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Food preservation is a huge part of being self-reliant and independent. Things like canning are decidedly indoor activities but what about smoking. How much smoking can one get done in their own backyard?
That is the focus of these three methods of backyard preservation.
You can easily build your own drum smoker in your backyard. With just a few tools and additions you could be off to the races smoking meats in a drum outback. Now, be sure you source your drum from a safe location. Rust and crude oil are not things you want in any smoking operation. We have to be careful about that.
This project is pretty straightforward and there are many resources on how to build one.
If the drum smoker is not enough of a commitment you might wanna look at creating a smokehouse on property. These can be made pretty easily, as well with stone or brick. You will need a flue and an area to add wood. You will likely want a door on this smoker also. That will help you out a lot.
A smokehouse on the property will change the way you cook, undoubtedly.
Open Air Smoking
Some cultures leave the smoke up to the day. They open air smoke but they do it all day. Because the smoke isn’t captive, they are forced to smoke the food for 18 hours at a time! Some heat cooks the meat as well as smoking it.
If you don’t have the motivation or means to create either of the implements mentioned above it might do you well to try this out. The other important thing about smoking without a smoker is that you will be forced to do that in a wilderness survival situation.
Chances are you won’t have your drum smoker with you on your next hiking trip.
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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.