Try the ship's biscuit diet for yourself by following our recipe!
24 May 2021
Ship's biscuits or hard tack was a vital part of a seaman's diet in the years before the introduction of canned food in the mid-nineteenth century. Try the ship biscuit diet for yourself by following our recipe!
Tanya, Reader Services Librarian
As you eat your biscuits, count yourself lucky that they are not truly authentic - biscuits were sometimes made using powdered bone, or a pea flour which became incredibly hard and could not be bitten through. Sometimes the only way to eat a hard biscuit was to leave it until it got stale and soft, by which point they tasted musty and often contained weevils and maggots.
In this series of videos, the SENsory Social Club teach Silly Simon how to make the staple biscuit.
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