SELCO—Sometimes I Had Nothing To Eat For Days…Hungry People Are Desperate People


Editor’s note: In the following article, Selco of SHTF School delves even further, detailing real-life scenarios, key information that will undoubtedly help save your life should the streets of America turn into a war zone. Pay attention because this no idealized collapse scenario – it’s reality. Selco is from the Balkan region, where from 92 to 95 the Bosnian War destroyed everything and he lived and survived in a city without electricity, fuel, running water, real food distribution, or distribution of any goods, or any kind of organized law or government.

Selco: Some Thoughts On Food…

As the situation deteriorated more and more, some things about food changed, things were brought to a level where we eat just to survive. To explain you in a simple way: in the first month it was like-oh I really could use pizza or beer, but after a few months it was like- oh I really want to eat SOMETHING, it was not too important what.

There were not too many different kinds of foods, I will try to remember here what we use to eat. Cooking and preparing food mostly was not my part in that days, but I will do my best here.

Bread was not an everyday thing, and it was not bread like we eat today, and it was homemade of course. Flour was bad quality, actually, it was some kind of mixture I think. We use to bake that bread in small pots, on a plate, not in the oven, it took less firewood to bake it like that. After baking we wrap it in wet clothes, rug or something similar and leave it for an hour or two, to make it softer.

About pancakes, we just call it pancakes, but actually, it was a mixture of herbs, water and small amounts of flour, baked also on plates, so when it was done we got something similar to a pancake, with a lot of green stuff inside and taste bad. For pancakes we used two kinds of herbs, one was wild onion or bear onion, other was nettle (Urtica).

We also used herbs mostly for different kind of soups, as a soup we used mostly nettle, especially if we had few potatoes to put in. We used all kinds of tea, actually something between tea and soup, I ques depended did we had anything else to put inside. Rice was popular also, alone or in form of some kind of pie.

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Speaking about herbs, people used a lot of garlic and lavender as a substitute for antibiotics, pine was popular as an antiseptic and of course camomile.

Who owned some kind of garden had an advantage, I remember green salads mostly from gardens, to protect that gardens were another problem, but that is a theme for another post I guess.

How to Make Pemmican The Ultimate Survival Food

Invented by the natives of North America, Pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers. These people spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.

Watch the Video to Learn How to Make Pemmican, The Ultimate Survival Food

Sometimes I did not eat for few days in a row, but at the end, I always managed to get something through a trade or other ways. But many people were not that lucky, I have seen and hear a lot of cases where people died of starvation. It was a question of your strength and brain and some luck to find food.

Now you are going to ask me how?

OK, for example, two from our group go out to wait for MREs, two others go to find someone to trade something, two are going to find some usable herbs.
Food was coming in town trough few ways, depending on the state of those ways in some days was easier to get some food, in other days was just too hard.
For example, in one period on the black market, there were great amounts of some kind of cookies, or hard biscuits, in big metal containers, I do not have clue from where. Something similar to those crackers in MRE.

People avoided to eat that because the rumor was that cookies are poisoned, I did not avoid them. So it was some strange situations with food too. Of course, all different kinds of cans, MREs, end every other “luxury” thing was subject of many different “ifs”. Preparing of food was pointed to how to “how to make it with less firewood”

In summer we prepared food in a yard on a simple two stone and one plate fire. But most of the preparing of food was simple and took as long as to “boil water”, like pancakes or kinds of donuts (not real donuts, more like a bad case of a donut)

Spices were pretty important for the simple reason because most of the homemade foods tasted awful, or did not have a taste at all, so we practically used them for every meal. Tabascino, peppers, rosemary everything.


You may say that we actually experimented with food but actually, that is a really nice way to put it. We did not have too many problems with storing food, because we never had enough food to store it actually. It was like finding food for a day or two in most cases, I mean to get somewhere more than 15 cans at once was really rare. There was some importance of having jars because people tried a lot with making some kind of sauce or marmalade, if we had sugar it was marmalade, without sugar it was tomato sauce.

The most useful tool in the preparation of food was something like a small stove, I mean even if we had a wood stove in the house it was not to economic to prepare something really fast on it, it just required too much firewood to get hot so you can prepare something.

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So the solution was to remodel it so you can faster get “water boiling” or even try to make a new one from a very thin material, so you do not need too much wood to make it really hot. People used sometimes big cans for that purpose or changed original material on an old stove with thinner.

