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Do you know how to make survival bread in a pinch?
Bread is inextricably linked to our civilization and survival. Yes, we have been surviving for thousands of years before the first bread was made. But, the development of agriculture and the introduction of bread as a staple food, allowed the development of first cities and civilizations.
Every prepper knows that food, water, and shelter are the top priorities when it gets ugly. So, stockpiling food is probably the first step of every survivalist’s disaster plan.
However, no matter how much food you pile up, it won’t last forever. Therefore you have to have a plan B and C to gather and grow food. And then, you have to prepare it. Bread is the staple food of our planet, except for the South and East Asia where rice dominates. It’s only natural to learn a couple of bread recipes to rely on it, in SHTF scenarios.
So, when it comes to food, all roads lead to bread.
What Is Survival Bread?
A friend of mine asked me once why we had to call it “survival bread”. Isn’t it just plain old bread that helps us in times of need? She was right to some degree. Any bread can be used in survival situations, which automatically makes it “survival bread”. But, commonly, it refers to any kind of bread that can be made easily with just a few ingredients. Survival is all about frugality and efficiency. It is a skill to maximize the use of limited resources to get through the tough times. Or longer.
So, the best survival bread is the one that is easy to make and joy to eat. For traditional, hard-line survivors, hardtack is the most known type of survival bread. This everlasting food is actually more of a cracker and it is so hard and tough that you can’t eat it without softening it with liquids.
Similar to hardtack, our today’s recipe is simple and easy. But unlike hardtack, the outcome is a tasty and delicious loaf of bread.
How to Make It in 6 Simple Steps?
First, gather your ingredients. These are:
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- Approximately 1.7 cups of warm water
- 1.5 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of dry yeast ( you can use baking powder instead of yeast)
I promised it would be easy so there we go. There are just six steps to it:
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, and dry yeast or baking powder). Use a large mixing bowl for this.
- Slowly add warm water while mixing it all together. Make sure that it’s properly and evenly mixed.
- Cover the mixing bowl with a damp cloth or towel. Leave it in a warm place for at least a few hours, best overnight.
- After leaving it overnight, it is time for kneading. Sprinkle the mixture with just a little bit of flour to prevent it from becoming sticky. Then, create a round shape.
- Put it in your oven and bake it. If you don’t have electricity, you can cook it in a Dutch oven over a fire. However, you should put fire coals on the top of the Dutch oven as well as below. It will allow the top and the bottom of your bread to be equally and uniformly cooked.
- Monitor the process and the golden brown color will tell you when it’s done.
This is a simple, no-brainer recipe to make a delicious survival bread. It’s my favorite because even the beginners can get it right while it still has a great taste. There are several even simpler recipes to make other types of survival bread such as flatbread, bannock, or sourdough bread. Still, my choice was to share this typical bread recipe.
Other varieties are usually more bread-like biscuits or crackers. But, as long as they provide nutrition, they are all fine. At the end of the day, it is a matter of personal preference and experience. You can experiment and add other ingredients if you wish. Although, I doubt you’ll be enthusiastic about your culinary skills in a disaster scenario.
Whatever you choose, a loaf of homemade bread can help you feel “normal” in adverse conditions. And it will make every meal better. It can be your bread and butter – pun intended.