At Langley’s on the green, we love outdoor activities. We also enjoy cooking outdoor. But we occasionally feel the urge to go hardcore and pack our bags with minimal supplies to a complete get away. Yes, it’s tough and it’s not for everyone. But it’s really not that bad. You just need to have the right set of tools (a good knife is a must. We found a useful buying guide here) and pack some food for emergency. Here we listed 5 of our favorite food items that we think you should pack for your outdoor trip.
Storing up on these top 5 food/meals for survivalists can make all the difference between starving to death and staying alive. You can never tell when you will not be able to go to the store. Sometimes, natural disasters can keep you immobile for weeks on end. For instance, in case of food shortage, many people would intermittently have to rely on their stock of food until things take a turn for the better. To ensure that you are food secure, consider filling your pantry with such emergency supplies as:
This survivalist food is a good source of calories, fat and protein. It also serves as an amazing treat. Most peanut butter jars can last five years and more, even in root cellar conditions. You should always stock up on peanut butter, especially if you notice good deals at your local grocers. This way, should anything happen, you will know that you have something delicious and healthy to eat.
Beans are nutritious, healthy and taste great. This is why they number among the 5 food/meals for survivalists. Soy, pinto, red (kidney) and black (turtle) beans top most nutritionist lists of super- foods. Should you get stranded at home or out in the wild due to an unforeseen disaster, you can always rely on beans to give you a good dose of iron and calcium, helping you survive until things take a turn for the better. Beans are also versatile because they can last long if properly dried.
3. Rice and Pasta
You should always invest in several bags of rice and pasta whenever you go shopping. The great thing is that these foods are affordable and rice can last for over 10 years when you store it well. They are also high in carbohydrates, providing you with adequate physical energy during any crisis. On the other hand, pasta lasts about 5 years. It takes more space than rice but the nutrient content is roughly the same. Whatever the case, you can be sure that a generous stock of rice and pasta will get you through any kind of natural or artificial disaster.
Cornmeal is better than most all- purpose flours. It is packed with oils and dense carbohydrates that extend its shelf life. Similarly, you can make simple tortillas and corn bread in a solar oven or skillet should the power grid shut down during a disaster. You should seal your bag of cornmeal and keep it away to increase the shelf life to anywhere between 8 months and 2 years.
5. Canned Fruit and Vegetables
These are obvious survival foods, especially because they are healthy and recommended by doctors. The canning increases the shelf life, meaning you can enjoy the fruit and vegetables for longer even during a crisis. This is, perhaps, why they are always included in most lists of 5 food/meals for survivalists.
In as much as canned veggies and fruit are heavy and expensive, they deliver adequate calories to last you long. However, acidic fruits and cans with tomatoes do not last long. Still, most canned food products can stay fresh for 5 years and more. For long term storage, consider investing in peaches and pears. You should also buy what you love just in case you have to rotate them in your diet before they start going bad. Overall, always remember to stock up on these 5 food/meals for survivalists every time you go shopping. You never know when some unmitigated disaster will occur, making it impossible for you to go out or get more food.