Life after the world has been dealt a major blow is going to be tough. Things like running water, electricity, restaurants and grocery stores will gone. Learning to get by and live without things that we have taken for granted for so long will be incredibly difficult.
This is why preppers are making it a goal to prepare themselves for this time by stockpiling food and water. If you have food and water, you can focus your energy on rebuilding a shelter and starting over.
Having a stockpile of food takes a huge weight off your shoulders. You will know at least one of your needs is covered and you will have a steady source of food to keep you alive and healthy. If you don’t have a supply of food yet, it is time you got started.
Start with a goal of having enough food put away to last your family for a month. Once you reach that goal, aim for three months and then six months and keep going.
When you are thinking about what to put on your shelves, you will want to think in terms of meals. What can you prepare without electricity and without refrigeration? The ingredients for your meals will need to be on your shelves already or you will need to have access to things like a dairy cow or goat and chickens for fresh eggs.
Along with knowing what foods to store, you need to have the recipes in your head. You won’t be able to call your mom or get on the internet to figure out how to make a meal.
Take a look at the following meals
- Gravy is one way to make everything taste a little better. Pouring gravy over biscuits, bread, potatoes or even slices of meat adds needed calories and is just plain comforting. Gravy can be made with water or milk or even some kind of broth. You will also need flour and some spices. It only takes a couple tablespoons of flour and about two cups of liquid to make a delicious gravy from scratch.
- Baking powder biscuits are easy to make and can make a can of beans much more filling. Biscuits can be prepared with additional seasonings to give them a little extra flavor. They are lightweight and can be added to a bug out bag or taken out on scouting expeditions.
- Bread is basically, yeast, flour and water. You can make flat bread that requires no yeast if you don’t have any. Bread by itself is rather plain, but you can make trenchers with the bread to eat with soup, stew or beans.
- Jerky can be stored on the shelves now, but it is also relatively easy to make in a long term survival situation. Hunting will be a part of life after a major collapse. Without refrigeration, you will need to find other ways to preserve the meat you harvest. You can dry meat in a solar dehydrator or give it a nice salt rub and hang it in the sun for a couple of days. The key to making jerky is to cut the meat nice and thin so it can dry thoroughly in a short period of time.
- Storing hundreds of pounds of flour is an option and will make your life easier. Flour is going to be one of the most important ingredients of your food storage. However, you can also store wheat that you can grind into flour as needed. If this is your plan, make sure you have a flour mill stored away.
- Powdered milk can be used in recipes or prepared as a drink. This is a nice option for those who don’t have a cow or goat they can draw fresh milk from every day. If you do have access to a dairy animal, learn how to properly milk the animal. It will make your job easier and the animal will be much calmer and willing to let you take the milk. Always use clean, sterile pails. You can heat the milk to pasteurize it.
- Powdered butter is going to be a nice option for those who don’t have a dairy animal. Butter can be used in a variety of recipes or as a nice addition to those homemade biscuits. If you have a cow, you can simply skim the cream from the milk each morning and make your own butter. Put the cream in a jar and shake it until it thickens or stash away a churn to make your butter. There is nothing better than fresh, homemade butter.
- Pemmican may not be at the top of the list for favorite foods, but it is a survival staple. It is what the Native Americans relied on during winter months and on hunting expeditions. It is essentially a bar that is comprised of equal parts rendered fat, dried meat and berries. It is all ground together and made into a dough. The dough is then rolled out into flat sheets or rolled into balls and dried. It is a very filling food that will keep your body going for hours.
- Cheese is a nice addition to your food storage. It doesn’t necessarily have to be kept in the refrigerator. You can dip blocks of cheese in a wax that will keep the cheese fresh for months. Another option is canned cheese or freeze-dried cheese. The cheese powder does take some getting use to, but when used as a cheese sauce and poured over veggies or even biscuits, it is pretty good. If you have access to fresh dairy, now would be a good time to learn how to make your own cheese.
These are nine meals that will provide you with the nutrition you need while giving you a variety of food. The hardest part will be adjusting to making everything from scratch like our grandparents used to do. Once you get that down, you will learn how to add in spices and additional ingredients to really create some delicious meals with limited ingredients.