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Food preservation has all but disappeared in the modern world. Well, I should say home preservation. This is an important thing to consider. There was time when preservation meant the difference between life and death or even just a good life and near starvation. What most people fail to understand is that Spring is a not a time of bounty. When you preserve you must have enough food to get you through winter, spring and even some of summer. That is when grown food starts rolling in.
This is a great article about preservation but not just rice and beans. Have you given any thought to preserving real meat? When you have meat on a shelf you have something that imparts massive levels of nutrients and has the ability to sustain you longer. You need to understand the process but you can pull it off yourself.
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.