Here’s some er, food for thought:
What do you stock up on for SHTF? Of course, we’re all familiar with the food groups – however many the US Gov has now decided upon – and we know we need a variety. For example, you might look in my freezer and see bags upon bags of green beans (apparently, it was a bumper year) and think I’d lost my mind.
Perhaps, but that’s not the point.
My garden can be rather sporadic, huge crops of one thing, virtually nothing of another, but it might not have just been me: my co-op group had scads of green beans this year. The point is that it’s a good thing my family likes green beans – lima beans, for instance, and at least two out of three of us would be suffering for lack of vegetables. No, I don’t have any lima beans socked away, or cauliflower. Same issue, different vegie.
On the other hand, at least they’ve gotten used to fresh or frozen green beans, and not those disgusting commercially canned . . . things. Ick.
From all this, we can definitively state that whatever foods you choose to stock should be something your family will actually eat.
Now, of course, if/when things really get bad, I doubt anyone will be picky. Heck, I might even make an exception for chicken or some other bird. It could happen. Maybe. At this writing – no freakin’ way! Regardless, I digress . . .
You can’t cave in to the picky eaters, but there’s no point in stocking foods no one likes. Initially when SHTF, you’re going to need all the positives you can muster, and decent food is certainly one of them, along with physical comfort, i.e., warm clothing and dry shelter. Being well-fed and fairly comfortable will go a long way toward helping you and your family cope.
But in the meantime, introduce more variety, particularly of native foods. And don’t forget to plan for your garden, now and after SHTF – you will certainly need to replenish over the months or years; prepping and stocking are, after all, only meant to get you through the initial period of unrest.
However long it lasts.
Food ‘no one likes’ might be an issue for a week or two, picky eaters might even hold out for a bit longer, but starving people have been known to eat old shoes, old leather, grass, and soil. It seems at that point a heap of dried green beans would look pretty good….”:)
Well, sure, if you’re starving you’ll eat anything. And picky is as picky does. But no point in stocking up on say, granola bars, if no one likes them – may as well go for oatmeal, or something preferable. If an “expert” said to stock fish, which I won’t eat – starving or not, lol! – I’d find alternative nutrition to package.