Our neighbors and our friends, like most of Americans are used to buying everything they need for a good oral hygiene. They go to the supermarket and they opt for the prefabricated, mass-produced items. Nowadays it’s easy to procure whatever you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy, but what will happen when all these commodities will be gone? Shouldn’t you be making your own toothpaste and not depend on others?
In a crisis involving you and your loved ones, everything will lead down to the basics, you will need food and water to survive. Food will probably run out much faster than water and you will have to rely on your stockpiled supplies. This is why is better to prepare from time and store as much food as possible. When it comes to food storage we have to think of cheap and efficient methods of preserving the food and here is where dehydrating food comes in handy.
Cayenne pepper is a plant of the Capsicum group and it shares the same characteristics as paprika, bell peppers and jalapeno peppers. Due to its high content of capsaicin the cayenne pepper is a hot plant used to spice up many of the food recipes that you like. Even more, this red pepper has many healing proprieties and valuable uses that make it an ideal candidate for every garden.
The average adult will consume 150 to 200 pounds of meat per year. Under adverse conditions, people can easily get by with less protein than 150 pounds of fresh meat per year, as that averages to almost a half pound per day! A canned, cooked one pound ham, for example, would be a real treat once a week, and easily feed a family of four.
During the War for Southern Independence, hardtack was a staple food (when fresh bread was unavailable) for both the brutal soldiers of the oppressive Federal government and the brave Confederate patriots defending their homeland. Hardtack was a virtually indestructible 1/2-inch thick cracker about three inches by three inches, pierced with sixteen holes and made from flour and water.
During wartime or a natural disaster, food shortages and lack of natural gas or electricity for cooking requires a great deal of improvisation and reliance upon back-to-basics cooking techniques used by our forefathers in order to survive. In an emergency it helps to know what to do with all that nature has to offer and how to make the best use of it. In order to have a proper meal you will have to improvise ways to cook the food available, for you and your loved ones.
The average person can expect to survive without water for three to five days (depending on the climate and what they try to do). Some instances show individuals have perished within hours of becoming lost. You must conserve any water you have, including that already in your body. Water is required to replace fluid that is lost, so by conserving body fluid you require less water intake.
If one is nervous or uncertain about the future, it’s good to know about the old ways of preserving the food as we might put our faith in them someday, just to survive. The American diet is packed with foods that are altered by science and our shelves are filled with products that keep seemingly forever, canned or frozen food, devitalized flour, ultra-pasteurized dairy products and many others. Irradiated food no lurks on the horizon and it seems we are putting our health at risk every single day. Most of us prefer to live in a different reality and chose to go organic and grow their own food.
Honey is a wonder food that should be stockpiled by every prepper. It is considered by some the ultimate survival food due to its long shelf life and healing proprieties. Honey has been used by humans since Ancient Times and cave paintings have been found depicting humans hunting for this golden wonder. It was used as a sweetener for multiple dishes, as medicine but also as an embalming for the dead. It is such a valuable food that it was used even in religious rituals from the Hinduism culture to the Judaism culture and Buddhism practices.
Water, the life giving element we sometimes take for granted is not always available. The human body can last almost 30 days without food, but when it comes to water, that is a totally different story. It is estimated that an adult human male can survive 4 days without water. This time is drastically reduced depending on the environment and the activity he undertakes. Water is available today in all developed countries and it has become a valuable source of income for some companies, after all, this liquid is being bottled and sold on at a large scale for profit. But if we take today’s modern man from his day to day environment and we place him outside his comfort zone, in the wild, what would be his chance of survival?
Ever since the dawn of time the ability to make fire has been one of the man’s greatest achievements as fire was a tool that drastically influenced the quality of life. In today’s modern times there are a lot of tools that can help you start a fire, from mechanical to fuel based tools and this may be the reason why we take fire for granted. We are so infatuated by technology that when it comes to simple things like making a fire in a technology free environment, we can only speculate on how one can start a fire, especially in the wild.