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Pemmican as a prepper survival food
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Pemmican is one of several emergency food rations that
contestants on the gear list for History Channel's Alone television
show. The
History Channel Gear list includes the following
emergency food rations:

    1. 5 lbs of beef jerky (protein)
    2. 5 lbs of dried pulses/legumes/lentils mix (starch and
    3. 5 lbs of biltong (protein)
    4. 5 lbs of hard tack military biscuits (carbs/sugars)
    5. 5 lbs of chocolate (Simple/complex sugars)
    6. 5 lbs of pemmican (traditional trail food made from fat
    and proteins)
    7. 5 lbs of gorp (raisins, m&m’s and peanuts)
    8. 5 lbs of flour (starch/carbs)
    9. 2 lbs of rice or sugar and 1 lb of salt

In his book,  
Extreme Survival Meat: A Guide for Safe Scavenging,
Pemmican Making, and Roadkill
, pictured right. Author Tamarack
Song has lived on pemmican and has devoted a section of his
book on making pemmican - the most nourishing and long-lasting
survival food.

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Above Emmy shares her experience making pemmican.

How long will pemmican last?
Don't fool yourself into believing these are an incredibly long
lasting survival food. Pemmican won't last you ten years. It will
last about as long as beef jerky, which is under two years under
the right conditions. Realistically, your pemmican will last 8
months to a year. Pemmican was meant to be eaten.

  • Ingredients: How long your pemmican will last depends on
    your chosen ingredients. Nuts have a very limited shelf life
    and will drastically reduce the shelf life of your pemmican. As
    well, the degree of water in the chosen fruit will affect the
    shelf life. Both salt and honey will improve the shelf life. It's
    not an exact science.

  • Storage: Another thing affecting how long your pemmican
    will last is how you store the finished product. It should not
    have moisture and it should not have

Ready made pemmican:
While you can make your own pemmican, you may like to first try
the commercially available product.

#1: Epic bars (available in a variety of meat options).
The EPIC bar is a 100% grass fed animal based protein bar
designed as nature intended. It's more like beef jerky. Nutritious
Gluten Free, Soy Free and Dairy Free. These bars are packed with
nutrient dense protein for greater satiety. Convenient EPIC Bars
are perfect for on the go. Whether after working out or when
hiking, simply pull out an EPIC Bar and fulfill your hunger. EPIC
Bar is perfectly packaged and packed with nutrients. Right is
Venison EPIC bars. Made in the USA and based on the traditional
Native American Lakota recipe, Tanka food bars are a wonderful
alternative to the usual processed beef jerky. If you're a meat
lover, this is the best meat-based emergency food bar you can
get. This high protein snack fits nearly every diet lifestyle and is
certified gluten-free, nitrite-free, MSG-free, hormone-free, dairy-
free, soy-free and it's also low-fat. Tanka' means to Live Life
Powerfully: in harmony with your spirit and with the earth.

  • Flavors: Bison Uncured Bacon Cranberry; Beef Habanero
    Cherry Walnut; Lamb Currant Mint;  Turkey Almond Cranberry,
  • Shelf-life: one year
  • Gluten free: Yes
  • Protein: 6 grams of protein
  • What makes them different: These are meat bars in the
    tradition of real pemmican, and are made in the spirit of a
    primal diet and made of 100% grass fed protein. Ingredients
    are grass-fed Wagyu beef, wildflower honey, water, sea salt,
    black pepper and garlic powder. That's it!

#2: Tanka (made with buffalo meat).
Made from prairie-raised buffalo. Based on a traditional Lakota
recipe for wasna or pemmican,
Tanka Bar is 100% natural. More
tender and moist than beef or bison jerky, Tanka Bar Spicy is the
perfect food for anyone who's on the go -- outdoor enthusiasts,
students, busy moms, athletes, and pow-wow dancers.
Ingredients of
Tanka Bar Spicy are buffalo meat, dried cranberries
(cranberries, sugar); sea salt; black pepper; habanero; jalapeno;
spice; red pepper; onion; garlic; lactic acid starter culture. It's and
guaranteed shelf-stable for a year.

