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Pemmican - the original energy bar
A couple of months ago, I made my first batch of pemmican, and I've found it so be such a wonderful and useful food that it deserves a thread here as it's only been mentioned in passing on a couple of threads about energy bars. Pemmican is the perfect food to have on hand when you're away from home for most of the day and don't want to resort to buying unhealthy food on the run. Ideally I like to prep a week's worth of meals in advance, but pemmican is an excellent back up. It keeps indefintely, so I can always keep a supply at work or in the car. And it's far superior to energy or protein bars, not only because it doesn't contain a list of questionable ingredients, but also because it is able to sustain you for much longer due to it's high fat and protein content - just a small amount keeps me going all day. For a while, I've been making beef jerky to eat on the run, and although it's a fine food, but I found that protein alone was insufficient to sustain me throughout the day.

[Image: cpendley-cooking-pemmican-2.jpg?itok=dh6NQg_7]

Pemmican has a long and fascinating history as a survival food for explorers and traders in remote areas, due to its high caloric content, low weight, and indefinite shelf life. The Indians (feathers not dots) prepared it after buffalo hunts to sustain them over the winter. It became a vital provision for American pioneers and Canadian fur traders who were away from supplies for months at a time - the pemmican trade was so important that a war was fought over its supply. Arctic and Antarctic explorers carried pemmican supplies during their expeditions. British soldiers carried a ration of pemmican during the Boer War which could only be consumed under orders during emergencies - it was found that soldiers could march for 36 hours on a single ration of pemmican.

Pemmican is traditionally nothing but dried meat and rendered fat. Dried berries and salt can also be added. It's extremely easy to make, and a single batch is cheap to prepare and will last a long time. This girl has made a decent video, although there is no need to add sugar, and I find that it's easier to dry the meat in a food dehydrator rather than the oven:




You need to find the leanest meat possible, since any unrendered fat will spoil. I find that topside beef is good. Cut the meat into smaller pieces than you would when making jerky, since it's difficult to process large pieces of meat into powder. You can dry the meat and berries in a food dehydrator at the same time. When it comes to adding the fat, you can render beef fat yourself, or buy prepared tallow. I've also tried lard which works well. You don't need to measure exact amounts - just add enough fat to bind the powdered meat and berries so you can form it into sheets or small balls.

And the taste? It's definitely an unusual acquired taste, and I can understand why people wouldn't enjoy it. (It's interesting reading the accounts of explorers and pioneers, writing about how much they hated pemmican, but keep in mind that they would eat almost nothing else for months at a time). But I love it, especially with the right amount of berries. With a supply of pemmican on hand, I'm never tempted to eat junk food on the run.
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Vilhjalmur Stefansson in his seminal work "The Fat of the Land" writes extensively about pemmican and it's history. The whole book is a great read and it persuaded me to give carnivore diet a try.
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(11-02-2018 10:47 AM)FilipSRB Wrote:  Vilhjalmur Stefansson in his seminal work "The Fat of the Land" writes extensively about pemmican and it's history. The whole book is a great read and it persuaded me to give carnivore diet a try.

I just bought the kindle version of this book and I skipped to the part about pemmican. Fascinating read and highly recommended! I'm looking forward to reading the book as a whole.
11-03-2018 09:53 AM
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If you want to make real pemmican, as in the kind you could survive on forever with no ill effects, the meat must be dehydrated at a low temperature ( I use 95 degrees). This preserves certain vitamins in the meat, vitamin c in particular. Do so at your own risk. I have yet to get sick from it.

The general recipe is one part rendered fat and one part pulverized dehydrated meat. A pound of dehydrated meat requires 3 lbs fresh meat to make, maybe more.

The end result is about 80% fat and 20% protein by calorie, or something like 200 g protein and 255 g fat per pound at 3000ish calories total. Beats the shit out of trail mix for calories and protein content so long as you're keto adapted. It's the perfect keto meal for when you're on the road.

My math might be a bit off compared to some other recipes, but that's about what I figured with store bought rye round and tallow.

Good post, I'm going to try my hand at it this weekend with eye of round and grassfed beef tallow.

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I think I'll give this a go. I've read about pemmican plenty of times in books by both Antarctic and Australian explorers (Generally they ended up hating it).
I use an industrial drying oven set to 95 deg. all the time at work, I'm sure they won't notice a tray of beef in there.

Something does feel a little off about getting meat preserving tips from a guy named Hannibal though....

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(11-02-2018 10:20 AM)Horus Wrote:  A couple of months ago, I made my first batch of pemmican, and I've found it so be such a wonderful and useful food that it deserves a thread here as it's only been mentioned in passing on a couple of threads about energy bars. Pemmican is the perfect food to have on hand when you're away from home for most of the day and don't want to resort to buying unhealthy food on the run. Ideally I like to prep a week's worth of meals in advance, but pemmican is an excellent back up. It keeps indefintely, so I can always keep a supply at work or in the car. And it's far superior to energy or protein bars, not only because it doesn't contain a list of questionable ingredients, but also because it is able to sustain you for much longer due to it's high fat and protein content - just a small amount keeps me going all day. For a while, I've been making beef jerky to eat on the run, and although it's a fine food, but I found that protein alone was insufficient to sustain me throughout the day.

