Finding edible food is part of a survivalist’s skillset. If a calamitous situation breaks out, you’ll require consistent food ratios to compensate for the energy you’ll burn during those troubled times.


When the power grid is down or the capricious weather won’t allow you to enjoy your crops, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands. Luckily, as a survivalist, you’ll have plenty of options to turn what may seem a hopeless situation (at least in terms of food) into a delicious and nutritional outcome.

Let’s start with the stockpiler’s solution

This is more a matter of preparedness rather than harnessing alternative resources to make food. Nonetheless, this method is extremely efficient and should be considered prior to everything else.

According to FEMA, storing at least three days-worth of food at all times will save you the hassle of provisions during over 70 percent of disasters that may occur. In other words, most spontaneous disasters that may happen will mitigate after at least three days. During this time, you’ll be loaded on food provisions and won’t require any external help from authorities.

My advice is to store food that will last you at least one week. You’ll want foods which are not liable to spoil, and with a low salt content to not let you feel dehydrated. Remember that water will be a scarce resource also.

FEMA recommends a few food guidelines to start with:

  • Canned meat which is ready to eat.
  • Canned fruits and veggies.
  • Canned juices.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Crackers which do not contain salt.

For a SHTF scenario, you’ll do best with a storage full of stuff that doesn’t require refrigeration nor cooking. Store everything inside a dry room or space and remember to inform family members about the location of the whereabouts.

The second solution is for those of you who cannot last days without a decently cooked meal.

Fortunately, the lack of electricity shouldn’t be a reason to worry if you have mastered a few patents that allow you to cook food using natural energy and inside mostly any recipient.

  • It has probably already crossed your mind – the grill. All that is required is fuel, so you’ll have to gather dry wood or charcoal. The next thing you’ll need is a gas grill or any grill that you will come across. Next you’ll be able to throw on the grill whatever fresh food you have in your fridge. If there’s no electricity, you’ll want to prepare you fridge’s content first!
  • In case these resources are unavailable, you can still scavenge around your household and piece together a solar oven.

It may take longer to prepare food, but you’ll only require the natural Sun’s heat to make that food taste delicious. (I will teach you how to assemble such an oven in my following e-mail)

  • Bread is pretty much essential, and you won’t find any bakeries open to get yours. That’s why you’ll have to know a few basic bread recipes done in unconventional ways. (I will teach you some alternatives in an upcoming e-mail this month)

The third vital skill that will allow you to collect edible food while in an urban area is dumpster diving.

As unpleasant as it may sound, this trick can save your life during a crisis. And it doesn’t sound so good if you compare it to the wilderness forager technique, just that environments are different.

Despite your hunger, if you are employing this method, you’ll need to keep a clear mind to distinguish what is edible and what’s not. To do so, here are a few tips to consider if you’ll ever have to dumpster dive.

  • Avoid meat and dairy due to bacteria developing at an alarming pace when these foods are removed from the freezer.
  • Instead, look for whatever comes in a pack, like cookies, dehydrated breads, chips, and juice.
  • Needless to say that canned goods are your best choice. They are sometimes encountered in dumpsters, but you’ll have better chances seeking them inside storehouses.
  • Look for sealed containers near supermarkets. These can hold treasure-troves in terms of food.

Some of the highlighted methods for salvaging edible foods might sound unappealing but, trust me, during a crisis situation you’ll treasure each item you’ll find that can be of use to you or can satisfy your hunger.

Better be a prepper than a waster. And remember that another man’s trash is another man’s treasure, especially during a SHTF scenario.

Plant your steps beforehand and no calamity will catch you empty handed.

Now that you know more ingenious ways to forage edible food inside an urban environment, I’ll give you a few hints about water safety and how to obtain it in the city.

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