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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-24-2019, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody here make or store hardtack? I read it had an amazing long self life. Lots that the government made for soldiers in the civil war didn't get used by wars end and was stored and last was not used up until Spanish American war like nearly fifty years later. That an impressive self life......
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My Grandfather used to talk about hardtack they ate in France in WW1 . He used to say it was harder than a preachers d!Ck at a wedding .

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My uncle said they had it on ships in WW2 . Said what he ate had a blue color to it. He said when they were in battle or in a dangerous place they had hardtack , rations and canned water . The water tight doors got shut until it was over so they ate it. My brother said they had rations from Korea during training in the late 60s
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It's real simple to make.

And you can pick some blackberries or blueberries or any berry I guess.
Boil the berries in a tad of water, add sugar if you have it, and break up some hard tack and throw it in the juice for berry dumplings.

Also can be added to any boiling meat or veggies.

In other words, tack is a very versatile food and worth keeping on hand.

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ate it once. Would rather eat grass

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Guess Im out of luck, no more teeth!
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You may also want to look into parched corn. Indians used it as travel food. A handfull of parched corn meal in a tall glass of water would keep a man going all day, weighed almost nothing,


Could also easily be added to soup/stew like hard tack.


It also has a very long shelf life.

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We made some a few yrs ago. Used Ezekiel's basic recipe and added sorghum syrup then baked it twice and vacuum sealed it. That's been several yrs but I ate a brick of it the other day. It was still "good", in a relative sense. I don't doubt it would last for 50 yrs. Don't guess anybody would steal it.
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