They are very good and I am considering using powdered peanut butter and chocolate chips for another flavor.

    Thank you for the recipe! Also, where did the “Top 100 List” come from? I would like to use it in a lesson and i would feel better if I had a reference.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing all for your great tips! I loved hearing from you and will try some of your ideas next time I do make a new batch!
    Thanks again, April 🙂

  3. I am sorry, I got the “Top 100 List” from an e-mail right after Katrina. I wasn’t thinking about having a blog then, so I didn’t think about keeping the reference. Sorry. April 🙂

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