When the solution is simple, God is answering – Albert Einstein
Food water and shelter
These are the three things I will talk about and give possible solutions. None of them will be easy but ll will be worthy of your attention.
- Food – If you are a bit overweight like I am you can easily go two or three weeks without food
- Water – You start dying after two days with no water
- Shelter – Brutal cold will kill you in minutes, heat takes a bit longer
Please note that what I will talk about is no guarantee that if you do anything I suggest that you will survive. Remember that these are my words and ideas.
I have placed food at the top of the list. There are many ways to grow, store and process food. I plan to cover all of these in detail.
Water is a no brainier. Even food requires water to cook in, hydrate dehydrated food, and to consume food like soups and dairy.
Shelter is a major requirement during the SGSM. Your flimsy home in central Florida may become unlivable if it is old or gets very cold.
Long Term Foods
This section is about the long-term storage of things that don’t take any processing. Things that can be ordered or purchased right off the shelf of a grocery store. It is these things that the author has the most success with. What is meant by LONG TERM? Probably 20 to 30 years. Here are the following items:
- White Rice
- Popcorn – It may be hard to get non GMO flint corn unless you especially order it. Get a grain Grinder.
- Wheat Berries Same as above.
- Rolled Oats
- Potato Flakes
- Non-fat powdered milk
- Really dry dehydrated carrots
The above GOOD BASIC START should be stored in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers and stored in 5-gallon buckets. Gamma seal tops are great on the buckets
Be Very careful: Botulism poisoning may result if moist products are stored in packaging that reduces oxygen. Products should contain about 10% or less moisture content.
The bad boys of long term storage:
- Temperature: Store products at a temperature of 75°F/24°C or lower if possible.
- Moisture: Keep your storage areas dry and off the floor. Have good air circulation.
- Light: If stored in clear containers or bags put stored food in a dark place away from light.
From the LDS – things you should not store long term:
- Barley, pearled
- Meat, dried (such as jerky)
- Eggs, dried
- Flour, whole wheat (store wheat)
- Rice, brown
- Grains, milled (other than rolled oats)
- Sugar, brown
- Vegetables and fruits, dehydrated (unless dry enough, inside and out, to snap when bent)
Other Items that have a long storage life – Around 10 years or more
- Baking Soda
- Honey – Very long time
- Instant Coffee and Tea
- Stock – Bouillon
The author stores a lot of food by dry packing with my vacuum jar and bag sealer. This method does increase the life of a product but don’t expect more than perhaps 10 years and sometimes even less depending on the food. Dry packing (sealing) is NOT a long-term solution like putting the products listed at the front of this section in Mylar bags and sealed with oxygen absorbers.
While I use Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers on SOME of the items below, a lot of the items I dry pack. Just use common sense and check your storage from time to time for its storage quality. All of the products are repackaged. Some are kept in their original bags, punctured, and then sealed.
- Many types of crackers
- Raisins and other dried fruit – Eat first and quickly
- Cornmeal – Some but not large amounts – use quickly
- Breakfast cereals
- Many types of crackers
- Some but not a lot of bread crumbs
- Candy Oh Ya
- Pancake mix – the type you just add water.
- Pasta, rice, and potato mixes. Brands like Rice-a-Roni, Pasta-Roni, instant potatoes, scalloped potato mixes. Don’t expect a huge shelf life but vacuum sealing will extend the fife of these products.
- Tea bags – Be sure to repackage
- Dried, instant milk from a bag – be sure to puncture the bag before vacuum sealing.
- Spices and herbs packaged in plastic bags
- Shortening (Pack it into canning jars and then seal using a vacuum sealer.)
- Chocolate chips, baking chips of any flavor
- Nuts – not all that a long life
- Popcorn. Pop it or grind it up into flour or mix with white flour.
- Pretzels – like crackers
- powdered sugar
- mix to make bread, cornbread, pizza dough and other mixes.
- Others: you can repackage most any of the things found in the store that are sold in a dry state in flimsy plastic or what looks like thin Mylar bags, Puncture before resealing in jars or bags.
As you can see, the above contains no meat. My suggestion if you have the money is to purchase canned food from company’s like Mountain House. I have used Mountain House for years and have never been disappointed.
All you need is love, but love is better with food – Author
There will be a considerable amount of items covered in this section. If you have never grown, processed or stored food, you had better be a fast learner. I will not delve into why food is necessary as you know that from birth as your mom (at least mine did) fed you from her breast.
Food during the SGSM
Eventually, there might not be any. It may be scarce and expensive. Search what people are doing in Venezuela just for food. It’s not a pretty picture to look at people that are so hungry they can barely walk. As growing seasons get shorter and places that historically grew food go offline, the availability of food will soon become a shortage. I expect that by 2022 that food may cost more than 4 times what it costs today (January 2019). After 2023, food may skyrocket to 10 or 20 times what it is now. As we approach the maximum times of the SGSM, there will probably be no food available at any price.
Food will become a precious commodity that will need to be protected at all costs.
It’s a long path to food security. Don’t go down a rabbit hole.
What will be needed depends on how you might approach food security. Personally, I think that all approaches should be made in case any of them fail. These are:
- Enough stored food to make it through the SGSM. (just this is a crazy idea)
- Enough food to eat and seeds to grow and store food. (Good but what if you have no stored food)
- Have a minimum of 7 years of stored seeds. (Necessary but not the whole answer)
- Equipment and systems to grow food indoors and outdoors during all seasons no matter how long or short. (Again necessary but only a part)
- Move to a milder climate where summers may be warm enough to successfully grow food (Very good idea if you can). Note: if you wait too long you may be prevented from moving.
- Have the required equipment and items to store processed food. (you will also need the skills)
- Have some animals like chickens and rabbits. (Anything larger eats too much)
As you can see from the list you will need an A +B +C + ?? plan to have enough food to feed your family if you have one.
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND
No man is an island is a quotation from the English metaphysical poet John Donne (1572-1631)
If you think you can do it all by yourself, I promise I won’t start name-calling, but that would be very foolish and you know what foolish people are called. Just a large family won’t be enough. You will actually need family and community. A community is a group of like-minded people who you can trust.
Storage of food long-term.
It will be hard to cover food storage as there are many different ways to store food and many of them require energy in the form of electricity. Most all can be done without it. Here is a list of ways to store food. Some are long-term and some not.
- Dehydrate food
- Freeze dried food
- Canned and canning food
- Dry Canning
- Vacuum packing
- Oxygen and Mylar packing
- Root cellar
- In-house storage
- MREs – Not so much!
Heads up on food.
Unless you sit on your posterior, a normal healthy working person will need about 1200 to 2000 calories of food per day. So plan your food storage around that.
You can’t live on lettuce!
OK, that is all for this blog from Central Texas. Things are warming up here, but no 100’s in the forecast so far. No rain, but much humidity and loads of grasshoppers.
Get some seeds
Start a garden
Take care of your family, friends, and neighbors
Share your excess with those who have less
Keep safe, have no fear as God is in control