Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by wildernessgal, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'

    Hey guys, I thought that I would share these AWESOME "Historical Food Preservations Pics" with y'all (<--came across them during a homeschool lesson....)

    Now one of my "PET-PEEVES" is the MODERN COMMERCIAL CONSUMERISTIC MONEY-MAKING-MACHINE.... & how they have convinced modern man/the masses that they can't do nothin' for himself 'cause "EVERYTHING IS SO DANGEROUS!" (<-- which promotes more spending/money-making ya know 'cause then FEAR is instilled and you'll just buy more inferior mass produced modern products @ the store instead)or that you "HAVE TO BUY AN ABUNDANCE OF MODERN THINGS TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING".
    What a bunch of MALARKY/HOW OUTRAGEOUS, considering man in his early beginnings didn't preserve his food with mason jars, pressure canners, and all other sorts of recommended gobbley-goo!?!?! Bah Humbug!!!!!!!!!!

    But anyway, I think more of us should learn how to "DO FOR OURSELVES" once again.... especially prior to T.S.H.T.F.



    Above is an older Historical Photograph, & below is a Modern Day Photo as this type of Food Preservation which is still Culturally Practiced. THANK GOD, it hasn't been LOST FOREVER!!!!


    I'll give you a HINT ~

    It's " A WHOLE ANIMAL PRESERVED FOR PART OF A PERSONAL FAMILY FOOD SUPPLY " this animal was preserved whole & stored for ages (yes it's possible/safe & has been done safely throughout man's past). Notice the critter tail @ the bottom???? Also did ya know, that it was used as a "MATTRESS" until it was later used for NOURISHMENT PURPOSES!? Most AMAZING, huh?!!!!!!

    Look closely and you can kinda tell what kind of critter this is....


    Yep, it was preserved by 1st GUTTING, then BONING, SALTED & finally SEALED... and then used as a high-quality sleeping surface until needed! LOL Nope it wasn't vacuum sealed, smothered in nasty modern day preservatives, or heat treated until all nutrients/nutritional benefits were completely destroyed and so on.... Chinese Food Preservation at its finest ~ AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!!

  2. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Two reasons the Eastern folks use such hot spices . . . .

    1) It hides the taste of 'high' meat that we would find unpalatable. Not to say it isn't safe for Human consumption - but taste is a very subjective thing!

    2) The spices do have anti-bacterial properties, and help kill the microbugs.

    That 'whole animal' preserving is pretty cool though! As my Dad said of his early days during the Great Depression - they used "everything but the squeal!" :lol:
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I guess that made it pretty easy to grab a quick midnight snack ;).
  4. grommit

    grommit Monkey+++

    And made it a little harder to steal at night...
  5. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'


    Yeah no kiddin', it's not like you can easily/quickly run off with such a thing!?!?! LOL What an AWESOME SURVIVAL Technique!!!!


  6. jim2

    jim2 Monkey+++

    Can you give us a direct link on this preservation? More detailed instructions are needed by me.

  7. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    DW (Wildernessgal) got this from a book that we have but it doesn't go into details on how to do it.

  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    You'd need one heck of a huge "Seal-a-Meal" bag! [ROFL]
  9. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    That would be a great way to **** with the muzzies. Have them sleep on pig mattresses. I am giddy with glee at the thought.
  10. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'


    My aplogies Jim,

    But the book that I got this info. from is older & not exactly a recipe book (more of a historical type of book)... it's a favorite book of mine from when I was a child and I am currently using it as a homeschooling/educational tool about different parts of the world/cultures and etc....

    Throughout the book they talk about old simplistic ways... Another fine example is how they show the Laplanders migrating with their few dairygoats & etc. In it they show them living in a very primitive shelter made of wood, hides, mud & rocks.... they say that "the good Laplander wife has homemade cheese made from her goat's milk at all times" and whilst they travel they "break off pieces of goat's mlk cheese, drop it into a cup and fill it with hot water to make a very healthy/nutritious drink." Neat neat stuff!!! :)

    I did write "exactly what was described in the book" with the "whole pig preserved photographs" they describe an order of preservation (which is helpful/useful)

    *** 1st GUTTING

    *** BONING

    *** SALTING

    *** and finally SEALING it !

    ... all ya gotta do now is master those skills in that order, get a whole pig and try it out/see how successful you are. I'd say, KEEP ON TRYING UNTIL YOU SUCCEED! Good luck & if you do try it, let us know how it worked out and DEFINATELY TAKE SOME PICS TO SHARE! ;)



  11. Jonas Parker

    Jonas Parker Hooligan

    But what do you do if your mattress suddenly starts to "oink in the night"?
  12. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    i think you should bone it
  13. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ~ OINK!


    Do you REALLY want me to answer that question!?!?!?! :D


  14. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    isn't that what happens in the morning after a night of hard drinking and "hogging" and the sudden realization when you open your eyes and try to remember the night only to notice you were so successful drinking that you were too successful hogging? the only hope is that you can tip-toe out of the room before said 'hog' awakes so you don't have to look face-to-face with that which you would not want to remember. [woot][woot][woot][woot][woot]
  15. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    There is always the muskrat solution --
  16. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Is that anything like her being "Coyote Ugly"....?
    Where she's asleep on your arm, so you chew it off to escape without waking her...... [lolol]
    Same thing, different region -- ghrit
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