Pilot Bread

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Thanks to Cousin Sue for telling me about this Alaskan Staple.  Pilot Bread, also known as Survival Bread, Ship Biscuit or Sea Bread is something with a a shelf life of 2 years when stored in airtight containers.  Commercial containers of Pilot Bread could last for up to 30 years. Here is a recipe (modified slightly) from the Internet.


  • 4 C Flour
  • 1 TBL Salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Water (approx 2 C)

Step by Step

  1. Preheat oven to 400º
  2. Stir together flour and salt
  3. Add water only until mixture starts to clump together
  4. Roll flat and shape into a rectangular sheet
  5. Use a butcher knife or pizza cutter to cut the sheet into 2×3 inch crackers
    ALT: Use a round biscuit cutter to make circles.  Roll the remainder flat and repeat until finished.
  6. Use a toothpick to poke a crosshatched series of holes to allow for easier breaking
  7. Put the squares on a dry cookies sheet and bake at 350º for 20 minutes
  8. Turn off oven, keep door closed, and let the bread completely dry out before removing it
  9. Store the survival bread in a baggie for a month or two, or a completely airtight container for many years.



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