The Four Essential Foods For SurvivalFriday, July 9th, 2010
Author David W. Franklin
THE FOUR ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL FOODS
THAT WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE
For those readers of TTR who cannot afford the luxury of freeze dried foods, it is my hope the following information will provide a basis for you to be able to purchase and store a sufficient quantity of each of these four basic survival foods to ‘jump start’ your preparation program.
“Man does not live by bread alone.” Derived from Deuteronomy 8: 2-3 (King James Version)
Many here understand the possibilities of dire economic consequences that potentially lay in the future of America. While each of us would like to be able to purchase and store a sufficient variety and quantity of food for that potential future, it is most probably impossible for everyone to be able to afford the robust program others are able to acquire.
Therefore, I offer to those less able, the following four basic survival foods that will keep you alive and functioning in times of scarcity and civil unrest.
YOUR FOUR ESSENTIAL, BASIC SURVIVAL FOODS ARE:
1. Hard Red Winter Wheat
2. Powdered Milk, low fat preferred.
ELEMENTARY NUTRITION and CALORIES
The above four foods provide elementary nutrition and calories to keep the human body functioning.
HARD RED WINTER WHEAT
Hard red winter wheat provides the carbohydrates (calories) and basic B vitamins the human body absolutely must have. Further, sprouting winter wheat will also produce additional B vitamins, folic acid and chlorophyll to supplement one’s diet. Here in Michigan, hard red winter wheat is being harvested as I write this article.
HOW TO STORE WINTER WHEAT INDEFINITELY
Hard Red Winter Wheat must be stored dry, in airtight containers free of oxygen. To remove all traces of moisture, a quantity of desiccant (moisture remover) such as calcium oxide or silica gel should be placed in its own container, inside the airtight container with the wheat. Before sealing the airtight container holding the wheat, an inert gas like Helium can be pumped in to displace the atmospheric oxygen. An alternative to helium and be carbon dioxide in the form of dry ice.
For example, if one uses say, a 55 gallon plastic drum to store winter wheat, a one half pound block of dry ice wrapped in an insulating material and placed in the bottom of the barrel, will evaporate enough volume of CO2 to displace all atmospheric gases, including oxygen. Place the insulated block of dry ice in the bottom of the container and fill with fresh red winter wheat. Then, loosely place the lid on the drum. Immediately after the dry ice has evaporated, seal the lid.
Unfortunately, hard winter wheat is insufficient in protein quality to permit the rebuilding of muscle tissue, which must occur every day. This is where powdered milk comes in. In order for the human body to be able to rebuild muscle tissue, a particular protein must be present in the daily diet, in the amount of 1 to 1.5 grams. This crucial, essential protein is named L-Lysine.
POWDERED MILK & L-LYSINE: THE PROTEIN “BUILDING BLOCK” FOR THE HUMAN BODY
L-Lysine is the limiting amino acid (the essential amino acid found in the smallest quantity in the particular foodstuff) in all cereal grains, but is plentiful in all pulses (legumes). Foods that also contain significant amounts of lysine include:
Red meat (14,200–15,000 ppm), lamb, pork and poultry. In fish, sardines and cod.
Buffalo Gourd (10,130–33,000 ppm) in seed
Watercress (1,340–26,800 ppm) in herb.
Soybean (24,290–26,560 ppm) in seed.
Carob, Locust Bean, St.John’s-Bread (26,320 ppm) in seed;
Common Bean (Black Bean, Dwarf Bean, Field Bean, Flageolet Bean, French Bean, Garden Bean, Green Bean, Haricot, Haricot Bean, Haricot Vert, Kidney Bean, Navy Bean, Pop Bean, Popping Bean, Snap Bean, String Bean, Wax Bean) (2,390–25,700 ppm) in sprout seedling;
Ben Nut, Benzolive Tree, Jacinto (Sp.), Moringa (aka Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree), West Indian Ben (5,370–25,165 ppm) in shoot.
Lentil (7,120–23,735 ppm) in sprout seedling.
Asparagus Pea, Winged Bean (aka Goa Bean) (21,360–23,304 ppm) in seed.
Fat Hen (3,540–22,550 ppm) in seed.
White Lupin (19,330–21,585 ppm) in seed.
Black Caraway, Black Cumin, Fennel-Flower, Nutmeg-Flower, Roman Coriander (16,200–20,700 ppm) in seed.
Pea (3,170–14,995 ppm) in seed.
Spinach (1,740–20,664 ppm).
HOW TO STORE LOW FAT POWDERED MILK INDEFINITELY
THE ADVANTAGE of POWDERED, LOW FAT MILK as a survival source for essential L-LYSINE is:
Dry, low fat powdered Milk, when stored in an airtight containers kept in a cool, dry location will keep indefinitely.
No living organism can exist without salt. Salt provides the electrolyte critical to enable blood to carry nutrients and oxygen to cells, and transport waste products to organs of elimination. In fact, salt is crucial for every liquid flow process inside and outside of every cell and every system in the human body.
When there is lack of refrigeration to preserve such foods as fish or meat, salt provides a barrier for protein consuming bacteria. Thus, it acts as an anti-bacterial agent and provides long-term storage of flesh produce without the need for refrigeration.
For personal consumption, salt should contain trace amounts of the element Iodine to prevent endemic goiter; swelling of the thyroid gland. Thus, iodized salt must also be stored. My personal preference is for sea salt mined from ancient underground sea beds.
HOW TO STORE SALT
Salt should be stored in small, airtight containers of suitable size for yearly consumption needs.
RAW HONEY: Nectar of the “gods”
1. Keeps indefinitely in a sealed container.
2. Is anti-bacterial and may be used directly or in poultices to reduce and stop topical infections.
3. Contains trace amounts of valuable nutrients from pollen, as well as Vitamin C which prevents scurvy.
4. Can be used as a beneficial, delightful and flavorful sweetener in baking, beverages and daily meals.
5. Can be fermented to produce ethyl alcohol, which is also a very good anti-bacterial compound.
HOW TO STORE HONEY
In an airtight container filled to the top, honey keeps indefinitely. Left there, it can be safely stored for hundreds, even thousands of years.
If the container is not airtight, honey naturally picks up moisture from the surrounding atmosphere and will in time, begin to ferment.
WHERE TO OBTAIN RAW HONEY
Raw, unfiltered honey is best obtained directly from the beekeeper shortly after being harvested.
After raw honey has been cut from the comb, it is extracted and separated from the wax by using a centrifuge. Extracted, unfiltered raw honey contains all the valuable nutrients and trace elements we need for our survival purposes.
Many honey lovers prefer to store raw comb honey directly in sealed glass containers. Of all raw honey, combed honey contains the maximum nutritional value. And the wax can be used to make candles for emergency lighting!
Raw Honey will begin to crystallize below about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Crystallized honey in a sealed glass jar may be returned to liquid form by gently heating it in a bath of warm water not exceeding 85F degrees.
VERY IMPORTANT! Heating raw honey higher than about 90 degrees destroys its natural anti-bacterial properties and valuable nutrients. Therefore, pasteurized honey is NOT suitable for our survival purposes.
Perhaps the most important quality of honey is the fact that it contains trace amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C as you may recall, prevents scurvy. Scurvy was the dreaded scourge of the 17th and 18th century sailing world.
The qualities and benefits of raw, unfiltered natural honey is a very long list indeed. I invite you to read about them at the following site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey
And there you have it! The Four Essential Survival Foods you absolutely must have.
Don’t stay home without them!
Kind Regards to All,
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