Pilot Bread: An Alaskan Staple

Anyone who spends time in Alaska will run across the infamous pilot bread cracker. We received a whole case with our barge order this fall. Adding Peanut butter, cheese, or soup greatly improves the taste. I was relieved to hear that they have a 10 year shelf life. We won’t be scarfing them down quickly, but they are great for bush trips. Bread molds too quickly and doesn’t travel well.

There was a big panic here this fall when the company who bakes these treats announced they were going to discontinue Pilot Bread.

Maggie Roberts learned to love Sailor Boy Pilot Bread in the village of Venetie, where her grandmother always has a big box on hand. “I like eating it in soup, like moose soup or something.”

Susie Merculief prefers to feast on her own homemade bread these days, but has fond memories of Pilot Bread from when she lived on St. George Island. “I used to eat it before and after the Second World War. I would toast it in the oven. It was nice to put butter on it when it was warm.”

Lawrence Baker of Ninilchik would eat Pilot Bread every day if he could. “I like that whipped cheese on it. But I have to drive 34 miles to buy it, so I don’t always have it.”

Alaskans may not live by Pilot Bread alone, but they profess an unmatched devotion to the round, durable, unsalted crackers that are the staff of life for villagers, cabin-dwellers and a few city folk.

Read the whole article, “Alaska staple is safe: Rumors of Pilot Bread’s demise are false?

Alaskan Trivia Question: How many wholes are there on a Pilot Bread cracker?

3 thoughts on “Pilot Bread: An Alaskan Staple

  1. My doctor who practices in Perry, Iowa, and is buiding his own kayak, is very familiar with Pilot Bread. He said that his outdoor store used to carry it. Kitty also recognized it as hard tack.

  2. My physician in Perry, Iowa, who is currently building his own Kayak, said he was quite familiar with Pilot Bread. He said they used to carry it at his outdoor store.

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