In a survival situation, bread can keep up your energy because of the carbohydrates it provides. It also makes a good survival food because it can be paired with virtually any ingredient, including meat, cheese and jam, to make a quick and easy meal.
But instead of buying processed bread that contains additives and preservatives that are bad for your health, make your own from scratch.
Here are eight easy survival bread recipes that you can make at home: (h/t to PreppersSurvive.com)
1. Australian damper
Australian damper is a coarse, unleavened bread first made by settlers in their campfire ovens.
Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl. Quickly heat over the stove to melt the peanut butter.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Mix well until it is hard and crumbly.
Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet. Freeze for 12 hours.
Slice the frozen mixture into bars. Vacuum-seel the bars individually and store them in a cool, dark place.
Tamale is a steamed bundle of dough wrapped in a corn husk. It originated in Mesoamerica from as early as 8,000 to 5,000 B.C., when warriors and hunters would pack them for sustenance on their long journeys.
Here's how to make tamales:
20 dried corn husks
1 1/2 cups masa harina (corn flour)
1 cup stock
6 tablespoons lard
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Soak the corn husks in hot water. Set aside.
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the stock until a shaggy dough forms.
Place the lard and butter in another bowl. Mix for 2 minutes using a hand mixer on medium-high speed.
Add half of the shaggy dough to the lard and butter mixture and mix well. Add the remaining dough and mix again until a smoother dough forms.
Drain the corn husks and pat dry.
Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the dough on the lower-left portion of each corn husk. Spread evenly.
Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of your preferred filling on the center of each corn husk. You can use vegetables, meats and cheeses.
Fold the dough onto and seal the edges. The resulting product should look like a cocoon. Roll the corn husk around the cocoon. Fold the bottom portion of the corn husk upwards. Repeat this process using the remaining corn husks.
Place the tamales in the steamer vertically with the folded bottom portion facing down. Cover them with more corn husks to keep water from dripping into the open ends. Steam for 60 to 75 minutes.
8. Trench cake
Trench cake is a fruit cake that came about as a result of World War I. People in the United Kingdom would send the cake to their loved ones who were fighting in the trenches, hence the cake's name.
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon raisins or other dried fruits
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a cake pan.
Mix the flour and cocoa powder in a bowl. Add butter and mix well.
Add the baking soda, vinegar, milk, sugar and raisins. Add your desired spices.
Pour the batter into the cake pan. Bake for 1 hour.
By baking your own bread, you have control over the ingredients that go into your bread. Plus, learning how to make bread from scratch means you can have freshly baked bread even when SHTF.