  • Flavors:  prairie-raised buffalo
  • Shelf-life: one year, but you can freeze them
  • Gluten free: Yes (certified gluten-free)
  • Protein: 7 grams of lean protein
  • What makes them different: Gluten-free, nitrite-free, MSG-
    free, hormone-free, dairy-free, soy-free and low-fat, the
    Tanka Bar is an authentic Native American food!
Pemmican Survival Food
Concentrated energy bar of the Native Americans

Pemmican is a prepper survival food.
True pemmican is a basic meat and fruit bar made for travelling
and hunting that was first created by Native Americans.
Pemmican was one of the original survival foods! While we tend
to think of pemmican as a food bar, Native Americans actually
rolled their pemmican mixture into little balls, which made the
food much more practical for travel.

Native Americans shared their recipe and it became an important
part of the fur trade. Trappers across the United States and
Canada ate pemmican, as did explorers in the Arctic and Antarctic
(and it was also fed to sled dogs).

Today pemmican is the ultimate survival super food. Popularity of
this dense and portable food resurfaced with the paleo diet, which
is a diet based on how the hunter-gatherers ate. It's the ultimate
energy food bar that preppers should consider trying and making.
Whether you want to give pemmican a taste test or you want to
make it from scratch, below is a prepper's guide to pemmican...

Pemmican is Prepper Survival Food
Pemmican is an awesome prepper food. Admittedly, though,
pemmican isn't for everyone. It's a bit of an acquired taste. If you
like primal and paleo, then pemmican is for you. If you're a
vegetarian you can make pemmican from fruit and nuts and
pemmican can still be for you! Give it a try.

As a survival food, pemmican is natural consideration for inclusion
in the go bags and prepper's pantry. It's portable, has a relatively
long-shelf life and it gives sustained energy and nutrition to help
survive an emergency. You'll find commercial versions of
pemmican at Whole Foods market and on Amazon to try:

  • EPIC bars, pictured immediate right, has a sampler with a
    wide variety of meats and flavors. This company passionately
    creates master-crafted varieties. The sampler may include
    the following flavors ~ Bison Bacon Cranberry, Uncured
    Bacon, Chicken Sriracha, Chicken Sesame BBQ, Wild Boar and
    Bacon, Turkey Almond Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, Beef
    Bacon Apple, Lamb Currant Mint, Venison, or Salmon.

  • Tanka Bars is a competing brand of pemmican made of
    buffalo. Tanka is more tender and moist than beef jerky.
    Their recipe is based on the traditional "wasna" recipe
    combining high-protein, prairie-fed buffalo and tart-sweet
    cranberries. "Wasna" is Lakota for "all mixed up." No one
    knows the name of the first Lakota to make wasna, but the
    basics of preparing the dish have been passed down,
    generation to generation and adapted by Tanka.

What is in pemmican?
Pemmican, also sometimes called "Wasna" is a dense super
survival food of the Native Americans that helped sustain them to
survive harsh winters or avoid famine. This concentrated energy
bar is usually a mixture of energy sustaining fat and protein, such
as dried meat or nuts, plus dried fruit for flavoring. Not only is
pemmican energy sustaining, but by design also a very shelf-
stable food, which is why preppers are taking note to stock
pemmican in their preps or even to learn how to make it.

To make Wasna, the Lakota had to first pound, then grind the
dried berries using a stone and a rock hammer. The hammer was
covered with rawhide. They'd do the same with the dried meat.
Then they'd render fat to make pemmican.

Pemmican is three basic ingredients:

  • Fats: Traditionally rendered from an animal source, such as
    fish oil, lard, suet or beef tallow. (Beef tallow is also good in
    soups, stews, gravies, meat dishes, pasta, rice, vegetables,
    hamburgers, tacos, fried foods, eggs, biscuits or in your own
    favorite dishes and you can simmer, sauté and fry.)

  • Proteins: Nuts, or dried meats, such beef, bison, caribou,
    venison and sometimes also fish.

Want to give pemmican a try?
Made of pounded and pulverized dried meat and fruits, you can
make pemmican with as little as these three ingredients ~ meat,
fruit and tallow. It's the rendered fat that binds the ingredients
together. You may like to first taste a pemmican bar to see if you
like it before making it yourself.

