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PostHeaderIcon Out on a survival week – experiments in survival and foraging

I am in the middle of a survival and foraging week. This week I am trying out experiments in survival and foraging for wild foods. I am conducting various experiments in food and water supply with a minimum of equipment.

So far I have made a Solar Water Distiller using some plastic wrap and a foam cup. The experiment was partly a success, except that the sun went down for the day and I did not get as much water as I had hoped. But on a sunny day the solar water purifier works quite well. In an emergency survival situation any clear plastic can be used to make the purifier and any container can be used to hold water.

I have also been blessed with a lot of wild foods to forage here in the area. Fresh wild salads foraged from the surrounding forest and meadows make for refreshing and healthy meals. Strawberries are out of season but the leaves still provide lots of vitamins in tea. Blueberries should be in season but due to a drought this year, the berries have dried up. But you can still steep the blueberry leaves in hot water for a healthy tea.

Other wild foods here in the mid Michigan forest are wild plantain, wood sorrel, wild peppermint and spearmint, pine needle tea, and of course fish in abundance.

Summer time is a great time of year to forage in the woods for wild edibles. Sadly the drought has also ruined the mushroom harvest this year, but there are plenty of other foods available in summer.

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PostHeaderIcon Stocking Up – Long Term Survival Food Supply On A Budget

Stocking up for survival or disaster readiness does not need to cost an arm and a leg. You can stock up on a budget, if you apply the ideas I will show you here. Stocking up is not necessarily only for “Survival” either. You never know if you might loose your job, your car or home one day due to nature or the economy. Having a supply of food is very important if that ever comes.


I know first hand. Having recently gone through a period with no income, I ate through some of my stock that I have been building up for years now. I am thankful to have had the three months food supply on hand that I used. Fortunately, I still have a lot of food put away, even after living off it for three months. But the point is that it was there and it helped. Anyone can end up in the same situation at any time.


When you go shopping, take a few dollars extra with you. Also, if you go shopping for the sales, and not just what is on your list, you can come home with a whole lot more food for your money. When I go shopping, I do not take a list. I get what is on sale that I like. I just got about 30 cans of vegetables at 50 cents a can. Where I live, that is pretty cheap right now. And they have a shelf life until about 2014. If you keep your cans underground, cool and dry, you can keep them for many more years past the sell date. I know that from experience as well. One time a friend gave me a few cases (5-6) of canned fish that was expired. There were tomato, mustard and other types of flavors added to the fish. Various types. Anyway, I ate those cans of fish for three years after that. They had been kept underground, in a cool, dry place and were perfectly edible, three years past the expiration date.


Back to shopping. Look for deals. When you get paid, go shopping for sales and specials. You will be amazed how much you can stock up in a short time. The dollar stores (the real ones) are very good as well. I get canned fruits and treats that normally cost two to three times as much, all for a dollar each. Sometimes you can get brand name foods for a dollar there. Frozen fruit and veggies are dirt cheap at a dollar per pound at the dollar store. Anywhere else, unless you manage to catch a rare sale, are over $2 per pound where I live. I get the dollar store frozen foods and dehydrate them to be vacuum sealed and put away for later.


Another important point. Get food you like to eat. It will do you no good at all to have a huge surplus of food that you don’t like. I once bought a ton of canned string beans. Good stuff. But for a single person, those huge cans are hard to use up at one time. Beans, corn and tomatoes are great to toss into a pot together and have a sort of Mexican soup. But a huge can of green beans is just not easy to use up. I still have a lot of them.


If you have a sweet tooth, visit your local grocery store the day after a huge holiday. Easter, Christmas, Valentines Day are some of the ones with special shaped and colored chocolates and candies. They are deeply discounted after the holiday.


Shop the discount racks at the grocery store. They usually have 50% off an item that is out of production, or nearing the sale date. If kept cool, it will last many more years.


Start stocking up for your family next time you go shopping. It will add up soon.



PostHeaderIcon Mainstay 3600 Emergency Survival Rations – Review

I recently tried the Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Rations just to get an idea what it tastes like and how satisfying it is. It is not a good idea to suddenly need survival rations and then start to experiment with your taste buds. Food should taste good as well as providing all the necessary nutrients and calories. And you need to feel full afterwards.


Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Rations


So I ordered a package and cracked it open. The package holds 9 small cubes, providing 400 calories each. The label claims that you can eat two per day for marine based living or three for land based. I guess they figure you will use more energy on land.


I waited for a day when I had not eaten for many hours. I was very hungry. I wanted to see how satisfying these survival rations will be on my hunger.


The emergency food rations look like a cubed cookie. And they have the same texture as a semi soft cookie. They are surprisingly easy to bite into. The taste is pleasant, lemony and sweet with a hint of butter. They are not overpoweringly sweet either.


The survival rations have a sort of a fine grainy feel on the tongue. But they are not bad at all. Sort of like a cross between cookies or cake. It is  like having dessert for dinner. I also did not have anything to drink for about an hour afterwards, because they claim to be non thirst provoking and I wanted to test this. They do live up to their claim. You can eat these without the need to drink water with them. In a survival situation, that can be very important when water supplies are scarce.


I was afraid that one, small bar could not possibly satisfy me for hours. It just looks too small. But the emergency bar is satisfying and kept me filled up for a few hours.


A few days later I tried one of these survival rations with some fruit and that kept me going half the day.


The final result is that these do taste good and will keep you alive in an emergency situation.


I would suggest keeping a case or more of these around for emergency situations along with some canned fruit to provide all the nutrition you would need to get you through. With a shelf life of 5 years and a very affordable price, these are a great item to keep in your survival larder. A full month supply of food will only cost you about $70. I cannot come near to that price when cooking for myself on a normal daily basis. These are also great to keep in the car in the winter for emergency purposes. If you get stuck on the road somewhere during a storm, these can give you the energy to keep going.


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