If you want to be knowledgeable like our true pioneers, you need to know how to be self-sufficient when it comes to feeding yourself and your family. Being skilled in both hunting and growing is necessary for you to stay feed all year round. Here are four basic tips that can help you become more self-sufficient.
Have the Right Butchering Equipment
You can kill as much game as you want, but you’re not going to have enough food to feed your family unless you know what to do with it after the kill. You should be experienced in butchering your game and have the right equipment to do so. This equipment includes the packaging equipment for keeping your meat from spoiling. Canning is a great way to keep your meat for years without having to worry about it going bad.
Use the Right Weapon
One important part of being self-sufficient is using the right weapon for the game that you’re hunting. While AR-15 rifles are great for hunting game like jackrabbits and coyotes, they’re not great for smaller game. In fact, they’ll end up destroying most of your meat. You should have a different weapon for small game hunts and big game hunts. This will ensure that you take down your target every time and with causing the least amount of damage to the meat.
Always Plant More Than You Need
It’s never a good idea to plant the exact amount of plants that you think your family will need. Instead, plant at least one and a half times the amount that you think that you’ll need for the year. This way, if fungus or other diseases take over your garden, you still have extra plants that can ensure you stay self-sufficient.
Know How to Store It
You’re not going to be eating all the food that you grow and shot in one day. You’ll need to have a safe method for storing it. Canning is a very popular method that can be utilized for both garden vegetables, fruits, and beans as well as for game meat. If you don’t want to freeze it, you can opt for drying out your meat and only freezing your garden food. Whatever you decide, just make sure it’s an effective way to store your food for the long-term as you’ll need it throughout the year.
Being self-sufficient doesn’t have to be extremely difficult to do. You can grow your own plants and hunt down your own meat. With the above four tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Author Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.