What is Survival Bread?
Traditionally, survival bread has gone by many names, such as hard tack, ship biscuits, molar breakers and other colorful phrases not suitable to repeat here. No matter the name, the recipes called for flour, water, maybe salt and some time in the oven.
While those recipes are still used today, modern survival bread is different in a few ways. For starters, most prepared people aren't storing just flour and water. They have a variety of ingredients in storage, including oil, sugar, seasonings, powdered milk, dehydrated eggs and more.
With that in mind, “survival bread” is anything you can make using these stored items. Sure, flour and water will still get the job done. But there are other survival bread recipes that are just as simple and offer some much needed variety.
Here are two I recently tried.
Survival Bread Recipe #1: Applesauce Bread
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup milk (can be re-constituted powdered milk)
- 1 yeast packet
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 cup applesauce
Heat the milk until it's warm, then mix it all up. Let it rise in a bowl for 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees for another 30 minutes.
Taste: Fantastic. The pillowy slices stuck to my ribs, but they were still flexible enough to pull sandwich duty. The only catch is this bread isn't going to stay fresh long. That's OK, the loaf will go quick.
Survival Bread Recipe #2: Hard Cider Bread
- 3 cups flour
- 12 ounces hard cider or beer (less than 5% alcohol by volume and high sugar content)
- 1 yeast packet
Warm the cider, then mix the ingredients together. Let the mixture rise for about 45 minutes. Bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.
Taste: This tasted like something out of the Civil War. The crust had a nice crunch from the sugar in the cider, but the inside was dense. Really dense. If you pass on eating it, this bread might also do well in a masonry project.
What are some of your survival bread recipes? Did they turn out? Leave them in the comments below.
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Stacy Harris is Living Ready‘s go-to expert for preparing food for the self-sufficient lifestyle. She lives it. As anyone who has picked up her latest book, Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living, will tell you, Harris has found the perfect balance between taste and practicality.