How To Prepare Survival Food

Learn how to prepare survival food! Learn your wild plants and which ones are edible.

Your survival may depend on preparing in advance for catastrophe.

One thing you may want to do is to learn your wild plants and which ones are edible.

Once you have established what you can eat, how do you prepare it? First never leave home without your edible plants booklet. This can and will be a lifesaver in the event you become stranded and your food supply becomes scarce. You can find a small packable plant book at any sporting goods store, or check out regular book stores as well.

After you identify your edible plants, the preparation is next. Roots and Bulbs can be harvested with a digging stick. A strong sturdy stick will do for a digging device with the emphasis on strong. To make one choose a strong preferably slender stick which is two or three inches in diameter and about a yard long. Strip off the bark and fashion a chisel point on one end. Fashion the point into a well beveled one then heat the tip to harden it. Do this several time to remove the sap from the stick and harden it even more. You now have a device that will be capable of spearing roots from under the dirt.

Now let's talk about the foods you can and will be eating. Seeds can be harvested with little or no equipment. The only real requirement is a container. For seeds that at on wild grasses you can get some cattail leaves and use it like a fly swatter to loosen the seeds that cant be removed by hand. Just beat them loose and catch them in your container.

To grind your seeds and roots find a large stone with one flat side to act as a base. Find another stone, rounded as possible This stone will be your grinding stone. Place both of these on a tarp to catch the spillage from your seeds as you grind them.

Grasp your rounded stone with both hands and roll over the seeds that you have placed on your flat base. You now have a flour or mushy base in which to use as flour or an edible paste.

Some edible plants are:

Lambs lettuce:

This plant can be cut above ground and all of it is consumable.

Miners lettuce: The leaves and stems of this plant can be eaten raw and are excellent when combined with watercress. The greens can also be cooked but this is not recommended because of valuable nutrient loss.

Watercress: Watercress can be found growing in fresh water streams and lakes. It is best eaten raw , and fresh of course. If the water supporting the cress is polluted then it can still be eaten by boiling and draining off any fluid in the pot.

Wild Strawberry: Of course you can identify a wild strawberry because of the berries. they are slightly smaller than a store bought berry , but as sweet and good as the store bought. The stems and foliage can also be eaten.

Seaweed: Seaweed is all totally edible and very bland but excellent for you. You can boil it, drain all the salt water and eat, or lay out and dry into sheets and break off and eat what you want to. Seaweed is also very useful to wrap and dry or boil other foods in.

Sagebrush: Sagebrush may provide food when food will be scarce, for instance in desert regions. It is not recommended for normal everyday eating although it is great in a pinch. Boil the seeds of the plant for emergency food. The leaves are edible also but will have a pungent tarragon taste and can be salty as well so use the leaves sparingly.

Prickly Pear Cactus: The prickly pear cactus offers year around food and water. The plant, above ground is composed of fat fleshy arms and joints and the fruit is about the size of a lemon and red to pink in color. The fruit can be eaten raw. The seeds can be eaten raw or boiled. The pulp of the joints and arms can be peeled and eaten raw or boiled or sun dried. Remember to remove the spikes first. This plant can sustain you for long periods of time and is loaded with vitamin A, B, B12, and C.

Pine: Pine trees are everywhere you look. Pine needles can be crushed or chopped and brewed into tea at any time of the year. This tea contains many nutrients and will sustain you over long periods of time in the wilderness.

By gathering pine cones and roasting them over the fire, the seeds inside the cones can then be opened and eaten. These are very tasty and again rich in Vitamins and nutrients. You can also use the cooked seeds to grind for meal for flours.

Wild Onion: The entire wild onion is edible. You can cook this, boil it, or eat it raw. Again, this onion, although not really an onion, is full of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C, and in fact has more than what is contained in five lemons. You can also crush the onion and use the juice for an insect repellant.

Oak: Oak trees are all over North American and are full of good eating. The fruit of the oak is the acorn, which has been in use even today by American Indians for soup and pudding. The nutmeat inside should taste slightly bitter or even sweet. If the taste is unpleasantly bitter you can remove the taste by roasting. If it is so bitter you can't stand it, you will have to leach out the tannic acid. This is a long complicated process in which you use fresh water for soaking at least overnight. If you're hungry, you're hungry now and probably will not have time to leach acorns in the wilderness.

Also oak leaves, if pest free are edible raw.

Maple: Maple Trees will provide year around food guaranteed. The seeds are edible raw or roasted and can be pounded into flour. The sap can be obtained in early spring by drilling a hole in the tree. This thin sweet sap is filled with nutrients and is moisture giving.

Before you go on a backpacking outing or hiking event, plan carefully.

Be familiar with your native plants and be sure to pack you plant book so you will be able to identify and process your edible plants properly.

It could mean your survival.

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