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We worry a lot, in the survival community, about storing food and hunting food. We want to make sure we have lots of raw food items at our disposal. How much do you know about how to process and cook that food?
Processing Meats and Produce
One of the first things any cook should learn is how to process meats and produce. What do you skin from a fruit? Do you remove the seed? How do you prepare the vegetable?
Beyond that you need to understand how animals are built and what meats come from which sections of the animal. This is a critical part of being able to break animals down.
We all know that storing wheat and grains is important. Do you know how to make breads? A variety of breads can be made by using just flour, oil, salt and yeast. Knowing how to knead, shape, rise and bake bread properly means that you can turn a few cups of flour into something warm that will keep your family happy and fed.
The most important of all the cooking methods is braising. Braising is designed to make tough, sinewy, cheap pieces of meat edible. The act of braising is to cook foods 3/4 of the way covered in liquid, brought to a simmer and then placed, covered, in an oven for hours. Certain cuts of meat can be braised for 6-8 hours!
The resulting meal is incredibly succulent and delicious. In an austere situation you will be able to eat the cheapest and most unwanted meats if you know how to braise them.
Cooking is a serious prepping skill. While it seems simple because we do it everyday, it is. You will be able to address all sorts of issues in a long term disaster if you know how to cook from scratch.