The big pot food idea
Internet statistics show that the average American spends about $550 per month on food. Food prices are going up a lot and so is the price of everything else. This idea is a way to not only lower our monthly food bill, but setup a system whereby the neighborhood we lived in would be better prepared to survive the collapse, whenever it comes.
The idea is to have a huge pot of food ready to dish up and eat at any time day or night (of course this could be done the way whoever did it wanted). The huge pot would be kept warming on one neighborhood stove, so that instead of cooking 60 meals per day, using 20 stoves, 20 dishwashers, 20 trips to the store, and wasting a lot of money ordering delivered meals, a person could grab their bowl and spoon and walk across the street to whichever house was doing the cooking at the time, and fill up their bowl and take it back home. Of course there could be all kinds of variations.
If a neighborhood had a system like this there could be many benefits. Here is a list of some.
- Save money on food.
- Less trips to the store.
- Surplus food, or food harvested from gardens, could be used in the pots of food. I’ve heard that slaves working on plantations in the Southeast US long ago would cook food for themselves in big pots like this. I’ve also heard that slave owners often liked this big pot cooking more than their own. (No offense meant to anyone)
- Instead of cooking every day, volunteer to cook a couple days a month. and once a pot is going there wouldn’t be much to tend to. Neighbors would stir the pot and such. All they’d need is a note set out to remind them.
- Wherever the food was made, that kitchen could become a place in the neighborhood where people could get to know each other.
- Once people in neighborhoods got to knowing each other, then other ways of saving money could be coordinated. Group trips to the dump. Maybe have one commercial wifi setup for the entire neighborhood where each house would pay $30/mo. Instead of $200/mo. Give a neighbor the old dresser you don’t want. A van trip to Costco for 3 people instead of one. You know what I mean.
- Neighborhoods could prepare to survive the collapse in this way by researching how to do things like grow food hydroponically, grow algae for food supplement and to take the place of vitamins, even devise methods of creating energy. I was thinking that instead of solar panels charging batteries, someone ingenious could build some kind of gravity battery where power during the day could be stored by raising a heavy weight and using the energy it released in it’s slow decent at night. This would be a way to acquire all the necessary items as well.
A food processor that adds flavor
Planning to survive collapse will involve methods of obtaining food. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance, so they say. If we plan first, we will find that there are many things we can do. The following is but one example.
We can eat grass and weeds. That doesn’t sound very good. Nevertheless it’s true. We may not want to, but the children of the world might feel different. And when it comes down to starving or living, we will choose to live, especially if we can make the grass taste good.
Now let’s say that we had a grinding machine that ran with some kind of a momentum wheel, such as an automobile wheel on an axle, so that it could work without electricity and be something that people could make anywhere. It would grind whatever we put in, say weeds and grass, into a pulp, or paste. The grinding would taste and look horrible, but it would be nutritious and add to our diet. If only we could get past the taste.
To do that we simply add flavoring. Planning first would give the CHI the opportunity to come up with ways to flavor the paste. The process would look like this:
Raw ingredients => Grind to paste => Add flavoring => Eat