Traditionally, how did nordic countries dealt with food supply in a climate so cold and dark before the 20th century where modern food pr…

This is Tørrfisk a .k.a. Dried Cod (but you can make it from most white fish). In the areas I mentioned,  what you need to do is catch a fish, decapitate it, removed the guts  and bind two fishes by the tail and voilà ! Wait a few weeks/months depending on the desired final result and you essentially have the best food in the world.
Why?
Because it's over 80% proteins.
Forget your magic-shakes, your meats or anything else: Tørrfisk kills everything. The best part of it? It can be kept for 10 to 15 years and still be edible.

Answer by Lyonel Perabo:

In different ways.
But overall, most Scandinavians used to live quite close to the shore so they would be fishing a lot, different types of fish depending on the season and the place. Then, those living in North-Norway, Iceland and other Atlantic island would make lots of these:
(hum, yummy !)
This is Tørrfisk a .k.a. Dried Cod (but you can make it from most white fish). In the areas I mentioned,  what you need to do is catch a fish, decapitate it, removed the guts  and bind two fishes by the tail and voilà ! Wait a few weeks/months depending on the desired final result and you essentially have the best food in the world.
Why?
Because it's over 80% proteins.
Forget your magic-shakes, your meats or anything else: Tørrfisk kills everything. The best part of it? It can be kept for 10 to 15 years and still be edible. Add that the fact that it's really hard and easy to handle and you have one key element of  the diet of at least some Norsemen of the Viking Age and early Middle-Age.
Hope this helped!

Traditionally, how did nordic countries dealt with food supply in a climate so cold and dark before the 20th century where modern food pr…

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