[Image: cpendley-cooking-pemmican-2.jpg?itok=dh6NQg_7]

Pemmican has a long and fascinating history as a survival food for explorers and traders in remote areas, due to its high caloric content, low weight, and indefinite shelf life. The Indians (feathers not dots) prepared it after buffalo hunts to sustain them over the winter. It became a vital provision for American pioneers and Canadian fur traders who were away from supplies for months at a time - the pemmican trade was so important that a war was fought over its supply. Arctic and Antarctic explorers carried pemmican supplies during their expeditions. British soldiers carried a ration of pemmican during the Boer War which could only be consumed under orders during emergencies - it was found that soldiers could march for 36 hours on a single ration of pemmican.

Pemmican is traditionally nothing but dried meat and rendered fat. Dried berries and salt can also be added. It's extremely easy to make, and a single batch is cheap to prepare and will last a long time. This girl has made a decent video, although there is no need to add sugar, and I find that it's easier to dry the meat in a food dehydrator rather than the oven:




You need to find the leanest meat possible, since any unrendered fat will spoil. I find that topside beef is good. Cut the meat into smaller pieces than you would when making jerky, since it's difficult to process large pieces of meat into powder. You can dry the meat and berries in a food dehydrator at the same time. When it comes to adding the fat, you can render beef fat yourself, or buy prepared tallow. I've also tried lard which works well. You don't need to measure exact amounts - just add enough fat to bind the powdered meat and berries so you can form it into sheets or small balls.

And the taste? It's definitely an unusual acquired taste, and I can understand why people wouldn't enjoy it. (It's interesting reading the accounts of explorers and pioneers, writing about how much they hated pemmican, but keep in mind that they would eat almost nothing else for months at a time). But I love it, especially with the right amount of berries. With a supply of pemmican on hand, I'm never tempted to eat junk food on the run.

I don't know about Pemmican, but I know a WB when I see one.
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Indeed. A great way to preserve food. And for all of those who don’t know... even regular homemade beef jerky blows every brand out of the water!!

Just don’t put as much salt in the brine as the recipes say... only about 1/2 to 1/4.
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(11-06-2018 10:27 PM)Hannibal Wrote:  If you want to make real pemmican, as in the kind you could survive on forever with no ill effects, the meat must be dehydrated at a low temperature ( I use 95 degrees). This preserves certain vitamins in the meat, vitamin c in particular. Do so at your own risk. I have yet to get sick from it.

The general recipe is one part rendered fat and one part pulverized dehydrated meat. A pound of dehydrated meat requires 3 lbs fresh meat to make, maybe more.

The end result is about 80% fat and 20% protein by calorie, or something like 200 g protein and 255 g fat per pound at 3000ish calories total. Beats the shit out of trail mix for calories and protein content so long as you're keto adapted. It's the perfect keto meal for when you're on the road.

My math might be a bit off compared to some other recipes, but that's about what I figured with store bought rye round and tallow.

Good post, I'm going to try my hand at it this weekend with eye of round and grassfed beef tallow.

The guide I was referring to, which I just looked up, is called "The Pemmican Manual" and it's a PDF.

http://www.traditionaltx.us/images/PEMMICAN.pdf

I'm in the middle of making a batch right now. I let the jerky dry at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 hours. I decided to get back into pemmican/jerky making because I switched jobs and don't have a lot of time to eat reheated things at work.

Earlier I wrote a post in the lifehack thread about how I go to Sam's club and get bulk cryovac bags of meat. Here is an example of what I use. I generally use sirloin tip and anything too fatty I just cut up into stew meat and throw it in the freezer. Cryovac can be stored in the refrigerator for months at a time so a case sale of 80 lbs of meat at a time is a good idea.

[Image: sirloin-tip.png]

Then I'll go to the butchershop and get bags of suet for $1 a pound and render my own tallow. If you don't know where to go, just google every butchershop or store in your area and ask if they sell fat trimmings or bags of suet.





So for a half a pound of tallow (probably a pound of fat before rendering) and half a pound of pulverized dehydrated meat (approximately 1.5 lbs of raw meat), you get

2900 calories
250ish grams of fat
250ish grams of protein

For $1 + 1.5($3.20) = $5.80

Yeah, six bucks for an easy whole day's worth of calories as a keto/carnivore guy. 2 bucks gets you 1000 calories at about 80 grams of protein and 80 grams of fat, which kicks the shit out of any protein bar on the market. To the people who say that pemmican is expensive, they just don't know where to look. Costco I'm sure has similarly great deals on meat. Butchershops everywhere trim the fat from their meat and have literally no use for it, they throw it away often enough.

You can add less tallow if you want, you can add dehydrated fruit if you want (one Alaskan trekker on Youtube likes to added dried fruit and tallow at a ratio that makes his about 60 % protein 10% carbs 30% fat). This of course is not genuine pemmican and it will spoil faster, but the idea is similar.

You get to make your own MRE that basically never spoils, you can live off it forever, and slowly stockpile enough for a whole month, or even a year's worth of eating. If the meat or the suet ever goes on sale, you get to make a whole ton of it and none of it has to go to waste. Tallow is shelf stable, so you can just buy the suet on sale and stock it up in mason jars.

I don't recommend using anything other than a blender for pulverizing the meat. Any other way is too time consuming. It helps to get a large blender with a wide base and to cut the meat strips against the grain.

If you put spices in your pemmican, put them in the pemmican after you've pulverized the meat. If you put it on the meat before you dehydrate it, the spice/salt will be unbearable.

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