How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Taylor Roatch
By Taylor Roatch May 28, 2018 09:45

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Ahh, bread. There’s a reason that we, and by “we” I mean almost the entirety of the human race, have been consuming bread in one form or another for centuries. It takes some of the most basic ingredients with generally long shelf lives and turns it into something not only palatable, but pleasurable.

Why Do We Love Bread So Much?

The main ingredient of most breads is a flour of some kind, and most types of flour contain carbohydrates, the macronutrient frequently referred to as carbs. They’re thought of as rather villainous in many modern diets, there’s a good reason why we have such a hard time giving them up. Carbs actually make us happy, so happy, in fact, that the majority of us are addicted to carbs.

The carbohydrates found in almost all types of bread do a wonderful job of filling our bellies and providing a quick boost in energy levels. While more processed carbs found in white flour may not keep us full for as long as we’d like, whole grain wheat flour and other flours with lots of fiber do a great job of keeping us satisfied over a significant period of time.

Bread is also fairly portable, which is part of why it was so widely utilized as a main food source in days gone by. Look at the popularity of sandwiches even today for a great example of this.

More practical reasons aside, people like bread because there are so many different variations of it that there is a variety to suit almost every taste on the planet in every culture imaginable.

Is Bread Really a Good Survival Food Option?

Absolutely! Making bread can pretty much be a simple or as complicated as you want it to be, and though there can be a bit of a learning curve for most people who don’t make their own bread on a daily or even yearly basis, anyone can make it. You can make it from ingredients that are easily stored, and though regular bread doesn’t have an inherently long shelf life, those separate components do. There’s also a lot of room for variation, allowing you to work with what you have. I’ll share with you a remarkably simple flat bread recipe that’s perfect for everyday and for survival situations.

You may want to practice preparing this bread over an open flame before you need to, just like you hone the rest of your survival skills. I made up this batch over the stove for an afternoon snack for my kiddos, and they loved helping mix and roll out the dough.

Making Emergency Survival Bread

You’ll need these materials:

  • A small mixing bowl
  • Measuring implements
  • A sturdy spoon
  • A rolling pin (or smooth glass that you can use as a rolling pin)
  • A skillet
  • A heat source
  • A spatula or other utensil for turning the bread

Plus, you’ll need these ingredients:

  • 1 c all-purpose flour (or other wheat flour of your choice)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ to ½ c water
  • If desired, oil of your choice for skillet

Seriously, those are all the ingredients this recipe requires. It’s very simple and it mixes up and cooks quickly. This bread is almost like tortillas, but with a little tougher texture. I suggest cooking them immediately before eating them as they tend to get tough when they’ve sat out for a while.

Related: 7 Survival Foods Made by Soldiers During WWI

Preparing the Dough

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 1: Put the flour and salt in the mixing bowl.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 2: Add ¼ c of water. Mix it in thoroughly. If all the flour mixture isn’t able to be incorporated into a sturdy dough, you may need to add a little more. Be sure you add water slowly so you don’t get too much. When the all the flour mixture is incorporated and the dough is not sticky and can form into a ball easily, you’re good to go.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 3: Knead the dough for about five minutes.

How to Make Emergency Survival BreadStep 4: Roll the dough into a ball and put it back in the mixing bowl to rest. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. The kneading and resting processes help the dough become more elastic by setting the gluten in the dough up to form into long, stretchy chains of protein.

How to Make Emergency Survival BreadStep 5: Split the rested dough into several lumps about the size of ping pong balls and roll them up neatly.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 6: Roll out each of the dough balls into a flat circle, as thin as you can get it. The dough will bounce back a bit and it won’t roll out quite as thin as you want it this time. So long as it isn’t terribly humid, you don’t need to worry about flouring your work surface like you oftentimes do with dough; this dough is really not sticky at all and will peel right off countertops.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 7: Heat your skillet until a drop of water in it sizzles instantly.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 8: Take one of the dough circles and roll it out as thin as you can get it again. The little rest after the first rolling allows the dough to be rolled even thinner.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 9: Place the first dough circle in the pan. You can add a little oil to the pan if you’d like, but it’s not necessary. The flattened dough will immediately start to curl up around the edges.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 10: Let the dough cook in the skillet until large bubbles begin to form, then flip it over to brown up the other side. Each piece of flat bread only needs to cook for a few minutes total.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Step 11: Cook the rest of the flat breads the same way.

This very basic flat bread is incredibly versatile. You can serve it as a part of main dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner or with jam or honey for dessert.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

They’re perfect for serving up anything taco-style, whether it’s actual Mexican fare or any other food you’d like to have in a hand-held form.

How to Make Emergency Survival Bread

Do You Have the Ingredients for Emergency Survival Bread in Your Stores?

While storing some traditional bread ingredients in your emergency stores isn’t very practical, this very basic survival bread recipe is easy to prepare for. You likely already store these ingredients in some form or another, and it takes very little time to prepare. Learn how to make this simple flat bread to add a little versatility to your survival diet.

