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Let’s face it: meat doesn’t have a very long lifespan. If left out in the open, it will deteriorate in quality very quickly, essentially becoming useless. But if you know the different techniques to preserve meat, then you can make it last much longer without going bad.
One of the most common techniques we all use daily is freezing. But as you know, this won’t last forever. While freezing does an okay job at preserving meat, there has to be a better way, right?
As it turns out, there is.
Another great way to increase the lifespan of meat is to dehydrate it. This can be done by buying a food dehydrator and placing your meat inside it.
For example, you can make beef jerky by following a few simple instructions. You can also dehydrate things like pork and chicken. Dehydration is a super-easy technique that even absolute beginners can do.
Another method that has been quite popular is canning. This is basically the act of heating the meat while it’s inside a mason jar so that you can create a vacuum seal that’s free from bacteria and other deadly microorganisms.
This one is a little more complicated than dehydration, but not by much.
Smoking & Curing
There are also techniques like smoking and curing that work very well at increasing the lifespan of meat.
So, what are the benefits of learning how to do this? Well, in a SHTF situation when the grocery store shelves are empty, you want your meat to last for as long as possible.
These 5 tips apply to people who are living off the grid and who are trying to be self-sustainable.
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.