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For those of us interested in homesteading, or just looking for ways to become more self-sufficient, there’s a lot that can be learned from older generations that did without the modern conveniences we have today. Modern generations can have a tough time figuring out how to live in a low-tech world when we’re used to all of the efficiencies of today.
For her homesteading blog, Melissa Norris interviewed her dad, who grew up on a homestead in the 1940’s. In this interview we get a peek at how a family of homesteaders lived before a lot of modern conveniences even existed. Details about food storage and preservation, livestock management, and ways to make an income from homesteading are covered in this interview. This is a great firsthand account of living self-sufficiently when it was a necessity, and a reminder that we can do it too!
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans 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.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.