How to Make Hardtack for Emergencies

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Prepping is not just about having the right gear, it’s also about storing food and water for a special occasion. Learn how to make hardtack for emergencies

What you need

  • Mixing bowl
  • White flower
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Any kind of Knife
  • Skewer


  • 3 cups of white flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of salt

Hardtacks name explains everything. It’s hard as a rock. So hard that some of the most common slang for it is tooth dullers, sheet iron, and molar breakers. The name hardtack originated from British soldiers, tack is slang for food. The meaning is essentially hard food.

Hardtack lasts a long time and is inexpensive to make so it would be taken along when soldiers went out to sea on a long voyage.

To soften up the rock hard ration soldiers would dip them into coffee or tea. They could also put it into their soup when crumbled up.

When it comes to survival, carbohydrates are hard to get if you don’t have a supply of them. If you were surviving in the wild it would be extremely difficult to get all the carbs that you need.

How to make Hardtack

  1. The first step to this process is to preheat your oven to 375°
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together (flour and salt)
How to make hard tack

       3. Slowly mix in the water, once you have mixed all the water in you should have a dough. Make sure you knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky

How to make hardtack

4. The next thing you do now that you have your dough ready is to use a rolling pin in order to flatten out your dough. Make sure that the dough is less than half an inch or it might not cook all the way through.

How to make hardtack

5.  Use a Skewer to poke holes into the dough. This will help the hard tack cook better and also soak up any liquid if you need to eat them.

How to make Hardtack

6. Cut the pieces into squares

How to make hardtack

7. Once you are all finished with these steps you are ready to put it in the oven. Bake on side for 30 minutes

8. Now flip it over and cook for another 30 minutes

9. You may need to leave them in longer if they are not visually browned.

10. Let them cool off.

Once the hardtack is cool it should be as hard as a rock. You can store these in plastic bags to prolong the shelf life. These things last a very long time in general. You can also store these in vacuum sealed bags to make them last even longer.

Learn how to choose your bug out bag to keep your hardtack in.

Julianne Aguilar
I am an amateur blogger looking to build a reputation. Looking for new ways to develop content and teach people. Trying to give you all the information you need to survive in a survival scenario.

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