Archive for February, 2011

Bugout Cooking: Bannock

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

This is the first in a series of articles on foods that can be prepared while bugging out or just plain off the grid. If you’re on the go, with minimal gear, you’ll be glad you know that you can still prepare delicious foods that will both warm your body and improve moral.

In a bug-out situation or in many cases when off the grid, you won’t have all the amenities you’d normally have. But even without an oven or microwave there are plenty of things you can eat, and bread is no exception.

This recipe is one of my favorites when I’m out in the bush. It’s simple to make, delicious and doesn’t require an oven — just a pan, a flat rock, or even a stick, and a heat source. This versatile, oven-less bread is what the Scottish call Bannock. Here’s a video on how it’s done (using the pan method):

How to Make Bannock Video

Here’s a video I made on how to make bannock (Here’s the link for my email subscribers: bannock):


How to Make Bannock Instructions

Step 1: Mix dry ingredients listed in one of the recipes below. This can be stored in a plastic or mylar bag until you need it.
Step 2: Add water until you reach the consistency somewhere between pancake batter and pizza dough. At this point you can also optionally add any other ingredients you see fit (ie raisins, nuts, sausage etc).
Step 3: Flatten dough onto a pan until it’s about a half an inch thick.
Step 4: Cook on a greased pan (or non-stick cast iron pan) until medium brown underneath, flip over, cook, and repeat. Each side takes about 8-10 minutes depending on the heat of the heat source.


Just as there are multiple ways of making bannock, there are equally multiple recipes and variations. Here are my two favorites:

Recipe 1 (breakfast bread) for Single Serving

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix all together and store in a plastic or mylar bag. Pack away in your bug-out bag or just take it with you when you’re camping!

Recipe 2 (dinner bread) for Single Serving

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Same as other recipe; mix all together and store in a plastic or mylar bag. Add water and cook over a fire!