General Food and Foraging

The category covers food and foraging.

  • Just get started! Take the first step!

    This article is for the newbies to Prepping for survival. I do not want to overwhelm you with everything at one time. Let's get organized and think logically. Don't go to the warehouse store and buy 500 lbs of rice and beans and nothing else because you run out of money. Let's start with looking at what your family likes to eat the most. Can you think about the regular meals you make every month or every other week? I will use my family as an example. We have 3 in our household and we have...
  • Getting Food Supplies

    Let's explore how to feed our family on a tight budget for several reasons but foremost so we can have money to buy food for our family preparedness. I decided to write an article on the topic of thrift, stretching your food budget and also learning to cook the things we will have to be eating after an economic collapse or a disaster of any kind happens. When we buy a larger quantity than we need for the week then we can spread it over another week or two for a meal here and there. I will...
  • Adventures in Survival Food: The Crawfish

    Sometimes survival eating can get interesting. When times get tough, it may become necessary for you to sample items that are not ordinarily on your menu. This can even include eating bugs...mud bugs. Crawfish are small, edible crustaceans that can be found in various locations around the United States. They are also referred to as mud bugs, crayfish, or crawdads and look much like a tiny lobster might. In the south they are highly prized in meals such as crawfish etouffee and pasta dishes...
  • Foraging for Wild Edibles: 25 Plants and Nuts You Can Safely Eat

    It is important to have food when TEOTWAWKI strikes. By storing canned goods and having plans in place to grow vegetables, you will most definitely give yourself an advantage, but what else might be available to eat? Believe it or not, there are many wild growing plants that are edible of which you can find and partake from once the life as we know it now has changed. Here are 25 to get you started: 1. Acorns are something you might have to fight a squirrel to acquire, but they are an...
  • Identifying Edible Red Berries in the Wilderness

    Hunger can strike at the most inopportune time, such as when you have nothing readily available to eat. In a perfect world, a stash of food will be present at all times, but that is not always the way the cookie crumbles. There could come a time when you are trekking through wilderness, possibly lost and off course, with the food items you brought along already consumed. Then, when your stomach again requests food, you may have to turn to the world around you for something to eat. In such a...
  1. Save Your Survival Dollars with DIY MRE's

    Energy is everything, be it in our current world or the one we will be faced with once the SHTF. In order to have energy and therefore an ability to keep going, your body needs food for fuel. It may be easy now to stop and grab a sandwich when pangs of hunger hit, but after TEOTWAWKI you will be forced to rely on yourself and the food plan you set up in advance. An option for emergency meals on the go are MRE's, or Meals Ready to Eat. Photo: MRE Info MRE's are a popular choice as a food...
  2. Identifying Edible Red Berries in the Wilderness

    Hunger can strike at the most inopportune time, such as when you have nothing readily available to eat. In a perfect world, a stash of food will be present at all times, but that is not always the way the cookie crumbles. There could come a time when you are trekking through wilderness, possibly lost and off course, with the food items you brought along already consumed. Then, when your stomach again requests food, you may have to turn to the world around you for something to eat. In such a...
  3. Maintaining the Cold: Keeping Fridge Food Stable After the Lights Go Out

    After a natural disaster or other form of TEOTWAWKI strikes and the benefits of electricity are lost, there is going to be only a short time before the food in your fridge and freezer goes bad. Once it is lost, it is lost forever, and without power to keep it cold, there is only so much you can do. While your options will be limited, the key thing to remember is that you do have options. If you have perishable food items, you are going to want to make them stretch as far as possible when...
  4. Foraging for Wild Edibles: 25 Plants and Nuts You Can Safely Eat

    It is important to have food when TEOTWAWKI strikes. By storing canned goods and having plans in place to grow vegetables, you will most definitely give yourself an advantage, but what else might be available to eat? Believe it or not, there are many wild growing plants that are edible of which you can find and partake from once the life as we know it now has changed. Here are 25 to get you started: 1. Acorns are something you might have to fight a squirrel to acquire, but they are an...
  5. Foraging for Cattails

    Whether or not it is done for immediate survival needs or because it is a trend that has become popular, foraging for food is a concept that is spreading far and wide. Foraging has many benefits; in addition to teaching people to identify and use edible plants as food, it is also giving them invaluable education as to foods that exist outside of the grocery store. It is also cost effective to forage, provided you do so legally without trespassing and helping yourself to someone else's...
  6. Adventures in Survival Food: The Crawfish

