Originally Posted by kmama
Was catching up on some email from an NT group and was reading abt pemmican- could be a lot of work, but maybe worth trying??
My cousin was just backpacking/biking up the west coast from California to Canada and stopped by my place for a day or 2. He was complaining that it was hard to get enough to eat, since by carrying more food you expend more energy. Well, I made some pemmican with blueberries in it for him and sent him on his way, and he called me later to tell me that it was a lifesaver! Lightweight, compact, and calorie-dense. I actually made 2 kinds, one with berries and one without, and he said the one with berries was superior.
It did take a bit of prep work, but it's not bad if you have a dehydrator. The meat has to dehydrate for like 12 hours or something, but it's all hands-off time for you to be doing other things. Same for rendering the lard, it takes an afternoon, but you can be doing other things while it renders. So it's maybe only about an hour or less of hands-on time, and that is to slice the beef and fat, strain the fat once it's done, pulverize the jerky in the food processor, and then dump the fat into it.
I would definitely make it again if I was planning a multi-day outdoors trip.