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How to Help Feed Yourself after Societal Collapse

By Edited Jul 12, 2016 0 2

Start a food stockpile

Throughout an economic collapse many peoples' main dilemma will be getting food for themselves as well as loved ones. Lack of food can make folks do things they normally might not do. Totally law-abiding people may turn to all kinds of things if they or their loved ones are starving. Given some planning and thought a person can avoid being on the bad side of this situation.

A simple means to starting the stockpile is to purchase food having a long shelf life. Every time you go to the store buy a couple extra things to boost the stockpile. Stock turnover is critical to always keep things moving within the stockpile, so look at items which you normally eat. A mainstay of the stockpile is going to be canned products, like meat, fruits and vegetables. A number of additional good options are grains, rice and dried pasta. When you use a can of spaghetti sauce and box of spaghetti, replace it with two, at the back of the rotation.

Finished edible items do not usually store as long as individual ingredients employed to produce the item, so bear this in mind. Mainly keep the best quality ingredients because they will keep better. Salt and sugar both keep for a long time as well as raw honey and other spices and herbs. Vinegar is a very flexible product to incorporate in a long term storage stockpile that may be employed for matters beyond it's nutritional value.

These items are nearer to being ready to use so will be simpler to utilize in case of a crisis. A whole lot of the world lives on a daily basis on beans and rice, both of which, when dried, can be kept for a long time. Uncooked pasta also stores nicely and can be fantastic to provide a tummy stuffing meal with plenty of carbohydrates to get a boost of energy.

Even though you may not drink hard liquor or instant coffee they each store well, and could be a important barter resource. Be certain to keep the highest quality available.

Wheat and Bread
Whole wheat berries, properly stored, will last indefinitely but, requires extra work to grind into flour. They will actually last much longer compared to flour. Make flour into hardtack and it will last nearly forever, however eating hardtack can take some experimenting. When you plan to include wheat berries, you'll want to purchase a grain mill or two to mill it into flour.

Supplement the stockpile

Only consuming canned foods is not a fantastic long-term alternative to fresh food. Not only is it not the ideal diet plan, the stockpile will rapidly diminish when the items can't be replaced as they're consumed. Learning how to grow some produce will help complement your food consumption as well as reducing dependency in the stockpile. Despite small space, growing a tomato on your patio can help. If feasible, a full fledged garden allows putting away an abundance of preserved food, like canned beans or stewed tomatoes. Having access to some established fruit trees will offer enough apples for applesauce and peaches to can.

Grocery Store Produce
A vegetable garden, or simply a couple tomatoes, will help supplement with vegetables and fruits, but unless you're a vegetarian you'll want some steak. Having meat animals is going to be a larger commitment than a vegetable garden. Some smaller animals, like rabbits or chickens, wont take a lot of room, but breeding these animals will need more room. Maintaining a few for breeding stock and raising the rest to an appropriate size for butchering will require an energy commitment along with a resource commitment. If space allows, most animals can forage for some of their personal food, decreasing the need to supply supplemental food. In the event no forage is accessible, the feed requirements might be substantial, which should be a significant consideration in the eventuality of societal collapse

Grow and forage

Utilizing kitchen scraps and other garden waste may be used to supplement the meat animals food needs. The livestock will generate waste which can be put back into the garden to aid it to produce, the garden ought to produce some vegetables the animals can eat. An aquaculture setup can take this symbiotic association to a higher level. The plants cleanse the water of the fish waste and the fish get clean water. Fish that are omnivores can benefit from a portion of the vegetables or leaves from the aquaponic beds. The complete system can supply meat and produce, possibly to eat fresh and preserve, to add to the stockpile. In case of societal collapse constraining the supplemental inputs to the system is going to be crucial as they may not be easily available.

Using regional plants you know to be edible can supplement the food stockpile. Lots of indigenous plants also have therapeutic worth so can help to eliminate the necessity to use items out of the medical area of the stockpile. Always be certain to know what plants you could be harvesting since some plants may poison you instead of nourish you.

This article centered mainly on foodstuff, but there are additional things that should be included in a thorough stockpile, like medical needs. Any time choosing things to include in the stockpile make sure you think about diet fatigue. It might be simple to keep three months of rice and beans, but following a few days of simply ingesting that, it will become challenging to enjoy it. Keep the stockpile growing and continue making use of things from it.

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Comments

Aug 19, 2013 10:18am
ymidoingthis
Living in the city, food storage is the most useful. I could grow a garden too, but haven't mastered that yet. I tend to kill the plants off before they produce well.
Aug 19, 2013 4:51pm
astonerattnet
Yes, gardening can take some practice. Don't try to start out too big. We greatly reduced the size of our garden this year and it produced much better and was not nearly as overwhelming to keep up with.
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