SHTFPreparedness may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page.
If you really want to feel like Neo from The Matrix take the time to fully understand and seek out the food in your local area.
I always like to gauge my comfort level by my desire to eat certain edibles. Mulberries, dandelion, and plantain are all examples of this. These are foods I eat when I am out in the wild. I always chew long pine needles and smell that great scent in sassafras leaves. This all equates to proficiency in finding these edibles
Lambsquarters are an incredible wild edible that grows in most places and can be eaten immediately upon finding it. In fact, it’s the type of wild edible that is best enjoyed fresh.
Lambsquarters have a strange, almost bluish hue, on their youngest leaves. The leaves are shaped like serrated arrowheads. They grow a little over a foot tall and are a gem.
Now, you will not get full from eating Lambsquarters alone but they are a welcome snack in the wild. Then can also be mixed up with other great greens like wild cress, dandelion and maybe even some wild onion. That’s a great little foraged salad.
The Lost Art of Foraging
As survivalism finds its way into a new age of preppers and homesteaders, the skill of foraging wild edibles is going dim. It could be the fact that we are in dire straights in many avenues of civilization. Sure, it seems like a much better idea to put up 5-gallon buckets of rice than to understand how to pick wild edibles.
Of course, the ability to seek out food is a renewable means of eating. Buckets of rice will eventually go away. Food will likely be growing out there long after you are gone.
Do not turn your back on the types of skills that have floated our human race for so long. We have literally been foraging for thousands of years.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.