Thursday, November 25, 2021 by Virgilio Marin
Hardtack is a hard biscuit made of flour, water and salt. It is a long-lasting food that’s perfect for long-term emergencies. In fact, the oldest surviving hardtack was baked in 1851 and remains edible to this day. A Civil War staple, hardtack is a survival food that deserves a spot in any prepper’s food stockpile.
There are several recipes for making hardtack, but when it comes to the basics, all you need are the following:
Follow the steps below to make hardtack:
If you’re making a lot of hardtack at once, rotate your trays on the upper and lower racks so the biscuits cook evenly. Add another 30 to 40 minutes to the cooking time to compensate for the temperature changes caused by opening the oven door. (Related: Prepper food: Two breads you can stockpile and make in your own home.)
Bland and hard, hardtack can be unexciting for a meal. Fortunately, there are many ways to make this biscuit more appetizing. Take a look at the following:
Be sure to store hardtack in pest-proof, odor-free containers. Though the biscuit is durable, it can get infested with worms and weevils and its flavor can get sullied by its surroundings.
Hardtack ranks as one of the most essential emergency foods thanks to its long shelf life. With just flour, water and salt, you can cook up this survival food that can last for a long time.
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