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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Food Items We Have in Bug Out Back Packs

Today I wanted to share some food items we have in our packs. One item is Sioux Corn Meal Wasna and the recipe is from this site: http://www.ethnicook.com/recipes/Sioux.htm
Wasna is a kind of power bar, rolled into balls, that hearkens back to when most of the Lakhota/Nakota/Dakota people were settled farmers in the Midwest. Browning the corn meal reproduces the flavor of the parched corn used as travel supplies by Native Americans across the country.

2-1/2 pounds corn meal
1/2 box raisins (1/2 pound)
2 cups sugar
1 cup tallow (render from suet, or substitute
solid shortening)
Equipment: two cake pans to brown flour,
saucepan to melt tallow, wax paper
1. Pour corn meal into two large cake pans, and
brown 30 minutes in a 325-degree oven. Or brown in dry cast iron frying pan on medium, stirring constantly.
2. "Soak raisins in enough water to moisten every
3. Stir corn meal and let it cool.
4. Mix corn meal, sugar, and raisins.
5. Melt tallow in a saucepan over low heat. Don't
let it get too hot or catch fire.
6. Mix melted tallow thoroughly with corn meal
7. Roll wasna in into 1-1/2-inch balls, and wrap
in wax paper.
8. Chill or freeze to harden.

This is a very delicious recipe. Satisfying, nutritious, and filling. It can also be left crumbly and then just eaten with fingers or spoon. I have made this recipe as is and also added a variety of ground nuts, seeds, wheat germ and a variety of dried fruit. The point of this recipe is it's nutritional value. If you add this to your stored food, make sure you seal it tightly or vacuum seal it to make it last longer. After being stored for awhile, if its not vacuum sealed it will start to taste stale.

We also have a couple big bags of chia seeds from Big John. You can buy them here: http://www.apachechia.com/ They are wonderfully delicious, nutritious and in a survival situation you want lots of nutrition in a small space.

We have a dehydrator that we use a lot. I recommend to everyone that if you don't have one - get one and learn how to use it. They are wonderful. I dehydrate just about everything and it's so easy to take your leftover dinners/casseroles and dehydrate them, put into a zip lock and label. It will be a taste treat to rehydrate some familiar homemade food. Jerky is easy to make and tasty.

The other food item we have, that I hope all of you already have, is Heirloom seeds! Again, Big John has the best quality/quantity and price I've found on the web. Here: http://www.survivalistseeds.com/ It really is a no brainer to realize we are going to have to be able to grow our own food in a survival situation.

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