Skip to comments.Bunkers, Food, Armor: Disaster Prep Hits Mainstream
Posted on 04/10/2012 10:01:25 PM PDT by QT3.14
Im not sure when the tipping point occurred, but at some point recently the prepper movement exploded and became mainstream.
Preppers are folks who detect the possibility of calamity and decide to increase their odds of surviving it by putting aside supplies. Putting things by essential throughout most of humanitys existence was common in the United States up until advances in transportation logistics brought about the just in time shipping model. Suddenly, we could get almost any supplies delivered fresh and year-round to massive community stores. What our grandparents called lean times became a thing of the past for even the poorest Americans.
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Its been here for a while.
Costco was selling prepper food and selling out of it 2 years ago.
Waitin for the Skiddles to hit the fan.
I’m not quite ready to invest in an NBC-protected bunker, but I’ve long held the notion that a little preparation can pay huge dividends when something goes wrong.
I keep a stock of “extra” canned/packaged foods set aside in the pantry case I get snowed in or the like. If I don’t have cause to use it in an emergency, I’ll use it up and replace it with fresh stock when I get with six months or so of the expiration date.
I also keep several large sealed jugs of drinking water around. I like the 2-3 gallon plastic jugs I can get at superstores like Wally World, etc. They’re inexpensive and compact, so I can keep a week’s worth of emergency water on hand (figuring a gallon a day for me and the cat) in the back of a closet without problem.
If you have canned chicken, Veg-all, cream of chicken soup and Bisquick you can whip up a decent chicken pot pie.
And who could forget how simple tuna casserole is with storable food stuffs?
I respect that... but the chef in me hates you. Nothing personal.
If you have flour, fat, plenty of time, the right kind of weeds in the yard, and squirrels in the trees, you can whip up a decent pot pie. I've done it after the Oct 2008 market crash.
I have been a prepper of sorts since before 1960. Prepping really took off back around 1978 when people got a real look at Jimmy Carter’s incompetence.
Began again with Bill Clinton’s admin, fell flat after Y2K, now starting up again.
It’s common sense to keep extra canned food on hand for emergencies. That is something I learned while living on isolated farms back in the 1950s. My folks got through the depression that way.
I like your pie better, but we are talking fast emergency food.
Right now there’s squirrels and rabbits around.
I cant make a GOOD crust without cold butter.
I take that back.
Cold pork lard is da bomb in a crust!
My viet buddy had a BBQ and he had some mystery meat on one of the grills.
I studied the anatomy as it cooked and said what is that?
He said that a damn squirrel!
I said where’s you get the squirrel?
He said you see that damn tree?
LoL! The original prepper!
Any fat. Oil even. It requires practice.
I have MREs for emergency food. And none of them involve tuna casserole without an included firearm for self termination before eating.
If it goes 3 days, I'm eating off the local economy or ecology. I got lotz o' stuff around I know how to make good meals out of. Fish, wild pig, squirrel... I don't eat the local rabbit. And I know which weed are good in salads, and which ones need cooked.
And there is local volunteer parsley, thyme, cliantro, basil, and rosemary within a one minute walk. Not cultivated, just growing.
I'll eat much better, and just as quickly off the land here. My prep supplies are more geared to things I CAN'T get here, like large bags of green coffee that I can roast.
It just makes sense to have at least some weeks (or better months) worth of dry stores and canned goods stocked up all of the time. Quite apart from some zombie apocalypse, there are any number of civil emergencies, from earthquakes, storms, volcanic eruptions, or whatever that can happen.
I carry a go-bag in my vehicle that I can live out of for a week or so, until I can get home, which is my primary hole-up location.
I like Tuna casserole.
It must be a midwest thang.
When I was working in the fine dining restaurants, I scored some hard beef kidney fat. Also called suet.
That's the best pies I ever made.
They'll keep you alive
Some of the best meals I have had were in the field.
I could see that working but I have never had access to the stuff.
what would be the best freeze dried food to order? Any websites that anyone has dealt with would be helpful.
The military taught me a lot about cooking, as did working in fine dining establisments. I use skill from one to help in the other and vice-versa.
Some of the best meals I have had were in the field.
