How to make Hard Tack

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by svjoe, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. svjoe

    svjoe Angry Monkey

    Last edited: Jun 10, 2016
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  2. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    I bake hardtack in the winter when the oven heat is appreciated, and store it in clean jars after it has cooled down. I use plain non rising flour, salt, water, and roll it out into a sheet about 1/2" thick, bake until brown, then after it has cooled I break it apart into chunks. It's dangerous to bite this stuff as it makes peanut brittle look like soft fudge, and can sure break out your teeth, so sucking and soaking are in order. You will never complain about MRE's again after living on hardtack for awhile, but it will keep your engine turning, is inexpensive, and was the iron ration of the Civil War. Good for caching in hollow trees and such out in areas you might be travelling through in rougher times, will fill your belly and should be augmented with whatever wild foods you can forage. Parched corn is another iron ration from times past, and I like it much better.
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  3. jim2

    jim2 Monkey+++

    Pinole is also a good one, and can be made on the stovetop in a frying pan. I like the non-GMO blue corn meal I buy at Fiesta. Lasts at least three years in an unsealed container, but vacuum bagging wille better.

  4. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Clearly Ambiguous

    You never see hardtack on restaurant menus. Or saltpork. Wonder why?
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