Survival Bread: Timeless, Cheap, and Nonperishable

Survival bread used to be a common staple and it still is popular today as survival food. There are many types of bread and crackers that can be considered ‘survival bread’, like hardtack, pilot bread, and army bread. No matter which kind you get, survival bread is a timeless food that can provide you with cheap rations in emergencies.

The Many Types of Survival Bread

Food storage can be a major problem, and survival bread is just one of the many solutions to that problem. Our ancestors figured that out, as you can tell by survival bread’s storied history. Why reinvent the wheel when it comes to long-term food storage? Survival bread usually has a long shelf life which makes them great in any prepper pantry. Here are some of the more popular survival breads:

  • Damper – an Australian soda bread typically cooked over a fire.
  • Field Bread – from the 1916 Manual for Army Bakers.
  • Garrison Bread – from the 1916 Manual for Army Bakers.
  • Hardtack – a historic bread used for centuries.
  • Kommissbrot – a German sourdough used in WWI and WWII, it even used sawdust as an ingredient when flour was scarce.
  • Roman Army Bread – the name says it all.

There are many recipes online for survival bread, with varying moisture content and shelf life.

Survival Bread in a Can

It used to be widespread, but finding canned survival bread these days can be elusive. Every once in a while, you can find some online. You cannot control the moisture content in a pre-made product, obviously. In order to get the bread to come out of the can, they have to increase this moisture content- which has the drawback of giving it a shelf life. Still, the shelf-life is a whopping 30 years, which is a whole lot longer than typical bread.

Survival Pilot Bread

If you can find some online it may be worth picking up since it is so easy to add to your food storage plan. We check back periodically on Amazon for availability ourselves. In a world of fast-perishing foods, survival bread in a can must not make much of a profit for food producers since it is a scarce commodity now.

The Final Word

Survival bread is a great inclusion in any long-term food storage plan. You can tweak the recipe to your and your family’s liking to be sure that everyone enjoys the bread. Break it out when you are heating up some MREs or canned goods as a side item.

Pair survival bread with peanut butter for a great emergency snack. It is easy to make, tastes good, and is shelf-stable; add it to your plan.

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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Easy Survival Bread _ Timeless, Cheap, and Nonperishable

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer by day, but a prepper 24/7. I am an Air Force veteran that developed emergency and disaster plans as an emergency manager and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters worldwide. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

5 thoughts on “Survival Bread: Timeless, Cheap, and Nonperishable

  • Would you recommend making a lot of these? After wrapping in foil, how would you store, for long term use?

    • I recommend making a proportional amount to the other food storage you may have. It is good to have a balance of a variety of items. Ideally, you would want to store in an air tight container inside a dry pantry or storage area that remains below 68 degrees. If you don’t have perfect conditions for storage, just focus on keeping humidity and bugs away from them.

  • I would think using a vaccuum sealer for ths would be good. Even packing it in a mason jar when cooking it would work; let it cool put a lid on and use the jar vaccuum sealer would remove all air and seal the lid for long term storage…..?

  • Is the powdered milk and/or the jello supposed to be in liquid form? I ask because there is no way that 3 tablespoons of water is enough to soak up all those dry mixes. If the powdered milk is supposed to be liquid and not powdered, then you should state that, because non-fat milk would probably accomplish the same thing (if you say powdered, I assume you mean in powder form.

    • Hi John, The powdered milk and jell-o are added in powdered form. Please go to The original article is posted there with pictures and instructions. It is explained there that is how the recipe was received, but the author found it necessary to add more water. The bread is moist, and the pictures are helpful. Good luck!


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