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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rant and Recipe

Well I spent most of last week watching doom and gloom on the History Channel. I've always known that the History Channel portrays specials about 2012 and the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, and the world coming to an end. But, what really intrigued me last week, was all the shows on survival. It made me think, is someone trying to tell us something? Is there a reason this was on television. The one interesting show I thought was "After Armageddon." It was about life after a major pandemic. The show was researched thoroughly and gave examples on how human behavior will change during an TEOTWAWKI. People will get very ugly folks. The will to survive will turn the nicest people into animals. Your spouse and children will turn to you in panic looking for answers. Will you know what to do? The one thing I learned from the show is all the high tech survival gear is not going to save you. It will be your will to live. I also learned that the most important things to have is guns and ammo, water and food. In that particular order. All the supplies in the world will not help you, if you cannot defend yourself, family and home. Water is the next immediate need because after 3 or 4 days you will have succumbed to dehydration and your food will not matter. Food is a major need, but you will have 30 days until starvation sets in. I hope all of you have at least one firearm and know how to use it and food and water for at least 30 days. Do not wait till the last minute to get these items. You and everyone else will be thinking this at the last minute and you may not make it home, due to crazy people waiting in the parking lot for you to take your stuff and/or your life. I'm on a bit of a rant here and I apologize. I do want to give you an old pioneering recipe called Hardtack.

Hardtack is a very simple type of bread or cracker. Pioneers and sailors had and used this type of bread because it had a long shelf life and cooking on the trails was difficult. Hardtack if stored properly, will last indefinitely. I also think this would be great to put into a BOB.

3 cups flour
1 cup water
2 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 375

2. Mix flour, water, and salt together in a bowl

3. Knead the dough and roll it out into a rectangular shape about 1/2 inch thick

4. Cut dough into 2 or 3 even squares. Poke holes 2 or 3 across and down each square

5. Bake in preheated oven, 30 minutes each side

6. Take out of oven when each side is a light golden brown.

7. Let Hardtack cool completely.

Hopefully, your cracker will be very hard when cooled. You will need to store your crackers properly to ensure no bugs can get into them. Make sure cracker is completely cooled before storing so they don't get moldy. Vacuum sealing them is ideal. If you do not have a vacuum sealer, wrap them well in plastic wrap and put into a Ziploc bag for future use. This will be better than nothing.

How to eat Hardtack

Hardtack can be dipped in coffee or any beverage you have on hand to soften. You can also put in soups to thicken and of course to make your belly fuller.

God Bless,



Anonymous said...

Glenn Beck made a comment the other day on how if you're not squared away or in a safe zone within 72hrs it's going to be a free for all. 24hrs people are still decent toward each other, 48hrs is when they start testing the system and seeing what they can get away with, 72hrs and the criminal element will try to take over once they see that there is no longer any law.

Biggest thing I learned from that series is to keep quiet on what you have stored, have a escape plan and carry a BIG STICK. But, it's about knowledge and not just having stuff. If a person has a month worth of food stored but can't figure out how to make a simple meal out of it it's worthless. Same with having a firearm. Just owning one doesn't make you a gunfighter or set for self defense - one requires training.

Just a wild rant.. won't even comment on hardtack..after eating it for a couple of meals.. yuck..I'd perfer a cold Cheese omlet MRE!


Anonymous said...

"J" That show gave good info. Interesting how Glenn Beck talked about this. Was this in reference to Haiti or our society. With everything going on in Haiti, I would say he hit the nail on the head.I definatley think hardtack would be last resort, but the recipe was for those who don't have access or money to do anything. I'm trying to keep the financially strapped in mind when doing some of these posts.

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