Gaz and Lou's Safe House

Gaz and Lou's Safe House

How to survive the apocalypse age...

Congratulations Survivor and welcome to Gaz and Lou's Safehouse. From now until the cloud comes down we'll be posting and sharing all the info we can find to help you live, eat and travel safely, with as little energy, money, and environmental impact as possible.

Cooking the critters

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Thu, March 12, 2015 12:20:01
Hello Fellow Survivors,

I've been going on about eating insects as a healthy and sustainable alternative to traditional meat. I'm going to do it, I am, but I'm apprehensive.

I've looked at the reasoning behind eating insects (tick) and the ease of home farming (tick), so today I'm looking at cooking.

I'd decided that I was going to try either worms or crickets as both are readily available. The issue I've hit, with worms, is that there are few recipes out there, and all seem to be trying to mask the fact that I'd be eating worms. But crickets...

There are tons of delicious sounding cricket recipes out there. They respect the creature for what it is, like a prawn or chunks of chicken. They make me a bit excited about the idea because I'm going to do it - I really really am.

Here's a link to Five Ways to Cook Crickets by Daniella Martin. Read it. You won't regret it.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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If you like Shrimps and Prawns...

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Mon, March 09, 2015 11:13:15

If you like eating Shrimps and Prawns, or Crabs and Lobsters, then you're going to love this...

Hello fellow survivors.

Over the weekend I've been pondering: On the one hand, what's the point in eating insects, if I don't know how to farm them? On the other hand, what's the point in farming them, if I just don't like the taste?

I decided to start looking at how to farm, deciding that: if I know I'll be able to farm them, I can go ahead and eat them (yes, i'm nervous about eating insects for the first time).

Insect farming for human consumption is very new to the West. The first US commercial insect farm only opened in May 2014, that's how new it is, so finding usable information about farming without buying ridiculous technology or an ingenious kit has been hard, but here it is.

The link below takes you to a detailed report of everything from housing, feeding and breeding processes, to financial models for commercial scale operations. It even goes on to cover possible future problems as the industry upscales. It's everything you need to know.

The report, from Teca, also includes acknowledgements and further reading.

Insect farming link from Teca

So now there's no excuse. Once the weather warms up (there's no way I'll be able to do this in the house) I'll start building a small tower based farm that can be housed in a small tent.

In the mean time, watch this space for recipes and a video of me exploring the cooking and eating of insects.

I hope you found this helpful. If anyone knows of other sources of info, please let us know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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Not as mad as it sounds

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Thu, March 05, 2015 10:58:43
Hello Fellow Survivors.

I bet you think I'm mad, going on about eating insects, but did you know that it takes 12.5 times more feed to produce red meat than it does to produce protein rich insect meat? I'm telling you, insects are the future: They take care of their own breeding cycle, thrive in small spaces and generate no vet bills.

But don't take my word for it. Have a read of the United Nations report of 2013, titled:

Edible Insects

As well as explaining how and why eating insects is a good thing, it has interesting data and references about why we don't eat insects in the west, unless they are encased in a sweet, while eastern countries eat them by the ladle full. Have a look.

WARNING! DO NOT EAT WILD INSECTS. ONLY CONSUME INSECTS OBTAINED FROM A REPUTABLE SUPPLIER.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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Easy protein meals

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Mon, March 02, 2015 11:47:27
Hello Fellow Survivors.

In earlier posts I've been talking about Urban Vegetable Farming to keep your group alive. I found that, unless you have success with Soy Beans, you are all going to feel pretty tired and hungry without a reliable source of protein.

We could eat meat... but meat comes from animals, which take up a lot of space and consume vast quantities of your hand grown vegetables, if you must have your burgers and bacon. Chickens take up less space, consume less, and provide a daily protein portion, already packaged for storage, daily.

So what could be better than chickens? Something we can farm in vast numbers, without taking up much space or consuming masses of our greens, something we can hunt without straying too far, something that exists right under our feet...

People have been eating insects forever. Not as a gimmick or dare, but as a major part of their diet. Why do they eat insects? Because, in addition to the reasons given above, they are tasty. If we in the western world have any plans to survive, we need to get used to the idea of eating insects, rather than burdening poorer countries with our expanding meat farming needs in exchange for money.

What insects can we eat? Lots, and when you see pictures of them cooked, they don't look so bad; no worse than cockles and muscles anyway.

Take a look at the link below, which outlines which, where, how and why insects are eaten. If you're lucky, I'll cover preparing and eating insects personally.

Edible insects you didn't know you could eat

I hope you found this interesting.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.

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Soya for Survival

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Thu, January 29, 2015 13:36:47
Hello Fellow Survivors,

Yesterday I looked at the calorific intake a survivor needs. Using the latest formula, I calculated a personal need of 1600+ calories per day. I then looked at which vegetables I would be better off eating to match this. What I learned was that I would need a lot of the type of vegetables I, as an inexperienced gardener, could grow. I was surprised, and a little bit disheartened. but all was not lost.