    Sometimes survival eating can get interesting. When times get tough, it may become necessary for you to sample items that are not ordinarily on your menu. This can even include eating bugs...mud bugs. Crawfish are small, edible crustaceans that can be found in various locations around the United States. They are also referred to as mud bugs, crayfish, or crawdads and look much like a tiny lobster might. In the south they are highly prized in meals such as crawfish etouffee and pasta dishes...
  7. Making a Survival Bola

    If you find yourself in a situation where you have to hunt for your own food, hopefully you will be prepared. Having a rifle, shotgun, or bow and being proficient in the use of such items is probably the best way to go. Should you find yourself without such items, you are going to have to resort to alternate means of acquiring food animals to sustain yourself and your family. There are a lot of options for doing this, one of which is the bola. A bola is an easy to make weapon that is useful...
  8. Step Outside of the Box to Find Items in Cans

    When you think about food for TEOTWAWKI, you probably think a lot about canned goods. Not only are canned goods cheap, but they are also stackable and easy to store in addition to having a long shelf life. You can get some canned vegetables (peas, corn, green beans) to go with your canned meat (Vienna sausages, potted meat, Spam) and make a meal of it. Also available are items such as canned raviolis and soups to spice things up. Regardless of the combinations you choose, it is good to have...
  9. Protecting Food from Bears

    We all have our go-to places in mind for when the SHTF. Mine just so happens to be in the woods. Every survival situation that plays out in my head plays out in that particular place in the woods. Ultimately, that place may wind up being unsafe or inaccessible when the time comes to use it, but if it is safe, it will be high on my list of places to go. While there, I hope not to encounter competition for space or food, but that very well may happen. The biggest competitor that concerns me,...
  10. Do Not Eat That Caterpillar

    If you have ever watched a television show featuring the survival expert du jour, you probably saw them eat or drink some pretty interesting or even disgusting stuff. One thing that comes to mind was watching Bear Grylls eat a very large rhino beetle larvae. To each their own, of course, and desperate times do call for desperate measures, but you need to ensure that your desperation does not make you ill or cause you to die. Note that this video is gross. Watch only if you dare. You've been...
  11. Survival Nutrition

    A prepper friend told me that she has 500 lbs of rice, wheat and beans stored. I asked her what else she had and she listed canned goods. So, I asked what about spices and seasonings? She replied that in a survival situation it would be a waste of resources to have them. She is making a common prepper mistake. Relying on just a few food source items can cause malnutrition. This is generally called "Rabbit Starvation" among preppers and survivalists. Spices and seasonings should be...
  12. Which is the Best Kind of Solar Cooker?

    Which is the best kind of solar cooker? The short answer is that pretty much all of them are good cookers, but there are some that stand out above the others in design, quality, capability and durability. Of course the answer to which solar cooker is best can also depend upon ones own cooking needs and customs. What a solar cooker is capable of can also define its usefulness and worth. If a person loves to cook Wok style, or sautee or even deep fry and grill, then a solar oven would not...
  13. Can I Solar Cook in the Winter, and Should I?

    ...Can I and should I Solar Cook in the winter? When the weather is hot outside many people will try to avoid having to turn on the oven or stove to do any cooking in order to keep the heat down in the house. When its cold outside most people do not think about cooking their food over a fire or on a grill out in the back yard, since they would prefer the extra heat in the house. In an emergency situation though many will not have the luxury of choosing where, when or how they cook, they...
  14. Getting Food Supplies

    Let's explore how to feed our family on a tight budget for several reasons but foremost so we can have money to buy food for our family preparedness. I decided to write an article on the topic of thrift, stretching your food budget and also learning to cook the things we will have to be eating after an economic collapse or a disaster of any kind happens. When we buy a larger quantity than we need for the week then we can spread it over another week or two for a meal here and there. I will...
  15. Just get started! Take the first step!

    This article is for the newbies to Prepping for survival. I do not want to overwhelm you with everything at one time. Let's get organized and think logically. Don't go to the warehouse store and buy 500 lbs of rice and beans and nothing else because you run out of money. Let's start with looking at what your family likes to eat the most. Can you think about the regular meals you make every month or every other week? I will use my family as an example. We have 3 in our household and we have...
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