I ran across a video about how to make this on one my my favorite websites American Partisan. It's a survival food that can last 20 years or more, if it is kept dry. Pioneers and ancient soldiers and sailors used hardtack when they travelled on long journey's or spent a lot of time in the wilderness.
It was used in the navy and military all throughout history because of how long it can be stored.
It can be used in soups, stews, soaked in coffee, milk, and made into a dessert.
I used 5 cups of flour, 2 cups of water, a tablespoon of salt, and a dash of basil. I think I'll try some batches with different herbs, and some without any herbs. I plan to make one batch a week and then I'll vacuum seal them and place them in our long term supply.
Next week I'll save one to soak in a soup or something to see how it goes.
Here's how I it went for me:
I put the ingredients in my mixer with the special dough making hook. It went well!
I took the dough out and kneaded it just a little and floured cutting board.
I divided the dough in half, and used the rolling pin to roll out dough. I used a pizza cutter to cut it into squares (typically it's around 3" by 3").
I used a fork to poke holes all the way through, on both sides of each cracker. This takes time, I know, and it's a great time to listen to one of your favorite podcasts, like NC Scout's Radio Contra. You'll find them when your scroll down on the American Partisan website.
The reason for the holes is to help dry the cracker and also to keep it from rising too much during baking.
They are ready to go in the oven! I'm a huge fan of parchment paper for baking almost anything.
I did taste the dough scraps and I approved of them. I also baked a couple of strips and took them out about after about 20 minutes and ate them with a dab of honey and I thought they were wonderful, just a bit chewy, but nice satisfying flavor.
My oven runs really hot. Most recipes say to preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, then flip over and cook for another 30 minutes. I heated my oven up to 325 and I could tell in 25 minutes it was time to flip them over (getting very brown and pretty hard texture already), so I turned it down just a little more, flipped them over, and then baked them another 25 minutes.
Here they are! All done. Now they just need to cool and dry for about a week and then I'll vacuum seal them in packets.
These are not gourmet crackers. They are not fluffy or easy to chew on. They are purely carbohydrates. They are best eaten with meat and fat. They can be cooked in liquid, fried, or soaked in a soup, stew, or milk, or coffee.
Next week when I package these up I'll save one to use in something, maybe one of my awesome soups? Or maybe in a protein coffee drink? I can do something different each week!
I hope you enjoyed this, and if you have something to share regarding prepping food I'd love to hear about it and I intend to keep on doing things like this.
If you do an internet search on hardtack you'll find lots of recipes, uses, and history about it. Pretty cool I think!
Here's the macros per serving, not that it will matter in a survival situation, but I find it's good to know these things in our heads. Just think, it's a little over 100 calories of pure carbs. That's good enough to remember. That's how I think of all foods. It's just in my head.
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Okay, on with my day now!
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