Waxing Apocalyptic: Diets of the Aftermath

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    Jan 23, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    I was reading this morning about the estimation of food shortages this coming spring. There are a lot of conflicting reactions to it, and what the real impact of it all will be is yet to be seen. However, it did get me wondering:

    If a huge economic, natural, or man-made disaster did befall your area, and you were forced to bunker in and survive for a little while, what kinds of foods would you have stockpiled before hand?

    Obviously you'd want stuff that gives the biggest nutritional punch in the smallest package w/ the longest shelf life possible, while requiring the fewest number of amenities (electricity, potable water, etc.) as possible.

    I open this up to the group? Any comments from nutritionists would be doubly welcome. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 23, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    Saltwater taffy.

    mmm, chewy...
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    Jan 23, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    Canned foods, raw mixed nuts, natural peanut butter, green tea bags, honey, protein powders, and multivitamins.
    If electricity is still available, lots of frozen meats and veggies.

    PS. That's pretty much my regular foods anyway, except for the ever-so-occasional eating out binge of sushi or Italian food.
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    Jan 23, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    Well, it has been a long time since we actually couldn't get to the store for supplies, but it used to happen in the 60's and 70's for a week or two at a time. The most recent problem was when the power was out for a whole week and we couldn't even buy fuel for the generators because the gas pumps wouldn't run without electricity.

    Like lots of people, I keep a cupboard full of canned soups, chilis and stews and usually have a fairly large stock of beans, rice, and flour on hand. Buy more when the cupboard is half empty. I usually have some fuel stored, for farm use, but you have to rotate it or it will go bad. We have our own wells, (as long as there's power or fuel for the generators) so I don't stockpile water, except I have a 30 gallon tank on the RO system for the laboratory that's constantly replenished as long as the power is on.

    We have had plenty of "survivalists" around here, over the years. I hadn't heard that it was very popular lately. They have their own little paranoid subcultures and lots of cool little emergency bunkers stashed around in the hills. The only ones who worry me are the ones who say they don't store a lot of food... just guns and a map of other people's survival bunkers.
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    Jan 23, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    Rice
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    Jan 23, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    Soylent green.