Skip to comments.Food Rationing: It Will Break You Down Mentally
Posted on 02/27/2014 5:43:09 PM PST by Kartographer
There are certain factors you should consider when living through an extended emergency. It is common for your physical, mental and emotional state to be affected following a disaster. On top of that, you are hungry due to rationing food portions and still have to continue daily activities, physical labor, parenting, etc. If you havent put thought into the right types of food and the amounts needed to see you through the ordeal, then you could be setting yourself up for deficiencies in your diet.
Repeatedly, I have told readers interested in leading a self reliant lifestyle to simulate a disaster at home so that your family can practice living through it using the supplies you have. This creates a safe environment to prepare and train family members for what they might expect and help you learn what you may need for the future. Using the contents of your emergency pantry is no different. In fact, you should be using your pantries regularly to ensure the food you store is as fresh as possible. In my cookbook, The Preppers Cookbook, I list 25 must have foods for your pantries and also touched on what to expect in an emergency situation when you are rationing your supplies.
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Just received another month of freeze dried food today.
Back in the 1980’s, when there was a famine in Ethiopia, MRE was said to stand for Meals Rejected by Ethiopians.
1. Canned fruits, vegetables, meats, and soups
2. Dried legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
5. Pasta sauce
6. Peanut butter
8. Flour (white, whole wheat)
9. Seasonings (vanilla, salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, pepper, taco seasoning, etc.)
11. Bouillon cubes or granules (chicken, vegetable, beef)
12. Kitchen staples (baking soda, baking powder, yeast, vinegar)
14. Unsweetened cocoa powder
15. Jell-O or pudding mixes
16. Whole grains (barley, bulgur, cornmeal, couscous, oats, quinoa, rice, wheat berries)
17. Nonfat dried milk
18. Plant-based oil (corn oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil)
20. Seeds for eating and sprouting
21. Popcorn (not the microwavable kind)
22. Instant potato flakes Instant potato flakes
23. Packaged meals (macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, Ramen noodles, etc.)
24. Purified drinking water
25. Fruit juices, teas, coffee, drink mixes
Chocolate. Real Chocolate. Lots of real chocolate.
And my understand is you best have some Metamucil handy!
“And my understand is you best have some Metamucil handy!”
When I was in there was a brownie in some of the meals. The brownie tended to work things loose.
Found that out after about 4 days on top of a mountain.
Learn how to garden. Consider potatoes, one of the best sources of both calories and nutrition (be sure to eat the skin too).
In the days of communism, the Russians encouraged their people to grow potatoes on the little plots of land the commissars gave their higher ranking worker bees. Supposedly potatoes gave more calories and nutrition than anything else that could be grown in that amount of land.
So... We tried growing potatoes last year and failed miserably. We DID get some potatoes, but not nearly as many as we should have.
We’ll try again this year and hopefully do better.
Moral of this story: Learn now, when you can afford to make mistakes. It ain’t as easy as it looks...
Different topic: Everyone wants to know WHEN the SHTF will start. None of us knows, but I personally believe time is short.
One reason is that Obama is at risk of losing control of the Senate, and many of the new guys will not be the spineless weaklings we call “Republicans” now. Obama can not tolerate opposition, and will not tolerate losing power.
Obama has laid the foundation for social chaos, and could trigger it at will. He has also built the domestic army he needs to impose marital law in response. This could even keep him in power indefinitely, but would need to be done before he loses control of Congress.
Yes, I think he would stoop that low. In fact I’m SURE he would if he felt he could pull it off.
If he decides to make a move like that he will need to do it relatively soon. No later than this summer.
I do not know if he will actually do this, but I think it prudent to set a goal of being “ready” no later than July.
Something else could be coming instead, or multiple things at once. But there is one thing I’m sure of:
Something wicked this way comes.
Do you or anyone else on this thread have a source for a good long term storage Bouillon cube, freeze dried beef/chicken stock, or Beef/chicken/onion soup base with long shelf lives? Most everything I’ve seen doesn’t have much of a shelf life.
I know that there is a guy in LA county that gives classes about what weeds and other wild-grown edibles that are safe to eat. His whole diet is pretty much free. Yummy acorns.
One word: Spam.
Indefinite shelf life.
“Without SPAM we wouldn’t have been able to feed our army”
It is a fact that MREs are specifically engineered to cement your stuff.
Taking wildfood classes for your specific region is a good survival tip.
That's why the Irish peasants survived on them for generations.
Until Phytophthora infestans came a-calling.
I might sign up for his next class in foraging. I know his student do a complete meal with what they find and make a great salad with a spritz of lemon and other available seasoning. It kinda of looked yummy.
I also know if you like snails you can feed them a cornmeal diet for a month to clean them out and they are good to sauté with garlic but that’s not my cup of tea.
One thing I keep seeing missing is salt.
Salt is essential for survival and goes a LONG way to making anything taste better.
Add some multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
Rolled oats are another good grain to keep on hand. They’re very high in minerals and are easy to cook and dress up so as not to be too boring.
You can put about ANYTHING in oatmeal.
Trust me on that one.
I don’t care for snails either. Nor do bugs look yummy. I have not taken an official foraging class, but when I go hiking with friends, we share plant knowlege. A foraging class is probably an excellent investment.
You will find beef and chicken bouillon at Rainy Day Foods, which if properly stored, will last 25 years.
there’s something about potatoes that helps keep weight on.
Salt will also make an excellent bartering item......and it is cheap to store. One pound is about 50 cents. Stock up now.
