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The quest to forage 200,000 calories! [Journal]

 
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I am going to use this thread to document foraging 200,000 calories for foraging.wood.twohun. I hope this is the correct place for this.

The requirements for this BB are as follows:

- Forage 200,000 calories from at least 10 sources
- 6 sources of at least 10,000 calories each
      o No more than 4 of the 6 can be animal sources
- at least half of the calories need to be dried for storage that could last more than a year at room temp - possible twofer with Food Prep and Preservation
      o can include
         o charcuterie
         o smoking
- at least 10% is canned - possible twofer with Food Prep and Preservation

And below follows the foodstuffs that I have foraged:

  • Blackberries
  • Hazelnuts


  • Total calories foraged: 860 + 663 = 1523kcal
     
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    2kg of blackberries, 860kcal (43kcal/100g)

    Edit: I forgot photos!
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    Hazelnuts have 667kcal per 100g. I took an average weight of the foraged nuts (5 of), which include the shells and probably a bit of moisture, and then an average of store-bought hazelnuts (which are what the nutrition is based on).

    As I foraged 190g of hazelnuts and the store-bought are approximately 50% of the weight, I conclude that this is worth (190/2) * (667/100) = 95 * 66.7 = 634kcal
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    I picked some more hazelnuts today: 310g more, to be precise. Assuming the same 50% nut:shell ratio that I calculated before, this is 155g of usable hazels and 667 * 1.55 =  1034kcal

    Total calories foraged: 860 + 663 + 1034 = 2557kcal

    Foodstuffs list (unchanged):

  • Blackberries
  • Hazelnuts
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    One of the trees I foraged from
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    I've been picking, prepping and drying more hazelnuts. To store them long-term, I've been trimming off any of the green casing (to minimise moisture retention) and drying the nuts by the wood stove, on stackable cake racks. The drying process clearly removes a lot of moisture as the nuts feel much lighter after a day or two.

    I've attached two harvests worth - one after drying (as I forgot to do so beforehand) , which will probably be an underestimate of calorific value, and one beforehand, as usual.

    191g: 667 * 0.955 = 637kcal
    100g: 667 * 0.5 =  334kcal

    Total calories foraged: 860 + 663 + 1034 + 637 + 334 = 3528kcal

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  • Blackberries
  • Hazelnuts
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    I made the 2kg of blackberries from the first post into jam to preserve them.

    Total calories foraged: 860 + 663 + 1034 + 637 + 334 = 3528kcal
    Total calories preserved: 860kcal

    Foodstuffs list (unchanged):

  • Blackberries
  • Hazelnuts
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