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.
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.