By – Dana Spencer
I was looking on Pinterest for a Zero Carb pemmican recipe and was surprised to find there isn’t one. There are many recipes for “Pemmican”, but they are not Zero Carb traditional Pemmican. Traditional pemmican has 2 ingredients, dried lean meat, and fat. The addition of other ingredients compromises the nutritional value as well as the shelf life.
Lex Rooker, who was a member of the old ZIOH forum and who I had the pleasure of meeting at one of our infamous Meat-ups in the Los Angeles area, created a very detailed pemmican-making tutorial, complete with pictures. You can download his Pemmican tutorial here.
Lex also created a very detailed tutorial on how to make an inexpensive jerky drier out of a few household items. You can download the Jerky Drier PDF here.
I use my MasterBuilt Smoker to dry beef for pemmican. Just make sure you have enough airflow and don’t load it with too much meat or it won’t dry fast enough. I only load 2 racks at a time. I use a Ninja Master Prep to grind the dry beef.
Carolina, also a member of the old ZIOH forum, made these 2 fantastic instructional videos on how to make pemmican.
Pemmican is the perfect travel, hiking, camping, survival food. I like pemmican, but it is certainly an acquired taste, so you may want to experiment with it before your journey.
When going on long hikes Pemmican is an invaluable food source. You don’t have to pack cooking gear, plates, utensils, pots, or pans. If you want hot food, you can always drop a chunk of pemmican in a mug of hot water with a bouillon cube or some dried herbs and sea salt, then it becomes a tasty hot soup. But, you will have to pack something to boil water for that.
I make mine in cupcake liners, regular size, and mini size so I can have a quick snack if needed. A large, filled to the top, cupcake size (3oz) contains about 573 calories. 1oz of pemmican = approx 191 calories. When planing a long hike you want to make sure you pack enough. I figured, for myself,(everybody will be different), 2000 calories per day. So, I packed 3 regular size and a few mini ones for each day. I vacuum sealed each day’s ration for easy stuffing into my pack. I brought 3 days extra, just to be safe. TIP: Include a couple of paper towels in each pack.
Making Pemmican is a long expensive process, so if you are not into getting all the equipment and spending all the time making it there are 2 options for buying it. You can buy zero-carb pemmican at US Wellness, but it has to be kept cold. Their processing does not completely take the moisture out of the meat, therefore it will spoil if not kept cold. It can go about a day with no refrigeration. Since it is made with grass-finished beef, it can have a fishy taste if you are not used to the taste of grass-finished beef.
US Wellness is also a great source for beef tallow, for making pemmican.
2020 UPDATE: I’m so happy that we can now purchase delicious shelf-stable pemmican from The Carnivore Bar! Use code ZCDANA at checkout for 10% off your purchase!
The Carnivore Bar comes in a convenient, easy to open package, is available in Grass-finished or Grain-finished beef, with or without salt. My preference is grain-finished, with no salt. The Carnivore Bar has a crunchy texture, kind of like a Nestle Crunch Bar, that I really like.
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