TO PRESERVE MEAT
IN THE WILD
Wet Curing Meat
One way to cure meat is to use a saltwater solution with 15-20 percent
salt. Place small cuts of meat in this solution, and let it soak for
around five minutes. Then, take the meat out of the solution and hang
it out to dry.
You shouldnít hang the meat in a sunlit area. This can result in certain
parts of the meat curing more quickly than the rest. Also, the area that
you choose for drying must be well ventilated. The hooks that you use for
the drying process must be made of materials that will not rust.
The curing process usually takes around five days. During this period, it
is unlikely that you will have any issues with insects in the meat. The
salt naturally repels them.
Dry Curing Meat
Dry curing meat is another effective way of preserving it. When you use
this method, the salt is rubbed over the meat and itís dried. You also
can add other flavorings to the dry rub, such as pepper or other spices.
What To Do After Itís Cured
After either curing process is finished, the meat can be rehydrated if itís
cooked by boiling. After boiling the meat, the nutritional content is nearly
unchanged. While I donít find boiled meat to be particularly tasty, this
method is highly effective at preserving meat. However, itís essential to
store the meat in an environment that is dry.
Smoking Meat In The Wild
If you smoke your meat, youíll be able to enjoy a savory, barbeque flavored
meat in the wilderness. The longer itís smoked, the longer the shelf life is
likely to be. When meat is smoked overnight, itís likely to remain good for
a week. However, two days of constant smoking can allow meat to last for
anywhere between 2-4 weeks. I feel that the only downside to smoking meat for
a long period of time is that the smoky flavor tends to be stronger.
Find green wood or dampen the wood you use for the fire. When you are smoking
meat, it is the amount of smoke that is more important than the fire. However,
avoid wood that is resinous.
Itís also important to cover the fire. There are a couple of ways to do this.
One is to dig a hole in the ground and drape a poncho, sheet, part of a parachute,
or other covering over the fire, but you can also create a Ďteepeeí surrounding
the fire. The meat should be cut into thin slices, and the strips should be around
6 centimeters thick. Additionally, the meat should be placed high enough above the
fire so that itís smoked rather than cooked.
After the meat is smoked, it should be dry and quite brittle with a curled appearance.
It also shouldnít feel cold to the touch. When itís done, the meat can be eaten without
If the temperature is below freezing, simply leaving the meat outside can be essentially
the same as bringing a working freezer with you into the wilderness. Frozen meat is well
preserved until it thaws. However, the meat must be cooked after thawing to avoid food
Making Jerky In The Wild
In order to make jerky, you can place meat on a rack over a flame for the drying process.
Itís important that the meat racks are not too close to the flame to ensure that itís dried
rather than cooked. Over time, the smoke will turn the meat into jerky. This will happen
faster if you cover the fire.
However, you can make jerky without using a fire if the meat has been cured before you
begin drying it. If the meat is hung inside a box while being dried using a fan, you can
get exceptionally tasty jerky thatís safe to eat even if you eat some before itís been
fully dried. I find that the taste of jerky made this way is far better than jerky that
is available in stores.
Five Ways To Preserve Meat In the Wild
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