Winter Survival Edibles
Winter. Christmas. New Years. Dinner. Had enough fruitcake and turkey?? Over the cookies? Here are a few alternative food ideas for the winter of 2021-22.
Hang on to your hatchets, preppers! We’re about to take a snowy, winter turn for the survival extraordinary.
Food! If you’re like me or any of the other seven billion people on the planet, then you like to eat. There’s something about it – can’t quite put my finger on it – that’s important. Maybe it’s that something bad happens if you don’t eat? Not sure, sorry.
But I do know that everyone, particularly in the US and the developed world, loves food. Some take it a little too far, fueling an epidemic of obesity and what George Carlin used to rail against: “fat people in short pants.” The good news is that thanks to modern farming and distribution, we have an abundance of edibles in the wilds of our local supermarkets and restaurants. However, preppers know that the usual can change, especially in an outdoor survival scenario. Winter weather compounds that issue. Alone in the woods, with snow all around, how does one procure necessary sustenance?
Blackwater Bushcraft Woodland Allure of YouTube fame has the video, featuring Nick and Jason, that answers that all-important question. It’s a heavy-hitter, gentle readers: over an hour of must see to believe foraging excitement. The gentlemen head deep into the cold Canadian wilderness with just what they can carry. Yet, they manage to find meals as they go.
It’s a table for two bushcrafting that demands a watch.
The Frozen Lake Diner
(All pics from video).
Lakes have fish, as you probably suspect. But, when it’s covered with ice, they’re a little harder to get at. It can be done, but meat can (and should) be packed in, assuming you have time to prepare for the trip and a little foresight.
Nick and Jason have a plan to survive on the hunted-down and butchered meats they have, moose and deer, and whatever greens and such they can scrounge up. Let’s see what they find.
Start With The Trees
If you find yourself next to a frozen lake that’s surrounded by a forest, then congratulations – you’ve found some trees. This can be food for you. And, no, you don’t have to channel your inner termite to chow down.
The trees are going to be a good bet for a place to establish your survival shelter. While you’re camped out, you can take advantage of the bounty of nature.
Pine needles, boiled in water, produce a kind of tea rich in vitamin C. Maple trees produce sap that, you guessed it, can become maple syrup. Eating wild means thinking outside the box. If you’re absolutely desperate, then you can nibble on bark and roots.
Don’t be a sap… In the video, you’ll learn how to live like a Vermonter, tapping the trees – with shunts you make on-site – and accessing the pre-syrup inside.
The boys pulled this trick immediately upon their arrival. While the sap drips and collects – and you see that happen in live time – they set up the camp. That handy efficiency. They top off their ingenuity with class, adding coffee and tobacco to the party. (Those they hiked in, but they carried them in a moose-hide bag made by hand – luxury isn’t cheating!).
By the way, there’s a lot more in this episode than just collecting edibles! But that’s what we’re here for, so let’s keep going.
Thank You BERRY Much
Dinner for the evening is moose burger and deer ribs (I’m hungry too) with a side of wintergreen berries. Add in some maple sap and a little lake water and it’s a serious supper.
The berries are tasty, nutritious, and easy to find if one looks for them.
Let’s stop right here for a second. The moose meat and those delicious-looking deer ribs were taken before the video was made; they are not a direct part of the filmed adventure. Now, think: where do deer and moose live? That’s right, in the wild!
It’s not a hunting video, per se, but it does showcase the benefits of a rifle or bow. Remember that; bring a rifle! And, then, your time in the woods will be well-spent. Also, a gun might keep you from becoming someone else’s meal – bears, and wolves, and cannibal hordes, oh, my.
You’ll also find humorous revelations about:
Edible bark (I wasn’t kidding);
Hazelnut Catkins (flowers);
Along with foraging and gathering, you’ll also learn some good campfire cooking techniques. That’s not bacon, but bark, in the frying pan. And, the boys offer up a recipe for a form of forest tofu … not what we were expecting either, but it is edible.
There’s much more, so, now:
Watch the Video:
Blackwater Bushcraft Woodland Allure /YouTube.
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You won’t regret the diversion from your busy prepping. Thanks for appreciating their good work and our humble reporting. Next time!