LOL In Nam we’d steal condoments from the mess halls. We concocted some pretty tasty meals out of C Rations. C-4 was our heat.
One of the best memory’s I have is of being in the Appalachians eating fresh brook trout stuffed with butter and wild onions with scrambled eggs and coffee
Training might be a better investment. Don't get me wrong, I dehydrate my own mirepoix for blanc stock for the more intense flavor. But I'm not living on dehydrated food or freeze dried anything.
Too many other options out there.
I did buy freeze dried egg product from Rainy Day, but I know how to use it, and my chickens don't lay so well in the winter.
I thought I invented that until I went to write the MRE cook book LOL
Boy was I late to the party!
The best tip I have for this sort of cooking is “fire makes it better” LOL
It does burn nicely. I'm not big on the nitrates for food flavor.... and your experience led to the development of the fire tabs that are issue today.
Thank you for your service. C-Rats. Back when you got smokes with your meal. At least today, you get the gum and the bad butt floss.
I carry a roll of Charmin without the cardboard tube in a doubled plastic bag in my go bag.
Did you really write an MRE cookbook?
We had one early MRE meal and I can’t remember what it was. The C-4 would cook the hell out of anything.
I'm poor. Seriously poor. But I will eat good.
$1.70 for 3/4 pound of the shanks. 2 meals.
No. I was going to, but then I realized there are millions like me and that it had been done already.
And I'm all about making a buck with my skills.
Eatin good in the hood ;)
Pho Tai Nam is like a drug for me.
Roast 15 lb of marrow bones...
We had “Heat Tabs” but preferred C-4.
We’d get whole cartons of smokes and destroy what we didn’t
use so Charlie didn’t get them. Some guys would urinate
into a pack of smokes and leave it where it could be
seen. “Happy smokes, Charlie”.
Charmin is good to have. LOL
So many kinds. I've never had bad, except I'm not big on lungs. I just don't like 'em.
My younger daughter's married family is Cambodian, and I can get real nuc mam made 'fresh'.
really want those rich guys to make it. I can sell them food when they get tired of MREs and crappy freeze dried stuff.
And I’m all about making a buck with my skills.
I like your thinking.
And they were right. I never made E-7. And I still smoke. Eff 'em.
Never have tried freeze dried or dehydrated foods. I was wondering about the taste and the cost of packets that could be used for hunting and fishing trips.
My hens laying tends to fall off in the winter as well, even though North Ga. winters are more mild than most areas. I did have golden comets but after switching my chickens three years ago to leghorns the fall off wasn’t that bad.
.....and I can get real nuc mam made ‘fresh’.
No thanks, LOL
See how it goes.
Menu fatigue is a science. It's a real thing. I've been to a conference on it.
And it's ugly. In extremis, people die from not eating, going crazy, or stealing. All over food.
There are some that are great with it every day forever. But there aren't many of those folks.
Great stuff... worked fast! Just don't try to stomp it out if Sir Charles decided to invite his self over for dinner!
I had my last cig last June. I’m using Totally Vapor “torpedo” e-cigs and I like it. I keep some “Commit” lozenges on hand if the power goes out and I can’t charge my batteries.
I’d smack a liberal and take his smokes if I had to, I guess. Lots of libs smoke.
I can do things like that because I'm single. ;)
In before the ping (IBTP). I do both. This years garden should be interesting. I’m putting an experiment involving an automating raised garden system to the test. Will report as it progresses. I prep not so much for my immediate family, but the knowledge of having many dependents if the SHTF. I’ll need a lot of Zanax if that is the case. Not for the SHTF, but for the extended family. ;-)
Hey! I was hoping you’d get in on this if you saw the thread. Good seeing you.
I know quite a few people that have loaded up on freeze dried food. They always tell me I should as well to be prepared. I have been thinking about it and will probably look into supplementing my food supply with it. Mostly for camping trips with the kids and stuff.
We garden and can most of our current food supply and when added to what my wife stocks up from couponing we have a good sized food supply. Just been thinking about extra. Just in case.
Who does the weekly prepper thread?
LOL You’re tougher than me. The closest thing to that stuff I use is sauerkraut on Hebrew National Hot dogs.