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However, unlike hardtack, saltines include yeast as one of their ingredients.Soda crackers are a leavened bread that is allowed to rise for twenty to thirty hours.In the United States, Nabisco lost trademark protection after the term "saltine" began to be used generically to refer to similar crackers (see generic trademark for how this occurs).The name "saltine" had been placed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary in 1907 with a definition of "a thin crisp cracker usually sprinkled with salt”.In restaurants, they are found in small wrapped plastic packets of two crackers, which generally accompany soup or salad.
Saltine crackers have also been frequently included in military field rations (Meal, Ready-to-Eat, or MRE) in the United States. Joseph, Missouri started using baking soda to leaven its wafer thin cracker.After Tom died his sons took over the business and in the 1900s they added paper hats to the contents.By the 1930s the love poems on the mottos had been replaced by jokes.For some children in parts of the eastern United States, saltines are traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. Initially called the Premium Soda Cracker and later "Saltines" because of the baking salt component, the invention quickly became popular and Sommer's business quadrupled within four years.
Soda crackers were described in "The Young Housekeeper" by Alcott in 1838. That company merged with other companies to form American Biscuit Company in 1890 and then after further mergers became part of Nabisco in 1898.
Flat saltine crackers have perforations on their surfaces.