Without spices, food, is at best bland and at worst it can be as appetizing as damp cardboard. Common misconceptions about survival is that M.R.E.s are good and freeze dried food essential. The reality is, no matter where you are on the globe, food is available. It is merely up too your abilities and or desire to procure it.
What doesn’t exist everywhere are the various spices that make food more then just an energy giving glop on your plate or in your cup. At the very base, if I have a knife I will be able to live quite well for as long as I have the desire too do so. However, being a person of limited physical ability, (this disability is something that regardless my desire to overcome cannot be overcome with simple excercises and dietary changes unlike many of the overweight first worlders in existence today) being a person with limited physical ability my packs are generally in the 30 pound range or 14 kilos approximately.
As the location where I currently reside is high desert, half of that is taken up with water. The rest is taken up with medical pouches, knives, ammunition and sleeping gear. So what about food? Well, in all of my packs I have 3600 calories or 2-3 days of Coast Guard protein ration bars. This weighs 26 ounces or 1.5 lbs or .70 kilos. After that, additional food is gathered via foraging, hunting, snares and or collecting from the large variety of available edible vegetation. As most people will tell you, much of the available edibles is by itself difficult to make palatable.
So, because weight is an issue I prefer to use 2-4 pounds or .90-1.8 kilos too carry local honey (raw or not raw is not nearly as big an issue as how it has been processed), salt, pepper and sugar. I pack these in individual use packets in industrial strength ziplock bags with three or four times the amount of desiccants needed for the space. Having these additional items allows me too easily ensure another two weeks of tasty meals from local vegetation alone. Add in a rabbit, deer, lizards, snakes or even javelina or other local game and I can stretch a small three day pack into the base for a home away from home. The division of these is simple and again is based on where I live. I carry one pound of honey, and divide the other pound into thirds for each pepper, salt and sugar. Understand that pepper by volume weighs less then sugar and salt and so on. The idea is to have as equal of amounts of these items as is possible. I use industrial grade zip-lock bags and desiccant to prevent moisture buildup after sealing, always add three times the amount of desiccant necessary for volume as opening and closing it will allow moisture in and reduce effectiveness of this.
Now, there is more to this then just seasoning. This is why I am so adamant as too my inclusion of these products in ones kit. AS ALWAYS ALL LINKS ARE TO THE BEST PRICING AND PRODUCT AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON!
Salt is an amazing substance, the uses it has outside of simple seasoning are astounding. I will relate a few to you.
- Mix a pinch in a cup of hot water, using your hand or a thin spout tea kettle snort/ pour a little into your congested nose. Doing this will reduce the time you remain congested. It WILL sting a little, but the end result is very much worth it.
- Worms (of the lettuce/ cabbage devouring type) will be repelled by salt, using salt to remove leeches reduces the risk of infection and is much easier then other means used.
- Salt makes a wonderful cleaner (abrasive) for cooking pots and pans when used in dry form. Reuse that same salt for removing leeches and against worms afterwards. Remember, dont waste!
- Salt is necessary for good dutch oven camp bread!
- It is a mild antidepressant, used regularly in food it can and will help with depression.
- Pepper helps aid in digestion.
- Black pepper also has a small amount of additional nutrients and has been known to assist in reducing colds, fevers and more, though there has been no blind or double blind trials completed to ensure this. (This alone is NOT a reason to discount the potential for positive benefits.)
- Did you know that children given a one part sugar four parts water solution prior to shots are more likely to weather them better?
- Using sugar in a chronic wound or infected wound can help kill bacteria preventing the healing from occurring. Do this with the sugar applied directly, and then rinse with clean/cool (boiled clean) water. Then dress the wound after layering honey on it to continue to progression towards healing. Change the dressings twice a day and check for infection.
- Spicy mouth or worse, burned your tongue? Grab a packet of sugar and let it sit on that tongue till it relieves the burning sensation.
- And this one I didnt even know about but now will be using more in my garden! Do you have nematodes infecting your plants? (those parasites that cause lumps around the base of your plants) for every 250 square feet of ground you want to use 5lbs of sugar mulched into the ground itself. This will encourage the growth of microorganisms that are hostile to nematodes!
- Does your campsite, home or land have wasp problems? Sure you can keep spraying them with water and dawn dish soap, OR, you can make a syrup of sugar and water by boiling them together and mixing in sugar till it is syrupy. This will attract and kill wasps and even flies,
There are lots more uses for this wonderful food flavoring and the best part is, most of the studies showing the negative impact of sugar, well these studies are in most cases incomplete or inconclusive. So pack the sugar!
Lastly we have my favorite, HONEY!(Always buy honey locally or harvest it yourself, darker is best for antibiotic reasons and lighter is great for flavoring!)
Last article we went over the benefits, however, here are some more.
- Antibiotic wound cleanser and healing agent.
- A small amount of honey applied over acne and say goodbye to that acne .
- Mix it with apple cider vinegar and water and say goodbye to parasites (yes folks, you should have some apple cider vinegar as well, but that is another article!)
- Use it as an soothing remedy for sore throats.
- Use it to boost your immune system
- Boost your energy.
- Flavor your food and add it too your tea, oh man, tea – far better than coffee tea can be used to help you sleep, wake you up and promote solid digestive workings as well as promoting rejuvenating energy throughout the day!
- There are literally hundreds of alternative uses for honey outside of the most important, as a stand alone food source that includes the most per spoon of all necessary nutrients!
So what uses do you have for these products, what do you include and why? Let me know, lets share the information and help others!
Free the mind and the body will follow