Friday, December 3, 2010

A Shortage of Hardtack

The effects of the ongoing strike at Purity Factories are hitting Labrador hard.

Many of the products manufactured by Purity are considered staples in the diet of many Labradorians.

Steve Schultz is the buyer for Labrador Investments on the north coast of Labrador.

Schultz is currently in Nain assisting with operations until a new manager is hired.

He says they’ve been receiving calls from people all over Labrador searching for Purity Hard Bread.

Nain is now the only community in Nunatsiavut and the Upper Lake Melville that has the fish-n-brews necessity.

There have even been calls from people in Cartwright searching for Purity hard bread.

But the community’s stock of hardtack is nearly out.

Another Purity product found on the tables of many Labradorians is Cream Crackers.

Schultz assures everybody that they have enough of the product in stock in each of their stores to make it through the winter.

Purity Factories employees have been on strike since early-September.

1 comment:

  1. Where has all the pioneer spirt gone in this country, if you want hard tack for the holidays, make your own it's very simple.

    Hardtack - makes 4 sheets
    Preheat oven to 400 F

    2 cups whole wheat flour
    2 cups white flour
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup molassas (could substitute honey)
    1/2 Tablespoon salt

    Mix all ingredients well. Divide into 4 equal balls. Roll each ball as thin as possible on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin. Place sheet onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a 400 F oven for about 10 minutes or until edges brown. Turn gently and continue cooking until edges turn up and center is stiff, about 10 minutes. Cool on cooking rack. After cooling break into smaller pieces and store in airtight container. Cooking times will vary depending on type and color of cooking sheet and number of sheets in oven.

    I will add if the product is not hard or dry enough to allow further drying on a rack or dehydrator until very dry to prevent spoiling and to have your homemade hard tack last for future meals.

    Recipe was taken from a google internet search for homemade hard tack. If having hard tack is a required treat make your own. This offers some measure of independence of the grocery store in the event of an emegency as well. And futher cuts the reliance on Purity foods for your holiday meals, it's probably better for you anyway.