A long time customer e-mailed asking my opinion on prepping and wondered why we talk about all this “prepping stuff”. I have two examples from just this last week that should have you thinking about prepping — for real!
- Last Saturdays SNAP program glitch which took the EBT food stamp system off-line for just a couple hours was an example of what lies ahead:
US Walmart Empty Shelves In Springhill Louisiana Cleared In EBT. How folks tried to steal as much as they could when their cards were temporarily limitless and the aftermath when they couldn’t take what they wanted. FOX NEWS: Black Friday comes early as computer glitches cause welfare benefits frenzy
- DC’s inability to do what is right for the Country as evidenced by last night’s vote to push the debt ceiling higher, kick the can down the road on unfunded liabilities and keep on printing money.
But if you are a smarty, like we think you are, this is information you are putting to use — even if you are doing so “just in case.” [ Interested in more? Catch up on my previous Prepping Tips here. ]
In a long term survival situation, food is obviously one of the biggest necessities. We know that grocery stores only stock about three days of food at a time, and with increasing mono-cropping and delocalized agriculture, one kick to our food system or infrastructure could leave individual families without food for a long time. Add government debt and software issues to the mix and you’ve got trouble.
Storing food is important, but even more important is storing the right kind of food. Some popular staples of food storage programs can be replaced with better options that increase shelf life, provide more nutrients, and are more versatile in their uses. Here are a few upgrades that can be made:
- Swap rice for quinoa. Grain is cheap, easy to store, versatile in its uses, and provides plenty of important carbohydrates. Rice is most people’s go-to grain, however it may not be the best option. Quinoa is often called he “super grain,” and for good reason. It is one of the most protein rich foods you can eat, contains twice as much fiber as other grains, and contains plenty of nutrients essential for a survival situation, including iron, lysine, magnesium, and manganese.
- Replace sugar with raw honey. Sugar can last for a number of years, but honey is the only food that never spoils. Honey is far healthier and provides more nutrients than refined sugar and can weather wet and humid conditions effortlessly. What’s more, honey has natural antibiotic and antiseptic properties, boosts the immune system, and has long been used as a remedy for everything from eye infection to the common cold.
- Switch all purpose flour for cornmeal. Cornmeal is denser and more nutrient rich than flour, and contains oils that help to extend its shelf life. It is also much easier to cook when resources are few–decent cornbread or biscuits can be made in a skillet and requires no yeast or oil as ordinary flour does.
- Chuck your lard and vegetable oils in favor of coconut oil. Coconut oil stores well in hot and cold conditions, has a long shelf life, requires less quantity for cooking than other oils, and guess what: it is super healthy. Its health benefits include antiviral, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and antiprozoal properties and extend far beyond this. It can also be used externally to treat burns, rashes, insect bites, and as moisturizer.
- Replace dehydrated food with canned food. MREs and other dehydrated foods have a place in a food storage program, but it is not at the top. For one thing, they spoil when exposed to water or humid conditions. More importantly, they require a lot of water. Eating dehydrated foods like jerky or dried fruit plain requires a lot of water for your body to process, which can cause dehydration if water is scarce. Other foods like MREs require water to cook, which is fine if water is plentiful and devastating if it’s not (remember a local water supply can always become polluted). Canned fruits and vegetables are usually canned in water, thus adding to your emergency water supply rather than depleting it. Canned foods also retain more nutrients and are easier for the body to process than dehydrated foods.
When considering this list, it’s important to keep in mind the golden rule of a food storage program: buy what you eat and eat what you buy. If you can change your eating habits a little to include these foods, you will really benefit from it. When prepping, it’s important to take all advice with a grain of salt and modify it to fit your needs and the needs of your family.
So while there are some who want to demean and disregard those who are thinking and planning for any disaster that may lie ahead, they are the very people who will expect those of us who have prepped to help them out.
Which side are you going to be on?
At *your* service,