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    Is Soylent a realistic food for touring?

    I read an article on Business Insider tonite about Soylent meals and got to thinking that'd really be the cat's meow for a person on tour. Does anybody here have any actual experience with that product?

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    A great movie in it's day. I don't think I'd touch as a food replacement product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
    I read an article on Business Insider tonite about Soylent meals and got to thinking that'd really be the cat's meow for a person on tour. Does anybody here have any actual experience with that product?
    Why would you use something like that on a tour? Why would you use any sort of meal replacement product on a tour?

    One of the great joys of touring is eating the local cuisine ... rolling up to patisseries to enjoy the baked goods, going to ice cream shops to sample the delicious choices, checking out this cafe and that restaurant ... even going to little grocery stores to see what they've got on offer.


    The only time I might possibly consider a meal replacement of some sort would be if I were touring a very remote place with no possibility of finding food for more than a couple days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    The only time I might possibly consider a meal replacement of some sort would be if I were touring a very remote place with no possibility of finding food for more than a couple days.
    BINGO!! Sure, that'd be a good time to have something like that. It'd also save weight. AND, it'd save time if that became a factor in a long tour. HOWEVER, I did ask if anybody had any experience with it. Anybody?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
    BINGO!! Sure, that'd be a good time to have something like that. It'd also save weight. AND, it'd save time if that became a factor in a long tour. HOWEVER, I did ask if anybody had any experience with it. Anybody?
    In those situations, I'd rather go with pre-pack meals like this Mountain House ones ...
    Food : Camping - Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). Free Shipping Available.

    Or less expensive options you can find in your local grocery store. Even bringing a bag of rice and bag of oatmeal sounds like a better option to me.

    But that's just me.

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    Anyway, there was a discussion about this stuff in Touring fairly recently ...
    Soylent Green is People!

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    Get yourself a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer. You can dehydrate many, many real foods and then vacuum seal them into individual servings. Leave the bags tall enough to use as containers for rehydrating and fold them over. Gotta taste better than bean powder mush and probably better for you.

    You can also vacuum seal already dry products like oatmeal, slivered/pieces nuts, grains/cereals, baking mixes, and so many others to make compact, lightweight, single-serve packages.

    Basically the same types of meals can be purchased commercially processed, but you can probably make better yourself and save the cost of the dehydrator and sealer in just a couple of tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
    Get yourself a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer. You can dehydrate many, many real foods and then vacuum seal them into individual servings. Leave the bags tall enough to use as containers for rehydrating and fold them over. Gotta taste better than bean powder mush and probably better for you.
    Where are you planning on bike touring that this would be useful? I can see the point when backpacking where I'll be going for a week or so without coming close to any stores, but when bike touring I cover more ground and almost always stay closer to civilization so there's no need to carry dehydrated food instead of just buying regular food along the way. Dehydrated food is fairly light, but fresh food that's left on the store shelf until I pass through and buy/eat it doesn't add any weight at all to my load.

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    I carry food with me when I backpack. I carry and eat bike-specific foods and sports drinks when I day ride. But when I tour, I don't take any of that stuff. None of it. I don't eat anything that I can't buy in the average store, because that's where I buy it. I carry a few snacks with me and toward the end of the day, fixings for dinner and breakfast. I might have some spices and leftover FD hashbrowns or rice or something, but not much of that. The whole idea is not to carry it with you. Snickers and toffee coated peanuts rule.

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    CJD was not discovered yet when the movie script was written.. I wouldn't use Downer Cows or People , knowing that.

    Creutzfeldt?Jakob disease - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia CDC - Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Classic (CJD)

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    Being that is is a liquid I would think that it would be difficult to carry as much as you would need, at least not easily. Now if it were a powder mixed with water obtained locally that would be another matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rootman View Post
    Being that is is a liquid I would think that it would be difficult to carry as much as you would need, at least not easily. Now if it were a powder mixed with water obtained locally that would be another matter.
    It is a powder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    I carry food with me when I backpack. I carry and eat bike-specific foods and sports drinks when I day ride. But when I tour, I don't take any of that stuff. None of it. I don't eat anything that I can't buy in the average store, because that's where I buy it. I carry a few snacks with me and toward the end of the day, fixings for dinner and breakfast. I might have some spices and leftover FD hashbrowns or rice or something, but not much of that. The whole idea is not to carry it with you. Snickers and toffee coated peanuts rule.
    Yep, and for me chocolate milk & bananas rule.

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