Civil War Hardtack

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Total Time
24hrs 25mins
Prep
25 mins
Cook
24 hrs

Someone asked what it was and my reply was "They were still serving the leftovers during Vietnam." For the full original post see my site.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Flour: preferably not white.
  2. Fat: Lard, Crisco will do but be FARB.
  3. Cream of Tartar: a powder which, mixed with baking soda, makes baking powder. Should be in the baking section or spices.
  4. Saleratus is baking soda. This was the term used for 1 tsp baking soda. It read 1 tsp saleratus -- sort of. Measurements were different. Everyone knew what size an eggs sized lump of butter was or a handful of flour.
  5. Mix well with a fork the flour, fat and cream of tartar. Set aside. Dissolve the saleratus and salt in the water.
  6. Combine liquid and dry ingredients; mix well. Roll out dough 3/8" thick (up to a half-inch is okay too) with a rolling pin. Cut into 3" x 3" squares. Use a 1/8" dowel to put 16 holes in each cracker in a 4 x 4 pattern.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes at 450°F When done, let air-dry for minimum of 24 hours (preferably more) before you put in a bag or sealed container.
  8. I knew it was a mistake --.
  9. Farb: not authentic. "as in those who, no matter how often they are told, seem oblivious to major errors in their dress and equipment. For example: percussion cap weapons on an 1812 field; "furtrade" types with a mixture of clothing dating from mid-18th Century to ACW" OR "would you take those Hushpuppies off before muster please.".
  10. That and more definitions found here:.
  11. http://www.historicgames.com/glossary.html.