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Did you know that new cast iron pots and pans are simply cast which means if you look at them through a microscope you will see more of a textured finish.
Older cast iron pans were almost always machine polished to a glass like surface. For that reason I would highly recommend seeking out older pans from family members who do not use them or check out the antique stores, I have seen them for as low as 5 bucks.
All you need is a little elbow grease, some patience and a few dollars and you can have an old rusty pan looking brand new and cook from it the same day! Don’t throw out your rusty old pans! Check out how to do this and maintain your cast iron for years to come:
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.