Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu dissected for PREP

     Thanksgiving dinner, an event held nationwide, was once for time to thank God for all the good things we have experienced during the year, and to be ever mindful the food on our table was a gift from God, not a birthright, but a blessing.   

Congressional Record, September 25, 1789
Resolved, That a joint committee of both Houses be directed to wait upon the President of the United States to request that he would recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God....

The Well-Traveled Salad
     Somewhere it became other things as we forgot where food comes from and how close we are to having none.  As long as the wheels of this economy churn, with growers growing, truckers trucking and vendors vending there are several generations of people at dinner who believe food comes from stores.  One good fuel crisis and they will learn, food comes from far away at great cost and effort to get it to you.  

     The fuel crisis of the seventies had beef providers slaughtering their herds early due to the rising  cost of keeping them alive and fed.  Baby beef was born.  My mother was offended that she couldn't get what she wanted at the store when she wanted it at any price.  It just wasn't there.  My grandmother, having survived the Great Depression as an adult with a family, looked at the bright side.  Suddenly there was an abundance of baby beef that she called veal, and at an affordable price....if you had been in the market for veal....baby beef was cheaper!  How's that for turning things around?  

     So, Turkey and Thanksgiving dinner with the trimmings!
get them while they are young and raise them for food
     Turkey comes from turkeys.  It's like the chicken and the egg.  If TSHTF, you need to trap wild turkey and domesticate them until you have eggs and turkey for dinner.  It's the only reasonable response.  Having food in the prep pantry to get you through until you can produce your own, is the smart alternative to attempting to hunt a wild turkey for a meal.  Consider there are only about 7 million turkeys in the wild, they will not feed the famished for long.  Easily, in a TEOTWAWKI era, they could become extinct in a flurry of unregulated slaughter.  

Big Stick versus...Turkey? | Big Stick Combat
     A side note about turkey.  Sure, you can treat them like a big chicken and they will, after a time just stay on the property.  Turkeys are very territorial and will attack a stranger.  If that is what you want, well good.  BUT!  We know for a fact, when a male takes offense and doesn't want you hanging clothes in his backyard, you technically can kick it, but you will break a toe!  No kidding!  She kicked it!  I almost laughed in her face!  They are very hard and covered with hollow feathers that will achieve limited flight.  It was about as smart as drop kicking a frozen turkey!  Really I felt bad for her, but seriously!  She didn't even make it mad.  She just broke her toe for nothing!  

     Sweet potato pie and sweet potato with the marshmallow topping (called yams but are not yams) come from the soil.  They are easily grown from vine cuttings and from parting the tubers and returning them to the soil where you found them.  THey grow wild, but should have a pride of place in the prepper's garden.  They dislike frost and too much water.  They grow in poor soil conditions on their own without need of fertilizer.  The vines can shade out weeds and they can be turned and sent growing wherever you want them, in the garden or in a wild area on their own.  

     If you HAVE to have marshmallow, here is the recipe.  Store these items!
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 1/4 cups water, divided
4 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
But, if you have to have marshmallow, you need to pack and store the spice for the pie.  Store cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg (whole or ground) and plenty of sugar! 

     Vegetables loaded with butter and/or cream sauces.  Prep many cans of said vegetables and stock many seeds of several varieties of each non-GMO type vegetables.  Growing heritage veg from heritage seed is a bit harder than the seeds that have been genetically altered to resist disease, but you will get the hang of it and find the type that grows best for you and will provide you the seeds for the next season as well.  

     Now, it is my heartfelt personal opinion that anyone who needs that green bean casserole sludge is just not right and does not need to survive long post TEOTWAWKI.  That stuff is gross.  I mean why would you take a perfectly delicious bean and slime it all up with canned: Water, Mushrooms, Modified Food Starch, Wheat Flour, Contains Less Than 2% of: Salt, Cream, Dried Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Soy Protein Concentrate, Yeast Extract, Spice Extract, Dehydrated Garlic, Vegetable Oil: Corn, Cottonseed, Canola and, or Soybean.  
Homemade Cream Of Mushroom Soup Recipe - Food.com - 264191

     It ain't Kosher and it ain't real mushroom soup!  If y'gotta slick up beans...make your own cream of mushroom soup.  Just make sure you're hungry and eat it all, I have beans in a pot with some salt and pepper, thanks.

    So, taken apart, the Thanksgiving dinner would be tough to pull off without grocery stores, but a time to stop and be grateful can happen over a can of beans.  Ask any soldier, sailor or Marine.  

Enjoy an Authentic Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Old ...
    And while I'm given to this rant tonight and you are in your fully electric, electronic kitchen complaining about the heat and the people tramping through your house, at least you are not making your meal over an open fire.

     Enjoy your dinner.  Get to know where your food comes from and what you need to eat when TSHTF.  Be prepared.  Be thankful.  

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