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« on: October 14, 2013, 07:40:12 PM »

This is a civil food. It was also called tooth breaker. You have to soak it before you can eat it. A lot of civil war soldiers would soak it in coffee to flavor and soften it. Last for years.

4-5 cups of flour

2 cups of water

3 tsp. of salt

Mix the flour, water and salt together, and make sure the mixture is fairly dry.

Then roll it out to about 1/2 inch thickness, and shape it into a rectangle. Cut it into 3×3 inch squares, and poke holes in both sides. Place on an un-greased cookie or baking sheet, and cook for 30 minutes per side at 375˚

As far as cooking goes, your done!

the next step is just to walk away.

You’ll want to let it dry and harden for a few days.

When it has roughly the consistency of a brick, it’s fully cured. Then simply store it in an airtight container or bucket.

To prepare for eating, soak it in water or milk for about 15 minutes, and then fry in a buttered skillet. You can eat it with cheese, soup or just plain with a dash of salt.

This basic hardtack should keep for years as long as it is kept in an airtight container.

If it ever gets soft I would recommend tossing it and making a new batch
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 05:49:42 PM »

it's good to take with some dried meats if you are going to pack out somewhere.  both can be soaked in water together and give the hard tack some flavor while softening the meat a bit.  then both can be warmed in the frying pan you packed   grin
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