Backpacking/Camping Food

Discussion in 'Camping/Outdoor Living' started by newo, May 21, 2004.

  1. newo

    newo Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    When you're hauling what you eat in a full-frame backpack you don't want to weigh it down with with cans of soup, bottles of juice and soda and jars of whatever (okay beer is an exception). You want food that's lightweight yet filling. But who wants to get ripped off buying dehydrated chicken stew packages at your local sporting goods store?

    Here are some sane alternatives:

    cereal bars
    trail mix (hey, why do you think they call it that? I like to buy it in bulk and then store it in baggies)
    powdered milk (also in baggies)
    Kellog's cereals in the little one-serving boxes
    Instant soup in little packages
    Instant coffee
    Instant oatmeal
    Instant nearly everything else
    Oh, and marshmallows of course

    And what else?
  2. Mari

    Mari Member

    Bisquick baking mix. You can make biscuits over the fire.
  3. Grab out the great hummus!! and some sunflower kernals or pumpkin seeds or whatever. and some pita bread maybe?? no cooking, no heavy shit, etcc.c.c..
    that stuff's my fav. for simple backpacking :)
  4. VanAstral

    VanAstral Member

    nothing but granola: 500g per day.
  5. Hummus all the way. you can actually dehydrate it then mix it with water later.
  6. Manolao

    Manolao Member

    what is it??? :confused:
  7. Manolao

    Manolao Member

    in italy we have some pretty good deidrated risotto and pasta.. they need 10 mins and half liter water to be prepared...

    I had several of them during my trekking on the Alps..
  8. cousinit

    cousinit Member

    I usually canoe so I dont have a problem lugging around 80lbs of food for myslef.

    but if Im hiking...

    If I'm only out for a day or two Ill bring some canned stews and fresh fruit,. I'll alwasy bring a cured ham, and bacon for the fist night/moorning. they last a couple days unrefigerated. I also pack beef jerky.

    For longer trips i usually have oatmael for breakfast. Dried fruit, and or brown sugar goes good in the oatmeal.

    dehydrated milk or coffee whitener

    dehydrated eggs = scambled eggs

    instant cofee

    I alwasy have dried orientel noodle soup with me.

    to make freesdried food taste better I alwasy bring bagies of ground chillies and other spices.

    granola trailmix and or granola bars are mandatory.

    usually a couple cans of sardines

    a micky of rye, and a box of ginger snaps


    but nothing and I meen nothihng beats fresh fish 5 days out on the trial, so i alwasy have a rod handy. helps that I'm usually canoeing though.
  9. AutumnAuburn

    AutumnAuburn Senior Member

    Beef jerky
    Dried fruits
  10. WayfaringStranger

    WayfaringStranger Corporate Slave #34

    i just go with a water filter and a coffee percolator and coffee. but im pretty good at eating from the wild.
  11. AT98BooBoo

    AT98BooBoo Senior Member

    This is a sample of what I carried on my first thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. Bkfst. Grapenuts,granola,frosted bite size shredded wheat, topped by powdered milk and carnation instant bkfst mix, raisans, bagel w/peanut butter. snacks various candy bars, ie snicker,nutrageous, paydays various nut mixes,jerky,cheese,cream cheese and squeezy parkay during the cooler months, dinners lipton noodles and sauces. A better choice for dinner is to get the large size Hodgson Mills bags of whole wheat pasta. then by sauce mix packets. They make tuna,salmon and chix breast in cans and those new bags thingies.

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  12. nesta

    nesta Banned

    make some hamburger patties at home and cook them to half the desired level of doneness...wrap in aluminum foil and freeze. put this in your pack the morning you leave (the foil and all placed in a ziploc) and it will thaw by evening. you can now finish cooking it in your skillet or on a backpacking grill and have plenty of protein and carbs for energey the next day, and you'll sleep well with a large, hot, rich meal in your stomach. its really good for getting a good solid start early on in your trip.

    dehydrated fruit, jerky, and granola bars make up the bulk of my diet on the trail.

    if its a short trip, try mixing some canned chicken with lipton cajun rice mix or spanish rice mix. put this stuff on a tortilla with some cheese....decent soft tacos. only problem is the canned chicken is heavy...if you have a dehydrator, i suppose you could try that, but it doesnt appeal to me much...

    flatbreads of any sort are good.

    pasta and dried sauces are excellent.

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