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Spread also affords a certain status to the inmates who have the resources to afford to make the food. So there is an economic stratification to the process as well.
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The inmates value the opportunity to feel some control over their surroundings by controlling what they eat to an extent. They often find themselves hungry at night since dinner service begins at 4 p. Spread is a way to quench that hunger. What I found most fascinating about the article were the actual descriptions of how inmates created their Spreads and the ingredients that they used.
Below is an example of a recipe from an inmate named Alexander who offers step-by-step instructions for making his Nacho Spread:. I got four or five bowls. Start off with your two Top Ramen noodles in a small bag. Mix them around until you get that nice feel, like it is smooth and the noodles cooked. Mix in a bag of hot chips Hot Cheese Crunchies , adding more water if the cheese crunch sucks up some of the water. Keep this on the side. Rip open a package of chili beans and pour it into another bowl. Chop up a regular or hot pickle into small dice pieces.
You now have, in separate bowls, noodles, cheese, chili beans, and pickle. Throw the cheese and beans into the microwave and let them warm up to a nice, wonderful temperature, at least five minutes. Make sure you watch them in case they overboil. If they overboil, open the microwave door, mix them up, and warm them up about three more minutes.
Lay down a flat bag. Put tortilla chips or Doritos down first. I pour the pickles nice and rice over it, then I pour the cheese on top of that.
A lot of times, several inmates will all bring a ramen soup and one extra item, combine them in one large goulash and then divide it up evenly. It's as much a social event as it is a way to eat. Use hot water to cook with.
How to Cook in Jail: 7 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
Since most often you won't have access to microwaves or other forms to cook, hot water is the best option for jail or prison cooking. If this is not available, then warm water is at least hopefully available. Usually, you can purchase a plastic bowl with a lid from canteen as well. You put your noodles in this, add hot water, put the lid on, and then take it to your bunk and cover with bedding and pillow to hold in the heat. This method is usually pretty effective, and after 10 minutes or so you have your ramen. For example, save your boiled egg from your breakfast tray, combine mayonnaise packets from the canteen and chop up a pickle from the canteen, and maybe a mustard pack.
Save your bread from your lunch or dinner trays, and then you have an egg salad. You can do the same thing with tuna packs that are sometimes available from canteen. Often, if you don't have canteen money, you can trade a tray breakfast, lunch, dinner for one or, if it's a particularly popular tray that day, for up to 3 canteen items.
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For example, one person might give you their lunch tray for a ramen noodle pack. But if it's Sunday, the day you might get, say two pieces of coffee cake and grits and eggs and toast, or biscuit and gravy day, you might be able to get a ramen soup and a bag of chips. Some of the more popular items from canteen to trade with are candy, spicy chips, and the king of all jailhouse items, instant coffee.
A smart inmate might order a lot of these more popular items, then around the middle of the week when others run out, make loans, for example, give someone a cup of coffee, on canteen day that person owes you two cups.
4 of the Best Recipes From Prodigy's New Prison Cookbook, “Commissary Kitchen"
Another way to cook your goulash is to use a large chip bag, or a clean trash bag, full of hot water, or if not available, put the bag under the warm water in your sink and let it run over the bag for ten minutes or so. If you're lucky enough to get cornbread, you can collect pieces of this up, mix with a little water, and make a dough up. Use whatever you can find, like a toilet paper tube stuffed tight with toilet paper and wrapped in saran wrap from another food item as a rolling pin to roll out the dough, then wrap your filling usually a goulash and let dry, or place in the warmest place possible, to dry it faster.
Then you have a large "burrito". As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can find to feed yourself in jail, you just have to be resourceful and use whatever resources you have at hand. A couple of other quick ideas include: Volunteer to work in the kitchen, where you have the opportunity to get leftover food. If you don't have money on your books, you can do services for other inmates such as laundry, drawing cards for them to send to loved ones, helping out with legal research for their legal cases, tattoo work, hair cutting, cleaning someone else's cell and just about anything else you can imagine.
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Tips The key is, eat everything you can, work out as much as you can, even if it's just body weight exercises, keep your physical and mental strength up as high as possible, to avoid becoming a victim. The small and the weak get preyed upon, the big and the strong survive, sometimes even thrive.
Warnings Above all, be a stand up guy, don't borrow what you can't repay, don't share food to win popularity, and always watch your stuff. You're living with a bunch of thieves. They'll steal you blind in a heartbeat if you give them half a chance. And never, ever punk out. Even if someone twice your size takes your tray, do what you have to do. Even if you get beaten or stabbed, hopefully they'll realize that there is easier prey out there next time and try someone else instead of you.