That reminds me of Apple Butter they used to make back where I grew up at one of the museums (living history). Big iron pot slowly stewing for hours on end, the smell would draw people for miles.

One of the “advantages” of my BOL place is that people there are used to hard life, with very low income, so they are forced for decades to live on they own way.
Old knowledge is still alive there, simply because they forced to live like that. So life without electricity and other benefits is nothing disastrous there. Old skills of producing food, hunting, and everything else is still in use.

When SHTF it is not going to be paralyzing blow there.