Your survival skill set typically includes the “How-To’s”: how to do this or that. But you also need to know what not to do. Things and places to avoid. And on the top of the “avoid list” are toxic forest plants that look tempting to eat.
There are several basic rules for foraging wild edibles. The first?
Only forage for food that you know for certain is safe.
Many of the posts and articles on preparedness and survival sites are focused on some sort of kit:
Kits are good topics because they usually take an important aspect of the Law of 3’s and identify the gear/items needed to extend that “3-something” survival time.
In the video, Survival Lilly discusses the books she references for survival and bushcraft skills. These 8 books also give her subject ideas for her YouTube topics.
I know there are a lot of armchair preppers and survivalists: you can’t live in the wilderness in survival mode all the time … if at all.
But you can read and study books about what you should know, so that if the opportunity arrives–a camping trip for example–you can practice a variety of skill sets.
Here is the list of books Lilly uses and recommends, in no particular order:
1) Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski: a true bushcraft book with detailed drawings and discussions about shelters, tree-felling, feather sticks, safe knife-craft, etc.
2) Epic Survival by Matt Graham: not a survival manual, but the true story of Graham’s life of primitive living. An interesting read.
As a wild edible source, acorns are very nutritious. Loaded with carbs, minerals, fats, and some vitamins, they’re a wonderful survival food. However, this oak tree nut is filled with tannins: without processing, the taste is very bitter.
In the video below, Survival Lilly shows how to process acorns to remove those tannins:
This takes both time and water since the boiling process must be repeated several times to remove the bitterness. Lilly does mention an alternative tannin removal procedure in the video.
Once processed, the acorn fruit can be mashed to make coffee or roasted for a nutty treat. Watch the video below for more details. And, as always,
Learn, Act and Share.
Source & Image: Survival Lilly