Food After The Apocalypse
Let’s face it. After the apocalypse, you’re probably not going through the drive thru at McDonald’s. And even if there are any fast food joints left standing, you know you’re not supposed to eat there anyway, right? Right. It’s time to start thinking about having your own survival grub. Don’t let this overwhelm you. Remember that early Americans were all into survival grub because they had to be. There was no burrito stand on the corner of State and Main in Plymouth Rock days.
It’s a good idea to store food, even before the apocalypse. Also, you don’t have to wait until the apocalypse to eat your stuff. As long as you rotate the food you have stored, you can save money by eating out of your pantry. You’ll save gas and time because you won’t be going to the store as often. And you can use your extra cash to buy important things like gold and bullets. Just restore what you eat when it goes on sale. See? Everyone wins. Well, actually, you and your family wins.
Know What You Need
Look at what you have, and make a list of what you need. Remember that grains, beans, and flour can last a long time. But they have to be stored correctly. That means in a container that is rigid and sealable. You don’t want to store anything in bags, because rats, mice, and mold will have a field day with it. You can buy survival food that comes in buckets that are perfect for food storage. Some people buy these prepackaged survival rations and think they are all set, but it is a good idea to keep a variety of foodstuff on hand.
You can buy many grains and easily transportable food from health food stores, and if you get very serious, you can try to buy from bulk food distributors. Remember, too, that you are going to need a hand cranked grain mill to mash up your grub. Don’t get one that has a cast iron or any kind of metal burr, because no matter what the manufacturers tell you, the mill will rust. Also, you’ll get metal bits in your meal. Go all Pilgrim style and get a stone grinder.
Does everyone have a vision of a bunker lined with Campbell soup cans? Maybe it’s just me. Canned foods are good, and they keep getting healthier, although you are probably not going to worry about your salt intake right after the apocalypse. Canned foods are the way to go because they last. Did you hear about the cat who ate the 100-year-old meat out of a can? Fluffy turned out fine. The meat was from Sir William Edward Parry’s arctic expedition in the 1820s.
You can learn canning, which is probably going to be a good trade to know after the apocalypse, or you can just add canned foods to your current supply. And you don’t have to limit yourself to spagettiOs. There’s canned chicken, tuna, evaporated milk, butter, and even Vienna sausage. You know where the aisle is in your local grocery store.
Freeze Dried Food
It seems almost everywhere you visit on the information highway has a link to emergency foods. Even the conglomerate super-centers have joined in on the 2012 bandwagon, and have entire aisles dedicated to long lasting freeze dried foods. The labels boast up to 10 year shelf lives unopened, and one year once the seal is broken. I will have to admit the food is actually quite tasty! Out of sheer curiosity I purchased a trial sample of both pears and peaches, figuring even if they were not palatable on their own I could always mix them in baggies with an assortment of nuts and raisins for my weekend excursions. Frankly, I was amazed. The fruit was light and fluffy. I went on to purchase meats and even freeze dried yogurt, and I have not been disappointed yet!
It would be wise to stay away from scurvy ye barnacle-covered land lover. You will definitely want to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet at least fairly often. If you run out of your emergency rations, grab some seeds and start sprouting. It is quite easy any requires mere minutes per day. You can find a host of heirloom seeds meant for sprouting online, just make sure they are organic. They will be an invaluable resource for post apocalyptic rebuilding, too.
Now go grab your survival grub and get ready!
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