Hardtack is one survival food that is certainly withstanding the test of time. After all, both the British Navy and U.S. soldiers during the Civil War were using this food to survive on either long voyages, or on the battlefield.
One of the reasons it was so popular is because of how incredibly cheap and easy it is to make. Not to mention, its shelf-life is outstanding – up to 50 years! This makes it a no-brainer when preparing for a crisis.
However, the thing that sets it apart is how incredibly hard the biscuit is once it cools off. It got to the point where soldiers would need to soak this biscuit in their tea (or other hot liquid) to make it soft enough to eat. Otherwise, they may hurt their teeth!
Preppers can easily add this hard biscuit to their food stockpile. It may just save their lives when SHTF!
How To Make The “Hardest” Survival Food Known To Man
1 large, clean nail
1 rolling pin
1 sharp knife
1 cookie sheet
1 large mixing bowl
3 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
1 cup water
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Mix the flour and salt in the mixing bowl. Then pour in a little water at a time, stirring as your pour, until the dough is pliable and no longer sticky.
Use the rolling pin to roll the dough into a flat square. The dough should be less than 1/2″ thick. Then, with the knife, cut the dough into nine squares of equal size. Using the nail, poke 16 holes into each square. This will ensure air and moisture escape, leaving the biscuit’s signature “hard” consistency.
Space the squares out on the cookie sheet, and bake for one hour. Turn the biscuits over halfway through.
Once the hour is up, take the cookie sheet out of the oven and let it cool. Each biscuit should have browned slightly.
When the biscuits are completely cool, store each in an individual plastic resealable bag. Add these to your bug out bag, survival pantry, food stockpile, and emergency kit.
Things To Know About Hardtack
By all accounts, hardtack is an ideal food to have for SHTF events. It’s cheap, crazy easy to make, simple to ration, and lasts for 50 years (or more).
Plus, each square is only 150 calories, so it’s great for snacks and portion control.
However, hardtack has one massive downside….it’s hard. So hard that some would say it’s shatterproof.
This biscuit is so gosh darn hard that it’s almost impossible to eat unless you know how to soften it.
Take a look at the video below – this shows you just how hard this stuff is.
As the video shows, you can have a real difficult time getting these biscuits to become edible (without breaking any teeth).
However, some preppers have gotten creative and made it work for them. For instance, some will soak the biscuit in water, and then fry it in salt pork fat before topping it with sugar. This may not be the healthiest option, but it certainly gets the job done!
Others will leave theirs in hot soup until it crumbles.
No matter how you’re able to soften it, one thing is clear: hardtack will more than likely outlast whatever crisis preppers find themselves in!