posted on Mar, 27 2010 @ 09:28 PM
reply to post by NotThat
you might appreciate this: In 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit the Cayman Islands, although not the island I live on -- we only got 90+ mph winds. In the
aftermath of the 'cane, several people made fun of us for having carried spices, canned butter, tinned olive oil, honey, coffee and various herbs
with us to the cave shelter.
I also carried a #10 can of open-pollinated seeds, as well as one of my guitars. Point is, people thought it was silly to carry spices. Well,
having had to live off MREs for a period of my life, I quickly grew to appreciate the value of food that has FLAVOR. In a SHTF situation, sure you
can surVIVE off most anything, but morale suffers. If morale suffers, then then psyche and body suffer, and you are less than you could be.
Case in point: Bring the technology to let people have a hot shower after a disaster. They are renewed. Same goes for a hot meal that actually
has texture and flavor.
..............and that is why we rotate spices and dried herbs (many of which we grow and dry) the same as we do our stockpiled foods. It matters.
I have another thing to add to the OP question: I would miss wine. I make a semi-decent Naseberry wine, but there's nothing like the grape, if you
fancy it. I would miss Tumeric also, and artichokes, and chocolate. Yes, okay, I admit it. Cheese is one of my favorite things, especially Bleu
cheese, swiss cheese and provalone. I would miss salami. I would miss hot dogs, even though I think they are nasty pseudo-meats.