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Back in the day, people were struggling to survive and every day was a challenge. Foods with a high-calorie intake were in high demand and taste wasn’t as important as it is today. People were looking for calories and durability, and they couldn’t afford to be picky. Bannock or Indian bread is one of the foods that stood the test of time, and it’s made even today on the trail.
In the 18th century, many families relied on bannock because they were able to keep it in all weather. One major advantage is that Indian bread could stay fresh for long periods of time. In fact, bannock was an important staple food on the Oregon Trail.
Nowadays, bannock is in the same survival food league as pemmican, jerky, and hardtack. The type of foods that can keep you alive, no matter the crisis you find yourself in.
What is bannock?
To put it in a few words, bannock is a round, heavy and unleavened bread. Most mountain men call it a flat cake. It is the closest thing to bread they had back then, and it was easy to make on the trail. When a round bannock is cut into wedges, the wedges are often called scones.
Bannock is also known as Indian bread, and it can be found throughout North American Native cuisine. Even the Inuit of Canada and Alaska are making bannock, and this bread recipe can be found in the culture of other Alaska Natives as well.
Read more about how to make bannock here:
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.