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Yummy HardTack! Choice Survival Food?

Hardtack

Hardtack

HardTack is a very bland, very thick, and very heavy piece of cracker bread that was originally developed during the American Civil War as well as sailors on very long journeys across the oceans. There are many ways to eat HardTack but the most common is just to eat it as is and drink lots of water with it. We do not recommend eating Hardtack by itself but they make a great source of energy for long journeys on foot. The great thing about hard tack is they are very light and easy to carry, and they have a very long shelf life up to 25 to 50 years if stored correctly. The draw back is that eating a hardtack is like biting into a rock and has the taste factor of a very old MRE (Miliary: Meal Ready-to-Eat).

To make Hard Tack you need three simple ingredients: Flour, Salt, and Water

Hardtack Recipe:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of salt

Direction:

  1. Pre-heat over to 350 degree.
  2. Mix water and salt into a bowl and while stirring mixing, slowly add the flour until mixtures is too tough to stir and looks more like dough.
  3. Take out of the bowl and on to wax paper or a cutting board lightly floured to insure the dough does not stick to the surface and using a rolling pin knead the dough and roll it out until it is 1/2in thick or one centimeter.
  4. Using a Pizza cutter, cut the dough into 3 inch by 3 inch squares.
  5. in each square poke 4 rows of holes across each 3 inch cracker until it resembles a Saltine Cracker.
  6. Lay the crackers out on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  7. Place sheet and hardtack into the over and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, remove the cookie sheet and flip each cracker and bake them for another 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes remove the sheet and hardtack from the oven, and make sure they are a golden brown.
  10. Let the Hardtack cool for another 30 minutes before serving or preserving.

 

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