I have a pantry full of non paleo food stores ??? ramen, white rice, white flour, corn meal, pancake mix, beans, noodles etc from the before time of great health changes in my life. I plan to just monitor them and toss them as I notice they have gone bad. As I made the switch for health not allergy reasons, should an emergency happen, at least I won???t starve and eating paleo will be the least of my worries. What have others done about their long term food stores? A lot of what I have is collected from sales ??? ie cases of ramen at 5 cents a pack. My paleo diet, isn???t exactly cheap or long term store-able. With sales of non paleo food ??? I can have stores that would have me fed for months for under $100. A $100 of nuts and dried fruit / veggies / meat I???m not sure would last a month.
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on October 16, 2013
at 11:08 PM
Great ideas above. Here's another: During the summer I dry foods (fruits and veggies) in my dehydrator and seal them in vacuum sealed jars. As long as the "big one" (earthquake) doesn't break all my jars I'm good ;o)
on October 16, 2013
at 05:42 AM
on October 15, 2013
at 10:43 PM
This is something that's really been concerning me too. I'd like to think I'm zombie-apocalypse-approved. I haven't fully taken action yet and I'm eager to see what others come up with but here are my thoughts as I mentally prepare myself:
-Lots of canned foods (I try to eat fresh but there are tons of canned meats/veggies/fruits that could still nourish) including plenty of sardines, spam(yeah I said spam), and about 10 cans of coconut cream since I could live on the stuff.
-nuts; mostly macadamias.
-squashes, melons, gourds... Some of these can keep on the counter for a 1-3 months
-potatoes/yams/tubers... can also last a few weeks, or months if kept wrapped up in the fridge.
-plenty of coconut and olive oil since they're high in calories and easy to add to all the other food and will keep you going when things get rough.
-honey I guess; it lasts a long time and would go good with the squash and maybe on the yams.
<Edit> based on @daz's replies...
-pickled veggies (the industrially preserved and unrefregerated, rather than the fermented sauerkraut and pickles I usually buy out of the store refrigerator)
-Maybe some jerky though I try to avoid the jerky...
<Edit> Wow @Janknitz I don't know how I missed that one! *Faceplam*
-dehydrated fruits, especially if stored in vacuum-sealed plastic! I really need to buy a dehydrator.
**BTW I keep editing because I'm going to come back to this and take action based on what we figure out here, not trying to steal anyone's thunder.
It's not cheap but if you're planning to live for a couple months on $100 then you should be prepared to feel pretty crappy and not have much energy.
You'd be dying for some fresh fruit or greens if that's what you're used to but the best you could do is canned right? Any other ideas? Looking at my list makes me feel a little queasy for a month or more... but better than cup-o-noodles.
on October 15, 2013
at 07:42 PM
I have something that you may love! It is called Pemmican. It is a mixture of dried pulverized meat with rendered fat (sometimes chokecherries or other berries) that is compressed and again dried. This was hunter/warrior food for the Lakota people and many other indigenous peoples around the world. Some native friends of mine have said that it could last as long as a few years, but don't quote me on that. The benefit of this is that you can do it yourself and if you hunt, you can even get your own ingredients. Can you imagine that back in the day they had to dry the meat in the sun or by the fire and then smash it between two rocks to pulverize it? We, luckily, can use a food processer.
Here are some good sources for you to explore this.
Here is a good blog post about pemmican as an emergency food that I think you would like.
PDFon how to make it.
Let me know how it goes! @James 44