For this edition of the Emergency Food Storage blog, I’d like to talk about Everyday Survival Food. You could say it’s related to our previous article Home Emergency – Everyday Survival Items. In the Home Emergency – Everyday Survival Items article, we talked about regular everyday items that you can use in survival situations. For this article, I’d like to talk about everyday food that you can use for survival. Does this survival food have a long shelf life? Does this survival food provide sustenance? Does this survival have other uses aside from being consumed? Of course, all of these leading questions points toward a yes. But what food am I talking about? Read on my friend.
Everyday Survival Food – Honey
That’s right. Honey! It’s probably the best everyday survival food that you can have at home. Aside from being a natural sweetener, this sweet stuff can help you in survival situations. Raw honey in particular has a high nutritive value, and provides a natural energy boost (100 gr of honey will give you 304 kcal). Another great thing about honey is that it lasts forever. Okay not forever, but if placed in a proper container and in the right conditions, a long time. Pots of honey were found by archaeologists in an ancient tomb in Egypt and were still edible despite being 3,000 years old. This is testament to how long honey can last.
How does honey last so long? Honey is a type of sugar and sugar is hygroscopic. Hygroscopic means that it contains very little water and can suck in moisture when unsealed. This low moisture environment is inhabitable to most bacteria and microorganisms. Plus, honey is extremely acidic with a pH level from 3 to 4.5 making it not a good place to live in.
With that being said, what else can honey do?
Everyday Survival Food as First Aid
Mix two teaspoons of honey, two cloves of garlic, and one cup of hot water and you’ve got a cold remedy. For stomach pains and insomnia, mix 2 teaspoons of chamomile flower petals, 1 teaspoon of honey, and boil in a cup of water. Don’t forget to strain the petals. Take honey straight and it can be a cure for sore throat and reduce phlegm. Apply it topically to soothe bug bites and stings. Remember the part where we talked about hygroscopic, pH levels, and all that stuff? Because of those properties, honey can be used for cuts and burns since it inhibits the growth of microorganism and bacteria. Honey also produces hydrogen peroxide via a glucose oxidase enzyme reaction when it’s diluted by wound exudates.
Everyday Survival Food as Preservative
Honey is one of the best survival foods due to the fact that it’s a great natural preservative. It can be used to preserve meat, vegetables, and fruits. The honey acts as a way to preserve food without refrigeration by drawing out moisture. It also improves taste and adds a complimentary sweet flavor. During the medieval period, people often kept vegetables and fruits in honey filled jars. Ancient Romans used honey to preserve herbs, flowers, seeds, meat and even rare game that had been brought overseas from the conquered countries. Ancient Assyrians, who lived in a region east of Egypt, also preserved corpses in honey. Some of this information may not be helpful in a survival situation. I just wanted to point out that honey is a great preservative.
Sweet Survival Food
What do you know? This sweet treat really is one of the best, if not the best survival food. Aside from its taste and the flavor that it adds to food, it has a multitude of other uses. From curing coughs and colds, treating wounds, preserving food and corpses. Honey has been around for thousands of years and probably helped shape civilizations. I’m guessing honey will still be here a couple of thousand more.
What other uses do you have for honey aside from putting it on your toast? Let us know by leaving a comment below.