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    Some time back, I put together a 3 month supply of canned goods and distilled water in order to have emergency supplies in case of a catastrophe. Since going primal, I went back and reviewed the contents of that supply and was appalled at some of the choices. Rather than recount the specifics, let's just say that I have to eliminate about half of it.

    So, here is the question: how can you put together a reasonably balanced emergency food supply while remaining pretty much primal?
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  • #2
    canned salmon, tuna
    protein powder (I don't use this, but seems like it might work in a pinch)
    jerky, nuts, pork rinds, dried fruit

    hmm... this is tough if most of your diet is fresh produce and/or requires a freezer!
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    • #3
      Living in earthquake country, I keep a few summer sausages in the back of my pantry just in case. That's in addition to my regularly rotating stock of canned tuna, protein powder and preserved veggies. And of course, a 3 day supply of water, a manual can opener, candles/flashlights and my first aid kit.
      Honestly, I think if push came to shove most of us would eat beans or rice or whatever. (I'd stay gluten free though, I can't help out in an emergency if I'm hanging out in the "outhouse" the whole time)


      • #4
        I have coconut milk, canned fish, canned veggies, dried fruit, nuts/seeds, and nut butter. We also grow a garden and have chickens and beef.


        • #5
          Don't forget that your fridge and freezer will keep food cold for quite a while as long as you keep the door closed as much as possible.

          Yeah, I grew up in earthquake country too. It's just something you deal with.


          • #6
            Dig a well. And a root cellar.

            1. A stack of spears.
            2. A book of recipes for common household pets (puppies, dogs, cats, ferrets, etc).
            3. A deep chest freezer.
            4. A generator to run the freezer.
            5. Plenty of diesel to run the generator. (research how long diesel lasts in closed containers)
            6. Plenty of frozen fish, fowl, and hooved critters packed in said freezer

            Smoked and jerked meat, dehydrated veggies, bags of white rice (not primal, but in an emergency), canned meat, canned veggies, a good supply of root veggies. Gallons and gallons and gallons of water.

            Coleman fuel - lots of it - to go with your Coleman grill.


            • #7
              I have
              grocery store variety canned meats, lots of different kinds (tuna, chicken, salmon, beef, etc.)
              grocery store canned veggies
              grocery store canned fruits
              dry beans (variety)
              rice (variety)
              and yes
              flour, sugar, powdered eggs, etc.
              If no one else has food, they can eat what I usually don't
              I'm sure in an emergency I'd eat my share of bread and biscuits
              Last edited by Cletc; 06-25-2011, 08:11 PM.


              • #8
                Three months!? Sheesh, if something that catastrophic happens, I think food will not be the problem... It won't even take that long to load up the Space Ark and leave Earth...

                There is a Space Ark.... Isn't there?


                • #9
                  there's a thread somewhere around here called "caveman cache" with a lot of great ideas. keep your non-primal food stores. they can be of use to others, or yourself if you run out of the good stuff. donate it to a food bank right before it expires.
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                  • #10
                    I just switched to primal and I was wondering this same thing! I think I'll just start stocking up on the stuff people mentioned above. I do have quite a bit of standard storage food but I won't get rid of it, because it would be better to have it than nothing at all. And if nothing else, it will be a good chicken feed.

                    One of my goals is to get to the point where I don't have to concern myself with that. As in, be living on the land and raising my own meat, veggies and fruit. It's a slow process but we'll get there.
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                    • #11
                      I looked at my food storage last week also and realized that I need to do some modifying. Not everyone in my extended family follows the primal way so it won't go wasted but I need to add more primal for my daughter and myself. Time to get my dehydrator out again anyway!


                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the good suggestions, folks.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by DFH View Post
                          Three months!? Sheesh, if something that catastrophic happens, I think food will not be the problem... It won't even take that long to load up the Space Ark and leave Earth...

                          There is a Space Ark.... Isn't there?
                          You do realize that a lost and search of job in this economy can become a "emergency", right !? Last time i've checked, your country have around 40 millions people on food stamps O_..

                          Lets not forget that most people in North America (both north and south of the border) are living paycheck to paycheck. A month of food is a bare minimum in my book, 3 months is better and it only make economic sense when central banks print money like there is no tomorrow.
                          Last edited by Schneider; 06-26-2011, 02:39 PM.


                          • #14
                            I'm with you. The conclusion I've come to, is to learn the skill of brining and salt curing meat, making dry cured sausages (not just pork, but from beef, lamb, and poultry too). Learn cheesemaking if you do dairy. Learn to garden. Learn to lactoferment vegetables. When you have stuff to store, learn the skill of root cellaring. Store heirloom open pollinated seeds. Store seeds for sprouting. And this might not be all that popular, but I also store grains and legumes, and I'm learning about sourdough. In the event of a long term catastrophe, I'll go back to eating grains and legumes for as long as I have them, and I'll soak and sprout and ferment and do my best with them.

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                            • #15
                              One very valuable tip from some of my Mormon friends (who store a year's worth of food and goods) is to make sure you also store some of your creature comforts- condiments, chocolate, coffee, and the like. The "little things" that help you feel comfortable, secure, and not deprived. Necessary for survival? no. But quality of life counts, too! And REALLY helps maintain normalcy for children.