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The Métis

Pemmican


Pemmican

 

  • A single buffalo supplied the Métis with a large amount of meat. Therefore, they needed to find a way to preserve some of that meat to keep it from going bad.
  • Most of the buffalo meat was used to make ‘pemmican’, which lasted for year without spoiling.
  • Pemmican was usually made from buffalo meat.
  • Drying the meat ensured that it did not go bad.
  • How to make pemmican:
    • First, the buffalo meat was cut into long strips.
    • The strips were then dried on racks, either over a fire, or in the sun.
    • The dried buffalo meat was then pounded into granular form.
    • Once in granular form, it was placed into animal-hide bags.
    • Hot buffalo fat was poured into the bags and mixed with the dried meat.
    • Wild berries were added to the mixture for flavour.
    • The hide bag were sewn shut, and the pemmican kept for years.
  • Pemmican was a nutritious and filling snack, and was eaily transported on long trade journeys.
  • Pemmican recipe
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 lbs of buffalo meat
      • ¼ cup of berries (blueberries or saskatoon berries)
      • 5 tablespoons of animal fat
    • Steps:
      • Cut meat into long strips
      • Hang meat in the sun to dry
      • When dry, pound strips into flakes
      • Mix together flakes and dried berries in hide bag (or bowl)
      • Add melted fat (hot)
      • Add berries (optional)

 

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Pemmican – The Ultimate Survival Food

 

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Pemmican – The Ultimate Survival Food – Episode 3 – 18th century cooking S5E4

 

 

Pemmican Episode 4 – 18th century cooking with Jas Townsend and Son S5E5

 

 

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How To Render Fat, Part 2