Many are concerned that the U.S. government will mandate curfews or home quarantines should an Ebola pandemic become widespread here in the States. Others believe that World War III is right around the corner as well as the potential for martial law and natural disasters.
Prepare Well In Advance
Commercial trucks deliver 10 billion tons of food and other commodities to stores annually, accounting for 70 percent of all transported freight in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association. Food shortage at supermarkets would develop within 24 hours of any sort of restricted movement of trucks. Panicked people would exacerbate the situation by hoarding what is available.
The time is now to start building your emergency food supply. Most of it should consist of items that do not require a fuel source to prepare. Crackers, granola, nuts, pretzel, jerky and anything canned should be at the top of the list. Costco and Sam’s Club carry 50 and 100 pound bags of rice and pinto beans. Uncooked white rice has a shelf life upward of five years, while dried beans will last indefinitely. Pasta is also a great food item for long-term storage.
Clara Cannucciari coined the phrase “depression cooking,” which is the name of her YouTube channel that has garnered million of views. She died in 2013 at the age of 98, but not before sharing her knowledge of depression-era cuisine she perfected as a young woman in the 1930s. One of her most interesting creations is called Dandelion Salad. It’s made with the greens (not the yellow flowers) of dandelion plants, which have more nutritional value than broccoli.
Learn to make hearty meals from the most basic of ingredients. Stock up on onions, garlic, olive oil, salt, and a variety of spices to add flavor to otherwise bland food. Red beans and rice is both filling and tasty with the right spice combination. Your pre-packaged foods will ultimately run out, so its best to start practicing your depression cooking now.
Meat will be one of the first food items to run out, unless you continuously re-stock the supply. Beef will likely be out of the question in a SHTF scenario. But rabbits are not only abundant throughout most of the country, but also tasty when prepared correctly. The trick is to soak the gutted, skinned carcass in a solution of olive oil and salt overnight to get rid of the gamey taste. Raccoons are also tasty, again, if you prepare it right.
Stock up on .22 caliber ammo to ensure you’re able to hunt. Some states, such as North Carolina, allow year-round varmint hunting without a license so you can start practicing immediately. Big game like deer will require a hunter’s education course endorsed by the state to get a license.
Fishing is another way to get meat. Buy several jars of salmon eggs so you always have good bait for trout, steelheads, and even bluegill on occasion.
Those with a lot of space in a basement or spare room can consider learning about aquaponics. This method of cultivating fruits, vegetables and even indoor fish farms is a simulation of a natural ecosystem that can produce a perpetual supply of food.
Aquaponics is not something you’ll be able to learn from a paragraph in an article. Several colleges and private companies offer online courses on the subject. There are also pre-built aquaponic systems you can buy.
The longer you wait to commence preparation for doomsday, the lower your chances of survival will be. Once supermarkets are out of supplies, its too late. Start now.