We could eat meat...

Yes, we could eat meat, but I'm trying to focus on vegetables here. I've nothing against eating meat; I eat it myself and would be happy to consider keeping a few bits in my apocalypse age stronghold. The reason I'm focussing on vegetable crops is that they tend not to attract foxes. Rabbits, sure, but I live on the edge of a city and (strangely, now I think about it) I've seen foxes in the area, but not rabbits.

We could eat Soya...

Yes we could. What a great idea. A hundred grams (100g) of Soya beans, also known as Soy beans, will give you over 400 of your calories and plenty of fibre. I'd been looking at numbers between 30 and 40 per 100g for things like carrots and turnips. I'd have to eat over two pounds of carrots to reach the same calorie value as Soya, and while salad leaves are easy to grow and can be good for iron and minerals, they won't give you much survival power.

Go on then, how do we grow Soya?

I'm glad you asked. I don't know, or I didn't know until I started looking into it and found that it can be quite complicated and that yields might be small. THEN I found that the wizards at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are on our side and have advice about a Soya type bread specifically for British weather, and a second which doesn't really mind.

I advise you to take a look at these two links

Growing Soy beans in the UK from The sustainable Smallholding catalogues one guys experiments with growing Soy back in 2012/13. I found it interesting to read about his discoveries.

How to grow Soya beans from RHS Gardening tells you all about planting, growing and cooking the Ustie breed of bean. It has a growers calendar, and may be worth bookmarking for other growing tips.

I plan to grow Soya beans in April, some of them I'll try to incorporate into the grow tower system. I'll keep you updated.

Thank you for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out.



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How much is enough?

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Wed, January 28, 2015 09:52:19
Hello fellow survivors,

Before I say anything else, I must make it clear that I'm not suggesting anyone should be gaining or losing weight. What we are looking at here is the calories needed to sustain weight.

OK, so, I've been looking at home grown organic vegetables as a source of nutrients, alternative to shop bought produce. I think its time to take a look at how much vegetable produce we need to consume to retain a fighting fitness.

First, the numbers

This is the Mifflin - St Jeor formula. There are others, but this is the latest:

Men (10 x weight in Kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (5 x age in years) + 5

Women (10 x weight in Kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (5 x age in years) - 161

I'm a man, let's say I weigh 76Kg (12 Stones), I'm 178cm tall (5' 10") and 40 years old. The calculation would look like...

(10 x 76) + (6.25 x 178) - (5 x 40) + 5

That works out at...

760 + 1112 - 200 + 5 = 1,677 calories per day. That's how much fuel my body engine needs to carry me about and power activities. 1,677 calories, per day, would be, for me, enough.

What does that look like in vegetable form?

Working with a small growing space, we need to be sure we commit the greater portion to crops with a high calorific value, while still leaving some room for things we like, and things that provide other vitamins and minerals.

GROW SOY BEANS!

I'm not going to mess about, there isn't time. 100g of Soy beans provides 471 calories, nothing else, in terms of things you could grow, comes anywhere near. The best effort is the avocado, which provides 160 calories per 100g. Believe me, I'm as surprised as you are.

So how do we grow soy beans? I'll be looking into it and sharing what I find tomorrow.

Thanks for reading and keep surviving.

Judageddon out





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Storing all that food #2

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Tue, January 27, 2015 00:04:03
Fellow Survivors...

Of all methods of sorting fruit and veg, drying is my favourite. The result is light weight, easily packaged in paper bags, and there is little to no impact on the flavour, unlike pickling, smoking and salting. Also, there's no pre process cooking needed so, other than slicing, there's little energy expense.

On that note, I'd like to draw your attention to the solar drying frame. I've chosen this design because I've seen it working, and the build simplicity/enhanced performance trade off seems generous.

The instructions I've found seem thorough, though you will need to drill holes in the tops and bottoms of the cans to allow air flow.

Tap the link below to see how it's done, and keep surviving.

http://m.instructables.com/id/Large-Scale-Solar-Dehydrator/








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Storing all that food you've grown

Feed your groupPosted by Judageddon Mon, January 26, 2015 11:07:26

Hello Survivors

When I was a teenager, my Grandad had an apple tree. It behaved like I imagined an apple tree would, in so much as it filled up with apples every year. Nan would make apple pies and apple sauce, but no where near enough to consume each yield. I assumed the rest were thrown away, given away, or composted. I asked Grandad which it was and he said none of the above. I thought he was joking when he told me that he kept them in drawers. that's right, drawers, like you'd use for your socks and T-shirts.

He wasn't joking. He showed me a tall chest of drawers in the spare room, full of carefully arranged apples, potatoes and carrots, all buried in dry compost. I thought he'd lost it, but no... burying is just one way of storing your excess crops through the winter.

Tap on this picture link to learn more from the good people at Rural Spin








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