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  1. woodchopper

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    My wife said I had a bug hatch going on behind my truck seat. Didn't pay much attention to it. Fast forward 6 months, new truck, time to move gear. My get home bag and additional pack are full of what i think are mealworm larvae. The source was a granola bar. They ate the whole thing and then chewed there way out of the wrapper. Some gear got pitched, the rest washed, and some is in a garbage sack with a large shot of bug spray to be sorted out later. Lesson learned
     
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    Yeah I rotate twice a year.
    Sometime near Oct/Nov and April/May depending on how the seasons are changing.
    All food, water, batteries, and a good portion of medical gets tossed.
    Everything is inspected and tested.

    Temperature Hi's and Low's kill supplies.
    I stopped using MRE's
    Mostly Freeze Dried and Cliff Bars
     
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    makes for great sunfish bait...throw in some 4lb test line and a number 12 hook....dare I ask what brand of granola bar....
     
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    Eww. I don’t keep food in my BOB. In the south we are more likely to get infested with roaches than worms. Imagine a car swarming with roaches...

    A better bet is to empty you your glove box and put the paperwork in the trunk. Then put your bug out food in the glove box. That way you can rotate it out more frequently and have something to snack on. Sure it’s not a good idea to eat all your emergency food but if you would be buying new at the gas station anyway might as well swap it out.
     
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    That is good advice. Im putting together a car kit. I will pay much more attention to food storage and rotation. But your not alone and that is easier to do than mine. I forgot I had fish parts in a zip lock in my tackle box. You can only imagine what I found when I opened it, weeks later. Ugh! LOL
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Gonna go dump the winter rations now...thanks!
     
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    pay attention to the bride! :)
     
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    I had a similar situation last year but it wasn't food.
    I forgot to remove a few praying mantis egg pods from my F150.
    About a million baby praying mantis helping you drive will help you remember it the next year....
     
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    I usually do mine in the spring and fall. I do keep food in my BOB/GHB but I use it and rotate it often enough that I haven't ever had this problem, and I am really glad! This doesn't sound like a fun thing to have to take care of @woodchopper !
     
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    I just rotated my bag.

    Usually keep a sealed jar of peanutbutter .And instant coffee .


    I need to rotate my batteries
     
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    Great reminder to keep all stocks rotated. I rotate my food in particular indoors, but had forgotten about the relatively small amounts in my GHB/Truck. I just found one particular bar in my GHB that was stamped BBE Aug 2016. Think I may open that just to see if it is still edible especially after watching some You Tube vids of a guy who opens 2nd WW MRE meals and taste checks them!! Don't forget that the BBE date is only a recommendation and though there may be some minor deterioration, quite often the food is actually still edible for some time after that date and therefore of some use if they are all you have in an emergency. Just think of all the protein in those meal worms :26::18:

    OJ
     
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    Come summertime here in the desert, I have to remove most of my food from the truck. It's just too hot for anything except for a couple of Mountain house meals.
     
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    I seldom intentionally keep food long term in my truck. I often find stuff there though. :)

    I keep a couple of MREs in my pack, which comes with me wherever I go.

    Summer time I keep a few things like some canned stew and chili, and use it as needed for when I get really hungry.

    Winter I will keep some stuff that isn't ruined by freezing.

    Good reminder though. Thanks for putting it out there!
     
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