posted on May, 14 2010 @ 01:35 PM
We can talk all we want about caches, stockpiling, and such. However, if a long term TEOTWAWKI, or sit-x comes about, we are going to run out of food
eventually. Even with a simple garden and local game. For those looking at a commune, with large numbers of people, long term food will be more
difficult to obtain for a large number. In this thread, I will go over basic/ lifegiving foods and how we need to think about obtaining the materials
to produce our own foodstuffs over the long haul. This is broken down into three categories: Needs, Desires and Wellness. This is only foodstuffs,
there are alot of other items out there that we take for granted, but thats for a different thread.
Flour. All important if you ever plan on baking again. Grow wheat, not that hard to do. A grinder is handy, but can be done with crude tools such
Salt. Cant go on long with a no sodium diet. Unless you are lucky enough to be near a salt flat, or on a salt water body (desalination) you had
best stock up ahead of time. Salt caves arent everywhere and rather hard to find.
Milk. Calcium is good. Keep in mind any milk will be "raw" milk. Either keep it VERY clean, or learn how to pasturize. I like raw milk, so this
doesnt bother me. Obvious places are goats, sheep and cows. Cows milk is the easiest to seperate the cream from. I have heard stories about Yaks
milk, but even I'm not that brave.
Sugar. This is where the people in warm climes really have me beat. Sugar Cane is your best and easiest source. Sugar beets to well in most
climates. Sugar has so many uses, baking, candies, alcohol, it will be a must have item.
Eggs. Ever raise a chicken or turkey? Not all that hard. Turkeys really are that dumb. Keeping your animals dry and warm is the key to keeping
them healthy. Best to have a few others in your area with flocks so you can switch out males every couple of years to promote the gene pool.
Meat. Youre not getting that much protein from eggs. Obvious sources are your livestock, chickens, pigs, cows, etc... and game. If you are a small
group, game may be able to support you long term, however, large groups will quickly hunt out their area. Both sources provide not only meat, but
clothing, needles from bones, etc...
Garden Veggies. Any idiot can garden, I am living proof of that. This is not a gardening thread, there are alot of them on here, so I'll just leave
it as standard garden products.
Yeast. Natural yeast can be hard to come by. Make up a "starter" water and flour, and feed it reguarly. I keep sourdough starters, and yes, I
can make wine with it, along with breads, cakes, muffins, etc...
Wild Edibles. Berries, fruits, stuff like that. Again, if in a large group, this will diminish quickly. Not only good in vitamins, but some (apples
are the best) have natural pectin which is essential for getting jams and jellies to set. More on that later.
Vinegar. If you are pickling anything, you need vinegar. Not a terribly difficult thing to make. Idealy, you want distilled white vinegar, but this
may not always be possible. Make alcohol (see sugar) and from that, a few more steps, you have vinegar. Google is best for exact recipies as I dont
want to type all of that.
So there is essentially what one needs to live long term. Think your stash has enough in it? Still think a large group is the way to go? How
is that boat idea looking? Now for reasons we want to do all of this work and keep living.
Tobacco. Easy to grow, as far as I know legal to grow everywhere in the US (check your own laws), it is a bit of work to dry and cure it however, I
would get a book and practice before hand. Tobacco will completely deplete your soil in about a year, so it must be rotated around your homestead.
Can be smoked, traded, whatever.
Hops/Barley. Beer is slightly more difficult to make than wine, but IMO tastes better. If you want to enjoy a Friday night out with the rest of your
clan, read up on this and take notes ahead of time.
Coffee. Very important to people like me. VERY difficult to grow where I am at, but it can be done. Beans need to be roasted and ground before
using. Plants take about 3 years to bear fruit. Get started now, or that is a long long wait for Joe.
Chicory. People in the south have made chicory coffee for eons. I cant stand the stuff, but it does do the trick. If waiting 3 years for coffee
isnt for you, this may work. But try a cup now before making the investment.
Tea. Black, green, oolong all come from the same plant. Camelcia Sinensis. Type depends on how you treat the leaves and flowers. Very easy to grow
indoors or in a greenhouse. If I didnt like my Twingings EG so much, I would grow more of this.
Baking Soda/Powder. Not must haves, but usefull. Almost impossible to make yourself. Stock up now, when it runs out, oh well.
So we are fed, alive, drunk and happy. Now to keep it that way.
Honey. Yes, this could be in any category. IMO the most versitile and perfect food on earth. Use instead of sugar, make mead, eat out of the jar.
Honey lasts forever, and we are only now starting to realize just how good it is for you. Raising bees isnt too difficult. Cold weather people will
need to figure out how to keep them alive in the winter. Something I am working on myself.
Citrus. The big four all are loaded with vitamins, can be used as cleaners, to liven up dull food. Need to be processed shortly after harvest as the
self life isnt all that long.
Herbs. Too many to list, and some are regional. But as far as natural medicines go, its tough to beat a good referance book on herbs. Make
tincures, teas, add to sauces, they should have a place in your plans.
So thats all we need to plan for should we be on our own for years, not too bad. lol
We can talk all day about guns, or communes, or BOB's, but if we cant figure out how to stay alive when our stash runs dry, its all for not. Take a
good hard look at what you need to do and have, the knowledge and hard work required. A garden with some seeds is great, but if there is more than
one of you, its going to take more than that.
Once this thread dies, with my history, about 3 days and 4 replies, I will post another one on food storage, and then one on other common luxuries we
take for granted, but when you need to make them, things change quickly.
If you have any items I may have missed, please add, if you think all of this is crazyness, let me know. Or if you would like to, or like me to go
more indepth on any of the above topics, please feel free. We are all in this together, and without figuring out how exactly to live and thrive
should it all crumble, we wont.