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Old 05-23-2002, 06:48 AM
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I don't really know what kind of foods they are allowed to take to their cell, like can they have spices and all that?
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I think most prison are getting away from "Cooking" and handing out cold cuts and vending type foods. They are trying to end hot food since the prisoners don't get to eat it hot anyway.
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Old 05-23-2002, 12:13 PM
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I hope, if they really decide to give them cold food instead,that they won't give everything raw, because that;s not healthy
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In one of the VACATION movies, Chevy Chase's brother in law was grilling Hamburger Helper with out the hamburger.
yummmmmmm yummmmmmm
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The majority of the foods Steven eats is from the commesary.
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Old 05-31-2002, 03:29 AM
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does anybody know how the guys brew their own wine? is there's a change that it's dangerous for their health?
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I'll have to ask David tomorrow when I visit.
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They use any type of fermented (rotten) fruit. Mainly oranges. That's why it's considered contraband when they have more in their locker or cell than they are supposed to.

That's one thing Todd said he would never touch...it can make you verrrrrry sick if it's not done right.
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In Tennessee at the prison where my Mom worked, it's called Julip and the main ingredient is bread (used for the yeast). I am not sure about the recipe - but will ask!
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Junior works in the kitchen. When I go to visitation the CO's sometimes have a tray of food it is the same food the inmates eat. (I asked) If the COs grub on it, it cant be all that bad. Ive seen scrambled eggs, pancakes with butter and syurp, a mini box of cereal, milk and an apple. Thats better than I eat.

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>>>they won't give everything raw, because that;s not healthy<<<

Over here, we have a different view in that reguards.
At least when it comes to veggies and fruits, where everything "raw" is healther as long as it's clean.

As too meats, they have found an enternal cooking temperture that is concidered safe.

Just a difference of opinion I guess??
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I'll try to remember to dig up that comissary list from one of the IL facilities so you can see what some inmates are allowed to keep in their cell. Don't hold your breath since that thing is buried deep in some letters! Not that I don't love to go through those! And I'm waiting to see if my guy sends any little "recipes" of his own. He claims to be a decent cook!
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Wayne keeps snack foods from the commisary in his locked box in the dorm. Taking anything from the cafeteria is grounds for a write up or worse - no salt, pepper, sugar, etc. He keeps chips, snack cakes, and even sodas pretty much all of the time. These items aren't just snacks - they're also used (along with cigarettes ) to play poker, bet on sporting events, and as payment for things like cards and drawings that Wayne does. If he charges $2 for a card then he exchanges the card for 4 fifty cent items from the commisary. It's not just food - it's inmate money.
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Well I think I found an area where I know alittle about the subject. There are definately prison recipies. You can buy food, & in calif, have food sent in. So we have to think of different & creative ways of cooking this stuff up. Oh yea plus if you have a hook up in the kitchen you can get things from there too. In Calif. probably the best known item is called a spread. This can be maid for one or for as many as you want. The biggest spead I saw was for about 50 guys. Like most prison recipes there are many variations depending on taste. Also most of these recipies are used in jails too.

The Spread:
The main ingredient is Top Raman soup. Use 1 soup per person (if you put alot of extras, 2 soups for 3 people), crunch up the noodles & throw in the spices from the little packet. Don't worry about mixing flavors (it's all good). Pour noodles & spices into trash bag. Now comes the fun part you start adding all the stuff you like, cans of tuna, hot sauce, flavored popcorn, spicy cheetoes, corn chips, (don't use potatoe chips), basically you throw in anything you can get. Then you add enough HOT water to cook the mess, tie the trash bag closed & let it cook. You spread a newspaper (AFTER it's been read) on a table & open up the trash bag & everyone grabs a fork & you all stand around this spread eat & talk. If you cook this for a guy on the outside he will probably leave you.

Peckerwood Sandwich:
This is for desert. Get 2 cookies, the bigger the better, Grannies cookies are what we use. Get a brownie & squish the brownie between the cookies. For a little extra you can pour pudding over the concoction & it will feed 1 to 2 guys.

Poormans BBQ.
Get a beef stick & cook it on a lighter.

I have more but you get the idea.
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OH boy,
this is fun, another subject I know about. To make what we call PRUNO, you double up two trash bags (don't want any leaks) & put as much fruit as you can get, oranges, prunes, apples, raisans, they will use anything. Put in the bread if you can't get yeast from the kitchen. Then you add sugar alot of it. I never saw anyone measure anything. Then you add water. Close up the bag & let the mess cook. We put the bag in a T-shirt tied up the openings so the guards would think it was a water bag for weightlifting. When they shake down a cell, they just have the cell block porters take waterbags down to the shower to dump out. Once it's in the shower with all the other waterbags they find, they have no idea where the PRUNO came from. If you do get a batch done, it will get you drunk. You use a T-shirt to strain the mess then toss the shirt & the goop down the toilet (DONT throw it in the trash). I have tasted it & it sucks. I never drank enough to get drunk, but others have. Just seemed like to much work for something that sucks so much.
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That sounds like some pretty nasty stuff :yuk:
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No wonder my friend is so skinny!
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Sounds like you would be too busy with the trots to enjoy a buzz, anyway!
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Scary. Isnt it.
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Sounds nasty indeed, but thanks a lot for the very clear explanation!!
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I had wondered how it was done!
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Thanks for the insight!
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Up until a few years ago, prisoners here could get food packages at Christmas. The packages could come through the mail or be dropped off at visitation.

One of my husband's friends who lived in the town where he was incarcerated would take frozen steaks when he went for his Christmas visit. At that time, there were no microwaves or any other cooking devices available to the inmates. My husband loves rare steak, but I didn't think he was eating it raw. I nearly fainted when I heard how he "cooked" the steaks...

The water fountains had an extra tap on them for hot water - so hot it was almost boiling - so the guys could make hot drinks and ramen soup. They'd let the steaks thaw and then hold them under the boiling water long enough to give them a "rare" quality. I'm just glad he had enough sense not to do that with pork!

The friend naively assumed that the inmates could take their food to the kitchen and get someone to cook it for them. When I told him about the water fountain cooking, he began cooking the meat before he delivered it!
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This is not cooking-related, but Carla's comments about the oranges brought it to mind. Back when food packages were allowed at Christmas here, my husband's parents sent him a small box of oranges. The prison officials almost didn't let him have them - not because he would have had enough to make brandy - but because those little stems were still attached. Their excuse was that he or other inmates might roll the stems in cigarette paper and smoke them. Have you ever heard of anyone smoking orange stems?! None of the guys had ever heard of it, but of course, some wanted to give it a try once they found out the officers thought it might produce a buzz.

My husband got the oranges -- AFTER all the stems were removed by prison staff!
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