Home preppers are always looking for items that have long shelf life and serve multiple purposes. One such item every home prepper should keep a healthy supply of is honey. The rich, thick, sticky, golden goodness of honey was known in ancient times as the “nectar to the gods,” and for good reason. Today, those same benefits make honey ideal for the home prepper.
First, honey never spoils. If kept free of pests, dirt and debris, honey has a shelf life like no other food. One of the oldest foods in existence, honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life—including water. It does not need refrigeration or freezing. You can leave it unopened at room temperature in a dry place indefinitely.
Honey contains vitamins, amino acid and antioxidants, but it is also fat-free, cholesterol free and sodium free. It is also nature’s energy booster, thanks to its concentrated energy source. Because it has about 25 percent more fructose, honey is sweeter, so you will need less than if you were using regular table sugar.
Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and combats infection. It also can attract and absorb moisture, making it remarkably soothing for minor burns. Additionally, it helps prevent scarring and speeds the healing of open wounds. Honey also has a natural anti-microbial agent, which helps deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and molds.
Do you have an alternative use for honey? Tell us in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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