How To Make Survival Bread (Hardtack)

We love bread! It is the oldest food known to mankind. It is the most prominent food in the world and is a staple in the average American diet. We eat on average 53 pounds of it a year. Bread is easy to make on your own. With a few simple ingredients, you can bake your own for sale, trade, or snacking. How To Make Survival Bread (Hardtack). 


-5 cups of flour

-1 cup of water

-2 teaspoons of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, or get a campfire going.
  2. Slowly mix everything together in a bowl with a spoon or your hands (wash hands first).
  3. Lightly dust a clean, flat surface.
  4. Knead the dough for five minutes.
  5. Divide and roll the dough into balls roughly the size of the palm of your hand.
  6. Flatten them into ¼ inch thick discs.
  7. Puncture the tops with holes to allow for even cooking.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown on a cookie sheet or flat stone.

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What is Hardtack: Hardtack (or hard tack) is a simple type of biscuit or cracker made from flour, water, and sometimes salt. Hardtack is inexpensive and long-lasting. It is used for sustenance in the absence of perishable foods, commonly during long sea voyages, land migrations, and military campaigns. Along with salt pork, hardtack was a standard ration for many militaries and navies throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The name is derived from “tack”, the British sailor slang for food. It is known by other names including brewis (possibly a cognate with “brose”), cabin bread, pilot bread, sea biscuit, soda crackers, sea bread (as rations for sailors), ship’s biscuit, or pejoratively as dog biscuits, molar breakers, sheet iron, tooth dullers, armor plates (Germany) and worm castles. Australian and New Zealand military personnel knew them with some sarcasm as ANZAC wafers (not to be confused with Anzac biscuit).

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M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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