So what do your preps consist of? Do you plan for a multitude of scenarios like a number of Survivalists out there do? Have you figured out what the basic requirements for all of these scenarios are? The simple list is Shelter, Water, Food, Defense, Commo and First Aid. These are basic requirements for any scenario you might conceive. Having multiple methods, or sources to draw from to accomplish these tasks increases your ability to survive bad situations.
In this post, I’m going to discuss the “Food” part of the survival equation, and how to figure out what you’ve got, and what you need. Although you might think what I’m writing here is “elementary”, you need to understand that there are a number of people new to preparedness, and Survivalism. We need to make sure that the “elementary” things we have already figured out are not overlooked when passing on information to the novice Survivalist.
What types of food have you put back in your larder for bad times? If you are like most of us, you at least have a supply of canned goods. Yes, MRE’s, freeze dried food, and grains are good to have, but they are usually expensive, or require a lot of prep time to make into an edible meal. Most canned foods are simple to prepare, and relatively inexpensive to acquire, but and their biggest downside is weight.
Usually around tax time, I will go to the grocery store and restock, or more than likely add to what I already have in the pantry. We use some of what is there throughout the year, and try to maintain the amount of food available by restocking certain types as we use them. A few years back I sat down in the pantry and added up all the listed calories we had stored there just in canned food.
What did I find? Keeping in mind that the average caloric intake for an adult is 2000 calories or more, depending on their activity. I figured out that if we were just living off of canned goods, our family had enough canned food calories to last six months or more. Considering that we would not be living off of canned food alone, due to the large and small game acquired throughout the year from hunting and trapping and whatever would be available from gardening, I was pleasantly surprised how long this could sustain us.
Although a tedious process, going through your larder and adding up what you have is important and gives you confidence in your capabilities. If you know that, being stuck in the house without a means of acquiring any other type of food, your family will have enough for six months or a year, how would that affect your state of mind?
The simple math of this consists of taking the amount of servings each can says it holds, and taking that times the amount of calories it says on the can that each serving has. I know this sounds simplistic, but I am explaining it because I’ve seen people only put what it says in calories, and not multiply the number of servings. That “Math” gives you the wrong caloric total per can.
Here’s something a number of people I know haven’t thought through concerning their pets. Have you figured out what “Fido’s” needed daily intake is, and have you prepared for it. If you haven’t, what are you gonna do, let the animal starve after the kibble runs out? Maybe you’re gonna use Benson’s recipe for “Roast leg of Dog” (yes, it really is in one of his books)?
We have already determined how much our dog eats, and what his long term sustainment requirements are. Sure, you can plan on feeding the pet table scraps, but if things are that bad, are there going to be table scraps?
What we are talking about here is the “pain in the ass” part of prepping, but it is more important in a lot of ways than the “Tacticool” stuff everybody raves about. My “Realistic Logistics” definition is “What you have now that will get you where you want to go (location, goals or both), sustain you while you are going there, and then give you the ability to continually acquiring more logistics to maintain a long term existence.”.
Being ready breeds a confidence all its own. Survival isn’t just about the tactics and weapons of defense. You need to know how to defend yourself, but other things are just as important.
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