Pemmican is a concentrated food bar originally made of meat and
fruit, but you can make fruit and nut versions. There are many
kinds of pemmican available for you to sample to give you an idea
of what you like:

  • EPIC Bison, Uncured Bacon and Cranberry: Tender bison,
    savory bacon, and tart cranberries combine to create an EPIC
    tasting bar unlike anything you have experienced. The Bison
    Bacon bar delivers a substantial serving of 100% grass fed
    and organic buffalo, brilliantly combined with humanely
    certified uncured bacon. Tender bison, savory bacon, and tart
    cranberries combine to create an "epic" tasting bar unlike
    anything you've ever experienced.

  • EPIC Venison pemmican bars, pictured immediate right.
    Unleash your wild side with a bar that is consistent with the
    evolutionary diets of our ancestors. These sea salt & pepper
    venison Bars will teleport your taste buds to a unique
    carnivorous experience featuring a wholesome protein not
    often found in the grocery store. It's  protein from free range,
    100% grass fed venison.

  • EPIC Chicken Sriracha ~ The Chicken Sriracha Bar starts with
    whole muscle meat protein and then add a custom sriracha
    spice blend to harmonize notes of mild tartness and warm

  • Tanka Coffee Hatch Chile ~ 7 grams of lean protein, and
    made from whole food ingredients including turkey, real
    coffee, Hatch chile peppers, tart-sweet cranberries and
    prairie-raised buffalo

  • Tanka jalapeño ~ 7 grams of lean protein, made of jalapeño
    peppers, tart-sweet cranberries and prairie-raised buffalo

As survival food, pemmican is natural consideration for inclusion
in the go bags and prepper's pantry.

Want to Make Pemmican?
Will you be making pemmican in an apocalypse? Maybe. It's hard
work. To make pemmican Native Americans dried then pulverized
their fruits and meats with a stone. Thank goodness for modern

Get out your dehydrator and your food processor, because you
don't need to wait weeks for the food to dry and then tire your
arm grinding your dried meat and fruits with a stone.

Below are some recipes to give you a modern start...

How to make pemmican:
You may have a pemmican recipe, or may like to modify a recipe
you've found. Here are a few pemmican recipes to get you
thinking about the flavors you'd like to try.

#1: Pick your ingredients.
Your pemmican ingredients. You can stick to the basic pemmican
recipe which is meat, berries and tallow or you can add nuts and
spices or try poultry or vegetables.

Choose a lean cut of meat ~ any kind of meat you can dehydrate
to make beef jerky is acceptable to make pemmican.
  • Bacon
  • Beef
  • Buffalo
  • Carabou
  • Chicken (know that you'll need to add more fat later)
  • Elk
  • Moose
  • Rabbit (know that you'll need to add more fat later)
  • Venison

  • Beef suet (ask your butcher for suet)
  • Tallow

Select dehydrated fruits.
  • apricots
  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • cranberries
  • tomatoes (yes, it's a fruit)

  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Nettles

Seeds and Nuts
Be sure to shell nuts and seeds
  • almonds
  • flax seed
  • peanuts (actually a legume)
  • pinenuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts

Spices and flavorings
  • honey
  • maple syrup (use only real maple syrup)
  • onion powder
  • paprika
  • rosemary
  • salt and pepper

#2: Dehydrate your fruit.
To make pemmican is fairly easy once you have selected the
ingredients. After you have selected your berries and meat, it's
time to dehydrate. If you want to skip the dehydrator, you can
get dehydrated fruit without sugars. The meat, however, should
be dried by you to make the recipe ~ as the meat is at the heart
of the recipe.

#3: Dry your meat in the oven.
Pick a lean meat and cut the meat into strips. You'll need to dry
your meat in the oven, which has a higher temperature than your

#5: Render your fat.
If you're making pemmican totally from scratch you'll also to
render fat to make pemmican. If you're short on time for that,
then you can buy tallow or ask the butcher for suet.

You'll need a one to one ratio of rendered fat to dried meat with
dried fruit to garnish. Traditionally, the Native Americans dried
their meat for weeks and when it was dry they would crush into a
powder and mix the powder into the fat.

#6: Pound your berries and meat.
Traditionally you'd get out a heavy stone and pound your meat.
The modern convenience of a food processor makes this task
much easier.

#7: Mix your ingredients.
The final part of the process of making pemmican is to mix your
ingredients ~ meat, berries and fat (lard, suet, tallow). Learn to
make pemmican from scratch using a modern twist on the
traditional method...
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