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A preserved mashed mixture of fat and plant food. Tastes bland, but not offensive. It lasts a very long time without refrigeration. Great for traveling.
Pemmican is a low-tech long-lasting food, ideal for caravan trips. It can be cooked (after researched) from a mixture of 0.25 nutrition from meat and 0.25 nutrition from vegetables, without cooking skill requirement, on a campfire, fueled stove or an electric stove. A single batch produces 16 pemmican with 0.05 nutrition each, for 0.8 nutrition total, and up to 20 can be consumed in one sitting. It can also be purchased from traders.
Pemmican is very useful for long-term food storage before you get freezers, as it lasts 70 days unrefrigerated before rotting. Producing pemmican takes 0.5 units of nutrition in ingredients and yields 0.8 units of nutrition as a result -- a 60% net nutrition gain. Pemmican requires the exact same ingredients as a fine meal, but:
- A fine meal provides more nutrition (0.9 vs. 0.8)
- A fine meal provides a +5 mood boost
- A fine meal expires much faster (4 days vs. 70 days)
While pemmican technically has a lower net nutrition gain than fine / simple meals, it is slightly more efficient while eating. Colonists try to eat just before actually getting hungry, so they will typically eat at about 0.7-0.8 hunger. A set meal restores a fixed 0.9 nutrition in one single piece, so they will often waste about 15% of it. Because pemmican comes in smaller pieces, colonists will take only as much as they need, and typically only waste about 2.5% while eating. These differences are small and nearly cancel each other out, but may be important/interesting to some players.