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“whenever i go camping, i always bring granola bars, such as kudos or chewey bars, whatever, raman noodles (specifically maruchan cup noodles) and usually some cereal.
what are some good things i can bring to add some variety?”
“How bout a nice light seveche?”
“whats a seveche?”
“Snickers..... bisquick for dumplings.... van gogh double expresso vodka... coffee flavored petron.... cheese..... olive oil.... betty crocker mashed potatoe mix stove too stuffiing.. wild turkey.,.. barren jaeger.. and dehydratred chicken.....”
“one time i did make some hamburger helper”
“Too much fuel to cook that... zattarains in the pouches was awesome.,. Especially the jambalya.... you need to hike shenandoah national.park... lots of places to Buy beer.....”
“im not old enough to drink beer, plus it smells like #&%!$. lmfao thanks for the offer though.”
“and speaking of jumbalaya, that was the flavor of hamburger helper that i made.”
“thats great, im definitely going to try some of those.”
“Instant potatoes; bacon bits and tortilla for breakfast
Ramen noodles crushed up with salad toppings (rehydrate while you are hiking in the morning) add pepperoni and ranch dressing for a pasta salad for lunch
Stovetop stuffing with a foil pouch of chicken for dinner (a couple tablespoons of chicken gravy mix in this is a nice touch)
Instant pudding and powdered milk. Mix it all up in a ziplock add water, throw it in a cold stream and presto...pudding for desert”
“Love stove top with canned chicken, and chicken dumplings... So good on the trail.”
“your never too young to drink beer....
“Couscous..... tres gereraciones tequila.... bear claw broccoli and cheese soup and molly mcbutter cheese and butter seasonings... in winter take curry powder....
“.....you could eat fellow hikers....”
“Add some "Just Veggies" (dehydrated veggies) to your crushed ramen and a foil pack of tuna, salmon or chicken, bring some spices to give it some extra oomph. (basil, dill, ranch dressing powder, curry powder, etc.)
Hummus powder & triscuits or pita bread. You could use some flour tortillas, too.
Babybel cheese, beef, turkey or salmon jerky or slices of pepperoni. If you're able to cook, bring bisquick mix (Using powdered milk or they now have some that is pre-mixed and "add water only") you can "steam cook" some "pizza" using bisquick, small foil cupcake cups, tomato paste in a tube, baybels & pepperoni.
If you can find small single serve packs of peanut butter & jelly, it's great on crackers or pita.
Clif Bars. (1 bite will fill a grown man's stomach... LOL)
Nuun hydration tablets - gives your water some fizz, very lightweight and supplies electrolytes without adding so much sugar (in the way Gatorade does.)
Honeystingers or Jelly Belly hydration beans are also great. for that instant burst of energy & electrolytes...”
what to eat
“When I started backpacking in 1969 I carried a lot of Mountain House and Campmor freeze-dried food. Nowadays, I never carry that stuff and I no longer consider that real food. No more shrimp creole and beef stroganoff for me. For short backpack trips, five nights or less, you should just carry real food. I would carry an apple for breakfast each day. In addition, I pour some hot water over some old-fashioned oats and eat them with some raisins or other dried fruit. For lunch I eat granola bars, peanut butter & crackers, hummus mix with flat bread, carrot sticks, and dried fruit. For dinner I carry ramen noodles, soy sauce, and nori flakes. I add fresh broccoli, carrots, onions, garlic, cabbage, peppers, you name it. I no longer eat animal-foods so my diet is all vegan. Even though most hikers I see at campsites are NOT vegans they salivate with envy when I start steaming my fresh broccoli and onions. These are fresh veggies. I don't use freeze-dried veggies unless I am carrying more than five days of food. Fresh veggies last for several days even in extreme heat. I generally carry two pounds of food per day but for short trips I will extend that to three pounds per day in order to carry more fresh food. That's nine pounds of food for three days but your pack gets lighter quickly and it's so worth it to have quality meals.
I also forage for wild edibles. Young nettles are loaded with nutrition and rival spinach as health food. I gather nettles when I am home!! Where I live in the Pacific Northwest nettles are everywhere in the springtime. Later in the season we have lots of mountain berries including red and blue huckleberries, blueberries, alpine strawberries, thimble berries, and salmonberries. Salal berries are edible but needs lots of added sweetener to become palatable.
