This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info...
This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Gayle from Gainesville
It’s hard to imagine people starving while surrounded by stores of foods. Yet this happens. Even the Israelites were subject to food boredom. They were sick of manna. They whined and complained about eating the same thing day in and day out. (Num. 2:15).
This phenomenon is known as “food fatigue” or “appetite fatigue”. When forced to eat the same thing over and over again, people simply stop eating. They would rather die than eat the same thing again.
“Most people don’t have enough variety in their storage. 95% of the people I’ve worked with have only stored four basic items: wheat, milk, honey, and salt. Statistics show most of us won’t survive on such a diet for several reasons. a) Many people are allergic to wheat and may not be aware of it until they are eating it meal after meal. b) Wheat is too harsh for young children. They can tolerate it in small amounts but not as their main staple. c) We get tired of eating the same foods over and over and many times prefer to not eat, then to sample that particular food again. This is called appetite fatigue. Young children and older people are particularly susceptible to it.
Store less wheat than is generally suggested and put the difference into a variety of other grains, particularly ones your family likes to eat. Also store a variety of beans, as this will add color, texture, and flavor. Variety is the key to a successful storage program. It is essential that you store flavorings such as tomato, bouillon, cheese, and onion.”
In this post, I want to focus on oatmeal. I have a case of oatmeal in storage and I just ordered another four cases. Oatmeal is healthy, filling, inexpensive and low in calories. And that makes oatmeal an excellent survival food.
When the SHTF, my family will be eating a lot of oatmeal. Here’s the question: what shelf stable foods can I store to make oatmeal more palatable? If you’ve ever tried plain oatmeal, it’s not very good. Do you want to try to get your children to eat plain oatmeal? Probably not. You probably don’t want to eat plain oatmeal yourself.
What else can be stocked to make oatmeal more palatable? This is a question that should be addressed now, while there’s still time to add to the larder.
- Apple butter
- Banana chips (dehydrated)
- Blueberries (dehydrated)
- Blueberry Syrup
- Blackberry Syrup
- Brown sugar (or molasses and white sugar)
- Canned fruits
- Canned pumpkin
- Caramel Syrup
- Chocolate Chips or Hot Chocolate Mix
- Corn Syrup
- Cranberries (dried)
- Hazelnut Syrup
- Maple syrup
- Peaches (dehydrated)
- Peanut butter
- Raspberry Syrup (or coffee flavoring)
- Strawberries (dehydrated)
- Vanilla Extract
I think that once the “S” hits the “FAN” most of us will be eating lots of oatmeal—it’s cheap, filling, nutritious and easy to prepare. So here’s the question: how do you like your oatmeal? Please add your thoughts below.
Note: In addition to oatmeal, most of us plan on serving pancakes for breakfast. Just about everything on this list can do double duty for making pancakes interesting—just don’t forget the powdered butter!
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
- First Prize) Winner will receive a gift certificate for $170 worth of Winchester Ammo donated by Lucky Gunner. A Smith & Wesson Heat Treated Collapsible 21″ Baton and a copy of my book Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat.
- Second Prize) Winner will receive a Wise Food Storage meat bucket and 3 dozen Tattler Reusable Canning Lids donated by LPC Survival.
- Third Prize) Winner will receive a LifeStraw water filter system donated by Eartheasy and a copy of the Wolf Pack Cookbook.