Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Survival Foraging in 2012


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(Information for anyone to use that has realized self dependence is number one. The unconstitutional ndda of 2012 that was passed by congress and signed by the illegal president seals the fate of America. It deleted the 5,6,7 amendments that protected Americans from the government! Its a different 'ballgame" now if you know what mean. This blog will concentrate on self preservation and self reliance in the future because the writing is on the wall.) Story Reports

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Survival Foraging

Survival foraging on the move. This simple but effective method requires the survivor to expend little additional energy yet can produce a bountiful harvest of very nutritious wild edibles.

The main criteria for the Survival foraging on the move method are:

You are attempting to walk from point A to point B, perhaps toward help.
That the wild foods you gather be on the direct route of travel and require a minimum of time and effort for acquisition.
You do not veer off your chosen path to chase after anything fleeing, and thereby use up precious energy and time that may become wasted effort.
You throw away any food prejudices you may have. Remember, insects and other creepy crawlies are being used as food on a daily basis by many cultures throughout the world. Do not put your survival at risk due to ignorance.

The idea for successful survival foraging is to keep a constant eye out for easy-to-get wild edibles no matter how small or of what type (animal, insect, or plant) they might be. Stick to your route and pause momentarily to collect edibles of opportunity as you go. This means that anything you harvest is almost free energy since you have to walk the route anyway and you will need occasional rest breaks that the collection of food will conveniently provide.

Practicing Survival Foraging

Walk through the forest for several miles toward an intended destination, continually scanning the immediate surroundings for anything that might be able to add to the cooking pot with only minimal effort.

Edible Clover

Woods sorrel clover is a plant that prefers to grow in cooler, damp areas of the forest. It is an excellent salad green with delicious lemony flavors. Though low on calories as are many vegetables, this wild edible plant contains many important nutrients that will help your body maintain and heal itself. Collect woods sorrel on my way. An important part of Survival Foraging on the Move: the short breaks you take while gathering the food items provide the necessary rest-stops as you travel over long distances.

Slugs are Good Survival Food

A common slug inching across a damp rock is a good choice. Wild survival foods that can run, wiggle, or fly are put into a container that has several inches of water in it. This immobilizes the creatures so that they cannot escape when the cover is opened to add more.


Eat the Bugs that Eat You!

Most insects are an excellent source of fats and protein. In a survival situation do not pass up any source of free food. It all adds up and may help you live another day.

Eating Grasshoppers – Excellent Survival Food

In a little clearing in the woods walking through the tall grass dozens of large grasshoppers were jumping. It was like herding miniature livestock. Some of these grasshoppers were almost as large as my little finger and quite easy to catch because the cool weather made them somewhat lethargic.

Because the grasshoppers were an easy to gather source of high protein and fat energy, take a five minute break and capture several of this excellent survival food.

Survival Starches

The Indian Cucumber plant is easily identifiable and has a starchy root that is something between a cucumber and a potato. This nutritious root is easily harvested with a short digging stick. It only takes a few seconds to extract the root using the narrow end of a tomahawk. AN excellent survival food high in starch and at little cost in terms of time or energy expended.

Ants are Good Survival Food Snacks

A nest of black ants that had created a mound on the surface of the ground. A bear had already harvested the nest, and the ants were busy rebuilding. Following the bears method, dig into the nest with a swipe of a tomahawk to expose a swarm of angry ants and ant pupae, gathere both and put them into the jug of water. It was easy to capture the ants as they attacked my hand but were too small to do anything but give a light pinch.

Be warned that some species of ants have the ability to sting or bite and can be very dangerous especially in large numbers. Even so, all species of ants are edible.


Pine Needles are Nutritious

White pine tree (pinus strobus) the needles of which are very high in vitamin C and other nutrients. It is a easy matter to gather a handful of its green needles. Vitamin C is a very important nutrient for the survivor as it is essential for the recovery process and the healing of wounds. In a real survival situation you could also strip off the edible inner bark of the pine tree, which comes off in thick sheets quite easily.


Cooking the Survival Food

As traveled along you are going to need a fire in order to cook the wild survival foods. Cooking is important as this will not only make the food more appealing but also destroy parasites or disease causing organisms that may be in the water, the insects, or the dirt on the roots gathered. A sheet of birch bark that had fallen from a tree is an excellent fire starter.

A small stream is an excellent place to obtain water for cooking and for refilling water containers. Of course any untested source of water must be treated to destroy pathogens, no matter how pristine it may appear. This beautiful clear brook may harbor giardia or even a dead moose just upstream.

A good method of making water safe to drink is to boil it. Boiling is the best method for destroying disease causing organisms. Carry a 1-pint Kelly Kettle that also serves as the container for a survival kit. Rig the Kelly kettle with a pot holder extension so that you can use it for cooking food at the same time you you boil drinking water.

An afternoon meal of foraged on the move wild survival foods are simmering in the cook pot:

1/4 liter wood sorrel petals
11 slugs
2 deer flies
8 large grasshoppers
50 medium size black ants and ant pupae
A handful of Indian Cucumber roots
A handful of pine needles, chopped
One chicken bouillon cube, from survival kit

The wood sorrel quickly cooked down into a small amount greens, something like spinach but much more tasty. Its lemon flavor makes for excellent soup flavoring!

Chock full of protein, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins, Survival foraging on the move provides an ample tasty meal in just a few hours time during which a jorney is completing. Survival foraging on the move is like a large treasure hut in which you put your survival food gathering skills to the test.

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