Eat your way through Armageddon: The best survival foods
In case asteroids strike, plague breaks out or the undead rise from their graves, you should always have an emergency plan to fall back on. To avoid going hungry whilst hunkering down in your shelter, you’ll definitely need a good supply of survival food and the know-how to store it.
1. By far the best option are foods that have a long shelf life and require little storage space.
2. They must also meet your nutritional needs: high calories (you’ll need as many as you can get), protein, minerals and vitamins are all essential.
3. While the food shouldn’t take up too much space, you still need to be able to store it in large quantities.
4. As a precaution, the rations must be easy to transport if you ever have to flee in a hurry.
5. It goes without saying that the safety of your food stores should be a top priority. It would be heartbreaking - both figuratively and literally - if you build up a good supply, only to see it spoiled by flood, fire or infestation.
Long lasting fish like salmon and tuna provide you with plenty of protein and healthy fats like Omega 3. Better yet, you can eat it straight out of the can. If you can’t eat a whole one, any remains must be kept in a fridge. If there’s no electricity, share the can with others - wasting leftovers is great way to speed up your own death sentence.
This all-purpose staple is rich in calories and protein, as well as important vitamins and minerals. Dry and non-perishable, rice is the perfect long-life food. Store it in a cool place and away from moisture in airtight containers such as Kilner jars.
The only downside: brown rice needs to cook for a relatively long time, especially when fuel could be at a premium. Always ensure you have enough gas for a cooker or wood for a fire, before you get started.
Whether black, kidney or lima, all beans are high in calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Although you’ll need to soak them in water before cooking, unlike canned beans, they are easier to transport. In the event that you have to make an unscheduled escape from the undead, the dried version is always your best bet.
Nuts and seeds
Essential minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and protein can also be found in loose nuts without their shell, such as almonds or peanuts, as well as sunflower seeds. They are light and can be stored in large quantities - follow the same procedure as you did for brown rice. Important: do not buy, steal or scavenge salted nuts. These make you thirsty and dehydrated, which in turn threatens to use up your precious water supplies even faster.
Look for brands with a high calorie content, as well as protein and nutrients. To be able to indulge in something that lifts the soul in times of catastrophe, you should always hoard a few chocolate bars.
Raw meat, preserved by such age-old techniques as air-drying or curing, is a well-established survival food. It is long lasting and provides you with an abundance of carbohydrate and protein. Try learning to make it yourself. This knowledge can be vital if you have to go hunting and need an energy-free way to store the meat
Algae is an official superfood in disaster situations. In powder form or as a pill, it provides a bounty of vitamins and nutrients, which will strengthen your immune system and have an antibacterial effect. It takes up little space and can be stored for a very long period of time.
Last but by no means least, water is the most crucial element for your survival - you can go for more than three weeks without food, but only three to five days without any H₂O. Ration yourself to four litres a day - two for drinking water, the rest for cooking and hygiene. This might be the end of days, but there’s still no excuse not to wash your hands after a trip to the loo.