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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #60 on: April 15, 2016, 11:12:47 AM »
Dip 'em in hot chocolate. That should soften 'em up


Ill give that a try :)

-Knívleysur maður er lívleysur maður.
 "A Knifeless man is a lifeless man" old Faroese proverb.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #61 on: April 15, 2016, 02:08:51 PM »
There good in soup or with coffee.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2016, 02:20:26 PM »
Ok, I have finally gotten around to trying this.  Simple flour and water with a little salt for taste.  In the oven just now and, if they turn out ok, I'll post a pic or two. ;)

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #63 on: April 15, 2016, 02:30:40 PM »
Ok, I have finally gotten around to trying this.  Simple flour and water with a little salt for taste.  In the oven just now and, if they turn out ok, I'll post a pic or two. ;)
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #64 on: April 15, 2016, 03:44:55 PM »
OK, I think this worked quite well.  They are certainly hard anyway. :D  Glad I added some salt as I think they are actually quite tasty.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #65 on: April 15, 2016, 03:46:31 PM »
There good in soup or with coffee.

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Dipping them in coffee definitely helps. :tu:

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #66 on: April 15, 2016, 04:41:11 PM »
Those look good!

-Knívleysur maður er lívleysur maður.
 "A Knifeless man is a lifeless man" old Faroese proverb.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #67 on: April 15, 2016, 09:29:59 PM »
Will you be having those with Marmite?  :D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #68 on: April 15, 2016, 09:50:42 PM »
Will you be having those with Marmite?  :D

Oh, now that is a nice idea. :drool:

Marmite actually makes for a nice drink.  A large teaspoon or so into a mug of boiling water is about right IMO.  Dipped in that and I reckon you've got a good (if a bit salty) snack.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #69 on: April 15, 2016, 11:10:32 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

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

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #70 on: April 15, 2016, 11:28:23 PM »
Traditionally, I think the indicator that hardtack was starting to go bad was weevil infestation........

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #71 on: April 15, 2016, 11:35:51 PM »
Traditionally, I think the indicator that hardtack was starting to go bad was weevil infestation........

...that would make it more authentic  :D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #72 on: April 16, 2016, 12:37:25 AM »
Traditionally, I think the indicator that hardtack was starting to go bad was weevil infestation........

...that would make it more authentic  :D

:D wouldn't it?  As you would have been told in the RN if you complained, it was fresh meat......
« Last Edit: April 16, 2016, 12:38:33 AM by jerseydevil »

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #73 on: April 16, 2016, 01:30:15 AM »
My try at "Ship's Biscuit"...with the correct eating utensil... :D It was not called "Hardtack" until the Civil War

..also a try at "Corn Dodgers"
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #74 on: April 16, 2016, 01:34:35 AM »
:rofl: so THAT's the real reason behind the hammer end of a hatchet! :D

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #75 on: April 16, 2016, 01:40:12 AM »
Confederate troops often got cornbread instead of hardtack as rations during the American Civil War. So, Spork, who won the rations war, North or South?

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #76 on: April 16, 2016, 01:47:20 AM »
Confederate troops often got cornbread instead of hardtack as rations during the American Civil War. So, Spork, who won the rations war, North or South?

Somehow the memory of eating that hardtack has been wiped from my memory  ::)  :D The corn dodgers were an experiment in baking them instead of frying in bacon grease...they were not very memorable either. Corn Dodgers are also known as hot water cornbread...cornmeal, salt and hot water. Roll into balls  and fry in grease.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #77 on: April 16, 2016, 01:48:41 AM »
Here's Rooster Cogburn's corn dodger recipe - http://www.seriouseats.co...beloved-corn-dodgers.html
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #78 on: April 16, 2016, 01:54:43 AM »
I did make Skillygalee with some of it using bacon - https://loweryleather.wor...recipe-union-skillygalee/ - bacon makes everything better...
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #79 on: April 16, 2016, 12:53:57 PM »
I did make Skillygalee with some of it using bacon - https://loweryleather.wor...recipe-union-skillygalee/ - bacon makes everything better...

mmmm.....bacon. :drool:

Not heard of skillygalee before, but it does sound tasty.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #80 on: April 16, 2016, 05:18:36 PM »
At one time I did some research on packable breads...mostly flat breads. Maybe not as long term as hardtack, but easier to eat and more tasty.

Johnnycake/Journey cake

Clapbread/Haverbread

Yorkshire Oatcake and Havercake

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #81 on: April 16, 2016, 06:35:35 PM »
At one time I did some research on packable breads...mostly flat breads. Maybe not as long term as hardtack, but easier to eat and more tasty.

Johnnycake/Journey cake

Clapbread/Haverbread

Yorkshire Oatcake and Havercake

Havercake, which must be carried in a haversack. :)

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #82 on: April 16, 2016, 07:31:32 PM »
I did make Skillygalee with some of it using bacon - https://loweryleather.wor...recipe-union-skillygalee/ - bacon makes everything better...

mmmm.....bacon. :drool:

Not heard of skillygalee before, but it does sound tasty.

