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Have you considered aquaculture for sourcing protein? While we have all tasted the TVP in our freeze-dried meals, it’s safe to say that we are going to want and need more than that in a long term disaster.
TVP is textured vegetable protein and while not inherently dangerous, its also not inherently tasty. So after about a month of it, you might be looking for alternate protein sources.
Aquaculture is the raising of fish for eating and use in your garden. It’s a tremendous undertaking and not everyone can afford or handle it. However, its the old fish in a barrel scenario.
No matter how you slice it, fish is the easiest protein to obtain. They just offer up so much to the average person and they are limited in how they can get away. While many like the prospect of fishing because it can be passive or even fun, fishing is a core skill in terms of disaster preparedness.
While fishing gear can be made from cans and bottles or you can store some of your own, it will help to have some hooks and line in some fashion. This could make all the difference. However, hook and line is not the only way to get after those fish.
Nets with the right sized holes are going to make a huge difference for you. You have to know the size of fish you are after but a high-quality gill net can be set out and filled up all by itself.
You will be blown away at just how effective netting fish can be. The fish become stuck in the net and are just waiting for you to harvest them.
If you cannot find the fishing in a smaller creek, you can also set the net downstream and walk up a mile or two and then just walk through the creek splashing the water, all the way down to your net. You will spook something into the trap.