Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Survival Soup

Food and water will always be a major concern in any survival situation. A limited capacity to cook and prepare meals will also be an additional problem you may experience. There is also the problem of insuring proper nutrition during this time in order to avoid additional problems you will not need. A quick and simple solution is soup for your survival.

Examine the different ingredients for soup and water will be the main and foremost ingredient of any soup. It is the primary ingredient of all soups. The water in soup will help to avoid any dangerous effects from dehydration…a major problem in any survival situation and a staple for combating the effects of many routine illnesses. It will also allow you to counter any lack of nutrition by adding a few simple and basic ingredients.

Lack of proper nutrition can also endanger your survival but by adding a few simple ingredients to your soup you can work to solve this problem. Adding pasta or noodles, meat or vegetables to your soup will enhance the nutritional value and the flavor as well.

This is a great use for any type of dehydrated food item from onions to tomatoes, your canned vegetables or fresh produce or all those bouillon cubes you've got squirreled away.

There may also be a problem with feeding a larger than normal group if other family members are present or have gathered together for safety and security during a crisis. Soup can go a long way in feeding a large number of people without straining your food inventory levels. Soup can be further enhanced for additional nutrition and flavor with the addition of ingredients to thicken your soup and give it a little additional ability to curb hungry appetites. Adding a little flour, cornstarch, instant potatoes or even canned or instant milk can increase the nutritional value of your soup and when combined with a chunk of homemade bread, biscuits or cornbread it can create a well rounded meal that is both satisfying and nutritious.

Another great quality of soup is that it can be readily customized to suit even the pickiest of eaters, especially younger children. It can even be made to order in case you need to accommodate the requirements of those persons with special dietary restrictions or certain food allergies that can create additional problems.

Don’t forget the spices! A little salt and pepper or a dash of Worcestershire sauce will do wonders for your soup. Almost any herb or seasoning you have available will work nicely in a soup to enhance its flavor and nutrition.

Soup also allows you to plan ahead of time for your meals. The dry ingredients can be prepackaged together into a variety of soup starter mixes that are lightweight and easily transported or you can purchase ready-made soup mixes at most grocery stores.

You can also make soup in anything from a cup to a crock pot or whatever is handy.

How about a recipe for survival soup? Let your imagination and whatever you have available be your guide! It's also a great way to warm up on a cold winter day. So put your some of your storage food items together and create your own recipe for survival soup.

Got a great recipe for survival soup?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Great article RW! Meal's can be stretched in so many way's.A simple can of stew or chunky soup with dehydrated veggie's and a bit of rice can serve a crowd.
One trick I learned in a taco shop yr's ago was to add oatmeal to browned hamburger...soak's up the grease and taste's as good.
Leftover soup broth make's a great gravy too!
Dean in az

Anonymous said...

I combine ramen with dehydrated veggies and jerky with good results. Allow jerky to soften in liquid first to allow some of the flavor to transfer to liquid.

Boullion by itself is too salty by itself for consumption, but a great pick me up when cold. Hold container with hot liquid under nose, so you can breathe in heat into body, helping warming you. I read that somewhere and tried it - by golly, he was right! I do agree that it is extremely compact, a baby food jar will hold quite a few cubes in a small space.

riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

Dried tomatoes and peppers work great also. Soup and dehydrated veggies are a natural combination.

Thanks Dean.

P.S. You'll need a spoon! Eating soup with a fork is a great way to lose & exercise!LOL

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:25

Ramen, cup-o-noodles and others can be enhanced with a little extra seasoning or ingredients to make a fairly decent meal. Those soup in a jar mixes work are great also for making a good soup.

Thanks anon!


Dustin Tarditi said...

Good post - soup also helps get vital salt into your system, as well as kill and unpleasant taste from purifying the water. (Boiled water has a taste to it, and chemical treatments certainly leave their mark on the palate!)

Selous Scout said...

Another benefit of soup is if you eat it in the winter time, it warms you from the inside out, the same with hot drinks.

I look forward to the winter months just because of all the different soups and stews I can make. If you make it in a large enough quantity, you have dinner for several meals.

Chief Instructor said...

I've got a series of posts along these lines - soups and meals that just require the addition of water. They can all be used at home, or as part of a BOB/GHB.

I just cut up a couple of bone-in pork shoulders for sausage. The bones will be roasted tomorrow, I'll make a stock, then home can up a bunch of quarts for the pantry. I don't trust the stuff that comes from the store!

John said...

Great idea. Thanks for such a practical suggestion.

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