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Taylor Roatch
By Taylor Roatch May 28, 2018 09:45
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25 Comments

  1. Southafrica May 28, 13:14

    you have a form of Matzot (unleavened bread)
    ask your jewish friends they eat it every Passover

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  2. Jimmy May 28, 14:10

    When I was a youngster 70+ years ago this was called camp bread. The dough was prepared the same but was wrapped around a stick and then cooked over the fire like a marshmallow. I loved it, and my children did too when I showed it to them, so the art is not forgotten just laying around somewhere waiting to be remembered.

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  3. YARNOVERMOM May 28, 14:22

    I grew up eating these. We called them ‘ho cake of bread’.

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  4. left coast chuck May 28, 14:53

    That’s also basically the recipe for hard tack. Only hard tack is cooked in an oven instead of a frying pan. Also the recipe for stick bread where the dough is rolled into a long coil and wrapped around a stick to be cooked over an open fire.

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  5. left coast chuck May 28, 14:58

    I am reading a book by Bernard DeVoto about the early migration to the left coast in the mid 1840s. One of the foods the emigrants took with them on their trek across the plains was dried bread.

    Without knowing that fact, I have been drying cut up bread crusts for some time now and storing them in plastic jars. Basically they are croutons without any flavoring added. They keep quite well in plastic jars. I’ll bet the emigrants would have willingly paid a good price for a stock of light weight, non-breakable, reusable,storage devices what would float in case the wagon upset while crossing a river or creek.

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  6. Yosemite May 28, 18:42

    One can also make Bannock…….it is simple to make. One can do a search for bannock and find various recipes that vary. …
    This is just One recipe I found so I suggest doing a search and find ne that appeals to you or may have ingredients you may or may not have. Some may use oil…this one uses butter….
    Some people add various fruits such as raisins or blue berries.

    3 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons baking powder

    1/4 cup butter, melted

    11/2 cups water

    Prep
    10 m

    Cook
    30 m

    Ready In
    40 m
    ***************************************************************
    1
    Measure flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir to mix. Pour melted butter and water over flour mixture. Stir with fork to make a ball.

    2
    Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface, and knead gently about 10 times. Pat into a flat circle 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

    3
    Cook in a greased frying pan over medium heat, allowing about 15 minutes for each side. Use two lifters for easy turning. May also be baked on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

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  7. usaf May 28, 23:48

    my wife has been making these for decades. called “arepa’s”

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    • Don May 29, 12:49

      AREPAS are usually made from corn flour and are not quite as thin. They’re shaped more like “English muffins”.

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  8. Armin May 29, 01:40

    Thank you for that, Claude. Good idea emergency bread without a leavening agent. And we do all like our bread. Ham and rye. Roast beef, mustard, bread of choice. The latter my favourite. Basically variations on a theme. Pizza could be thought of as a type of flatbread but with yeast. You could even think of pancakes as a type of “bread”. Same basic recipe. Maybe different proportions. Different preparation. Flour. Liquid. Salt. Eggs. Etc. Little left turn off topic. If you want to make any soup a bit more hearty just mix up something like a pancake dough with an egg in it and scoop up spoonfuls of this homemade pasta and drop it into the soup and cook until done. Sort of like an egg drop soup but I suppose you could call it a pasta drop soup. Super simple to make and it makes any soup go farther. And this about bannock. Basically a simple type of scone. From “A Century of Canadian Home Cooking” which is obviously near and dear to my Canuck heart. “Bannock, a simple type of scone was cooked in pioneer days over open fires. Variations in flours and the addition of dried or fresh fruit make this bread the simple choice of Canadian campers even today. Oven baking has become an acceptable alternative to the cast iron frypan. McKelvie’s restaurant in Halifax serves an oatmeal version. For plain bannock, omit rolled oats and increase the all purpose flour to 1 cup…. One of the earliest quick breads, bannock was as simple as flour, salt, a bit of fat (often bacon grease) and water. In gold rush days, dough was mixed right in the prospector’s flour bag and cooked in a frypan over an open fire. Indians wrapped a similar dough around sticks driven into the ground beside their camp fire, baking it along with freshly caught fish. Today’s native ‘Fried Bread’ is like bannock and cooked in a skillet. Newfoundland’s ‘Damper Dogs’ are small rounds of dough cooked in the stove’s dampers while ‘Toutons’ are similar bits of dough deep fried. At a promotional luncheon for the 1992 Inuit Circumpolar Conference, Eskimo Doughnuts, deep fried rings of bannock dough, were served. It is said that Inuit children prefer these ‘doughnuts’ to sweet cookies. Red River settlers from Scotland made a frugal bannock with lots of flour, little sugar and drippings or lard. Now this same bread plays a prominent part in Winnipeg’s own Folklorama Festival. At Expo ’86 in Vancouver, buffalo on bannock buns was a popular item at the ‘North West Territories’ restaurant. In many regions of Canada, whole wheat flour or wheat germ replaces part of the flour and cranberries or blueberries are sometimes added. A Saskatchewan firm markets a bannock mix, and recipe books from coast to coast upgrade bannock with butter, oatmeal, raisins, cornmeal and dried fruit.”