Forgot to add......one can of Spam has about the same calories as an MRE
MREs can be flavored up with hot sauce packets from Del Taco or Taco Bell or any other preferred restaurant.
Salt can be stored in canning jars with used lids as it is just sealing to keep out moisture, not for preservation process as in canning.
It keeps it from clumping together.
I am so rationed.
Your wife is a very smart woman. Just saying
the soft shtf has begun.
the violent/hard shtf has not.
Spam did feed the Soviet army during the last half of WW2.
Good list...Why popcorn?...that is all I do not have.
BISTO beef gravy base made in UK. It can be added to anything for meat flavor. Depending on water used it will also thicken.
It is in many grocery stores or specialty shops. Shows only production date but I opened one of the containers recently and it shows over 3 years on my shelf. It is a round container slightly smaller than vegetable tin. (Foil and cardboard container granular contents-possibly no oil to spoil?)
Edible wild foods are in several books. Boy Scouts have a small booklet too.
I have had mine about 50 years! We loved making wild teas over the campfire with Girl Scouts.
I have no earthly idea..true to my tagline, I didn't read the article.
In my imaginary scenarios for SHTF, I don't envision myself wasting precious fuel resources, to pop up a batch, though.
In my head, I can't imagine the people in Sarajevo during the war, who were burning books, and furniture to keep warm, thinking, "If only we could pop some popcorn in the fireplace while burning the dining room chairs to keep from freezing, things wouldn't seem so bad."
<theres something about potatoes that helps keep weight on.
Not really. This man ate nothing but potatoes in protest of Michelle Obama wanting to take potatoes out of WIC and school lunch programs. See: http://www.20potatoesaday.com/
If you put all kinds of fat on them, yes, you’ll probably gain weight. A plain baked potato with spices is a wonderful source of nutrition and very filling.
Popcorn stored properly will last a Loooooong time. It can be grind into meal or popped as a treat.
You are wrong. I remember Selco telling how he in a friend were out on a run at night they had to hid because of some trouble. They accidently found a case of some kind of very poor chocolate bars. Something that during normal times you wouldn’t bother with because of their poor quality. But it was heaven to them. They ate some and grinned and smile and for a short time their trobles were forgotten.
I grind popcorn all the time to make cornbread and corn cakes. Good stuff!
“I know that there is a guy in LA county that gives classes about what weeds and other wild-grown edibles that are safe to eat. His whole diet is pretty much free. Yummy acorns”
Seems like I saw an episode of Huell Howser (Kaifornia PBS show, California’s Gold) where he was with this same guy you mentioned going from field to field munching down weeds.
Okay, I am truly sick and need help. I simply can NOT read the word “pantries” and not see “panties.” I guess that’s good in a way.
It is filling. It also gives you something to do. It can be popped over a wood fire. The wire baskets for it are available on eBay.
While there is obviously a lot of work to a SHTF lifestyle, there are times in the evening when people will appreciate being able to make an easy snack and spend more than a few minutes eating it. Think about camping experiences.
I used to know some folks who seasoned theirs with a mixture of kelp and Brewer’s yeast. That way, the kids would eat the supplements. It was actually quite tasty. They kept the mixture in a large vintage metal shaker.
It is my husband’s go-to snack. He has been steadily getting his weight down and popcorn, plus walking, has been one of his methods.
Potatoes are full of Vit. C and fiber. Boiled, mixed with some powdered milk made at 2x the usual thickness, some spices or whatever flavorings you have, and a few slices of Spam makes a filling soup. Store some ghee or canned butter to add to that or use the fat for sauteeing. A raw potato can be covered with wood ash in the margins of a low fire and baked that way.
Home-raised chickens can be full of fat. That fat can either be rendered or can be skimmed from a soup and then used for sauteeing or flavoring something bland, like potatoes. If you roast a chicken,even if skewered over a fire, place a foil container under it to catch the drippings, then use those to flavor greens, potatoes or other veggies. Most poor rural cultures value a fat chicken highly. Rendered (or skimmed) chicken fat will keep for awhile w/o refrigeration.
In times of food shortages, no one is going to worry about being fat. They are going to worry about not losing weight, having energy, being able to sleep without hunger pangs and having enough vitamins to keep their teeth.
There is something comforting about a meal of warm, cooked potatoes and they are quite versatile. There are stories from Ireland of people hanging a slab of bacon and just wiping the hot potatoes over the cured meat to flavor it. Made the bacon last longer.
Some of the Vietnamese cooking blogs have wonderful stories from the past that illustrate all the ways poor people managed wonderful healthy food with very few resources. Getting every last calorie and nutrient available was important. Similar stories and recipes from Eastern Europe abound.
“Just received another month of freeze dried food today.”
Mountain House had their one year supply on sale last week for close to 200.00 off. Missed it and kicking self. Debating buying anyway, 200.00 bucks won’t seem a big deal if the SHTF.
Emergency Essentials has Mountain House on sale but today is the last day.
I don't know how their prices compare but the sales prices are supposedly 25% to 45% off various items.
here are some examples of a one year supply:
Premium 1600 One Year Food Supply @
Premium 2000 One Year Food Supply @
Did some research on calories per acre. Turns out there are all sorts of confounding factors that make it difficult to make comparisons.
For instance, potatoes are listed at 18M calories per acre, rice at 8M. But then in some places you can get three crops of rice per year, making the land produce 24M calories per acre per year.
Also I discovered that the calories per acre reported for crops varies wildly from one source to another.