How To Make Pemmican: The Ultimate Survival Food


Learning how to make pemmican survival food can mean the difference between your family surviving or starving during a major disaster.

Following any major catastrophic event, one of the things that people are going to have to learn to do is preserve food without the use of refrigeration. Maybe whatever happened will only last for a few weeks or months, or maybe it has triggered a permanent change in the way that we are going to have to live our lives. In either case, the challenge of being able to feed your family is going to be one you have to be prepared to meet since you will have nobody to turn to for help. This is why being self-sufficient is so essential. I love being able to go out to dinner, pick out some tasty ingredients at the grocery store, and even frequenting there on occasion. The difference though is that for me these things are all conveniences instead of necessities. For the majority of the population if the infrastructure that provides us with food were to fall apart they wouldn't have a clue what to do. Panic would lead to civil unrest, which would lead to riots.

While it's easy for me to talk about survival and how you need to be prepared, I'll admit that I wasn't always as prepared as I am today. In fact, I would go as far as to say that I was less prepared for a major disaster than most of you are. I didn't have any survival supplies. I didn't know self-defense. I was completely dependent upon modern technology and services. I always knew the world wasn't going to experience a real major disaster, and if I was in trouble a quick call to the police or fire department and my worries were over. Until a moment in my life came where I was in dire need of help, and it was nowhere to be found. I was nearly assaulted, and it would have been ugly, but I got lucky, and my assailant left. It was at that point that I realized that the security I feel in the society we live in is just an illusion. That moment changed my life, and now I'm confident that I'm prepared for any trouble that heads my way.

You Can Survive Without Electricity

The prospect of trying to survive without electricity might terrify you, and that's perfectly normal. Unless you were raised by an insanely dedicated prepper and had never had the benefit of electricity in your life, then it's something you have come to count on and are used to having. Whenever there is a major change in life, it can be shocking, and adjusting to the new status quo can be a big challenge. What's important to remember is that electricity is a modern convenience; it was only harnessed and made to serve us in the last few centuries. Before that humanity didn't just survive, we thrived. It was electricity that made us the dominant form of life on the planet; it was our intelligence and ingenuity. The bottom line is that people were just fine without electricity, and if you have to survive without it long term, you will be just fine as well.

Preserving Food Is A Challenge You Can Overcome If You Know The Secret Techniques Employed By Our Ancestors

Long before the first refrigerator was created, people had developed food preservation techniques that will still work today. Food preservation today involves keeping food frozen or refrigerated to slow the growth of bacteria. Before this was possible food preservation was accomplished mainly by drying out food and removing all moisture from it. Without moisture, the bacteria can't grow, and thus the food will remain edible for a long time. Today we also have canned foods and jarred foods that can last for years, and when you are preparing to survive long term, I would highly recommend you keep a stockpile of these foods. But even the biggest stockpile won't last forever, and eventually, you are going to have to find new ways to feed yourself and your family. Hunting is challenging, but it's something you can be successful at especially if you have a rifle. But the question then becomes what you do with the deer, or bison, or cow that you brought down.

Well if you want to preserve the meat you have just harvested then the best way to do it is to make Pemmican from it. Pemmican is often called the ultimate survival food because it can be stored for years as long as it is kept in a cool, dark place. It doesn't require any refrigeration, and on top of that it is densely packed with calories, so it packs a lot of nutrition in a small amount of food. Pemmican is made using a combination of lean, dehydrated and powdered meat, which is then combined with rendered fat, and sometimes berries and other ingredients. Pemmican was created by the ancient Native American tribes, and they shared their knowledge with European settlers who were colonizing the continent. It is the ultimate survival food, and it can provide you and your family with an excellent source of protein during a long-term survival situation.

Another reason that you should learn how to make Pemmican survival food is that it is fairly easy to do. Even if you don't have modern appliances at your disposal, you can still make Pemmican. Ancient people did it by using a rock to grind the ingredients into a powder, so even if your blender isn't working, you have no excuse not to make this wonderful survival food. By following the instructions listed below you can make Pemmican on your own, and then you will have taken another step toward being prepared for any situation.

