DIY Survival Food

DIY Survival Food for the trail or bugout bag

Make your own survival food for the trail or the bugout bag

Commercial survival food — like MREs and freeze-dried food — is a nice option, but it can be expensive. Today we’ll take a quick look at a fast, easy, cheap and delicious recipe for do-it-yourselfers. This recipe resembles a shortbread, so it’s delicious even to the kids, but with more fiber, protein, and complex carbs, it’s much more nutritionally balanced.

Qualities of good survival food

  • Dense – you want to carry lots of calories in a small package
  • Tasty – if you’re going to eat the same thing every meal, it had better be good
  • Durable – you need something that stores well. This recipe contains no preservatives, but you can give it a long shelf life by dehydrating it completely, like hard tack. That will make it hard to eat, but at least you won’t starve. Note: The high fat content of this food makes it harder to store. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Easily reproduced – sure, you can buy survival food now, but what if you have no choice but to make it someday? This recipe is cheap and easy. Just watch the video.

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SnoMan’s Survival Food Recipe

  • 5 cups flour – can be anything except self-rising, since you want it to be dense. I grind my own soft white wheat and barley. You can use rye, red wheat, bread flour, or just plain all-purpose flour.
  • 1 cup buttermilk or yogurt – adds protein and a rich, creamy flavor
  • Water as needed – depends on the type of flour. For best results make a stiffer dough as for hardtack, but I used a sticky batter in the video, and it was delicious. Might not store as long, though.
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cupRapadura or other sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1-2 cups chopped nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. I had dates, pecans, flax seed, and almonds. Last time I had cranberries, sunflower seeds, and coconut. Use whatever you like!
  • Bake at 350 F (325 in a convection oven) for 30 minutes

Recipe substitutions

If you don’t have some of the ingredients in the recipe, just adapt it to what you have!

  • Plain milk instead of buttermilk
  • Cottage cheese instead of yogurt
  • Olive oil or butter instead of coconut oil — makes the bread more crumbly, so add more flour to compensate
  • Use whatever nuts, seeds, and dried fruit you like

Let us know about your favorite recipes by commenting below.

~SnoMan

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  • lou williams

    Hi, I made some of your Hard tack from one of your video's and added some spices,cranberries,nuts and they were very good eating. Even with upper and lower dentures I was able to eat them and I have passed on this receipe to many others. Thanks always enjoy any info you send to me. Going to OK in a couple weeks and plan on doing some field trials on survival.

    • http://www.survivalnewsonline.com sn0man

      That's great Lou. That hard tack is a versatile food too. Glad you enjoyed it. And good luck at the trials — be sure and let us know how it went!

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