In this short article, I will unearth a long-forgotten secret that helped our ancestors survive famines, wars, economic crises, diseases, droughts, and anything else life threw at them... a secret that will help you do the same for your loved ones.
Our fathers and our grandfathers were probably the last generation to practice basic things like building a root cellar or making pemmican.
Our ancestors laid the bricks and built the world's strongest foundation so that we could always survive no matter what.
We are about to irreversibly forget this valuable super food that keeps for nearly forever and could save our lives if we ever needed it.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food that was invented by native Americans. It’s made of lean, dried meat that is crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. Sometimes people add crushed, dried fruit as well. The great thing about pemmican is that it is so calorie-dense, just a little bit of it can sustain a full-grown man all day long. This makes it a great food to have in emergency situations, especially if you’re on the move.
Native Americans, who packed up and moved camp several times a year, often depended on pemmican
to sustain them until they could settle down and go hunting
again. When made properly, pemmican can last a long time before going rancid. The trick is to first separate the meat from the fat. If any meat gets into the fat or vice versa, it can spoil. Once the dried meat and rendered fat are ready, you can mix them together and form bars or balls that can last several weeks or months without being refrigerated, depending on the humidity of the environment.
Some people like to add fruit to improve the taste. The most popular choice is powdered blueberries, but you can use cherries, cranberries, juneberries, or any other fruit that can be dried and crushed into a powder. You can also add honey, syrup, peanut butter, and even nuts or raisins. If it’s too wet you can use almond meal to thicken it up, or whatever you prefer. What really matters is that you prepare the meat and fat properly
Once your pemmican
is ready, you can put it in Ziploc bags and keep it in the freezer to increase the shelf life. To eat it, just take a bite and chew it for a while, like gum. This is not the kind of food you want to wolf down quickly. When eaten like this, it can be surprisingly filling. The fat breaks down slowly and provides steady energy for hours. Pemmican is a great item to add to your food cache. It can save you time if you’re too busy to cook a proper meal, and it can keep you going if you have to bug out.
Meat – Native Americans used animals such as buffalo, deer, elk, and moose, but regular beef is fine. It’s best to use chunks that are lean, such as the thigh or shoulder.
Fat – Just ask your butcher for a pound of beef suet. Most people prefer fat from the kidneys, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
Extras – You can add all sorts of things to pemmican: berries, dried fruits, chopped nuts, maple syrup, peanut butter… some people have even added chocolate and sugar. These are all completely optional.