The guy regularly donates stuff to museums from the rations he tests, collects and videos. The making of the video itself is a form of preservation, as many of these rations are just going to disintegrate after an amount of time anyway, and to have video evidence of how they tasted, were supposed to be prepared, how they lasted and what they looked like is as important as saving the artifacts themselves.Unique video, but destroying a civil war rarity is a real shame. At least he saved half of it and the wrapper for the museum. Back in 1984, when Vince Nolt sold off his fabulous "Eagle Museum" collection, he auctioned off two unwrapped original Hard Tack biscuits for $120 with 10% buyers premium and 6% Pa sales tax. Quite an expensive collectable even back then!
Hi Richard,During the Spanish American War, troops were issued hardtack that had been stored in warehouses since the Civil War.
I was given 2 freshly made hardtack biscuits (thicker than the video) a few years ago. I ate one, over a few days, nibbling bits off it (risking teeth!), and mixed it with coffee, Had to soak over an hour, as I recall, to be manageable. I still have the other one, saving it for a trek,( or just a cold winter's day when I've nothing else to do, I'll cook it with a chuck stew in the crockpot. Might actually be tasty that way? The Wife says "No!" Probably be a "trek".)
You could put sausage gravy on cardboard and it would be fit for a King.HardTack is pretty easy to make, the genuine stuff was little more than flour and salt. I like the Sailor Boy brand pilot bread, but the cost is pretty silly for what they are, and what they are is large round saltines, basically. I tried a DIY recipe for those, and they turned out real well for just a quick and dirty let's see how they turn out. Easey peasey and they taste pretty good, like a really bad scratch buttermilk bisquit. That was my first thought - "Need some sausage gravy on these."
An internal biscuit maggot infection....News story just in.....crazy YouTube guy eats century old food and dies of century old disease.
Sorry but this is just too disgusting for mere words. >/wretch</
This Romper-room drop out probably eats Tide-pods too. If it tastes like mothballs and old library books...probably shouldn't be eating it in the first place.
I read about those in "A Taste For War" by William Davis, interesting concept and I guess high technology for the time.Hope this guy doesn't find the Federal Army's "desecrated" (desiccated) vegetables but maybe their period Sutler's instant coffee might possibly be safe to drink. It was sold in small bricks and already had cream and sugar in it. Federal Soldiers just broke off chunks and added them to hot water in their cups.