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Hard Tack

#1 Post by JollyRats » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:29 pm

I was vacuum bagging the hard tack but it kept puncturing the bags. So I thought outside the box and started using repurposing plastic food containers and reshaping the hard tack to fit.
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There’s a some ghee in there too.

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#2 Post by JollyRats » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:49 pm

Hard tack is cheap, easy and shelf stable.
1. One 25 lb bag of flour from Costco costs $5.97 and yields about 25 lbs hard tack.
2. One large container of salt from the dollar store is $1.
3. Cookie sheet from dollar store is $1 each.
4. Rolling Pin from dollar store is $1.
5. Pizza cutter from you know where is $1.
6. 4 cup measuring cup from same place is $1.

Optional items:
7. Dough cutters from amazon $9.
8. Hole poker from amazon $9.
9. Dough mixer from amazon $97.

Using the first six items anyone can get started on building a reserve of emergency food supplies that is shelf stable for 50 to 100 years.
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#3 Post by JollyRats » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:52 pm

Need a creative way to store it?
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#4 Post by Andy F » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:27 am

Hole punch roller is named a "Pizza Dough Roller Docker - Dough Blistering Killer" and yours or very similar is here

Buy 1 Docker get 2 extra tools via Amazing https://www.amazon.com/Meta-U-Time-Save ... &sr=1-10
As always, not affiliated with any sellers. Just was once a part time product -------------- inventory rep.
I ordered the Winco SS model after my first Hardtack forking dough for over an hour fiasco.
Your Hardtack thread is very good. But I had no issues using vacuum bags. I also used Silica Beads, the reuseable orange kind. You bake them on low temp n the oven to dry them out. I'm thinking on buying a gallon size.
I had on hand some fabric store woven cotton interfacing and made my own bags. Regular muslin would also work fine; both are heat tolerant.

I'd used 2 strips of 1/4" balsa wood to roll out the dough between. They now have rubber rings to roll to thickness, rings that fit onto rolling pins, to buy.

Muslin makes good washable coffee filters as well. They sell those, but we made our own.

I bought Dry N Dry silica gel packets in the past. They are REALLY good, also affordable.
Their recommendations (28 gram weight = 1 ounce)
Container volume – packet size
120 cubic inch - 1 gram
240 cubic inch - 2 gram
360 cubic inch - 3 gram
600 cubic inch - 5 gram
2 cubic feet - 30 gram
4 cubic feet - 60 gram
8 cubic feet - 120 gram
64 cubic feet - 960 gram

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#5 Post by JollyRats » Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:02 am

I don’t use silica, just oxy absorbers. I don’t really plan on consuming the hard tack. I am building skills and I plan to sell/give it to others. I was puncturing the vacuum bags because I wasn’t pressing hard enough on the dough and it would bake with sharp edges. I started patting down the edges which solved the problem but requires a lot more time. So I just looked at what I had available in quantity, changed the shape and drove on.

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#6 Post by Andy F » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:00 am

Silica packets are a desicant to keep moisture out *stay crispy* foods. Need for dehydrated foods, and baked goods, crackers etc.
O2 Absorbers are for prevention of rancidity, oils, foods with fats like Beef Jerky.
I often use both for their characteristics. It all depends.

DIY O2 Absorbers:
Steel Wool 0000 size
Table Salt
Paper towels (I like the better Q kind)
Stapler

Make as you go, or, make a bunch and use a Seal A Meal.
We use very large O2 Absorbers in sealed gun storage & regular safes along with Silica packets.
Carry on!

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#7 Post by iceagefarmer » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:22 pm

JollyRats, fantastic post! Thank you. And Andy, awesome with the DIY absorbers, those things are pricey. I love this forum.

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#8 Post by JollyRats » Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:33 am

Thanks Christian.

I have lots of silica from stuff being shipped at work but too much bother to break it down into small amounts. I am confident the used soda bottles will keep enough moisture out that it won’t be an issue. I use the Oxy absorbers because I’ve a ton of them.

For large containers such as five gallons I use hand warmers. Same stuff, heck, you can put old files in and it’ll do the same thing just slower.

I guess my whole point to all of this is to get peeps to do something. It won’t be long until we really start to feel the pressure.

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#9 Post by Andy F » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:08 am

Thank you JollyRats,
Very good thread!


I like using the Steel Wool. They can always be used to start a fire sometime somewhere when driving down the road.

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