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History has taught us that wartime or a natural disaster will quickly lead to food shortages and survival becomes almost impossible without the proper nutrients. During the Civil War times, acquiring food and being able to cook it in proper conditions became a luxury for many soldiers.
Although weapons and shelter were of the greatest importance to the soldiers during the Civil War, food was a survival necessity. Even more astonishing is the fact that most of the civil war era foods were nothing more than trial and error cooking experiments. In order to control their hunger, people were forced to improvise and replace common ingredients with what was available. Cooking over a campfire or baking in a clay oven is also harder than it looks and the soldiers had no way of controlling the temperature as you would do with today’s modern appliances.
Some of the Civil War era foods stood the test of time and they can still be cooked today as long as you follow the original recipes. I consider this as valuable knowledge to hold since it will save everyone from starving when times get rough and survival cooking becomes a must.
Although some may argue that these foods are not as tasty as our modern foods, we have to acknowledge that starvation is not pleasant either. I for one enjoy eating idiot’s delight or hardtack and I believe some of the Civil War recipes are quite ingenious.
Read the article below to learn how to make swamp cabbage stew, corn prone, hardtack and other civil war era foods:
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.