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Survival food you can actually survive on

Hi everyone,

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.

Granola Recipe:
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!


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Great post!

Freezers are usually neglected in survival food guides, in my opinion, because nobody sells chest freezers on Survival Food sites on the Internet.

A freezer is better than almost any longterm storage of dried foods, in my opinion. You can freeze almost any food indefinitely. Freezing is the best method of preservation. It's foolproof, idiot-proof, weevil-proof, and rat-proof.

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good post

Your pantry looks like my pantry...

I have been getting into Chinese medicine. I found and tried a basic recipe for a recipe called Kicheri (kit-cheery).

I put 1/2 cup brown rice with 1/2 cup mung beans and 4 cups water in my rice cooker with tumeric, corriander and cumin.

To get a diagnosis from a Chinese dr., one must eat this food for ten days. It cleans and nurishes the body. A diet of this for 10, 20 and 30 days is common, as people add spices, vegetables, herbs, nut, fruit, meat as the yin/yang requirments.

What is interesting about this food is you stop craving. Fruit become very sweet. So since I tried this food, and this food keeps me feeling good, wholesome balanced... those are 5 items, no one mentions, but are on my survivor list.

Also, when I made the food, it was very selfish of me, no one was interested in eating brown rice and mung beans, but once they tried it.. they ate mine and I had to go buy some more, and when I first went to the co-op to buy some beans, they sold really little bags.. now I see they have big bags.. so I think the word is out about survival is not just about having food, but making sure what you put in your body is working to keep your healthy, inside/ out.

Thank you

I think the Indian version is Kitchadi or Kitchari- I didn't know the Chinese have a version. I've made it before and I know what you mean about people suddenly wanting it all for themselves... my children love it!


thanks for the heads up.
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wow! thanks!

i didn't know a lot of that.

Good list.

Also pets are edible to.. LOL.. joking..

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try other edible "pets"
On April 21st, 2009 john says:

new zealand white rabbits good pets, silent, good for trading or food; they are easy to breed and their droppings good for the garden. or try quail they are pretty quiet, etc.
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I had a pet rabbit

and they do make great pets.

I don't think I could eat one now.

How can you name a pet, make it part of your life, then kill it and eat it??...there;s no way I could do that.

yes i agree...

you shouldn't eat what is considered a family member or friend. on a larger scale animals bred as a food source -without names!- can be traded if you do get emotionally attached.
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So did I. I had two white

So did I. I had two white rabbits when I was little (Peter and Cotton tail, lol).
I can't imagine eating a rabbit.

Guinea pigs

A South American delicacy. Poor little things.

that may be a step up

from rat patties! just try not getting emotionally attached; breed for trade & eat only when desperate.
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great list!

green tea has Vita C..I never knew that

Nuts can be stored int he freezer?.. I never knew that either

Thanks for the info Ingrid2!

great ideas!
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I forgot to mention winter squash, though. Keeps very well... I have about 20.

And we should all be sure to eat raw foods so we don't become enzyme-depleted. Even if that means foraging for dandelion greens. :)


my brothers used to have a edible wild plant card deck; with a picture and info.
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I'm jealous

I want one.

One addition...

If you are indeed storing food because you think that bad things are going to happen, why are you assuming that they are going to be bad, but bad on your conditions?

Assume you will have no power, or intermittent power. Frozen foods will be great... for 3 days.

If you actually have some land, consider a root cellar... you can easily double the shelflife of most ~survival~ foods by keeping them under 65 degrees.

Assume that you will have no water, or intermittent water.. and plan accordingly.

Assume that you will have no natural gas... plan accordingly.

If you are going to prepare, assumptions like this may mean the difference between life and death for your family someday.

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keeping them under 65 degrees

I have the food stored at < 65 degrees in a crawl space. It doesn't go below freezing.

I had a 5 qt bottle of "pure olive oil" stored there and some of it congealed. Now about 2" of white stuff on the bottom.

Is this to be expected with storing olive oil at cool temperatures?

I believe

someone mentioned on another thread awhile back about the chest freezers. They said something like, build a wooden frame with insulation around it and you can keep things frozen by running it with a generator 1 hour a day...when you open the top, it doesn't lose much "chill".


But a root cellar, done correctly, can keep foods for years for nothing... ;)

If you've no electricity for an extended time, btw, an old chest freezer can make a decent smoker.

More than one way to keep things edible!

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Would a root cellar work in California?

I was just wondering because of our warm climate and also where we live the ground is rocky. But that's something I'd really like to have if it would work here.

Right- I assumed cooking will be an option

We have ten cords of firewood and a well. I mentioned how we'll convert our freezer stockpile if the power goes out...still, maybe I should have called this a simple food storage list, not an end-of-civilization list.

It's good to buy food (that will keep) now if we're expecting inflation.

Just a post for those who didn't think about it...

You are on the ball.. :)

And spot-on about inflation... get your resources cheaper now!

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