A timeless survival bread recipe (that every prepper should know)

Survival bread is a low-cost, nonperishable food staple that you can make and eat even when SHTF. It uses very few ingredients, is easy to make, and has an incredible shelf life of 30 years. This is the survival food that can last through TEOTWAWKI, even when everything else in your pantry has long since expired. Secure your emergency food supply by learning how to make your own survival bread. (h/t to TruePrepper.com)

Survival bread is also known by many other names, such as hardtack, pilot bread, and army bread. It stores easily and indefinitely, in any weather condition, and without the need for refrigeration. A loaf of survival bread can contain enough calories and nutrition to sustain an adult for the entire day. The only downside to survival bread is its extremely tough and durable consistency. What allows it to last for years is also what makes it difficult to eat. Survival bread can sometimes be so hard, you won’t be able to bite into it. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this. Many sailors and soldiers who used survival bread as part of their rations often soaked the bread into a cup of coffee to make it softer and more easily edible. It could also be crumbled into coffee or soups to serve as a thickener. Another way to eat survival bread was to make a dish called skillygalee or cush, which was made by crumbling the rock-hard bread into cold water and frying the crumbs in pork fat. In a pinch, you can also eat toasted survival bread with some butter spread on top of it. (Related: Prepper food: Two breads you can stockpile and make in your own home.)

How to make your own survival bread

The most basic recipe for survival bread only requires water and flour, but that might leave you with little more than edible rocks. For that reason, variations of survival bread recipes have cropped up over the years. Here is one recipe that uses a few more ingredients, but it is much more palatable. You won’t even need any standard baking ingredients, such as yeast or baking soda, and it’ll only take you less than 30 minutes to make.


  • 2 cups of oats
  • 2 ½ cups of powdered milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 3-ounce package of lemon Jell-O
  • Flour, as needed


  1. Preheat your oven to around 350 F.
  2. Take your oats, powdered milk, and sugar, and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Take your water, honey, and lemon Jell-O, and mix these ingredients in a medium-sized pan.
  4. Bring the mixture of water, honey, and lemon Jell-O to a boil.
  5. Remove this mixture from the heat.
  6. Slowly add the other mixture of oats, powdered milk, and sugar.
  7. Combine both mixtures until they are thoroughly mixed and have a dough-like consistency.
  8. Mold the dough to form a thin brick-sized loaf of bread.
  9. Take a cookie sheet and lightly dust it with some flour.
  10. Place your loaf of bread on the cookie sheet.
  11. Bake your bread inside your oven for around 15 to 20 minutes. If you don’t have an oven, you can make use of a dutch oven and cook your bread over an open fire.
  12. Once cooked, allow your loaf of bread to cool and then wrap it in aluminum foil.

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