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Discussion in 'Food Storage - Canning/Freezing/Butchering/Prep' started by Keith H., Jan 18, 2017.
Can dried fruit be added to hardtack for a bit of flavor and added food value?
Might dried fruit lessen the time fruit + hardtack will keep well?
Maybe I'll whip up some hardtack and dried raisins.
I think that adding dried fruit would indeed lessen the time ships biscuit could be kept. We dry our own fruit & vegetables, & it keeps well in a jar in the pantry, but I would not combine the two. I used to like biscuits with dried fruit, & I think that is still a good idea, but in my opinion you are better off using a different biscuit mix if you are adding dried fruit. Ships Biscuit was very hard, & in the 18th century it was very often soaked in a soup or similar to make it edible. I read that it was even eaten dunked in rum. Ships Biscuit is purely a survival food. It was never meant to be tasty.
I made some using flour, water, salt, 4 adult multi vitamins dissolved in the water, and added ground flax seed and rolled oats to it, turned out not too bad, still hardtack, but i figure its now fortified and will be a important emeegency ration.
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