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DuckFever
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 05:59 pm


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Throughout my ice fishing career, one thing i couldn't figure out is how to keep myself fed....I always end up starving and coming home with a headache and HANGRY...

I've tried using the buddy heater to heat up meals, bringing dry foods, bringing a camp stove to heat up soup cans...everything is too much of a hassle and takes too much time.

I've recently had the idea of acquiring some military MREs. Just wondering if anyone does this? I've tried acquiring them online but they're around 15$ each which is kinda pricey but for a hot meal on the ice and having to only bring water seems worth it.

How does everyone else keep from starving on the ice?

I'm in the GTA, does anyone know where to acquire some MREs so i save some shipping costs?


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Knuguy
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:06 pm


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sandwiches(or the makings), boiled eggs, nut mixture, fruit, soup in a thermos, energy bar etc

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:10 pm


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I cook on the buddy all the time ... the easiest is heating up some burritos or pizza pockets or bistros in the am in the microwave and wrapping them in foil ...takes about 5 mins to heat up in the hut later on the buddy.

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Rawly
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:10 pm


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We brought some homemade chili out with us and throw it on a small 1 burner with a pot well before knowing we will be hungry

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:13 pm


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I usually pick up a sandwich from Tim Hortons when I go out on the ice I put it in the side of my boot that actually keeps it warm until I eat it. It gets a little squished but at least itís warm. Or I will hang my ice scoop from the roof of my hut over my heater and put the sandwich on the scoop to heat it up.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:27 pm


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Make something like chef boyardee ravioli at home then put it in a thermos...
Nothing like hot food on the ice...

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DuckFever
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:51 pm


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Oooh I like the thermos idea! Iíve tried heating up on the buddy before and it melted the top vents where the fan blows air out of...so Iíve been hesitant to do it again.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 06:58 pm


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Yeah even zoodles or something in the thermos - or chili!!! but careful of the chili farts



Sometimes I do the timmies technique but I don't put it in my boot, my boots smell like POOP - I just put it in my coat pocket

Usually I bring a thermos with something warm (soup, chili, even oatmeal), some pepperettes are KEY for snacks or beef jerky, a sandwich or 2 - a little bag of salted/roasted cashews can be a nice treat as well.

1 thing that I bring almost everywhere when I fish though for a pinch....potato salad my friend - it's cold, but it's good for filling you up and giving you some carbs for energy. Even one of those smaller containers of it, shovel that back at lunch and it will make a big difference. Especially if you have like 6 people out there - a tub of potato salad is nice to have - no prep needed just get a spoon!

I will say, I love the pizza pocket idea - I am going to try that once or twice this season for sure!!


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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:02 pm


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Another vote for thermos either soup or chilli. Another thermos of coffee too

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:06 pm


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I do beans, chilly, soup and hot sandwiches on the buddy. Never had an issue and it takes no time at all.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:14 pm


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A food cart would make a killing on the ice during the weekend.

Especially now with the dope being legalized.

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Jstubbs
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:30 pm


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Fenwickian I think you just struck gold with that idea - I mean how hard would it be?


Build a sturdy ice sled with a bit of cover you can open up to block the wind - or bring a shanty and put your little grill setup on the ice sled inside the shanty and just keep your door open....wafting that grill smell out onto the frigid lake.

My god - would be a site to see all the fisherman lining up to eat on busy days - could make some good coin.

Best part......you can punch a hole or 2 and fish for perch - filet them up and offer fresh fish tacos or something.....

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lol

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:39 pm


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Iím also a thermos chili, or soap fisherman. I also bring energy power bar thatís good to attack your hunger, and boost your energy while on the ice, which is also light on your stomach.

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Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:43 pm


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Game fish including perch caught can't be sold nor traded for monetary value. So if you caught perch, fillet them, and offer fresh perch tacos to others, you'd have to offer it for free, I guess:-)

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backwoodsmanbob
Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 07:43 pm


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There was someone who did that for years. Retired now. BTW the best thing in MRE's are the coffee packs, gum and matches. Had a case of them years ago.

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