Stockpiling pilot crackers

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Pilot crackers
Ten reasons to stock up on pilot crackers

The first crackers: Pilot bread.
Pilot crackers, sometimes also called pilot bread, are a good
addition to the prepper's pantry. Pilot crackers are different from
ordinary crackers in a couple of ways. The recipe and packaging
make pilot crackers extremely durable and resistant to
environmental influences such as humidity, heat, cold and
rodents. They are also on the slightly large side, and can be
served like bread.
Pilot crackers: the modern-day hard tack!

Pilot bread crackers are the next best thing in an emergency to
bread. When you think of it, the first thing to fly off the sales
shelves in an emergency is bread, so you may as well plan
ahead with pilot bread for emergencies. Below are ten reasons
to stockpile pilot bread crackers...

Ten Reasons to Stockpile Pilot Crackers
Stock up on pilot crackers. If food storage is important to you,
then you'll want to put more pilot crackers in your larder.

Here are ten good reasons to stockpile pilot crackers:

#1: Pilot Crackers are Shelf-stable.
The main reason to stockpile pilot crackers is because they have
an incredibly long shelf life. It's basically an unleavened bread
that's long-lasting because it's low moisture. Pilot bread is a
staple for many preppers who live in Alaska.

  • Sailor Boy Pilot Bread: You may be lucky enough to find
    Sailor Boy Pilot Bread at your local supermarket. These
    pilot crackers are great for your everyday food storage
    because of the long shelf life. The product maintains a
    great taste months in your pantry. One thing to note is
    that Sailor Boy pilot bread is a large unsalted cracker.
    There are more flavorful buttery varieties of pilot crackers,
    like that of Mountain House.

  • Mountain house Pilot Crackers: For the longest possible
    shelf life choose Mountain House Pilot Crackers, right.
    These pilot crackers have an extended shelf life of 30
    years! The product is scientifically proven to last 25, but
    the company guarantees 30 years shelf life for taste! Each
    of the mountain house cans has a protective enamel
    coating inside and out (including the lid), for double
    protection. Making it airtight. Inside the #10 can, pictured
    right is 62 large crackers. With the flavor a very dense Ritz
    cracker, they're on the sweet side.

#2: Pilot Crackers don't require water.
Another reason to stockpile pilot crackers is that you don't need
water to prepare them.
(Though you'll probably get thirsty
eating them.) Pilot crackers are ready to eat! There's no
cooking, preparation, or rehydration needed—just open the lid
and enjoy!

Stockpiling pilot crackers is a good idea because it's an
extremely shelf-stable food that's ready to eat. Just be sure you
have a can-opener handy.

We suggest you tape military can openers to the top to ensure
you have a way to eat them in an emergency:

#3: Pilot crackers add variety to your food storage.
Avoid boredom in the bunker. Pilot crackers can help you add a
variety to your food storage. Eat pilot crackers plain, with a
topping or crumbled into your food.

Most of the emergency meals you'll be serving in crisis will be
soft pasta and rice dishes. The pilot cracker is a welcome bit of
texture to these somewhat mushy meals.

  • Pilot crackers for breakfast: Pilot crackers are every bit as
    good for breakfast as they are for lunch and dinner. To give
    pilot crackers a breakfast appeal, think chocolate hazelnut
    butter, jams and jellies or a bit of honey. Or just pop it in
    the toaster and serve with butter.

  • Pilot crackers for lunch: Tuna or peanut butter on a
    cracker is a meal in itself, but you can use pilot crackers as
    a tasty side to your soups. Get creative:

  • Pilot crackers for dinner. Pilot crackers are a tasty side to
    any of your just add water soups, stews, pasta and rice
    dishes, but you can get a little more adventuresome:
  • Think of a pilot cracker as a tostada shell and serve it
    with a dollop of taco meat.
  • Make a mini-pizza with freeze dried mozzarella
  • Add a chocolate spread for a bunker dessert.
  • Serve with Bega Cheese as an appetizer or an after
    dinner treat to finish the meal.
  • They're great for snacking and appetizers too.
  • Try caviar if you're so inclined and your budget permits.

We suggest storing the following with your pilot crackers:

#4: Pilot Crackers are a meal extender or side dish.
Yet another good reason to make pilot crackers part of your
food storage plan is that they can give you added bulk to meals
to make survivors feel satisfied. Think of pilot crackers as a
meal extender. Pilot crackers are ideal served with soups, stews
and chowders to extend the meal, but try them also with salads
from your survival garden.

Crisp, buttery
Mountain House pilot bread crackers are great for
snacking or as a crunchy side for pasta entrees. Pilot crackers
will help make survivors feel full. Stock up  and get a six-pack.

#5: Pilot Crackers can substitute breadcrumbs!
Crush pilot crackers with a sturdy rolling pin to create bread
crumbs that you can use in your cooking (add Italian spices and
perhaps some parsley from the garden):
  • Serve it with baked beans or chili
  • Layer a dish with pilot crackers and pour a can of soup and
    bake and you'll have a quick and easy pot pie.
  • Coat fish and chicken for frying
  • Coat veal or lamb chops too
  • Use in meatloaf and meatball recipes
  • Use as batter for onion rings
  • Make Salmon patties, crab cakes (stock canned fish and
    powdered egg products)
  • Layer into gratins
  • Serve with Spam!
  • Use for salads in place of croutons
  • Sprinkle into soups to add texture (think butternut squash
    soup)!
  • Top your pastas and casseroles to give the finishing touch

#6: Pilot Crackers are great for trips.
Bring along some pilot crackers for your camping trips or long
road trips. It's good to have in case you need to stop for a quick
meal without cooking.

