Ashley - you appear to be heavy into eating meat, so I'm not sure how valuable my comments will be, but I'll pass them along in case there is a nugget of useful info. By choice I stopped using refrigeration a couple years ago, so storing large quantities of fresh meat is no longer an option. I do eat meat, but generally not as a primary source of calories. The meat I eat is mostly fresh caught salmon and trout. Anything beyond what is consumed the day of the catch is smoked and consumed over the next couple weeks. Beyond that, meat is a treat much like other things that I can't grow but buy occasionally in town. Like citrus, bananas, avocados, pineapple, papaya, and coffee. I love these things but much like chocolate, I could do without if they are no longer available. I go to town once a month and pick up some of these "treat" items, along with fresh meat for a meal or two which is consumed within a couple days. Also a couple dozen eggs that last through the month without refrigeration. I used to raise chickens for eggs, but I got so attached to the girls while they were laying that I never ate them after they stopped. They were good company though and a constant source of entertainment.
I stopped trying to grow all my calories years ago. I still grow potatoes and squash for variety, but not raw calories. They compliment a multitude of garden vegetables and berries that I grow for nutrition and flavor. I also have 3 apple and 2 plum trees. I dislike canning, so any excess that isn't eaten fresh is dehydrated or fermented. However, my "sustaining" calories are from stored grains and legumes. Wheat, barley, oats, corn, rice, pinto beans, black beans, navy beans, and lentils. I've laid in a supply of these staples adequate to provide all my calories for several years and I top off periodically. In a pinch I could expand and grow more potatoes and squash as well as sow 1/2 an acre of oats which grows well enough in my area, but it's a lot of work and raw calories in the form of easily stored grains and legumes are still pretty cheap. Also, I'm getting older now and its very comforting to know that I can survive for years with what is stored, augmented by my simple garden... and maybe a lazy day of fishing once and a while!