Imagine you found yourself in the wild, and there was no edible food to consume. You decided to go hunting, and you succeeded in killing an animal. All of a sudden, it becomes dawn on you that you don’t know how to go about processing the meat in the first place. Perhaps you succeeded in processing the meat, and the challenge you are faced with is preservation. You don’t know how to primitively preserve the meat that took you several hours to hunt. You felt like giving up in the wild. You began to wonder how our forefathers survive in their time even without all the comfort we enjoy today. Here is a secret; they survive by using the primitive preservation method. Read through this guide now to know how you can also use the primitive techniques of preservation for your survival in the wild
How to Dry and Smoke Meat in the Wild: 4 Primitive Preservation Methods
Preservation of meat is not only inclined to the use of sophisticated appliances that use electricity. Imagine there was no electricity, how will you preserve your food? Our ancestors do not depend on electricity, they use simple equipment, yet they lived their life comfortably. They survived with simple tools and primitive preservation methods. They do not burden themselves with all the comfort we enjoy today. Also, they lived longer without most debilitating diseases like cancer and diabetes that we faced today due to the preservation methods used, such as the addition of harmful ingredients. Our forefathers used the process of drying and smoking methods to tackle the problem. The art of smoking dates back to centuries ago. People of the old days simply hang their meat to dry. Their shelters were always smoky due to lack of chimneys in caves. Therefore they were able to realize that hanging out meat in such places with smokes added some kind of flavour to the meat and subsequently, preserve the meat for a longer period.
Learn how to dry and smoke meat in the wild, just like the way our ancestors had done by following the methods outlined below.
Drying Meat in the Wild in 4 Primitive Preservation Steps
Trimming off the fat away from the meat
The first thing you need to do is to trim the meat. Doing this will remove fats that might cause rancidity. Hence prolonging the meat. If you are more of a survivalist, you can decide to store the fats to make tallow necessary for making Pemmican – a type of survival food. Check our website for more information about this
Cut the meat into thin strips
The next thing is to cut the meat along the muscle fibres. You must ensure that you cut evenly as long as possible. This is because meat generally shrinks during drying. So, take note of how you cut the meat. Although meat that is too long might break because of the weight. Thicker slices would also take a longer time to get all the moisture out. Therefore, ensure you cut your meat well
Add salt to the meat
The best way to do this is to dip the meat into a salt solution. Salting is important because it adds flavor and taste, prevent the growth of microbes and ultimately remove moisture from the meat. It also helps to keep rodents away when you finally start to dry. Dip the meat for about 5 minutes in a salt solution before drying. You don’t need to worry about anything in the wild.
Suspend the meat to dry
Drying of meat can be done with metal hooks, threads and metal clips. These methods will ensure that the meat dries perfectly, removing all the moisture that might be present. Do not try to hang the food under tree branches as this might cause harm to the meat.
Smoking Meat in the Wild in 4 Primitive Preservation Steps
Smoking of meat is related and connected to salting or drying. Smoking also removes moisture from the meat, which makes it last longer. Here is all you need to smoke meat in the wild.
Get all the materials needed
You need to prepare all the materials you will need to smoke the meat. These materials include primitive smoker, sharp tools for cutting and trimming the meat, materials to make fire and also wood. The kind of wood you choose to smoke your meat is very crucial. This is because the woods add some kind of flavor to the meat during smoking. Some common wood includes the alder, maple, apple, and oak. The primitive smoker such is also important. You can use a pit smoker or a tripod to smoke the meat. Combining all together, start by devising a smoker, make fire using twigs of leaves, add the woods and you are ready to go
Prepare the meat
Preparation of the meat involves trimming the fat off the meat, cutting into strips and adding salt unto the surface of meat just as described above
Remove the meat’s moisture
This is done by fixing the meat onto a stick and then placed above the fire you have prepared. This should be done for a short period as this is different from cooking. Doing this will prevent the growth of bacteria.
Smoke the meat
The next thing is to start with smoking proper. This should be done by allowing the fire to create a lot of smoke using the right wood as this will add a kind of flavor to the meat. You don’t need to worry about flies or other insects that harm food normally because the smoke generated to keep them off. This should be done for 6-8 hours. You can check to know whether the meat is done by observing the dryness. If the meat bends, it means it is not done, and if it cracks, it shows it is dried
It is advisable to cook meat properly before consumption, but when you are in the wild drying and smoking can be the only available option to preserve your meat primitively and hence survive. However, smoking and drying isn’t the last thing to do in the wild. You should store your smoked and dried meat properly to prevent meat illness arising from the growth of microbes. Since you are not getting a refrigerator anytime soon, you can use foils to store the meat. We recommend that you find time to learn and practice this survival skill. It can be learnt at home without taking too many resources. Try it out now to keep you prepared for any survival situations. For more informational tips about survival and related topics, feel free to check our website. Hope you have gotten the best information from this guide. See you next time!