When you first get into prepping, there seems to be a lot of essential things to remember. All of the terminologies are new, and you are wondering what things like a “bug out bag” can be. Most fellow preppers like to overwhelm you with information, and sometimes it just gets to be too much. But, there are some things which are more important than others, and there are 12 emergency essential foods you shouldn’t forget about. Some of them might surprise you.
Essential Food Number One – Honey
My husband, an Egyptologist, keeps finding thousand-year-old honey in the tombs in Egypt. It doesn’t seem to matter if the person buried in the tomb was rich or poor, honey was often left for the person to take with them into the afterlife. The honey which he finds is still okay to eat, and surprisingly it tastes fresh. Honey is not only a good food which can add flavor and be used when cooking, but it is a natural remedy as well. It can be used to treat all sorts of infections and is fantastic when it comes to wound care. Next time you cut yourself, put on some honey and see how quickly your cut heals.
Essential Food Number Two – Peanut butter
Peanut butter is very high in calories and that makes it the ideal food when it comes to prepping. It will give you quick calories to burn up when you are in a crisis, and it can help your food taste better as well. Add it to casseroles and chicken dishes, not only do you get essential nutrition but at the same time you get tastier food and increase your protein intake.
Essential Food Number Three – Dried Meat
In a crisis, fresh meat will become a real problem. It is best to be prepared and investing in freeze dried meats should be on top of your essential food list. It is rich in protein, and none of the nutrients would have been lost during the freeze-drying process. Freeze dried meats are also quick to prepare, and if you have limited energy, they are a better option than fresh meat, should you have access to it.
Essential Food Number Four – Freeze dried vegetables
One of the best ways to make sure that you get healthy vegetables during a crisis is to stock up on freeze dried vegetables, Just like freeze dried meat, vegetables will not lose any essential nutrients during the process. They also taste great, and more than anything, they will give your body essential vitamin B. Our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin B, so we need a daily intake. One of the best ways to store dry foods like this is to seal them inside Mylar bags. We get ours from MylarPro.com. They seem to have to most durable food storage bags and they usually even include a bundled package of enough oxygen absorbers to remove any oxygen residing inside the sealed bag so that your food won’t perish.
Essential Food Five – Nuts
Become a squirrel and start storing nuts. Fresh unshelled nuts have an almost unlimited life and make a fantastic prepper food. You can store them almost anywhere, and they are easy to take with you. A handful of nuts every day will help to keep up your intake of vitamin E, and you get an enormous amount of slow release energy from nuts. There are some places you can gather your own nuts, and the humble hazelnut is one of the best nuts for energy. Just ask as a squirrel!
Essential Food Six – Canned Fish
Yes, fish is good for you, but you should focus on fish like cold water fish. All cold water fish is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, another nutrient your body cannot manufacture and will help to keep you healthy. It is also rich in protein, and you should stock up on salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel. The more cold water fish you have in your pantry, the healthier you will be.
Essential Food Seven – Rice
White rice is one thing, but there are many different kinds of rice that you can store. The truth is that whole grain rice is much better for you. There are more nutrients in whole grain rice, and is a good way of getting extra vitamin B in your diet. It is also versatile to cook with, and you can prepare it in the same pot as your vegetables and meat. Learning how to cook with rice, is a good preparation exercise.
Essential Food Eight – Dried Fruit
We should never ignore the health values of dried fruits. Some fruits, like apricots and prunes, actually increase their nutritional value during the drying out process. They become richer in protein, and natural food sugars. But, also remember to include dried apples and bananas. Both are packed with natural energy, rich in potassium and pectin.
Essential Food Nine – Wheat
Wheat, or other grain products, are natural foods which can be stored for a long time during the right conditions. You can use them for baking, and add them to food. Don’t forget that white flour isn’t that good for you, and it is better to focus on whole grain products.
Essential Food Ten – Salt
Salt is really good when it comes to preserving meat and fish if you can access fresh foods. If, you can, learn how to preserve with salt before a crisis. You will be surprised to discover how versatile salt can be. It can be used to preserve fish, meat, and vegetables.
Essential Food Eleven – Sugar
Sugar is important when you do your baking, but it can be used as part of preservation techniques as well such as canning. It can also be used to make pastes with for wound treatments. Sugar is a quick source of energy, but may not be good if you need to go on a long hike. Much more likely to make you tired than to keep you going.
Essential Food Twelve – Have a drink
We should never underestimate the importance of tea and coffee. Both are actually good for us in more ways than one. They can help to raise our mood, and warm us up at the same time. Herbal teas belong in your medical cupboard as well, and coffee can aid an upset stomach.
It always surprises me when preppers’ blogs don’t mention vinegar. I know that it may not seem essential, but to me it is. You can use it to start pickling your own vegetables and fruit. In this way, you can take advantage of your garden’s and nature’s bounty. Yes, there are 12 emergency essentials food you shouldn’t forget about, but there are other food products you should add to your prepper’s essential shopping list as well.