Sunday, December 13, 2015
How to make Hardtack
Hardtack is an inexpensive and long lasting way of sustenance, in the absence of perishable food. How to make Hardtack, as another use of flour on a survival scenario.
Hardtack is a hard cracker-like biscuit made of flour, salt and water, was one of the most typical rations issued to soldiers and sailors by the U. S. government because it was fairly nutritious and unlikely to spoil. Hardtack’s use as a military ration can theoretically be traced back to Roman times, but the first widespread usage by American soldiers was during the Civil War...
After the Civil War, this hard bread continued to be a staple of the soldier’s diet and was made in government bakeries located in eastern cities. Shipped in barrels to the troops in the west, Hardtack had to be tough. This toughness made Hardtack ideal for campaigns and patrols away from the post or fort.Normal breads were too delicate to survive the long trips west and would spoil very quickly. Hardtack was extremely hard and was called "teeth-dullers," "digestible leather&,quot; "angel cakes,” and “ammo reserves" by those who ate the hard bread. Some Hardtack was so hard it had to be broken with a rifle butt or a "blow of the fist" to prepare for eating. Soldiers normally softened the pieces by soaking them in coffee, frying them in bacon grease or salt pork fat, or crumbling them in soup.
The Question arises constantly as to the correct recipe for hardtack. Here it is: Flour - Water - and a little salt. Mix together to obtain an elastic, but not sticky dough, Roll to inch thickness, bake in 400 degree oven until slightly brown.Allow to cool (may still be somewhat soft). Put in 200 degree oven until hard. Prick with nail or sharp instrument.
NO BAKING POWDER, SODA, SUGAR, CINNAMON, RAISINS OR ANYTHING ELSE!!
(C rations contain a form of hardtac in the shape of a cracker. You can make your own. Hardtac from the civil war still exists but I am not sure if its edible.
Hardtac lasts very long when its prepared correctly. I think it is a very good choice for a survival food. Bake some and be prepared.)
(Honey also keeps for a very long time. Stock up on honey also. I think one could survive on honey and hardtac for a long time even if they didn't eat much else.)