Well, I went to the gro­cery store tonight.  When I got there I noticed there was a lot of stuff on sale.  Pack­age of six ramen noo­dles for $2.00, Vien­na Sausage, two cans for a dol­lar, SPAM, two 6 oz cans for three dol­lars, 10 cans of Camp­bel­l’s soup for $10.00, etc. Some were great deals, some were good deals, etc.  I used it as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to stock up on a few items I need­ed and a few more items for my food stor­age… I may go back tomor­row and pick up more stuff for stor­age.

I also used this as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to pick up a cou­ple cans of Vien­na Sausage, SPAM, and more as a test if I can or should sup­ple­ment my food preps with some of them.  Now, I have nev­er had Vien­na Sausage in the past…  Picked up a cou­ple cans of spam and cou­ple cans of vien­na sausages to try out… Opened the can of vien­na sausage or SPAM, that I know of.  After din­ner, I popped open a can of the Vien­na sausage.  They looked like lit­tle hot dogs.  I fol­lowed the instruc­tions, and took two out of the can and put them in the microwave for about a minute.  While they were heat­ing up, I looked at the nutri­tion­al val­ue, or lack there of.  Five (5) grams of pro­tein per serv­ing, 17% fat, and about 17% Cho­les­terol 400+/- mg of sodi­um per serv­ing as well.  For the record, three sausages are the rec­om­mend­ed serv­ing, and there were sev­en sausages per can.

As the two sausages emerged from the microwave, I let them cool for a moment.  When I cut them with my fork, I noticed they had a sponge like con­sis­ten­cy.  I popped half a sausage in my mouth, and it tast­ed like a salty spongy hot dog.  I looked at the can again, and noticed it said, packed in chick­en broth, which was more like a syrupy chick­en broth.  I looked at this for asec­ond; ate the oth­er sausage and a half, and decid­ed, this is not food as we know it. Just cheap food.  Smelled a lit­tle like cat food as well. Cheap.  Two cans for a dol­lar.  How­ev­er, 5g of pro­tein per serv­ing, 17% fat, and high in cho­les­terol, as men­tioned.  I thought about how I could make it bet­ter, or how this might serve me in a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion… I could eas­i­ly slice up the sausages, add more water to the very salty chick­en broth, drop some veg­eta­bles in te water/broth, add the sausages, and boil until I have a nice hot soup.  What I quick­ly real­ized is that you could eas­i­ly just use this for ener­gy.  Pro­tein is a lit­tle low, so if you had to mix it with real chick­en or some­thing else to help your core foods last a lit­tle longer or to make a slight­ly larg­er meal to serve anoth­er per­son you could do so.  It may not be what you want, but the fat, and pro­tein might help have more ener­gy and keep you alive.

After some addi­tion­al thought there are a myr­i­ad of oth­er foods you can mix your vien­na sausages with includ­ing:

  • Ramen Noo­dles
  • Soups
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Mashed Pota­toes
  • Eggs
  • Casseroles
  • Oth­er Pas­tas
  • Rice / Beans
  • Mix with condi­ments such as Ketchup, Mus­tard, or BBQ Sauce
  • etc…
Does any­one else have Vien­na Sausage in their food stor­age?  If you do, how do you use them and why do you store them?
I am unde­cid­ed whether or not I may buy more of it for my own, pri­mar­i­ly because of the con­cept of stor­ing what you eat.
Not sure I can make this a sta­ple in my diet.  They may have to remain a last resort prep…
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