"SAILOR BOY" brand Pilot Bread seems to keep forever. Old time Alaskans buy it by the case. It is baked in New Jersey. Even after it is opened it tastes good for a few years. For a snack I just put three biscuits in a pan and put some cheese & cayenne pepper on top and heat till melted. There is 24 pounds of biscuits in a case. Yummy in the tummy, and keeps forever.
We ate Pilot Bread when we were living in Alakanuk, would love to get some, but can't see paying 3.50 per pound, would rather spend that on beef and bake some bread.
They are tasty and the kids loved them. We would order from a company based in Anchorage who would buy and ship the stuff out to the village. The school had an order every month, so we usually piggy backed along with them to cut down shipping.
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Keeps forever and after a few days of eating it you'll hope it'll be forever before you have to eat it again!
Look around, "pilots bread" and "ships biscuit" can usually be found pretty much everywhere. Failing that then ordinary old saltine crackers. "Export sodas" can usually be found. The Keebler version comes in a big tin. Vacuum sealed in a jar or bag they may well keep forever.
We buy Purity brand Pilot Biscuits right in our local grocery store. There are the regular ones and the flakey ones - which are easier to chew.
Hardtack (or hard tack) is a simple type of cracker or biscuit, made from flour, water, and sometimes salt. Inexpensive and long-lasting, it was and is used for sustenance in the absence of perishable foods, commonly during long sea voyages and military campaigns. The name derives from the British sailor slang for food, "tack". It is known by other names such as pilot bread (as rations for ship's pilots), ship's biscuit, shipbiscuit, sea biscuit, sea bread (as rations for sailors) or pejoratively "dog biscuits", "tooth dullers", "sheet iron", "worm castles" or "molar breakers". Australian military personnel know them as ANZAC wafers.
Army Hardtack Recipe
•4 cups flour (perferably whole wheat)
•4 teaspoons salt
•Water (about 2 cups)
•Pre-heat oven to 375° F
•Makes about 10 pieces
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl. Add just enough water (less than two cups) so that the mixture will stick together, producing a dough that won’t stick to hands, rolling pin or pan. Mix the dough by hand. Roll the dough out, shaping it roughly into a rectangle. Cut into the dough into squares about 3 x 3 inches and ½ inch thick.
After cutting the squares, press a pattern of four rows of four holes into each square, using a nail or other such object. Do not punch through the dough. The appearance you want is similar to that of a modern saltine cracker. Turn each square over and do the same thing to the other side.
Place the squares on an ungreased cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Turn each piece over and bake for another 30 minutes. The crackers should be slightly brown on both sides.
The fresh crackers are easily broken but as they dry, they harden and assume the consistentency of fired brick.