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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2013, 07:19:49 PM »
i know right.  :rofl:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2013, 08:35:58 PM »
Over here we have Crisp Bread which is staple ration in the military, but also in daily life...

We get Ryvita over here.  It's sold as a low fat alternative to people on a diet though, not considered 'real' food. :D  Actually, I quite like them sometimes but they're no substitute for a nice piece of bread.

Crisp bread is staple food in Norway as well, and Ryvita isn't considered "real" food either. ;) The good stuff is either Swedish or from a good bakery.

Swedish or Finnish :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #32 on: October 19, 2013, 10:43:25 PM »
That's one I did happen the know (unlike the etymology of your 'cracker').  Here's another; the legal definition of a biscuit vs a cake is that a biscuit starts off hard but goes soft with age, whereas a cake starts off soft but goes hard with age.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #33 on: October 19, 2013, 11:26:53 PM »
Crisp bread is staple food in Norway as well, and Ryvita isn't considered "real" food either. ;) The good stuff is either Swedish or from a good bakery.

Swedish or Finnish :D

So get on exporting (more of) it, then!  ;)
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #34 on: October 21, 2013, 04:06:30 PM »
That's one I did happen the know (unlike the etymology of your 'cracker').  Here's another; the legal definition of a biscuit vs a cake is that a biscuit starts off hard but goes soft with age, whereas a cake starts off soft but goes hard with age.
(...)

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Don't... make... pun...

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2013, 10:51:35 AM »
That's one I did happen the know (unlike the etymology of your 'cracker').  Here's another; the legal definition of a biscuit vs a cake is that a biscuit starts off hard but goes soft with age, whereas a cake starts off soft but goes hard with age.
(...)

Must... fight... temptation...

Don't... make... pun...

 :twak: :ahhh :twak: :ahhh :twak: :ahhh :twak: :ahhh
It is not my fault if your mind is in the gutter. :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2013, 11:35:49 AM »
 :D :D :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #37 on: August 21, 2014, 11:59:25 PM »
I could be wrong but I heard of a piece (actually a hole biscuit) with 150 year of age (don't quote me on that). I could be wrong but probably some civil war museum somewhere in the US.

edit: found something



p.s. Sorry for reviving the thread. Didn't realized it was so old, but since hardtack doesn't go bad, no harm done right?
« Last Edit: August 22, 2014, 12:00:59 AM by WWW »
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #38 on: August 22, 2014, 07:01:17 PM »
I wouldn't worry about bumping old threads, we really don't mind. :)

Cheers for the link, I have to say it does still look edible. :cheers:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #39 on: August 22, 2014, 07:59:33 PM »
Just as Gareth said, we don't mind the dark arts of threadnomancy here, in fact, it's encouraged as (long as) new information is gained  :tu:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2014, 08:54:08 PM »
  :D Very glad to hear that the information was useful!!
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #41 on: January 05, 2015, 01:13:47 AM »
There has been similar things found in tombs older than that still edible.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #42 on: January 13, 2015, 12:40:57 AM »
Using my Opinel to help make some hardtack.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2015, 03:50:05 AM »
Finished, it came out a bit browner than it probably should but hey it worked. I'll have it with my black coffee tomorrow morning for a historic breakfast :rofl:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #44 on: January 13, 2015, 06:11:04 AM »
Finished, it came out a bit browner than it probably should but hey it worked. I'll have it with my black coffee tomorrow morning for a historic breakfast :rofl:

Hard tack takes some strong teeth, even if you try to soak it in the coffee. I recommend breaking it up into chunks, adding a cup of water and some salt pork in a frying pan, simmer until the hard tack is soft. If you don't have salt pork, bacon works also, three or four slices diced up.
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« Reply #45 on: January 13, 2015, 06:13:30 AM »
Finished, it came out a bit browner than it probably should but hey it worked. I'll have it with my black coffee tomorrow morning for a historic breakfast :rofl:

Hard tack takes some strong teeth, even if you try to soak it in the coffee. I recommend breaking it up into chunks, adding a cup of water and some salt pork in a frying pan, simmer until the hard tack is soft. If you don't have salt pork, bacon works also, three or four slices diced up.

Thanks for the advice :cheers:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #46 on: January 13, 2015, 11:28:13 AM »
Mmmmmm.......hardtack. Haven't made an in a while. Think it is about time for some.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #47 on: January 13, 2015, 11:56:37 AM »
Ahh, we have the Swiss Army Bisquits, they ain't bad but they are dry...

Its a common game, trying to eat 6 in under one minute :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #48 on: January 13, 2015, 12:36:38 PM »
I remember i mostly used my army ration "biscuits/cookies/crackers" for starting a fire when out of the camp.

Those crackers were great fire starters when used with some shoe polish on them.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #49 on: January 13, 2015, 05:03:33 PM »
I remember i mostly used my army ration "biscuits/cookies/crackers" for starting a fire when out of the camp.

Those crackers were great fire starters when used with some shoe polish on them.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #50 on: January 13, 2015, 05:19:02 PM »
Those crackers looks a lot like the ones we got in the old type rations.
We used to eat them with the tube cheese ,that often had gone a year or four past its expiration date,  that came in the same ration pack.


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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #51 on: January 13, 2015, 06:03:16 PM »
Mmmm.... expired cheese-like food product. :D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #52 on: January 13, 2015, 09:09:12 PM »
Mmmm.... expired cheese-like food product. :D
Don't be fooled by the label... its like Swiss Cheese, that has nothing to do with Switzerland... or cheese :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #53 on: January 14, 2015, 12:15:52 PM »
I remember i mostly used my army ration "biscuits/cookies/crackers" for starting a fire when out of the camp.

Those crackers were great fire starters when used with some shoe polish on them.

I'd not heard of doing that before. :D. Very inventive. :tu:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #54 on: January 18, 2015, 10:32:06 AM »
I just remembered that I actually started this thread back in october 2013 and I still have a batch of the hardtack I made then in my cupboard.

They are actually easier to eat now, than when freshly baked.  They are a lot crisper and not so hard, and can be eaten like crackers


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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #55 on: January 18, 2015, 06:03:01 PM »
They do look almost good enough to eat.

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actually, I'd very happily eat those. :tu:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #56 on: April 14, 2016, 08:56:57 PM »
2 years since I made them. I still have some left, and they taste pretty good.
They will still break your teeth if you are not careful though :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #57 on: April 14, 2016, 09:30:39 PM »
2 years since I made them. I still have some left, and they taste pretty good.
They will still break your teeth if you are not careful though :D

I dunno, 2 years and you've still not eaten them all.  I don't think they taste as good as you say they do. ;)

Mind you, I've still not tried making my own so who am I to criticise? :D

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #58 on: April 14, 2016, 09:41:28 PM »
Dip 'em in hot chocolate. That should soften 'em up

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #59 on: April 15, 2016, 11:12:24 AM »
2 years since I made them. I still have some left, and they taste pretty good.
They will still break your teeth if you are not careful though :D

I dunno, 2 years and you've still not eaten them all.  I don't think they taste as good as you say they do. ;)

Mind you, I've still not tried making my own so who am I to criticise? :D

Part of the experiment is to see if they ever go bad ;)

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