This is what I love about preparedness. There’s always something new and interesting to learn.
A few days ago I asked what would be the human equivalent of kibble dog food, something you can simply eat the same of every day and it would keep you alive and healthy. Turns out there are fancy meal replacements but there’s also true human kibble as well. Cheap, easy to prepare and it keeps you alive and healthy.
Its called Fameal, which is a general word for a food product that is made of a wheat-soy meal blend of a cornmeal-soy blend (WSB or CSB). This is a food used by NGOs to feed people in some of the poorest parts of the world in Africa and the Caribbean. You know those pictures and clips of starving children being fed a white paste of some kind? That’s likely CSB or WSB.
So, what is it made of? Turns out it’s not that different from the rice and lentil recipe I mentioned before.
50% Cornmeal or Wheat Meal.
30% Bean meal, of any kind, including soy. Lentils are sometimes used due to ease of grinding and fast cooking.
10% Cooking Oil. Any cooking oil works.
10% Sugar, honey, syrup, or similar sweetener.
Salt for taste.
Multi-vitamin powder, or multi-vitamins ground to a meal.
Fameal can be used in soups, just eaten with added water or made into breads and cookies. Fameal is pre-cooked and processed so as to make preparation easier in the poor locations where it’s needed.
Still, the ingredients mentioned above gives us a very good idea of what you need so as to have a core food supply. Something that may not be fun to eat every day, but that it will keep you alive: 50% of corn or wheat, rice could be used to, 30% of beans or lentils for proteins, 10% vegetable oil and 10% of sugar, honey or syrup. It doesn’t sound like much, but these along with a multi-vitamin tablet will be you alive and going for a long time.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.