How To Make Pemmican Ultimate Survival Food

  • Step one in making Pemmican is to choose the right kind of meat. Buffalo and Deer are great options because they are both naturally lean. While you can use beef if you do it's important that you choose a lean cut. After choosing the meat of your choice, trim it until all visible fat is gone
  • Next, you are going to cut the meat into thin strips, and then dehydrate them. If you have a dehydrator, then this will be as easy as making beef jerky. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can also use your oven to dehydrate your meat. To use your oven, set it at the lowest level and lay your strips of beef out on the rack. Make sure you keep the oven door open and be prepared to have your meat in the oven for many hours. Once it is hardened and has the consistency of beef jerky, then you remove it. If you have no access to electricity due to a disaster, you can always smoke the meat over a fire to remove moisture. This is the way our ancestors did it, and it can work for you as well
  • After you have the meat cut into strips, you need to grind it into a fine powder. To do this, you can use a blender or food processor. If you have access to neither, you can also do it by hand by using a pair of large stones, but this is a much longer and more labor-intensive process. But if you are living in a world where electricity is no longer readily available then you are going to have to learn to do things that are more physically demanding than you are used to
  • Now you have to prepare any of the other ingredients you are going to be adding to the Pemmican. To add flavor and additional nutritional value some people will add nuts, dried berries, and even a small amount of honey to their Pemmican recipe. You don't need to add any of these things, but they can make your Pemmican much more flavorful. The downside is that adding additional ingredients like these can shorten the shelf life of your Pemmican. Make sure that you grind down any nuts or berries you are adding so that they are a powder, just like the meat you are using
  • Now you need to prepare the fat. It's very important that you have the entire dry ingredients ready ahead of time. Once the fat has turned into a liquid, it won't stay in that state for very long. You can always keep it on a heat source, but then you run the risk of burning the fat. You should be using about as much fat as beef to get the right mixture. Put the fat in a pot and heat it on the stove until it turns to a liquid. At this point, you should also strain the fat and remove any large, solid chunks that are leftover. Once the fat is prepared, you to add it to the dried ingredients and mix it
  • Some people prefer to make Pemmican bars, but for me, I prefer to roll the Pemmican into a ball. Then to protect it from light and moisture I prefer to use a small sandwich bag, and then store it in a dark place

That's all there is to it. It's not a complicated process to perform, it's just very labor intensive, especially if you don't have access to electricity. While it can be a lot of work to make Pemmican, the benefit you get out of that work makes it well worth it. In a long-term survival situation you can depend on canned goods for a while, but eventually, your supply will be depleted. That's when the real test begins, and you find out what you are made of. You can either give up, and in doing so you condemn your family to a slow death by starvation, or you can get your act together and do what you have to do to keep them safe and provided for.

My Final Thoughts

Being prepared to survive during a major disaster is one of the most important things that I have ever done. As a Father and Husband, I have accepted the sacred responsibility of assuming the role of protector and provider for my family. When society as we know it crumbles, and there are a lot of signs that this may happen sooner rather than later, then anyone without the right skills, knowledge, and supplies is not going to make it. There isn't going to be help coming; you will be on your own. Don't think that the world is in a dangerous state and in danger of reaching a tipping point? Then look at Russia's recent actions, and China's, and don't forget the North Koreans or terrorists that all want to see us dead. At any time they may launch an attack, and as advanced as our defensive system is it can't stop a full-scale assault.

I'm not trying to scare you; instead, I'm trying to motivate you. I want you to realize that you are living in a world that is built upon a foundation of false security. People today are desperately lacking in the primitive survival skills that our ancestors once depended upon. Is the end of life as we know coming soon? I hope not, but I'll be the first to admit that my hope isn't that great. As a species, we are highly destructive. We wreak havoc on the environment, overpopulation is a major problem, and we kill off new species of plants and animals all the time. Oh, and I almost forgot, we seem to like to fight each other and kill each other over land, religion, and several other reasons. The world is unstable, whether or not you choose to accept that is up to you. If you accept that the world is in danger of reaching a tipping point, then you need to be ready for it. One thing that you can do starting today is learning how to make Pemmican survival food.

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