Survival food comes in many forms such as canned or dried. Dried meat, fruits and vegetables are ideal sources of sustenance. They are light in weight, making them easy to carry around even on long distance hikes.
Although there is nothing wrong with storing canned goods, they are not as easy to carry as dried ones; they are better left in the food cache in your home or bug out cabin. In between these two locations, you are going to need survival superfoods such as pemmican.
Apart from being light, dried foods are compact, saving space in your bug out bag for other essential survival items. Choosing the kind of survival food to is critical when bugging out, as you need something that can sustain you for an extended period of time.
Read on to learn more about one of our favorite survival foods.
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.
Pemmican was light, compact, high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and if done properly can last anywhere from a few years (decades) up to a lifetime without refrigeration!
Pemmican consists of lean, dried meat which is crushed to a powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. Back in those days the natives made it with bison, deer, or elk but nowadays it is usually made with beef. Crushed, dried berries can be added as well.
A man could subsist entirely on pemmican, drawing on the fat for energy, the protein for strength and vitamins for health. There are a few cases in history of people living for months (in good health) only out of pemmican.
So, it’s easy to understand why I choose pemmican as the ultimate survival-superfood.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how the guys who wandered the west 130 or so years ago did it. As I’ve said it in a recent article (30 Lost Ways of Survival from 1880) the “SHTF” we all prep for is what folks 150 years ago called “daily life:” No electrical power, no refrigerators, no Internet, no computers, no TV, no hyper-active law enforcement, no Safeway or Walmart.
How to Make Pemmican
- 4 cups lean meat or a pound (deer, beef, caribou or moose)
- 3 cups blueberries (or other dried fruits)
- 2 cups rendered fat (or 1/2 pounds)
- Optional – about 1 shot of honey (you can add nuts but they will lower the self life)
Superfoods have been around for a long time, most of them only rose to popularity when people realized the benefits of having a good number of nutrients from just one food source.
Most survivalists are familiar with the rule of threes: you can’t go without water for more than three minutes, shelter for more than three hours, water for more than three days, and food for more than three weeks.
It may seem like food is the least important, but every one of these items is necessary for survival. You may be able to last longer without food than other essentials, but starvation will get you in the end.
When you carry the proper survival food, you can be sure that your nutritional requirements will be met.
Finding food sources when bugging out can be difficult, and you don’t want this worry added to your plate. Stocking up on survival food will help you mitigate disaster and ensure your survival.
The reality is when you are away from home, it is not easy to find food sources. There are many instances where the survivalist lost so much weight because of the deprivation. Even if you are a good hunter or forager, food is not as readily available as when you are close to civilization.