In the Rockies I eat wild marsh marigolds, star flowers and stone crop. Pine needles make okay tea. I don't eat them for fun but I have eaten slugs, earthworms, and grubs and would not hesitate to eat them if I was starving.”
“gimme tips for a 21 day trip... light, lots of protein...please :)
I did found some single serving sardines in pouches. they are a little lighter then the tuna or salmon. I am thinking about freeze dried eggs or ground beef, but I am not sure how long the ground beef will last once opened.”
“oh wow...never heard of it, but that sounds good, cheap and light :)”
“i personally don't care for it, but it's definitely cheap and light. and supposedly very good depending on how you prepare it.”
“i've gotten it from the bulk store”
“yes, I think I bought it once at a local store, and it wasn't even dried, still not great tasting. BUT, I really don't care what it tastes like... well sorta...
I need the protein, and I hope mixing it with other stuff will take care of the taste.”
“I just can't stand TVP....
Try tuna in pouches...even chicken comes in pouches now.....”
“Go to packit gourmet ....that is a great site with alot of yummy ideas!!!!”
“dev, I really don't care how nasty it is... as long as it's light and protein. well.. I do care, but as long as it is not bug related I am fine.
someone over on FB gave me the idea to use freeze dried shrimp. checking out the Asian store this weekend... I betcha there lots of goodies...”
“if anyone still reads this, i found some things on the jetboil website”
“Gem...last time I ate tvp I thought it tasted like vomit!
Maybe it is improved ....I would rather eat peanut butter the whole trip...”
“i saw, in a vending machine, a little paper box, and inside it, was a can of tuna/chicken (two different flavors in two different boxes) and crackers, and i think it had some flavoring. if i can find that again, im definitely going to try it out.”
“div, I might draw the line at vomit :D
abcdefg.... too heavy”
“it didnt look that heavy, it was smaller then a regular tuna can. the whole box was roughly the size of a soup can, but rectangle, and no as thick. either way, i definitely want to eat it.”
“does not taste like vomit. THANK god!!!!!
but hell, if I didn't look for a vomit taste while trying. glad it didn't. damn you div ;)”
“I love you Gem ;)”
“hey gem...how'd you prepare it?
i'm looking for a yummy recipe using that stuff”
“lol helinka...I didn't prepare it at all. I dumped it in hot water and waited. wasn't bad, wasn't great. figured it would be good enough once I prepare it. I actually think it would be good in spagetti sauce.”
“oh, I did get it from the harmony house site. Maybe there is a difference? no clue..
anyway... getting ready to have a beer, or two, or three... ;)”
“abcdefg - Walmart has that, and much more, like tuna in pouches. Which I would recommend over taking a can.”
“i would prefer the pouches also, it was just the fact that it came packaged in a neat little box, and also its in a vending machine, thats what caught my attention.”
“Try a sloppy Joe recipe with TVP, not too bad”
“im not sure what tvp, but from what i hear, it tastes like vomit”
“does anybody know how long cheese can last unrefrigerated?”
“If you dip it in wax, a very long time!”
“Oh man wouldn't that hurt! No wait cheese? Never mind.....”
“A lot of cheese will get a little funky with some of the fat liquifying due to the heat (swiss type cheeses seems especially prone to this) before it gets bad. I trust most cheeses for at least three days in heat - some will last longer. I sometimes go to an Italian food shop and ask for cheeses that do well without refrigeration - they've been fine for 5 or 6 days on a summer hike. Not sure if I took risks here that others wouldn't - but it worked well for me.
TVP= Textured Vegetable Protein.”
“I didnt think Tvp tasted like vomit... I can imagine it tasting good in tomato sauce. Or even mixed with mashed potatoes. I will mix mine into soup”
“I've had harder cheeses, like sharp cheddar, keep over a week in higher temps (80F+). I wrap the block in a cheesecloth or a hankerchief, sometimes lightly dampened to absorb the oil and create evaporative cooling. Nights are usually cooler most places I hike, so that helps to preserve the cheese. Then it goes in a bear can (usually) and then in the pack, insulated by clothes or whatever. Keeps everything pretty cool for most, if not all, of the day. Dried sausage is good that way, too. For a 3-7 dayer, my lunch main is usually tortillas, dried sausage, and cheese, maybe with a pack of mayo/mustard thrown on to mix it up.”
“i was thinking just like american cheese. like for a grilled cheese”
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