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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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Hard tack 1
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There’s a some ghee in there too.

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Re: Hard Tack

#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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Hard tack 2
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Re: Hard Tack

#3 Post by JollyRats » Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:52 pm

Need a creative way to store it?
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Hard tack storage
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Re: Hard Tack

#4 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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Re: Hard Tack

#5 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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Re: Hard Tack

#6 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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Re: Hard Tack

#7 Post by JollyRats » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:18 pm

Good point about the steel wool. I have small silica packets on order :)

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