Home made trail rations

Discussion in 'Ruffit's Domestic & Wild Game Cooking/ Recipe Foru' started by Maximilian II, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    Somehow I'm thinking this has been covered here before, but I'm interested in everyone's recipes and other thoughts on homemade trail/camp rations. As a diehard history nut and lifelong food consumer I'd love to hear what you guys have to say.
    What I'm looking for are things we can make at home from stuff available at the grocery store or gleaned from the wild. Jerky, pemmican, hardtack, whatever. I have a particular interest in "historically accurate" things, but since I camp a lot I'm also happy to hear about modern recipes too.
    Let's say for the sake of argument we're talking about food that will keep at least a week or three without refrigeration. Using Ziplock bags to avoid insects is kosher.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2009
  2. O Pemmican, MMMMM
    my recipe
    equal amounts of rendered beef fat, shredded jerky, mixed dried fruit, and deluxe mixed nuts (take out the brazil nuts, as these tend to be rancid), rolled into individual bars.
    I guarantee this.

  3. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    A tip for those who are drying meat: alcohol does help to break down fats, which are a problem for making jerky. I like to include whiskey as a marinade/flavor for my jerkeys.
    They'll help making your product's shelf life longer.
    Hardtack....that's pretty dry already.

    Thanks, Kutaho! I'm an amateur when it comes to Pemmican. Proper Pemmican, that is.

    So, what are the nuts included? I have a dehydrator (if small) and all recipes are invited here.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2009
  4. The nuts are part of the nutrition balance, i render and clarify the beef fat myself. Lived off the stuff for two weeks, a little bit goes a long way,
    and even after all that, i crave the stuff.
    a note, don't use regular peanuts, they also have a tendency to go rancid
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2009
  5. BETH

    BETH Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2009
    anyone out there know how to make jerky that does not taste like leather, i live in Ct. and all the jerky here sucks
  6. A lot has to do with the marinade, were you cut the meat from, and how
    you cut it. along with how long you smoke it.
    first off, 1/8 inch is way to thin, our master jerky maker cuts his 1" by 1".
  7. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    Kutaho, I'm thinking you have knowledge I need. More detail as you're willing to impart, please!
    I've tried to get Dad to explain rendering fat, but he's got Alzheimer's these days and has difficulties in articulating things sometimes.
    At least he was able to teach me about the salt box and pork!
    I've had some good jerky and make decent hardtack, but never have had or made pemmican I can say was good. I'm looking at your recipe for my next venture!

    Does the salt in the nuts suffice, or should I add more to the overall mix?

    1" jerky? Sounds thick, but then I never tried it either. Think this will work in my little WalMart dehydrator?
  8. Being thick is the key to tender jerky, We have a couple of guys here that
    make jerky for the most of us. Thick jerky is always tender, thin has a tendency to be as BETH would say 'like leather'. 1" by 1" is important as it gives you a more even dehydration.
    rendering fat is easy.
    First off, if you can, know were the beef came from. and its diet.
    I get my fat from friend's butchered out steers. I now it's clean meat.
    put the fat in your cast iron skillet at med. heat, Not to hot. once it's liquefied
    let it set. all particulates will settle to the bottom. Then you skim the clarified fat off the top. And the salt in the jerky and mixed nuts is all you need.
  9. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    Excellent! I'll try that next time I get the itch to make some pemmican.
  10. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    Hey, what cuts of meat do you reccomend? I've heard eye round roast, rump steak, and London Broil are best.
    I'll be talking to the butcher soon.
  11. Flank or round.
    as long as its lean!
  12. doug66

    doug66 Member

    Jan 29, 2005
    Dissolve 2/3 cup of brown sugar in a quart of soy sauce. Pour over venison/lean red meat. Cut 1/4" thick. Let meat soak in ice box over night. Drain and sprinkle with cayenne. Dry meat in oven @ 200 with door cracked, I use dehydrator. It is done when it feels like leather.
  13. Maximilian II

    Maximilian II New Member

    May 25, 2009
    Northwest GA
    Thanks! I use a dehydrator too, just a little el cheapo Wal Mart dryer.
  14. Oldeyes

    Oldeyes Active Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    A still high energy (and albeit somewhat stickier), yet lower saturated fat version of pemmican can be made by combining raisins, diced dried apricots, toasted oats, lightly chopped up mixed nuts and honey to bind it all together into a nice 'glump'. This modernized version of pemmican has to be carried in a zip lock plastic bag, but it is a good high energy source that keeps well in the field. Use wet or vegetable shortening greased hands and a large mixing bowl to put together enough for your immediate field needs. Any remaining will store well in the refrigerator until needed. The honey's natural anti-bacterial properties retard this pemmican's potential spoilage in the field. The Wal-Mart Great Value brand of toasted oats have a most distinctive background flavor that is excellent when used in this recipe.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2009
  15. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I also make my own trail mix, but the recipe has changed since I am now a dibetic. I just leave out the fruit mostly, and add in some small pretzels, crackers, corn chips, and nuts. Now, the corn chips are important! Did you know that if you light a regular corn chip with a match, it will burn hot for well over a minute?
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