Pemmican is a north american Aboriginal food made for long voyages in which food is or might be scarce. Now a days, it's used by campers and trail hikers who want an authentic feel of being back in time. You only need one spoon full for a WHOLE DAY of walking!
Traditionally pemmican is sun dried buffalo or bison which is ground up by rocks, mixed with fat and other things.
Theres really no receipt but you should honestly give this a shot once in your life.
What you'll need:
An oven or suitable toaster oven
Something to grind the dry meat with (mortar, pistol, I used a bowl and a curved car body repair dolly)
suet (meat fat, ask for it at meat stores, preferably smaller ones. Sometimes you need to be on a list to get it though but you'll almost always have to ask)
Some meat, 1 lbs preferable (bison in Canada and buffalo in the States are the traditonals but beef works)
Spices you like
LOTS of salt (preservative!)
nuts or berries for extra energy.
These ingredients above are all traditionally added.
I also like to add various ground up vitamins. Vitamins are very bad tasting so you can only really put in 3 to 6 of em per pound.
Break it up and mix it in a bowl with your ingredients. Pick one taste, and expect to need a LOT of spice. Salt is required in order to help preserve the meat long term, and you need a lot of it. This is preserving food, not for taste, it is meat after all and this will last you months on end. Fat is for energy, I used collected bacon fat just fine (cook bacon, put the oil in the pan into a jar, it turns into solid fat once cooled). Doesn't have to be suet, it's just what is traditional.
Heat the oven to about 100 degrees. You don't want to bake it, you're trying to dry it. When the oven is hot, put the meat on a pan, leave the stove open as little as you can. The heat will dry the meat, and leaving it open won't cook it which is what we want.
Smash it up with something and put it in a bag.
Step 4: Enjoy this native scout and warrior's treat. Any man who claims to be native, or any white person who wants to be around natives should at least try this delicious dish.
It's great for after workouts.
When food is scarce the natives will either eat pemmican ONCE a day, or if they have the resources and time, they will also make up some Bannock bread to help cure the hunger of only eating a spoon full of pemmican for a day. Pemmican will indeed keep you going for a month or two with no other sources of food. Sometimes it helps to add water when you go to eat a spoon full.
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