Pilot crackers are especially good to bring along for outdoor
activities. When you're out doors, doing hard work of hiking or
trying to stay warm, pilot crackers will serve you well. Among
the original purposes of bread was as a transport for meat on
long journeys. Pilot crackers can serve the same purpose.

Stockpiling pilot crackers is good for all your excursions:
  • backpacking adventures
  • boating
  • camping
  • college emergency food care packs
  • hiking day trips
  • hunting
  • fishing trips
  • picnics
  • road trips
  • travel

You don't need to bring a can on your trip! A good pilot bread
cracker to take with you on trips is Easy Prep, pictured right.
Easy Prep Pilot Bread Crackers come in Mylar so they're long
lasting. The hard to find flaky crackers are sealed in a food
grade mylar bag with an oxygen absorber inside. Purchase this
delicious snack and enjoy it right away or store for it for years
to come. The gusseted bottoms of these pouches stand up on
their own and can be used for cooking in as well as eating out
of.

#7: Be ready for societal collapse with Pilot Crackers
Stockpiling pilot crackers makes sense when thinking of societal
collapse. Social upheaval, bad weather or simple power outages
necessitate that you stockpile more food in your pantry.

When a hurricane or winter blizzard looms, bread is among the
first items gone from the shelves. When you think about the
basic foods, bread tops the list,so you may as well prepare for
it. Be prepared when they ask you to "Give us our daily bread!"
When you stock pilot bread you'll feel ready.

  • Ration pilot crackers in an emergency.
  • Use them for teething biscuits for babies.
  • Give pilot crackers to kids as an after school snack.

#8: Pilot Crackers can help manage diarrhea.
Stockpiling pilot crackers is also good when illness strikes! The
patient will appreciate pilot crackers with soup.

When you have diarrhea, you need to eat bland foods ~ the
BRAT diet is Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. Think of pilot
crackers as your toast.

#9: Pilot crackers are the modern-day hard tack.
Pilot crackers, also sometimes called pilot bread, essentially
was the first cracker. It's predecessor was hardtack.
What is hardtack? Hardtack is hard to eat and not so tasty.
Hardtack was the first cracker. Hardtack is an extremely hard
biscuit, flat bread or cracker, made from three ingredients: flour,
water and sometimes salt. The closest thing commercially
available is
Pilot crackers, like the ones from Mountain House
pictured right.

Soldiers ate hard tack during the civil war and what sailors kept
in the galley in the early seafaring days. Just because soldiers
and sailors ate hardtack, doesn't mean preppers should. For
starters, hardtack is hard and it's not very palatable. Moreover,
hardtack could crack your teeth! Below are nine reasons not to
make hardtack!

Soldiers and seafaring men ate hardtack, but preppers don't
need to bother making hardtack.

#10: Pilot Crackers won't crack your teeth.
Pilot crackers are much better than hard tack. They will have a
much longer shelf life and aren't so hard as to crack your teeth!

Mountain House Pilot Crackers are more firm than hard. They
will give you a crunch, yet you won't break a tooth on them.
This is certainly an important consideration for the elderly who
may be reluctant to try anything with a crunch.

The last thing you want to worry about is a tooth problem
during an emergency. It's a lesson garnered from the homeless
who prefer to stay away from granola bars for fear that they will
crack teeth.
A dentist may not be available in an emergency.

So how's the taste of pilot crackers?
Pilot crackers are a kind of biscuit with simple wholesome
ingredients and very little moisture to ensure a long shelf life.
Mountain House Pilot crackers are a bit like a tea biscuit or a
sturdy Ritz Cracker. The texture is a bit like shortbread: firm
and thick , they're delicious.

Some describe the Sailor Boy Pilot bread as a saltine cracker
without the salt, or a flat dry biscuit. It is crunchy and mild, but
nowhere near flavorless.

Stock up on Pilot Crackers for Emergencies
Pilot crackers are hard to find at the local grocery stores, but do
look for them. Be sure also to stock up on pilot crackers packed
in Mylar or a #10 can so that you have them ready for a long
term emergency.

Pilot crackers are ideal for your office emergency kits, preppers’
survival supply cache, as well as household earthquake, tornado
and hurricane preparedness kits.
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Above, Survival Common Sense shares insight on  pilot bread ~ the modern-
day form of hardtack, a standard military ration, and an Alaskan bush favorite.

German Army Pilot Crackers
Pilot crackers are part of the U.S. Armed forces food as well as
many other countries. The German Army Pilot Crackers, pictured
right have a special feature. The packaging of biscuits burns very
well. In combination with the combustible shoe cream of the
German Armed Forces the biscuits are suitable as a fire lighter. The
cookies char themselves (comparable to grill charcoal), the shoe
cream burns with a slightly bluish flame and serves as ignition
material for the biscuits.

Happy endings...
Whether you're bugging out or hiking and need the necessary
calories and nutrition to keep you going, pilot crackers should be
part of your food storage plan. If you're hunkering down and
fighting through an emergency, pilot crackers can help you add a
variety to your food storage to help avoid boredom in the bunker.
You'll be happy to have more pilot crackers in your larder. Be sure
to store some in the cabin!

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