Top 10 emergency food sTuffs
Powdered milk: No power, ice or fridge required. Powdered milk is a source of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium and phosphorous. Simply add water or add the powder to a meal. Mix one measure of powder with three measures of water to make ‘milk’, or use it as a meal thickener and for flavour.
Flour: Rediscover the Jamie Oliver in you and see what you can create with flour. Simple stuff like scones, damper, dumplings and roti fill hungry bellies. With some basic additives, flour can form the centrepiece of a real meal. After all, bread is a staple food for many cultures.
Rice: Rice gives your body energy in the form of carbohydrates. It also has vitamin B and other minerals in it. It has little fat and is easy to digest. It’s no wonder half the world’s population subsists wholly or partially on rice. Grains usually have a best-by date and not an expiration date, and can be stored for up to 30 years in the right conditions.
Curry powder: Curry powder eases pain and inflammation, protects the immune system from bacterial infections and increases the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body. This is because it’s high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. That’s not surprising given that curry powder typically contains a range of spices including turmeric, coriander, cardamom, cumin, sweet basil, red pepper, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, or mustard seeds, all of which have individual health benefits.
Dehydrated vegetables: Bring on the powdered spuds, dehydrated peas and don’t forget the dried onion flakes and the dried herbs! After all, flavour makes a difference when your morale is down. Did you know that dehydrated food retains more of its nutrients than either frozen or canned foods?
Dried beans and legumes: You need a lot more time, water and a cooking source to take advantage of dried beans and legumes but they go a long, long way. If you have a hoard of hungry mouths to feed, they’re a good source of protein and carbs.
Longlife meals: No one likes a bread and water diet. And not everyone is a bush tucker man able to procure food from the land. So make things easier on yourself. These are lightweight and good to go. Use them to bolster a meal, not as the only item on the menu. Available in freeze-dried and ‘boil in a bag’ versions.
Sugar: Sugar is blamed for many of the world’s health problems. But, without it, your body would cease to function properly. And when the going gets tough, mix a teaspoon of sugar with a 1/3 teaspoon of salt to a litre of water for a basic electrolyte drink.
Honey: Its acidity, lack of water and the presence of hydrogen peroxide allow this sticky treat to last forever if properly stored. So it’s a great source of energy and is also an excellent barrier against infection for wounds, burns or cuts.
Salt: Salt is essential for life. Without it, our bodies become chemically unbalanced, our muscles and nervous system cease to function and eventually we die. It also makes food taste good.
Added extra – vitamin C tablets or kale powder: More explorers and intrepid travellers have fallen ill with scurvy than many other factors. Because it is water soluble, it doesn’t store well and degrades over time whilst cooking, freezing and dehydrating degrades it further. The best sources of Vitamin C are fresh: rockmelon, citrus, kiwi fruit, mango, pawpaw, pineapple, and berries.