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These big fat crackers are one of the easiest things to make. They carried soldiers through some of the most brutal battles in the civil war. There were times when both sides of the fighting force were existing on coffee and hardtack. That is an outrageous thing to consider. There were even times when these biscuits had little bonus bugs that were also eating away at them. The soldiers would dip the hardtack in coffee to make it somewhat edible.
One of the reasons hardtack is such an alluring little nibble is because it can basically last forever! Its a mix of water and flour that is dried in the oven and made to be a bit tasteless and hard as a rock. It might even be able double as body armor! Hardtack, it would be a great food in a survival situation.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.