My husband is friends with a guy who loves to grill out. Just loves it. Every holiday and most weekends, he heads outside and grills hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, chicken, sausage, or really anything made of meat. He’s one of those guys who has to have some meat with every meal.
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Like us, he’s also a prepper, and one day he showed us his food stockpile. I looked at the shelves and saw lots of rice, beans, pasta, sugar, and all the usual staples. He also had lots of canned and dehydrated fruits and veggies. One thing I didn’t see much of is meat. In fact, all I saw was some canned chicken.
I said to him, “How are you going to keep up your meat habit if there’s a disaster?” His eyes widened. He honestly had never thought of that before, and he’s not alone. For some reason, meat is one of the most commonly overlooked survival foods. People seem reluctant to can or dehydrate it, but it’s actually very safe if you know what you’re doing.
Personally, I would go crazy if I couldn’t have at least one serving of pork or red meat every day. And during a disaster, having plenty of fat and protein in your diet will be crucial to keeping yourself fueled for whatever hard work or traveling you have to do to survive.
That is just one reason to can meat. In this video, Guildbrook Farm lists three reasons to start canning meat. Here are her reasons:
- Storage – You can only store so much in the freezer.
- Convenience – You can put together a healthy meal very quickly.
- Cost-Savings – If you buy meat in bulk during sales, you’ll save a lot.
Those reasons are just the first couple minutes of the video. Watch the rest to learn which kinds of meats are best for canning, what supplies and tools you’ll need, the basic steps for canning various types of meat, and more.