posted on Jul, 1 2016 @ 09:18 AM
As part of my preparation strategy I am super attracted to items which can serve multiple purposes, whether this be for a GHB or just part of my
general preparedness supplies. A true "survival" situation, regardless of the nature, will be an extremely dynamic situation. The more you can do
with less, the more dynamic and flexible you will be to adapt to the situation...and survive!
I'm also all about reducing waste (across the board). This isn't about being "green" as much as it is about waste being a 'penalty' or
liability. Packaging is a great example; unless it can be used as fuel, packaging takes up valuable space and is a weight penalty for which there is
no benefit. Unusable waste needs to be disposed of which requires calories and effort for which, again, there is no gain. Consequently, I'm always
looking for things which can have multiple purposes without creating unnecessary waste.
I know this may seem like a very strange introduction to a post about 'seasonings', but hopefully this will become much more clear momentarily.
Food products, by their very nature, require more packaging than just about any other single survival supply. Protection against contamination and
spoilage are chief among these reasons. Conversely, water is one of the single heaviest survival supplies a person requires. One of the more common
types of survival foods are foods which are dehydrated in some way. However, rehydration requires copious amounts of water, and water equals weight,
right? Water weighs you down, and makes one less dynamic. So there is this delicate balance between weight and packaging. In an ideal world
survival situation (which most are not), one would strive to optimize this balance. This is where seasonings come in.
From a preference perspective, human's require variety. Repetition is boring, and when food becomes boring people won't eat (numerous tests have
proven this). Oh sure, the old "if you're hungry enough you'll eat it" is true, but that old saying is incomplete. It didn't go on to say,
"...and you'll eat a LOT of it". This translates into putting a person into a calorie deficit scenario which is a downward spiral, ultimately
leading to failure. Less calories, less energy; less energy, less work. Less work, less progress; less progress, more exposure. More exposure, more
risk; ever increasing risk, likely failure.
Probably the oldest historical example of reversing this cycle is that of salt. Salt was coveted by ancient civilizations for just this reason. Just
this one seasoning was able to reverse the trend. This brings me, at last, to my ultimate question (finally! Right?)
Fairly often the wife buys these Caesar salad 'kits' at the store. She likes them for her lunches at work. She usually brings home the unused
elements (bacon bits, dressings, seasoning packets, etc.) One of the things which comes with these is a seasoning packet with some spices inside.
It's small, weighs next to nothing, but has a generous quantity of seasonings inside. They're kind of an oregano, green onion, parsley, garlic,
pepper mixture (probably some salt too). I've been collecting these things with an idea of putting them in one of my various survival supplies, but
I need to figure out a way to optimize their use without duplicating something else, or introducing unnecessary waste/weight.
I've thought about using something like ramen noodles, but they already have spice in them. I guess I could look into pastas and / or legumes, or
possibly rice, but I thought I might just throw this out there to see what others have to say. That, and hopefully provide some 'food' for
Thoughts / comments?