Low-Cost Root Cellar/Bunker

This guy did something very sharp and inventive: His cellar had all the benefits of our great-grandparents’ root cellars, the American Army war bunkers, and the secret Viet Cong building method with none of their drawbacks. Watch the video and learn more!

Money was actually not much worth, only on rare occasions, you could use it, and under very changed valuation of course. Even before everything started the monetary situation was confused and we had hyperinflation. When all started I had as I said before some food in my house, for a week maybe not sure, some other folks who joined me brought more, and I had some money, if you compare it with today situation and money I can say that I had something like 700-1000 Euros in-house and good savings in bank.

In first days of confusion I did nothing with that money, I just waited for the situation to get better, so in some two months I barely found some guy and bought from him some flour for that money, at price maybe 40 times more than at the beginning of everything. On the other way if I would have been smarter and bought candles, batteries, and food for example at the beginning, in few months I would have been rich through trading that stuff.

So, to answer a simple question of how much the money worth during that time…it depended on how smart you used it. I was not smart. But the truth is that very soon, money simply didn’t matter anymore and we even stopped to think about them.

Now my advice is: keep your storing and prepping as a secret, or keep it inside your group, family, friends if they preppers too. Do not just go around with the attitude that the end is coming and I am prepared and stocked. They are all going to remember you when they get hungry. Hungry people are desperate people.

The Most Comprehensive Book Available

Our grandfathers had more knowledge than any of us today and thrived even when modern conveniences were not available. They were able to produce and store their food for long periods of time. All the knowledge our grandfathers had, in one place.Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll find in the book:

The Lost Ways is a far-reaching book with chapters ranging from simple things like making tasty bark-bread-like people did when there was no food to building a traditional backyard smokehouse… and much, much, much more!


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Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll find in The Lost Ways:

From Ruff Simons, an old west history expert, and former deputy, you’ll learn the techniques and methods used by the wise sheriffs from the frontiers to defend an entire village despite being outnumbered and outgunned by gangs of robbers and bandits, and how you can use their wisdom to defend your home against looters when you’ll be surrounded.

Native American ERIK BAINBRIDGE – who took part in the reconstruction of the native village of Kule Loklo in California, will show you how Native Americans build the subterranean roundhouse, an underground house that today will serve you as a storm shelter, a perfectly camouflaged hideout, or a bunker. It can easily shelter three to four families, so how will you feel if, when all hell breaks loose, you’ll be able to call all your loved ones and offer them guidance and shelter? Besides that, the subterranean roundhouse makes an awesome root cellar where you can keep all your food and water reserves year-round.

From Shannon Azares you’ll learn how sailors from the XVII century preserved water in their ships for months on end, even years and how you can use this method to preserve clean water for your family cost-free.

Mike Searson – who is a Firearm and Old West history expert – will show you what to do when there is no more ammo to be had, how people who wandered the West managed to hunt eight deer with six bullets, and why their supply of ammo never ran out. Remember the panic buying in the first half of 2013? That was nothing compared to what’s going to precede the collapse.

From Susan Morrow, an ex-science teacher and chemist, you’ll master “The Art of Poultice.” She says, “If you really explore the ingredients from which our forefathers made poultices, you’ll be totally surprised by the similarities with modern medicines.” Well…how would you feel in a crisis to be the only one from the group knowing about this lost skill? When there are no more antibiotics, people will turn to you to save their ill children’s lives.

If you liked our video tutorial on how to make Pemmican, then you’ll love this: I will show you how to make another superfood that our troops were using in the Independence war, and even George Washington ate on several occasions. This food never goes bad. And I’m not talking about honey or vinegar. I’m talking about real food! The awesome part is that you can make this food in just 10 minutes and I’m pretty sure that you already have the ingredients in your house right now.

Really, this is all just a peek.

The Lost Ways is a far-reaching book with chapters ranging from simple things like making tasty bark-bread-like people did when there was no food to building a traditional backyard smokehouse… and much, much, much more!


And believe it or not, this is not all…

Table Of Contents:

The Most Important Thing
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff
Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s
Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills, and Stamping Mills
How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System
How Our Forefathers Made Knives
How Our Forefathers Made Snowshoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread…….
Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
Survival Lessons From The Donner Party

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  1. Perhaps having some bags of protein powder (for liquid meals), and powdered drink mixes, such as effervescent vitamin c, stocked, and hidden in multiple locations, would help simplify this, only having to really look for water. The thought of having to rely on (wheat) flour, in particular, is scary as my body doesn’t react to it well.