Survival food you can actually survive onSubmitted by pseudonym on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 13:00
When I consider the Survival Food kits that I have seen for sale at Preparedness conventions, I see a lot of room for improvement from a nutritional standpoint. The main problems with these kits are:
1) Too much non-nutritive food: white flour, white spaghetti, white rice
2) Too many damaged fats and not enough good fats
It's easy to stockpile healthier foods that won't destroy your health. Historically, in times of food shortages, healthy fats have been especially hard to come by. And without good fat, people (especially children) waste away and become disease-prone much faster. So I thought I would list here the things we are keeping on hand, especially fats, and some of our reasoning for it. In case anyone's interested:
1) Barilla Plus pasta- It's got fiber and protein, unlike white spaghetti. It's also sold in bulk at BJ's Wholesale Club.
2) Organic butter- We have ten pounds in our freezer at all times, and more in the fridge.
3) Extra Virgin Olive Oil, gallons of it- Unlike refined oils, Extra Virgin Olive hasn't been bleached, deodorized and damaged by high heat. It's comprised of monounsaturated fatty acids and much healthier than polyunsaturated fatty acids (in corn, soy, and canola oils.) You can use this in baking. Store it in the dark (and cold for long storage.)
4) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil- Is delicious and immune-boosting. I make granola with it (recipe below)
5) Nuts and seeds bought in bulk and kept in the freezer
6) Flax Oil can be kept in the freezer
7) Whole grains store better than flours. We have a hand-powered grain mill. These can also be ground in a coffee grinder, as Laura Ingalls Wilder's family did to survive starvation one winter.
8) Raw honey keeps indefinitely and has many medicinal properties
9) Apple Cider Vinegar is indispensable for fermenting food for long storage and as a health remedy.
10) We buy 50 lb. bags of rolled oats and go through them rather quickly. If things get bad, I'll buy whole oat groats for long storage and a hand-powered roller. Rolled oats go rancid much quicker than whole oats.
11) Brown rice, lentils, salt, and onions (fried in lots of olive oil) are all you need to make Mujadarrah, a very good, cheap meal.
12) Green tea, in bulk. One cup of green tea has more Vitamin C than a lemon.
13) Miso and kelp drops both have radioprotective properties.
14) Tofu and miso together make a fine soup. Mori-Nu tofu keeps a long time at room temperature. Add scallions or chives if you have them.
15) Egg Replacer, yeast, and baking powder for baking. We also invest in good sea salt.
16) Canned sardines are a longevity food- they help your body replace its RNA so you stay young inside.
Dry milk, popular in Survival Kits, has been heat-damaged. My family will still be eating it, and I will be making yogurt with it, but we know it's not the greatest staple.
If power goes out, butter can be converted to ghee over a fire and kept for long storage. Meat in the freezer, of course, can be dried. Grains can be sprouted and fermented to guard against aflatoxin problems. We also have a wheatgrass juicer.
I was concerned when a bachelor friend of ours told us he was stockpiling white spaghetti and sauce. A simple switch to Barilla Plus pasta, with a dab of butter or olive oil, would do wonders for his health.
And white sugar can be replaced with healthier sweeteners like Sucanat without causing any suffering.
6 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup chopped or ground nuts and seeds (I rely on pumpkin seeds for their anti-parasite activity and pecans for flavor)
Add nuts to the oats, and coat with the oil and syrup. Add a pinch of sea salt if you like. Bake at 300 for ten minutes; stir, then bake another ten minutes. Add dried fruit if you like when it's cooled. We use cranberries
I've never given this granola to anyone who didn't love it.
If anyone has more ideas about healthy food storage, please post them!