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I looked for items to keep on hand that do not need cooking and provide protein.   Here are a few that you can get for less then the "Emergency Foods" being sold out there.  The benefit of these for a bug out bag or to take on hikes or camping is they do not need cooking can be eaten as you walk and are not heavy.  I also looked for Shelf live and these will have an average of 2.5 years from the time you buy them which easily means over 3 years.

Hormel Spam.  Yes I know it's spam but you can eat it out the pack, weights 2.5oz so you can carry a lot of it. 230 calories and 9 grams of protein make this one a good choice for this use.

Bumble Bee Tuna- This is Tuna Salad pack.  2.5 oz, 8 grams protein but only 60 calories.  You can op for the same item in just Tuna and other types of fish for more protein and calories.  Comes with it's own spoon so easy to eat while you hike.

Great Value Premium White Chicken.  2.6 onces, 12 grams protein and 60 calories.  Other meats and flavors available

Great Value real Bacon pieces.  I show the large 9 once package but the there is a 2.5 once and only cost $1.33 I would get for our purpose.  High in the calories you need and Protein. 

Great Value Energy drink.  This box has 10 small envelops that you can mix with water for a drink or even into your canteen.  This has caffeine and is high in B6, B12 and Niacin all the things you need to keep going.  Very inexpensive and light to carry 

I will add more as I discover them and welcome input from others.   Keep in mind these factors for your recommendations.  Weight, easy of use and Nutritional value and of course shelf live.  The ones I recommend have about 2.5 years from when you get them and you can cycle these out of your bag by using them and replace them every two year or less if that makes you more comfortable with the expiration dates.

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Hey, don't knock on the SPAM.  In my world it is one of the main food groups!  I'd throw in some stuff with more emphasis on fiber, like dried fruits and vegetables.  All that high-protein low-bulk stuff can be a problem, particularly for us older folks who already have some issues.  One of the flavorless powdered fiber supplements that can mix in with anything liquid is a good choice.  
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Good point.  There are days I would pay $20 for good dump.
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Great!  Next time you feel that way send me $20 and I'll send you a good dump![rofl]

Sorry, that one was too good to pass up!
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Spam & Tuna are good protein choices — and there are many flavor-options now. Some legumes would be a nice addition. Maybe tubes of bean paste and tomato paste? 

I prefer the taste of Armour TREET — does not have the flavor of SPAM. 
(Even with all the different varieties, Spam still retains a taste I find objectionable — personal preference).

I have been making Jerky — near-frozen roasts (on markdown) are sliced and brined.  Most recent recipe was sugar, salt, cracked pepper, Liquid Smoke, meat tenderizer, and a touch of Glutamate.  All into a large food dryer for a few hours.  After which The jerky is cooked (in batches) in a microwave on High for two minutes [cooks out grease/fat/oils].  Not Bad!


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Cool idea to nuke the jerky to remove fat.   I use the American Harvester Original Flavor in mine.  I don't make much in the winter but get busy with it in the spring.   I always have a bag of it in my cargo pocket when fishing, hunting roons of riding quads in the forest.    
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