You are currently viewing Making survival hardtack

Making survival hardtack

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Hardtack is a type of hard, dense biscuit that was traditionally used as a survival food because it can be stored for long periods of time without spoiling. It was a staple food of soldiers, sailors, and pioneers, and it is still used today by outdoor enthusiasts and others as a lightweight and durable food option. Here’s how to make hardtack at home:


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, water, and salt (if using). Mix the ingredients together until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  4. Roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut it into squares or rectangles using a knife or a pizza cutter.
  5. Transfer the hardtack to a baking sheet and prick each piece with a fork to create small holes.
  6. Bake the hardtack for about 60-90 minutes, until it is dry and hard.
  7. Remove the hardtack from the oven and let it cool completely. Store the hardtack in an airtight container for up to several months.

Note: Hardtack is a very simple and basic food, and it does not have much flavor on its own. You can add herbs, spices, or other seasonings to the dough before baking to give it more flavor, or you can top it with cheese, peanut butter, or other toppings before eating.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.