Food

The longhunter's haversack contained some basic foodstuffs for survival. It was meant to supplement the meat acquired during the trek. Cotton or leather bags were used for cornmeal, dried beans, corn or peas, coffee beans, tea or chocolate. The tin or copper boiler, small kettle, would be used to cook the dried vegetables and perhaps add in some jerked or fresh meat. Corn meal was mixed with some water and fried as cakes in some bacon fat or other grease. For a beverage, a popular choice of the day was chocolate. It was unsweetned and usually some raw sugar was carried to sweeten. Coffee and tea also were used but not as common. Berries and nuts also could be found along the way if the season was right. One must remember though that the longhunter was on the move searching for game. The food he carried was for survival only. He expected to have a cabin feast when he returned from the woods. On my treks, I tend to bring some slab bacon and corn meal, which gives me the protein and fat I need while hiking around the woods. I favor tea and try to find English tea in a block, which was used back then and some unprocessed sugar. I never quite acquired the taste for the unsweetened chocolate drink even with adding sugar. Another favorite of mine is parched corn (corn which has been slowly fried in fat not popped), though it can bind you up if you eat too much. Of course nothing compares to venison seasoned with some cayenne pepper and sea salt. The idea is to find out what they carried back then and use that.

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