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.
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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