Urban Survival – The Matter of Food

Urban Survival  – The Matter of Food

“I don’t have food to eat.”

“Food is perishable so if I’m lucky, I buy stuff but after several days it goes bad and I throw it out.  Wasted.”

“I can’t survive on a can of beans, dried ramen, crackers and peanut butter, and frankly I’m already sick of it!”

“I don’t know how to cook.”

“What are we going to eat?”

Tonight’s thought is about your predicament. You’re working but after major expenses are paid, you don’t have enough money left to buy a good meal.


Or say, you’re working full-time, but debt has gotten a major foothold in your household, and you got many mouths to feed but after the bills, there’s little cash left for food.

Your credit cards are maxed out, and the equilibrium point of no-return where the daily compounded interests on your outstanding debt is now in hyperspace, and compounding three-times what you can’t even pay anymore.

Or you’ve had the misfortune of being “in-between” jobs for so much longer than you had ever expected to be.

Or you’re a struggling student with limited funds, and cash and credit are well…barebones.

Or you’re a retiree with barely enough residual cash for food.

So you attempt to stretch the dollars, you attempt to eat less or not at all, you attempt to rationalize that there’s no out because there’s just not enough money to buy food that will keep long enough before it goes bad. In the meantime, you’re getting weak without food. The cycle is predictable. The downward spiral seems monumental.

You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen hikers, campers, mountaineers prepare their foods hunkered over small fire or propane stove. You might have seen astronauts eat it, or military Special OPS eat it, and you might have even thought, it’s not for you because you’re not any of the above.

But you are human. Food is a human need. There is no difference. Your basic instinct is to survive. But instinct alone doesn’t ensure your survival. You broaden your perspective on your plight. You broaden your perspective of food in unconventional form to feed you, and sustain you.

But what you might not have seen or heard about is the uncanny,beautiful application of eating virtually fresh food which has been in storage for dozens of years waiting for the opportune moment to help you get through a rough time. Yes, that includes natural disasters such as destructive storms as well as economic storms that is equally deadly, equally destructive, and equally horrific.

Been there, done that, I can personally say the perspective of being broke or near broke, for one-day or one-year is one of the scariest experiences anyone can NOT hope to encounter. If you’re in this situaion, try to understand it’s not a put down. It’s situational. It’s a situation we can only hope will turn itself around in time. Time is where you have to give yourself wiggle room.

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The fundamentals of preparing for a natural calamity such as a hurricane, earthquake, snow storm, tornado, flood, etc. is no different than the fundamentals of preparing for economic disaster: lost of job, under-employment, un-employment, divorce, separation from a relationship gone bad, and so many other calamities which highlight the fragility of being human beings when events turn bad.

The basic fundamental in the case of Urban Survival – The Matter of Food, is applying total flexibility and adaptability in using freeze-dried food as a nutritious source of food to feed yourself and those close to you.

Keep in mind real food that is properly freeze-dried and packaged properly  is Not the same as “dried food”. “Dried food” could include dried fruits, beef jerky, nuts, which have a limited shelf life, way less than freeze-dried foods.

Mountain House freeze-dried food has a 25-30 year shelf life when stored properly. Their foods are real-food cooked and then freeze-dried in huge processing plants. I recommend you check their website on the internet for details.

Many years ago, I read a story about a man who had purchased Mountain House freeze-dried food just in case there was a nuclear war. So yes, we’re talking about sometime in the 1960’s. So he slowly but routinely purchased his canned entrees which then had a 20-25 year shelf life. The reason why the shelf life is now 30-year Plus, is because Mountain House products when opened 30-years later were all still good! Beside vacuum sealed and other production methods, the entrees are miraculous.

So fast forward 30-years later, the man unfortunately got divorced and was the single-parent of his young son. Due to an industry slow down, he was layed off. Struggling to make ends meet, and struggling to feed himself and his son, he remembered that he had in storage his Mountain House freeze-dried food. Unsure if the food was still good, he opened a can, prepared the food and taste-tested it. To his own surprise, the food was “still good”. He said in commenting, that the flavor seemed to have diminished a little but otherwise it was good. And he and his son subsisted on freeze-dried food during the roughest of times.

I think you see where I’m going with this. We can survive by eating freeze-dried foods during an economic downturn. Mountain House prepares fresh, real foods, cooked, seasoned, freeze-dried, and ready to be reconstituted.

The “make it in the pouch” is basically if you’re in a hiking, camping, or survival situation. In the Urban situation if you have a kitchen, stove and fresh water source, it’s even easier to prepare it. There is no cooking. There is no food preparation. There is no hum-bug.


Here’s what you do:

Depending on how much water is required by instructions on the entree product whether in a pouch or the can, bring a pot of water (say 2 – 3 cups) to a boil, remove the pot of boiling water from the stove, open the pouch, remove and discard the “moisture packet” (its not harmful but merely absorbs moisture to keep help prolong the life of the entree), empty the contents of your entree into the pot, stir well, and cover the pot. Let sit for several minutes.  This is the “cooking” and reconstituting. That’s it.

(Be sure to turn off your stove).

If you’re using the “can” version, you just need to portion out the quantity you want per serving. If you have a large family, then the contents of one can is for such purpose, but if you’re single or a couple, you portion out the contents of the can. The can comes with a plastic resealable cover. The freeze-dried contents of the can will be good for a week or two a room temperature.

If you have any leftover from your “cooked entree”, put in the refrigerator as you would any other freshly prepared entree.

If you are able too, since the shelf-life of these entrees is virtually a very long time, you can use whenever it’s best for you. Just invest in as many as you can, and when you’ll have virtually a great meal to keep you going during a calamity.  It can also help you save money because you’ll won’t be spending money for perishable food over a prolonged time. The idea is to survive during the hardest periods of time.

Even if you can spare only enough money to buy one pouch, start by buying one pouch. The idea is to start. You can carry it with you because it’s so light, and it virtually will keep unopened for an extremely long time, perhaps even time for you to weather the storm you are currently in or about to be.

You’re going for the long haul.  To survive.

Good luck!