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I'm looking for a recipe for traditional Hard Tack, the kind that was used for long voyages on sea. All I remember is that it was baked 2-3 times and lasted forever!

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Last updated: Jan. 27, 2013 3:06 pm
Posted: Jan. 20, 2013 12:18 am
Answered by: bigcountry
Jan. 20, 2013 3:46 am -----the comments below the recipe are very interesting
Jan. 20, 2013 6:44 am
Here is a recipe from an 1860 Civil War recipe book for the traditional Hardtack. Used on part water to 6 parts flour. Roll flat and score into cracker shape. Bake 20 - 25 minutes and cool off until completely dry in a canister. The crackers should be hard as a brick and indestructibly unappetizing. If not consumed by hungry soldiers, the crackers might last at least until the Lord returns. Being from and old cookbook, no oven temps are give since all were wood burning stoves or the fireplace hearth.
Jan. 20, 2013 6:47 am
Sorry that should be one part water to 6 part flour. Darn typos. :|
Patty Cakes
Jan. 20, 2013 9:46 am
Hard tack brings back memories, my DD had to make it for school. It tasted Terrible!! Lol
Mark Smith
Jan. 27, 2013 3:06 pm
Thanks for the link, I let you know how my first batch turns out.
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