Now this isn’t all that surprising; after all, the American pioneers were some of the hardest working people in our history, and they used every last crumb to help them survive while trying to make a living out here.
Luckily, many of the foods they ate are not only stick-to-your-bones filling, but they’re also made with some of the simplest ingredients around. After all, they had to make do with what they had to stay alive, which often wasn’t much.
When SHTF and you’re in a survival situation like they were, it can be tough to gain enough supplies to make yourself a hearty supper. But, after reading this blog, you’ll be able to quickly and easily throw together even the simplest ingredients to help keep you and your family full.
3 Pioneer Foods Made With The Simplest Ingredients
1 – Super Simple Corn Pone
Corn Pone is a staple that’s been around for generations. Although it was used by the English, it was also used by American pioneers because it was incredibly easy to make, was filling, and required very few ingredients.
Although many people have slight variations on the recipe, the process is very similar.
For this recipe, the only ingredients you need are:
- 1-1/2 cups of cornmeal
- 1/2 cup self-rising flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tbsp oil (plus extra for frying)
Simply combine the solid ingredients, the tbsp of oil and the boiling water into a bowl. Stir until combined. Then, wet your hands with water and mush the batter into thin patties. Lay the patties in hot oil in a cast iron skillet and fry for about 5 minutes on each side.
When done, lay the corn pone patties onto a paper towel and let rest until cool.
Here’s a video going through the process:
2 – Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is a dessert that many people are familiar with; and, after SHTF, this is a great and easy meal to make using your stocked up preps.
This is another recipe that has really simple ingredients:
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 3 cups cold milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- sea salt (pinch)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- nutmeg (pinch)
Add the rice, sugar, salt and milk to a medium pot and heat to a boil. Once it’s boiling, bring the temperature down to a low simmer, and add the raisins and vanilla extract. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes or until milk is absorbed.
Serve either warm or chilled, and topped with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Here’s North Carolina prepper making this dessert using his food storage preps:
3 – Bean Pie
Now this third survival food might look a bit weird to you (after all – how can beans in a pie actually be tasty?); however, I have been assured that you will not taste the beans when you try this dish.
Once again, these ingredients are pretty simple and easy to have on-hand:
- pre-made pie crust (or you can make one yourself)
- 1 cup mashed pinto beans
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks (beaten) – keep the egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp nutmeg
Combine the above ingredients and pour into an uncooked pie crust. Bake for 30 min. at 350°F. Using the leftover egg whites, make a meringue and spread it over the pie after the 30 min. is up. Then return the pie to the oven until browned on top.
It’s that easy!
Here’s a video of this recipe in action – the cooks put a spin on this one and used coconut, melted butter and a blender. They also topped the pie with pecan halves.
Keep in mind this is a very special version and does not need these extra ingredients unless you’ve decided to get fancy with your food preps.
The great thing about these pioneer recipes is that they all require very simple, basic ingredients that are easy to acquire and keep on-hand for emergencies.
However, there are times (especially when SHTF) where you won’t be able to go through the trouble of making a meal – this would be the case in a bug out situation where you’re constantly on the go, or if the grid goes down.
Now don’t get me wrong, you should absolutely have a survival pantry stocked with delicious preps like rice, beans, flour, sugar, etc.; however, you should also have plenty of powdered, freeze-dried and canned survival food on-hand for emergencies when you just can’t cook.
Luckily, Survival Frog’s online store is absolutely brimming with a huge variety of survival food, from canned meats to freeze-dried breakfasts, entrees, sides and desserts. We’ve even got powdered milk and coffee to keep you full and focused throughout the entire day!
These options are your best bet in a crisis since they are delicious, easy to store and have a super long shelf-life.
Plus, the beauty of these meals is that, in most cases, all you need to add is water. Or there are some (like the canned meats) you can eat straight out of the can!
Note: Did you know that once you’ve acquired these preps that you should actually hide your food stock and put out FAKE survival food instead? Click here to learn why this could help save your preps (and possibly your life!).
Home cooked meals absolutely have their place in survival cooking; however, when SHTF and you need a fast and easy meal to get your strength up, you’ll be glad you had the forethought to pack these delicious, nutritious meals.
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