I write once in a while about being prepared for emergencies. You never know when something is going to happen and you will need to scramble to protect your family and friends. We all have an obligation to be prepared to a reasonable extent.
What will happen if some disaster brings down the economy and we are plunged into a deep depression? What will you be eating?
I saw an interesting post at The Survival Mom which lists some things that people in these USA ate during the “Great Depression”. What struck me as I read through the list is that I know some of these things from when I was young. My grandparents, in particular, introduced me to some of these … recipes. To be honest, I still eat a few of them. Check out the whole list.
There are a couple book recommendations as well. Such as…
- Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression by Clara Cannucciari
- Hard Times Cookbook with Back to Basics Great Depression Cooking by Anna B. Patterson
- Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s and More From Your Kitchen Today, Vol. 1 (Stories & Recipes of the Great Depression) by Janet Van Amber Paske
I haven’t read those, but they are intriguing. I’ll probably check to see if I can get them through the local public library.
As I read some fiction of the dystopian, or apocalyptic, or prepper genres (which often intertwine) I ponder the fact that, in our comfortable modern ages of conveniences and plenty, we have collectively lost track of how to do some things. For example, growing and canning or preserving your own food. Sure, some of you do this now, I know. But, I think we can all agree that not all that long ago, many more people did these things.
In any event, I suggest that you give a little thought to the “what ifs” which can happen not only to anyone of us, but everyone of us. Individual poverty is one thing. Economic collapse is another. If you love your families and have charity for your friends, think about the “what ifs”.
And then there is the ultimate “what if”, which really isn’t a “what if” at all. It is a “when”. So, as part of your thoughtful preparation, examine your consciences and then…
[You know the rest.]