March 03, 2014
Survival Skills: Find Enough Calories In Winter - 0
by Tim MacWelch
There’s a good reason why animals hibernate: Winter is a lean season. For both man and beast, the colder air creates a huge drain on a body’s energy reserves. If you don’t have incoming calories or a massive fat reserve, you won’t make it through this season. This fact makes food procurement a much higher priority in a winter emergency than in a summer emergency. Compounding the issue, food gathering is often at its hardest in the winter. Many plant foods are hidden or non-existent, and the animals we would seek for game meat can be scarce. If you have to survive in the winter wilderness, look for these top foods.
Beaver: 3 ounces of beaver meat has 180 calories, half your daily iron, and many B vitamins.
Raccoon: 3 ounces has 217 calories, with loads of iron, thiamin, and B12.
Acorns: Oak nuts have 100 calories per ounce. Just leach out the tannins before eating.
Beech Nuts: Three-sided beech nuts contain 164 calories per ounce.
Hazelnuts: The Hazelnut has 170 calories per ounce and a good portion of Vitamin E, thiamin, copper, and manganese.
Pine Nuts: The seeds from pine cones have 175 calories per ounce, plus thiamin and manganese.
Black Walnuts: These nuts contain 173 calories per ounce, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper.
Hickory Nuts: Hickory nut meat packs a whopping 193 calories per ounce.