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Try something soldiers ate For soldiers and sailors, hardtack was a dietary staple for hundreds of years, much to the chagrin of those who had to eat it. Although recipes vary somewhat, the goal is to produce hardtack with a long shelf life that is easy to store. Learning how to make hardtack for war reenactments will add a certain realistic element to the event, as this was often a soldier's main source of food. Hard Tack Recipe 2 cups of flour 1/2 to 3/4 cup water 6 pinches of salt 1 tablespoon of shortening (optional) Mix all the ingredients into a batter and press onto a cookie sheet to a thickness of ½ inch. Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (205°C) for one hour. Remove from oven, cut dough into 3-inch squares, and punch four rows of holes, four holes per row into the dough (a fork works nicely). Flip the crackers and return to the oven for another half hour. You can make a journal out of a few scraps of paper strung or stapled together. To make ink to write in your journal, follow the instructions below: Make Your Own Ink: You may want an adult to help you with this project. •1 cup ripe blackberries • 1 tablespoon vinegar • 1 tablespoon salt • measuring cup and spoons • stainer •jar with lid Steps: 1. Mash the berries through the strainer into the jar to make a berry juice. 2. Add the vinegar and salt to the juice so that it will last a long time. 3. Keep the lid on the jar when not using the ink, so that it doesn’t dry up.
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