When you’re in a survival situation, you’re solely responsible for preparing food for yourself and making sure it’s nutritionally dense. Your body will need a lot of nutrients to help it perform optimally in a highly stressful time. That means you won’t want to subsist on old boxes of mac and cheese from your cupboard unless you absolutely have to.
Fortunately, there are some exceptional survival food recipes you can rely on when things get sketchy. These recipes are easy to make, boost your energy and nutrition levels, and help you make use of your food storage. Give them a try in a non-emergency situation to figure out which recipes are your favorite.
Pemmican is the survival food every serious survivalist should know how to make. It’s been used for generations to keep people alive in dire circumstances. Interestingly, different cultures around the globe have various versions of this same recipe. The one listed here comes from the Native Americans. You’ll only need a few ingredients to make this life-saving concoction:
- 8 oz. dried fruit
- 8 oz. lard
- 8 oz. powdered jerky (packed tightly)
- Put the lard in a pot and slowly warm until it reaches a pasty, soft texture (keep below 100⁰ F) while stirring constantly.
- Add dry ingredients to the fat and stir together until well-blended.
- If you wish to make variations, such as adding spices or starch sources, do so now (though starches will affect the shelf life of the finished product).
- Remove the pemmican from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
- When the recipe is cooled enough to touch it, scoop out small handfuls and shape them into flat cakes or round balls on a cookie sheet.
- Allow to cool before storing.
This recipe can be stored in wax paper and will last for months in a cold storage area. In warmer conditions, the fat will start to turn rancid within a few weeks.
Pemmican is a great survival recipe because it contains a high number of calories, protein, fat and iron. A single ball of pemmican that’s approximately 2 oz. contains approximately 330 calories, 17 grams of protein, and 20% of your daily iron needs.
This life-sustaining cake uses minimum ingredients to deliver an impressive number of energy-producing calories. People have been making and eating cakes like this one since Roman times. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- 4 cups mixed dried fruit (including up to 3 cups of golden raisins)
- 1 (400 g) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 egg
- 1 dash brandy or rum (optional)
- ½ cup water
- Bring fruit and water to boil in a pot and simmer uncovered for two minutes.
- Cover pot and cool to room temperature.
- Line a deep round or square baking tin with parchment paper while the fruit cools, bringing the paper above the edge of the tin approximately ½ inch.
- Preheat oven to 300⁰
- Stir the egg, condensed milk, flour and liquor into the pot of fruit and mix thoroughly.
- Spoon mixture into the prepared tin and bake at 300⁰ F for two hours (or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).
To store this recipe, wrap it in a liquor-soaked cloth, then place in plastic wrap to keep the cloth from drying out. Embalmed like this, fruitcake has the ability to last for many months (possibly up to a year) in a cool location.
Fruit bread bricks provide many nutrients and calories. A 4-oz. slice delivers approximately 370 calories, 20 grams of fat, 4.3 grams of protein and 46 grams of carbohydrates.
Do you have any other survival foods you like to make? Let us know in the comments below!