Jerky is not a long term survival food.
There is no fat on it. You need the fat for quick energy.
High fat meats are smoked for storage. think smoked ham
High fat meats can be smoked till the meat is dry and rock hard.
The best dry product for long term survival is smoked pemmican
Smoked pemmican can be made from high fat meats.
Boil the meat till the meat start falling apart while skimming to fat off the water and saving it to cool.
Once the meat starts falling apart remove the meat from the boiling pot and boil the rest of the broth till thick.
Shred the meat and add some of the thick broth and then dry.
The skimmed and cooled fat will separate into two parts a thick solid lard.
and a non lard meat oils.
Save the lard for other uses. it may be used in wick lamps or eaten.
Take the meat oils and mix with the ground up dry meat and add any of these, ground dry berries, nuts, dry apple, corn flour. dry vegetables,
Put in sausage casing(before Sitx)or washed and boiled small intestine of what ever you have hunted.(by the way these intestine can be washed boiled
then dried till needed then soaked and used)or cloth bags.
These pemmican sausages are then hung in a smokehouse till dry and hard.
They will look like large black salami.
To use just peel the hide/casing and cube for soups or stews or slice for eating right off the salami roll.
Pemmican rolls were the main food of many arctic explorers.
And were the main winter food storage of the American Indians because of its high fat content.
[edit on 23-8-2009 by ANNED]