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  9. Armin May 29, 01:52

    Hey, guys. I tried to write some nice comments about flatbreads and bannock but for some reason this page doesn’t like me. Must be some kind of server glitch. I’ll give it a day and check back and try again. So many variations on a flatbread. And in an extended grid down situation bread might truly well turn out to be the staff of life.

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    • left coast chuck May 29, 04:43

      I think a filter has been installed on this website. I have noticed the same thing myself. Just occurred recently like in the last week or so.

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      • Armin May 29, 10:53

        You may be right, Chuck. Just checked right now and both my comments came through. Just have to be a little more patient, I guess. Obviously ignore the 2nd comment.

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        • Bub May 29, 15:32

          Armin, sometimes I have to refresh the page to see my comments. Seems every time FarceBook is in the process of making changes, glitches like these occur.

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  10. left coast chuck May 29, 04:40

    I have noticed very recently if you have posted and try to post again, your post will be delayed. I haven’t tried to post after a long post. It may be some kind of metering program that only allows a certain amount of posting. It has occurred just within the last week.

    If you wait a while (length unknown) you can post again.

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    • Armin May 29, 11:04

      I don’t want to beat this to death too much, Chuck, but I just posted a very short reply to your post and it doesn’t seem to matter what length the post. It seems to take forever before the post shows up. Maybe something has changed with Claude’s web hosting service. I did notice lately that a few of the sites I communicate with regularly have had to adopt updates to their privacy policy based upon the requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Maybe that also applies to this website. I don’t know. Whatever the reason it seems to take longer for any post to show up here. It’s not a big deal. Just a nuisance. Appreciate your feedback. 🙂

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  11. Miss Kitty May 29, 05:11

    You can also make a basic baking powder biscuit dough and drop by spoonsful onto boiling soup/stew. Dumplings will also thicken the stock while you’re cooking them so take that into account. Make sure your lid fits well or they won’t steam properly. This flat bread is actually very good – I’ve made it several times.

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  12. Armin May 29, 11:20

    You’ve just reminded me about dumplings again, Miss Kitty. One of my favourite ways to use leftover mashed potatoes. Super simple to make. Mashed potatoes. Enough flour so that you end up with a dough instead of a potato mass. One or two eggs. Little salt. Nutmeg. Throw them into boiling water until they float. Scoop them out and eat them with whatever side you want. If you have leftover dumplings for the next day just cut them into slices and fry them. Waste nothing.

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  13. IvyMike May 29, 19:04

    I lived off this bread along with beans, banana, and papaya for a month during one of my tropical survival misadventures in the early 80’s, plan survival well enough that you never have to eat it on a regular basis, it gets tiresome after 2-3 days. I was ecstatic to return to Texas where I could get a chili dog and a Bud for $2 at a gas station!

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    • Claude Davis May 31, 15:55

      Eating the same thing every day always gets tiresome, but it’s a lot less tiresome than starving to death. Bread like this sure isn’t the most exciting thing you can eat but it has a lot of energy and that’s what you need in a SHTF situation.

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  14. Linda May 31, 17:28

    If you cook them in the ashes around the fire they raise a bit. We called them “ash cakes”

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  15. Norie May 31, 21:59

    I have recently found dry canning that will extend the time rice, flour, beans, pasta for many years.
    It’s very simple, wash containers, glass jars, then place them up side down in an oven @ 250° and let them bake for 1 1/2 hours. Then take them out till the jars with beans and return them to the oven for another 1 1/2 hours. Place the kids on the jars as the jars come out of the oven. Beans will be good for 30, years.

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  16. SHEEPHERDER June 6, 20:36

    Cmon foilks!!! Most of us know claudes a fraud! This is nothing more than a money making venture. It goes the same for left coast chuck! Find another web site! This fool is just making money off you! West coast chuck is just another shill!!! I REALLY hope you folks don’t put your survival on this fool… or his supporters. They just RIP off info on real sites and claim it as their own! Do your due diligence folks! This rip-off will just get you killed on half baked theories The info is out there for NOTHING! CLAUDE IS A FRAUD!!! .

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    • Miss Kitty June 6, 22:20

      But tell us how you REALLY feel, Sheepherder! Seriously though, what about bread triggered this? Or did it just show up on the wrong board? I’m afraid I must disagree. Yeah, Claude’s trying to make a buck, but so’s everyone else in this world. I find the content and the subscriber posts (usually ;)) enlightening and the hucksterism is nowhere NEAR as bad as most of the other survival sites. Most of them are one long infomercial with zero actual content – so frustrating! Keep up the good work, Claude!

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