Hard Tack

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  1. tinderwolf17

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    So today I finally made some hard tack for the first time. This is the recipe that I used.
    4-5 cups of flour.
    2 cups of water
    3tsp of salt.

    mixed it all together, spread the dough out to about one half inch thick, poked holes in both sides and put in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes. I flipped the "bricks" over and cooked for another 30 minutes. Now they will sit on a tray for the next two days to "cure" or dry out even more so that I can vacuum seal them and try one for the first time.
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    i make hardtack pretty much the same recipe....i have hardtack thats at least 2 years old sitting in the shed it appears to be unchanged...yours is a little thicker than mine
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    Good To Know
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    Tinder, don't try to Bite them once they are HARD!
    Always use them with soup and dunk them.
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    Looks about as appealing as a brick...but as long as it keeps body and soul together...lol I'd bet it would look pretty good if I was hungrier..
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    I'm thinkin yuck! there has to be something better like oh I don't know...tree bark :p
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    Nice job Tinder.

    I'm thinking I'll stick with my soldier fuel & Datrex bars..
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    We have some resources more readily available to us that our pioneering and seafaring forefathers didn't for hard tack. Add some flavor and and nutrients by adding in dried herbs. Oregano, basil, thyme, sage, etc will work and if you have a juicer and juice, the pulp that is fine ground and relatively dry can be added... such as spinach, apple, pear, carrot, tomato, etc. Experiment now while we don't have to rely on it.

    As with so many other items that our pioneers developed and perfectd with what they had, we have updated the items we normally use (flint & steel replaced by a firesteel, etc), we just need to update recipe for what we have. If planning on long term, practice gathering wild herbs, drying them and adding these to the mix to have a flavorful and much more nutrient rich staple.
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    remember though if you add stuff to hardtack it will shorten its shelf life....i dont know about dry herbs though
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    Wally, I believe the fruits and some veggies would shorten the shelf life (theory) because of the sugars, but most dried herbs shouldn't, as they have an almost indefinite shelf life of the own much like flour and salt. Honey would be another option, just over shelf life, but unsure if honey could be added to the mix.

    Also, would vacuum sealing or canning it be an option for storage?
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    i vacuum sealed mine that might make some difference
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    In defense of hard tack , 2 cups of water boiling, 3 pieces of beef jerky , a bullion cube(other spices )(oh maybe some of those dry veggies you grew last year), Mix and let settle.

    Add 2 pieces of hard tack, let soak....It is warm and mushy(easy to spoon in) and fills you up.

    Remember your a days walk away from any 7 11 or home and its dark and you just set up camp with a small fire!

    Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. warm, full. ;)
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    How about a pinch of baking soda?
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    ThisThanks For All The Suggestions. Yes We Have Updated Items...But Those Items Might Not Be Around Forever So I Learned To Make Thus
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    All else fails you could use it as a weapon lol
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    No one can probably say for sure if it true..but I have heard mention of hard tack being used in large bore cannons as anti personnel charges.....if nothing else it gives a glimpse into the attitude that the soldiers of the day had about hard tack and their having to eat it!
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    DD , You mean like the cracker in the C rations of the early 70s?
    That sucker would sail better than a frizzbee..
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    I Fried One Up In Some Milk And Butter And It Want That Bad. Filling
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    Those are the hardtack recipe I want to get they are a soda bread type/sort-ish thing.
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