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.
Just as in home defense, the first idea is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By this, one should stay out of trouble, or situations that might lead to trouble. For example, if you are in the middle of a heated argument over a parking space, give it up. How did you get in such an argument in the first place? It’s not worth it. Don’t worry, you’re not less of a man if you step back. If you obey basic rules of prevention, it is relatively unlikely that you will be threatened. However, it is possible that even though you try to stay out of trouble, it might come to you. What then?
If you live in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada or Washington, then chances are you will be hit by an earthquake sooner or later. In fact these five states have the highest number of recorded earthquakes and they keep leading the charts. What if the Big One comes, what then? Should we rely on the authorities to save and protect us or is it better to be prepared and know in advance what should we do if disaster strikes? Everyone should know these guidelines that can make the difference between life and death.
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.
There is a big debate about what a bug out bag should contain and what would be the best survival gear one can carry. We can find all sorts of recipes for food preparation and storage, and a lot of weapons guides. But what if you need to leave your home in case of a crisis? What if you live in an urban area and your only chance of survival is to get out when SHTF. Everything can happen from flooding, urban unrest to a viral pandemic or nuclear fallout. What then?