Hardtack, Not Just For Driving Nails
Hardtack, a food and military ration that has been in use for centuries. Prior the development of canned foods, Hardtack, being an extremely dry biscuit, along with dried and salted meats served as the main source of food for soldiers in armies across the world.
To make your own hardtack, mix two pounds of whole wheat flour, with sufficient water as to allow the dough to be rolled (consistency of clay), with two tablespoons of salt. Roll out the dough till it is a quarter inch thick and cut into squares, as well as pierce with a form. Set the oven to 300°F and bake for three hours.
For accuracy sake, we recommend that the biscuits actually be cut round, like a cookie, as compared to the square ones here, though we were missing our cutter.
These biscuits are period correct for the 18th century and may be eaten whole, if your teeth are strong enough, or broken up to create a thicker stew or soup, when added to such. If you prefer to eat them, as is, we recommend less time. When fully cooked, they can last for months (or even decades, if stored appropriately). #livinghistory #americanrevolution#experimentalarchaeology #georgian #reenacting#reenactment #baking #food #foodporn #cooking#georgiankitchen #rations #18thcentury #18thc#whydoweeatthis