Contradiction Child (tautriadelta) wrote in naturalliving,

Snacks w/ a long shelf life

My Dad leaves today for Afghanistan (civilian contractor), and will be gone for six months.  He will have no access to a kitchen, or even a microwave for the duration, and will be subjected to mess hall food.  I'd like to send him some snacks that will taste better and BE better for him than boiled meat and mushy veg and tons of carbs, but am told the average shipping time is 3-4 weeks.  Can you guys make some suggestions for snacky type things (either ingredients or recipes) that will still be edible for several weeks after arrival, and I'm sure drastic changes in temperature?  I'm going to try some mango lime fruit leather, and am thinking I can ship him an elecric kettle to maybe make oatmeal or something similar.  He loves food, and is really adventurous.  His favs are apricots and pistachios, but hates peanuts.  
I dug through the memories and tags, and didn't see anything that really helped.  If you guys know any entries I missed, please link me to them!  I chose the tags I thought appropriate, but if you have any suggestions for more, please share. 
And the recipe for the fruit leather I'll be making.  Anybody got any idea how much frozen mango chunks would be equivilant to 2 whole mangos?  Generally speaking, since I live in the sticks, the fresh mangos out here suck.  They just stay rock hard for weeks and then turn to mush in 24 hours.  Makes me so sad, since I love fresh mango!  Also, any ideas on what I could use to replace the juice concentrate?  I've never made fruit leather before, so I'm not sure if its for sweetness or moisture.

Mango Lime Fruit Leather

2 large ripe mangoes, peeled and cut in chunks
zest and juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup 100% white grape juice concentrate

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a sheet of parchment paper in a baking sheet. Place all ingredients in a food processor or a good blender. Pulse until smooth.

2. Spread mixture over parchment paper and bake for 1-3 hours, or until fruit leather is dry (cooking times will vary, depending on how thick you spread the mixture, and how much water is in the fruit). Allow to cool completely.

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