Ways of Curing Meat & Smoking During the 1800s

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During the early 1800s, cooking dominated the time and energy of the average housewife. There were no big grocery stores where families could go to purchase food, and eating out was truly a rare treat, usually possible only when traveling. Most fruits and vegetables were grown on the farmstead, and families processed meats such as poultry, beef, and pork. People had seasonal diets. In the spring and summer months, they ate many more fruits and vegetables than they did in the fall and winter. During those colder seasons, families found ways to preserve their food. [Read more…]

How to Preserve Meat During Warm Months Without Electricity

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It’s so easy to preserve food with a fridge. But if you don’t have electricity, because of some big disaster or resource depletion, how would you handle preserving meat?

In winter it is relatively simple, because your whole environment is one big fridge. But what to do to prevent meat from getting rotten during warm months? What would you do to store a meat for at least one year? [Read more…]

How To Store Meat For Years Without Refrigeration

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From the time people roamed the earth as hunter-gatherers, their very survival might have depended on preserving meat — their main source of protein — to tide them over in times of scarcity.  Let’s take a look at all the different ways to approach this subject. [Read more…]