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While a lot of us take pride in being self-sufficient, or simply enjoy gardening and crafting, there was a time when self-sufficiency was essential to survival.
Relatively speaking, the Great Depression was not that long ago, and there is a lot of valuable knowledge to be gleaned from the way people lived during that time.
The Survival Mom has an interesting list of ways families made it through the Great Depression with very few resources.
Included in the list are ways income was generated, unusual recipes (bean sandwich!), and ways homemakers improvised to provide for their families.
People foraged, worked odd jobs, and helped each other when it was hard enough just to survive.
They used what they had to make life more comfortable, like wet sheets over doorways to cool the air when it was hot, and covering walls with mud to prevent cold drafts in the winter.
We could all learn plenty from those who lived during the Great Depression, as we are not immune from this sort of economic meltdown!
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.