You haven’t done the survival food “prep thing” like you know you should have. And you can see that soon, very soon, the S is about THTF. You can’t order from a supply house … no time.
So what do you do? You head to your local Super Market before the rest of the populace catches on, and you stock up. On what? Well that’s what this post is about.
Family members are always on the go. Everyone is barely together in one place. Except for maybe one daily ritual: dinner at the kitchen table, picnic table, or campfire.
I know, I know. The family dinner is an ever-more rare event. But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that the dinner gathering has two elements: family and FOOD.
And if a family is in a short or long-term survival situation, “getting together” for dinner probably isn’t an issue … but food may be.
Assuming you’ve prepped well, imagine eating the same foods every day, food with the same texture and the same taste. Every, every, every day.
After awhile, “food fatigue” sets in. You’re just tired of the stuff. You just don’t want to eat anymore of your food stocks.
That’s why part of your planning should consider food flavor prep. Specifically herbs and spices. Start thinking about how to grow, and then store herbs and spices (which are very difficult to cultivate outside tropical zones).
For centuries, spice was the most valuable commodity along the Silk Road trade route. It deserves some attention on your prepper checklist.
The Silk Road
It’s too simplistic to say [spices] value lies in their ability to make things taste better, though they certainly do that. It’s hard to imagine what it would mean to our modern palettes if we lost access to cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, peppercorns, and the like. And no matter how carefully stored, spices lose their potency over time …
Saffron remains the most expensive spice. On the other end of the spectrum is pepper … the most widely used spice today. Nutmeg, though not as commonly used as pepper, is also a favorite in the modern homesteaders spice rack.
More than Good Taste
Anyone who has had to eat the same items over and over whether due to a limited budget or a restricted diet certainly knows the very real problem with food fatigue … No matter how wholesome and delicious the food might be, eating the same foods repeatedly can cause one to lose a desire for food … Being able to add spices to our food helps mitigate this issue by providing us with novel tastes to otherwise bland or repetitive diets.
Another important consideration is masking the flavor of slightly spoiled or malodorous foods. Important note: no amount of spice will prevent one from becoming sick from tainted/spoiled food!
However, some foods that are not tainted [or] spoiled have an unpleasant odor or flavor and are made palatable by masking the odor or flavor with spice. Other foods, like meats, that are just beginning to turn but have not yet spoiled can be made palatable by adding sufficient quantities of spice …
We’ve also learned that the active ingredient in black pepper, Piperine, is not only responsible for giving it it’s “hotness”, but is also one of the strongest insecticides. Pungent active ingredients are can be extremely effective against microbial pathogens and intestinal parasites …
Much attention is given to gardening and growing your own food to become sustainable, but less attention is given to herb gardens and cultivating spices. Even the most inexperienced homesteaders in the most cramped living conditions can find room to start with a few plants. Spices … require special conditions to grow … but many herbs do quite well, are easily affordable, and can be grown in pots.
A couple of the easiest and most widely grown herbs is rosemary and sage. They have the added benefit of being easy to dry to preserve for later use. To learn more about growing in small spaces, including vertical gardening, go here.
… [You can] try your hand at growing black pepper. OffTheGridNews has an in-depth article on how to grow your own black pepper.
Growing herbs and spices to reduce your current grocery bill or to enhance your diet after a disruption in trade is essential for any well-stocked pantry. You’ll be rewarded with delicious meals and a commodity that has proven its value …
Source: Ruby Burks has been involved in agriculture for 40 years and learned to preserve food, traditional home arts, to hunt and fish, raise livestock and garden from her Ozark native mother.