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easy Homemade pemmican recipe
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Homemade Pemmican Recipe (Optional Organ Meats)

Homemade Pemmican should always be in your camping, hiking adn travel bag. It is the ideal food for taking on the go because it’s lightweight, nutrient-dense, and doesn’t need to be refrigerated!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Traditional
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 411kcal



  • Combine the dry meat, liver, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Add optional herbs and spices, mix well.
  • Melt tallow in a double boiler over medium heat.
  • Pour over the dry ingredients. Stir well until thoroughly combined. Break apart all clumps. Tallow should fully incorporate into the meat. If still crumbly, add more melted fat.
  • Spread the mixture evenly in an 8x8-inch baking dish and leave to harden at room temperature or place in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. Once firm, score into squares. Alternatively, you can roll the “dough” into balls with your hands.
  • Store pemmican in an airtight container in the pantry. If made correctly, it is shelf-stable and will never spoil. You may also store it in the refrigerator if that makes you more comfortable.


Use any type of liver (beef, sheep, goat, etc) in combination with any meat (beef, bison, lamb, etc).
To add heart, adjust to 200 g dry, ground meat, 100 g dry, ground heart, and 100 g dry ground liver.
To make pemmican without liver, follow my Traditional Pemmican Recipe instead.
I highly recommend Mesquite Seasoning by Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s my all-time favorite for pemmican.


Serving: 50g | Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 280mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 576mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10206IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 5mg
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