Game BagToday’s Tip:  Taking Care of Your Harvest

December 21st is three days away, a day that some believe is going to be the end of the world.  If this is news to you and you aren’t ready, it’s kind of too late.  But I don’t really believe that based on the Mayan calendar the world is going to end in three days.  That calendar they were working on took a lot of time, and they were invaded by the Spaniards, so they got a little busy with other priorities.  Maybe they didn’t have time to finish it.

But there are other threats that may send this world into an apocalypse that are more real, like the volcanoes under Yellowstone Park that normally erupt every 600,000 years, and it has been 640,000 since the last one.  Regardless of the cause, I hope you are all preparing for survival in varying degrees, as we saw with hurricane Sandy a while back.

One thing that we all should know is how to cure meat.  It had been done for centuries without refrigerators, and now we rely so heavily on our meat freezers.  This is a lengthy topic, one that I could write an entire chapter about in my coming book, but for now I will just say that you have to learn how to take care of meat.

If any of you saw the movie “Into the Wild” about Christopher McCandless, a true story, you know what I am talking about.  First I have to say that he was a complete idiot, thinking he could go into the Alaskan wilderness with a .22 rifle and think he could survive, and he did not have the knowledge he needed to survive, and that is why he died there.

In the movie, Christopher had an opportunity to shoot a caribou at close range.  Then he saw that she had a calf, so he passed on the shot.  He should have shot the calf if he wanted to survive.  Later he comes across a huge moose, and manages to kill it with about 30 shots, but he didn’t know how to take care of the meat, and it was completely wasted by flies and maggots before he even had a bite of it.

As I said, there is a lot more to write about this topic, but until that writing is done I encourage you all to learn how to take care of meat in the case of a survival situation.  There is air curing, salt curing, and brine curing, and each method requires a certain level of knowledge.  Don’t be a Christopher, learn how to take care of your harvest.