Weather and food.
This is about how weather can effect the food and water everyone has after the Zedpocolypse.
And I like cold water and after SHTF, I don't think most of us will have cold water for a least half of a year, besides the south, being hot all year.
Up here in Vermont, I can throw a raw piece of meat outside or drinks and they will freeze or stay cold (I do it often).
But my real topic is, how will everyone be able to keep things from spoiling and have cold-ish water if they want it?
Also, how will you get clean water in some places? Also in Vermont and many places, the water from the ground and rivers is safe to drink. Will some of you have to rely on rain water?
making a freeze room for food
Suppose you wanted to store perishable foods for a long period of time. You have generator/s and plenty of fuel
How do-able do you think an underground chill-room or freezer room would be? I say underground because its very well insulated, so would stay cold pretty well, and is protected. Im thinkin maybe just buy a few large freezers (the horizontal ones with a lid rather than a door), fill them with water containers, let them freeze and then take all the containers out, and leave the freezers open? I reckon that would make a room get pretty damn cold.
Depending on how well you built and insulated it, you wouldn't need to use power all of the time to keep it cold. I also think that keeping stored frozen water in there outside of the freezers would make it stay cold for even longer, plus if and when the power runs out eventually the ice will just melt to drinkable water.
What do you think? Would this be a practical way of storing food in the long term?
A lot of really tasty stuff goes off in a matter of weeks, I'd be willing to freeze most food to make it last. God knows i wouldnt want all of my meat to be either canned or dried. Im a meat-lover! (not a euphamism) and i don't fancy going cow-hunting for my burgers
Feb 1 2011, 5:20 PM EST by
"Getting Primitive" Primer 1 - Protein Sources
Sure, most of us realize that the best protein sources are meat; fish, poultry and red meats constitute a major portion of the survivalist diet for OBVIOUS reasons. No offense vegans and vegetarians of all disciplines, but there's no way around that fact. If sh!t were to hit the fan, I hope that you'd reconsider your collective position on the topic, but hey, that's your corpse not mine.
Anyway, meat isn't exactly always available to the survivalist, and tough times calls for drastic measures. Here are a few often-forgotten alternatives that happen to be available most everywhere.
1) Acorns: Acorns are not edible directly from the shell due to their levels of tannic acid, but they can be made edible relatively easily. After shelling them, smash the nut meat with a round rock and soak in hot water. Strain, and repeat. The remaining acorn meal is edible, and can be made into a lot of different foods or eaten raw. Lots of protein and fiber.
2) Pine nuts: These acquired from various cone bearing pine trees, all of which are edible. However, smaller pinecones produce smaller seeds and less valuable than larger ones. Like acorns, lots of protein and dietary fiber.
3) Squash/pumpkin seeds: While these consist mostly of very healthy fats, about 15% of each seed is protein. Fats are a superior long term fuel source. Interestingly, most gourds are edible, making them a safe survival bet.
4) Insects: Lots of insects are edible, but not all. I was reluctant to add this because there is a certain amount of risk involved with eating bugs. Some bite, some sting, and some are just downright toxic. Safe bets include large ants, termites, cicada, worms, grubs and crickets. Just to be safe... boil first! The bugs themselves might be edible, but they might themselves eat stuff that isn't.
Can anybody add to this list? Thoughts, comments, compliments and additions are always welcomed.
Dec 30 2010, 3:22 PM EST by
There are plenty of supplements available from your nearest health food shop - most have a 3 year+ shelf life. Good quality multivitamins, spirulina/blue-green algae, wheatgrass all have masses of vital stuff you may be lacking if you're on rations or tinned food. And don't forget coffee, especially if you're a caffeine addict. A lot of people are unknowingly dependant on caffeine, and withdrawal can lead to headaches, loss of concentration and erratic behaviour.
Mar 30 2010, 1:38 PM EDT by
A simple tripod frame for drying/smoking meat
Feb 21 2010, 2:01 AM EST by
Gave tons of helpful information. Add to Proteins: they help create and supplement muscle growth.
Nutrients and Sources
Lifted from Vitamins, Minerals, and Survival Vitamin A , (retinol). We get this vitamin from milk products, animal fat, carrots, and leafy green vegetables. Why do we need this vitamin? It helps keep your vision working well,
Jul 17 2010, 7:51 PM EDT by John_234