Good ol' Union field cooking. There was a reason more men were killed by diarrhea than combat during the Civil War..... ::)

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #83 on: April 16, 2016, 08:52:52 PM »
See, hardtack looks like an interesting idea - but, to eat it one needs lots and lots of salt and dead pig, both of which in any kind of decent quantity is bad for you. I can appreciate that during the american civil war dying of heart failure was a lot lower on the radar then diarrhea or getting shot, but in todays world ?

I do try to eat healthily . . . . I think my only option is for me to experiment with this stuff myself :D 

Gareth, Grathr what were the ratios of flour : water : salt ?
Can i forgo the salt ?
And what type flour did you guys use ? I think using basic milled white flour would be an exercise in futility given the lack of nutrition in it due to processing ?

I did make Skillygalee with some of it using bacon - https://loweryleather.wor...recipe-union-skillygalee/ - bacon makes everything better...

yes it does . . . . and therein lies my problem (or one of em at least)

 

It is never too late to be what you might have been - George Eliot

Mags is right - Eamo is not a collector. He has a disparate group of knives and multitools. NOT a collection.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #84 on: April 16, 2016, 08:56:48 PM »
At one time I did some research on packable breads...mostly flat breads. Maybe not as long term as hardtack, but easier to eat and more tasty.

Johnnycake/Journey cake

Clapbread/Haverbread

Yorkshire Oatcake and Havercake

Havercake, which must be carried in a haversack. :)

What about Oatcakes Gareth? Would they be usable as a field bread? - http://www.amazon.com/Wal...walkers+highland+oatcakes

There was a time you could find Pilot Bread much easier than you can now - http://survivalcommonsens...ck-in-your-storage-foods/
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #85 on: April 16, 2016, 09:08:02 PM »
See, hardtack looks like an interesting idea - but, to eat it one needs lots and lots of salt and dead pig, both of which in any kind of decent quantity is bad for you. I can appreciate that during the american civil war dying of heart failure was a lot lower on the radar then diarrhea or getting shot, but in todays world ?

I do try to eat healthily . . . . I think my only option is for me to experiment with this stuff myself :D 

Gareth, Grathr what were the ratios of flour : water : salt ?
Can i forgo the salt ?
And what type flour did you guys use ? I think using basic milled white flour would be an exercise in futility given the lack of nutrition in it due to processing ?

I did make Skillygalee with some of it using bacon - https://loweryleather.wor...recipe-union-skillygalee/ - bacon makes everything better...

yes it does . . . . and therein lies my problem (or one of em at least)

I honestly dont remember what ratio I used.  Some salt is recomended for taste and presvering it.
Also when out in the woods sweating, some extra salt is good for you. ;)
I think I used some spelt flour in mine. I bet you could use some fine milled barley flour as well.




-Knívleysur maður er lívleysur maður.
 "A Knifeless man is a lifeless man" old Faroese proverb.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #86 on: April 16, 2016, 09:42:19 PM »
There is no such thing as too much dead pig.......

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #87 on: April 16, 2016, 09:53:12 PM »

I honestly dont remember what ratio I used.  Some salt is recomended for taste and presvering it.
Also when out in the woods sweating, some extra salt is good for you. ;)
I think I used some spelt flour in mine. I bet you could use some fine milled barley flour as well.

Thanks Grathr. Yeah I'll try wholemeal or rye. Can't get barley flour where I live been looking for it for a while

It is never too late to be what you might have been - George Eliot

Mags is right - Eamo is not a collector. He has a disparate group of knives and multitools. NOT a collection.
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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #88 on: April 20, 2016, 01:50:29 AM »
See, hardtack looks like an interesting idea - but, to eat it one needs lots and lots of salt and dead pig, both of which in any kind of decent quantity is bad for you. I can appreciate that during the american civil war dying of heart failure was a lot lower on the radar then diarrhea or getting shot, but in todays world ?

I do try to eat healthily . . . . I think my only option is for me to experiment with this stuff myself :D 

Gareth, Grathr what were the ratios of flour : water : salt ?
Can i forgo the salt ?
And what type flour did you guys use ? I think using basic milled white flour would be an exercise in futility given the lack of nutrition in it due to processing ?

I did make Skillygalee with some of it using bacon - https://loweryleather.wor...recipe-union-skillygalee/ - bacon makes everything better...

yes it does . . . . and therein lies my problem (or one of em at least)

I used about six parts flour to one part water.  Just enough to make quite a 'slack' dough without being sticky.  I didn't measure out the salt but it's entirely optional anyway.  I just used a plain white flour this time as it's what I had to hand but I think a wholemeal would work.  Just so long as it's not self-raising.

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Re: Hardtack
« Reply #89 on: April 20, 2016, 01:53:38 AM »
At one time I did some research on packable breads...mostly flat breads. Maybe not as long term as hardtack, but easier to eat and more tasty.

Johnnycake/Journey cake

Clapbread/Haverbread

Yorkshire Oatcake and Havercake

Havercake, which must be carried in a haversack. :)

What about Oatcakes Gareth? Would they be usable as a field bread? - http://www.amazon.com/Wal...walkers+highland+oatcakes

There was a time you could find Pilot Bread much easier than you can now - http://survivalcommonsens...ck-in-your-storage-foods/

I do like a good oatcake.  They are quite dry and brittle though so you'd have to be quite careful about how you carried them so as not to have a pile of crumbs or a soggy mess.


 

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