Lost Survival Food Recipes: How To Make Winter Red Flannel Hash

winter red flannel hash recipe

Do you want to know how to make Winter Red Flannel Hash?

In a SHTF situation where the grocery stores are empty and the water is sold out. Are you prepared with a list of food recipes to cook for what could for last weeks?

One of our goals here is to provide you the knowledge and to be more than prepared for such events. Including plenty of survival food recipes.

Often the best recipes for food in survival situations were used in histories worst events, like the fire cakes recipe that the soldiers ate during the Civil War.

In the last post in survival food, you learned how to make the corned beef survival recipe. Now in this post, we’re going to cover how to make Winter Red Flannel Hash.

What is Red Flannel Hash

Hash refers to a simple dish that is cooked with some kind of meat, potatoes, and spices and is one of the most filling survival recipes. It has several variations but the winter red flannel hash is a special one amongst them. Red flannel hash originated in the New England region, probably during the Revolutionary War times.

Let’s take a brief look into the history of this dish and then proceed to a very simple recipe.


The name of this dish comes from its flannel-like rosy colorings from adding beet along with potatoes to it. Also, while hash can be made from any kind of meat, this particular variety calls for corned beef. The salty and tender meat adds a unique flavor to this red flannel hash.

There is also a much more intriguing story as to how the dish got its name. It is said that during one winter of the Revolutionary War, soldiers became so desperately hungry that they added their red flannel shirts to the potatoes and cooked the hash. Thus the name “winter red flannel hash”. While this makes an excellent dinner table anecdote, there are slim chances that this happened.

But the fact that it was eaten during the war, no doubt makes it a hearty survival dish. The traditional dish is made from the leftovers of a New England boiled dinner. This boiled dinner usually consists of corned beef, cabbage, and other vegetables. But you don’t need to worry about having particular leftovers. Below is the list of ingredients that will be needed to make this recipe from scratch.

How To Make Red Flannel Hash


  • 2 cups cooked and diced corned beef.
  • 2 cups boiled and diced potatoes.
  • 2 cups cooked and diced beets. You can use canned beets, just drain the water before using.
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (optional).
  • 3 Tablespoons of Butter.
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream. This will help in the hash to bind nicely.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


The only thing needed to make this dish is a cast-iron skillet. It is essential to use a cast-iron skillet to get the authentic crispy texture of the red flannel hash. A 20-inch skillet is well suited for this.

While it is usually cooked on a stovetop if you are pressed for time you can also cook this in the oven.


1. Heat the butter in the skillet.
2. Once melted, add the onions, corned beef, potatoes, and beets.
3. Add the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. Stir lightly but do not overmix.
4. Wait till a crust forms on the bottom and then flip over and cook the other side till crispy.
5. Once both sides are cooked and crispy, take it out on a plate.
6. If cooking in the oven, then mix all the ingredients in the skillet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
7. Enjoy your red flannel hash.


Now you know how to make one of the best hash recipes there is.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to be in a survival scenario to start making this or any of the recipes we share. Some New Englanders add eggs to their winter red flannel hash and enjoy it as a filling breakfast.

Whether you choose to make this with or without eggs, this is surely one of the easiest survival recipes out there. Do give it a try the next time you have some corned beef on your hands for a warm winter meal.

I hope this post helped you learn how to make Winter Red Flannel Hash. You might also like the recipe post on how to make pemmican.

Have you ever made this recipe?