Have you ever heard of protein poisoning? Me either! Protein poisoning is a condition that is not uncommon in long term survival situations. We’ve been talking about short and long term power outages, but when Survival Spot had vegetable oil high on its list of 100 Things That Disappear First in a National Emergency, I wondered about that. Oil is not something I have much of on hand, and it’s not something I use a great deal. I don’t fry foods often; popcorn is our biggest drain on oil, and popcorn certainly is not a requirement for survival. And it certainly would not be a major point for an average power outage. However . . .should we be faced with a very long term national emergency, that would literally require us to ‘live off the land,’ protein poisoning is something to be aware of.
Some rural people – and I admit I have been one of these – tend to think that in a worst case scenario, we can always rely on rabbits and squirrels to keep us alive. Rabbits are the most lean meat there is, and most other game meats are very low in fat content. In good times, we consider that a good thing. But in bad times, we desperately need that fat. If we eat a diet of ONLY low-fat meat, we can actually starve to death with a belly-full of food. So what can we do to prepare for this admittedly remote possibility?
Raise Your Own Livestock
By raising your own livestock, you can collect and save, the fat in the meat. You can render the lard at home. This added bit of fat to your diet can make the difference between life and death. But since we are talking about a major, long-term national emergency, consider how you will provide for the animals without electricity and access to feed stores. Don’t forget water.
Stock up on Protein Sources Ahead of Time
Create a supply of food that has a long shelf life and stash it away. Look for freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, and other proteins such as butter powders, sour cream powders, and other basics. Pressure can fatty meats at home, just in case.
Explore Your Backyard Grocery Store
Spend time in your own back yard looking for edible plants. Many weeds are a healthy addition to a survival diet. Cultivate them rather than killing them. Plant an edible ‘Weed Garden.’ Look for nut trees and wild berry trees and determine if they are edible. God really has provided us with an abundance if we just look for it.
Know How to Plant a Garden
Unless you live in an apartment complex, you have room to plant a garden. You might have to till up your pretty front yard, but at least know how to do that and have the tools and seeds necessary should it be required for survival. Even those in apartment complexes can learn how to use patios and container gardening. One very important thing to know: hybrid seeds will not produce viable seeds for the next growing season. It is imperative that you keep a supply of heirloom seeds – just in case.
Store Oils Properly
Storing cooking oils is a bit tricky, since it tends to go rancid quite easily. It freezes well, and the shelf life doesn’t begin until it is thawed. So whatever you have in a freezer will last for a year after this hypothetical national emergency begins. Therefore, do not store more than you will use in a year. That can work if you have a means to begin raising livestock at that point.
To store oils without a freezer, keep it cool and dark. Select the highest quality of oils and consider storing shortening instead. You can extend the shelf life of your stored oil by adding BHT. Survival Center says:
“BHT is available over the counter in the retail trade, but you have to know where to look for it. The only retail distributor of the anti-oxidant that I am thus far aware of is Twin Laboratories (TwinLab), Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. Their BHT comes in the form of 250 mg gelatin capsules. I’ve been able to find their product in several local health food stores. It is also available through mail order sources.”
I sincerely hope that we never have to face a calamity that would put us face-to-face with protein poisoning. But if we are prepared, we will not have to worry about it at all. Think ahead, stock up, and be resourceful!