This is a guest post By Bam Bam
I imagine that most of you are like my dh and I: we tend to stay away from junk food. But I have been reconsidering the role of junk food in our food storage. The primary reason we stay away from junk food is the empty calories—junk food tends to go to our waists (and other non-disclose-able locations). And in the interests of health, we have eliminated most junk foods from our diet.
But in a post collapse environment, we will be doing a lot more physical labor: gardening, gathering and splitting wood, hauling water, hunting wild game. Walking and biking will likely be our primary mode of transportation. So I think it is safe to say that post collapse, we will be burning extra calories. So a little junk food won’t hurt.
Junk food may actually serve an important role post collapse. We have all heard about food fatigue. During food shortages in the past, many have simply refused to eat. Especially at risk of food fatigue are children and the elderly. When people get sick of the “same old, same old,” they simply stop eating. When people are expected to eat foods to which they are not accustomed, they may choose not to eat at all. This has been borne out time and time again throughout history. An important role of junk food in one’s food storage, therefore, is to prevent food fatigue.
It is no coincidence that junk foods are also called “comfort” foods. Junk food can help to calm frazzled nerves during a time of great stress. For children, as well as for adults, junk food can provide a sense of normalcy. In America we celebrate events with junk food—Valentines Day, Easter, Christmas. And what would weddings and birthdays be without cake? A couple of instant cake mixes and brownie mixes will go a long way in helping your family adjust to the new normal—whatever that may be.
The aim of this article, therefore, is to think up various kinds of junk/comfort foods that are shelf stable and have a reasonable shelf life. Please have a look at the following list and add your thoughts below.
(Note: I do recommend that folks take care of the basics before investing in junk food—a three month supply of food your family eats regularly and a solid long-term food storage including rice, beans, wheat, oatmeal, sugar, honey, salt and powdered milk.)
Without further ado, the question of the day: what junk foods do you have stored for your family?
Junk Food/Comfort Food Items
Peanut M & M
Regular M & M
Pretzel M & M
Cereal (Captain Crunch, Sugar Pops, etc.)
Knowing my dh’s sweet tooth, I asked for his input.
DH ponders the following question, “If I were stranded on a deserted island, what junk foods would I want to have in my mouth at death?” [spoken in his most inquisitive narrator voice]:
Little Debbie Devil Food Cake
Little Debbie Zebra Cakes
Hostess Cupcakes (Chocolate)
Hostess Raspberry Coconut Zingers
Nabisco Honey Graham Crackers (Cinnamon)
Oreo Cookies (Double Filled)
Keebler Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nilla Vanilla Wafers
Royal Instant Banana Pudding
Royal Instant Chocolate Pudding
Royal Instant Vanilla Pudding
Hershey’s Krackle Bar
Malted Milk Balls
Banana Bike Taffy
Banana Bubble Gum Cigars
Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Peanuts
Triple XXX Root Beer
Okay. So now you have my list and my dh’s list. What do you plan on stocking as a treat for your family? Please share your ideas below.