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Sarah Kirkconnell (sarbar) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
About Me Love to hike, backpack, snowshoe, cook and 4 wheel. If it is outdoors, I am happy! Love hiking most, preferably with a light pack and a sunny alpine meadow ahead of me.
My husband and I run www.freezerbagcooking.com / www.trailcooking.com and our frequently updated blog at www.blog.trailcooking.com as well as my personal blog www.gazingin.com
We are the authors of 3 outdoor cookbooks and the people behind FBC.
CityKing County
My Website URLhttp://www.trailcooking.com

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All Forum Posts by Sarah Kirkconnell

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Re: Vacuum packing
Brian, read this thread: http://forums.backpacker.com/thread.jspa?threadID=84880&tstart=25 What he found is really neat, and you can basically make your own bags at home, that reseal :-) S...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Vacuum packing
June 14, 10:50pm

Re: Thanks eric
Hey Eric, Most anything will rehydrate if given long enough-and especially if you don't mind cold food. Ramen and couscous both come back to like easily in cold water. All it takes is about 2-4 ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Backpacking Food List: Vegetarian
May 30, 8:11am

Re: japanese somen noodles
Also good is Chuka Soba noodles from Japan-they are thinner than many somen noosles, and cook like ramen does (all it has to do is sit in really hot water for 5-10 minutes.)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Angel Hair Pasta
May 23, 6:12pm

Re: Re: Re: Angel Hair Pasta
Cat, a good brand of instant Pad Thai is Mama Brand frm Thailand. All you do is soak it in hot water (not boiling). You don't have to use the packets of flavor that come with it. I work for Im...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Angel Hair Pasta
May 23, 9:46am

Hey Eric
I looked at the ingredient list for the Mac & Chreese...and you can do it yourself :-) http://vegetarian.allrecipes.com/az/VgnMcndNChs.asp The main ingredient in both the commercial and the a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Backpacking Food List: Vegetarian
April 25, 10:03pm

Re: Kelty packs
I have the Kelty Illusion (the smaller cousin of the Shadow). It is a 3500 ci pack. Is it over built? Yes. Is it comfy? Yep. It is basically a standard pack done lighter, so it has pockets galore....

In GEAR » Kelty packs
April 25, 6:09pm

Re: New REI UL Pack
I had one when they came out last year..and while a neat idea and fun..I just didn't use it, so I returned it. Word to the wise though..if carrying a bladder in it, line the Flash with something l...

In GEAR » New REI UL Pack
April 18, 9:15am

Re: Angel Hair Pasta
If you have a Hispanic section at your store, pick up the Mexican pasta in the little bags (they go for 25-50 cents a bag). The broken up pasta they sell works well for variety :-)All you need is a...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Angel Hair Pasta
April 16, 11:07pm

Re: Travel Light-Eat Heavy
I have used many, many freezer bags - and have not had one fail-but I am careful also. Simple things to rember...nothing but spoons. Don't touch your bag with a hot pot of water, don't pour the wat...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Travel Light-Eat Heavy
April 16, 11:04pm

Re: Re: Rice and beer can pots - is it possible?
Lol! good to hear ;-)

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » Rice and beer can pots - is it possible?
March 31, 6:09pm

All Reader Reviews by Sarah Kirkconnell

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Maruchan Ramen
I use the noodles as a base. If you use them as "instant pasta" you will have fast and easy meals. I take the ramen block and 1/4 cup of freeze dried vegetables, then cover with boiling wate...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
September 08, 8:56am

Guyot Designs Firefly
I picked up a Firefly a couple weeks ago on a whim. I figured it would be a fun toy, and maybe make the one Lexan bottle I carry a bit more multi purpose. I tried it out recently. (it was used on a s...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
March 18, 10:16pm

Luna Bars Sunrise
As noted, I am not a fan normally of "energy bars". But, Sunrise Luna Bars are very, very good! Aimed at women, and designed for breakfast, they are good anytime of the day. They are ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 10, 11:25pm

Jocalat bars (by Larabar) Chocolate
Recently I was sent an entire box of Larabars from the company, with every flavor in it. It had in it all the JOCALAT bars also. I love Larabars already, and the JOCALAT ones? Even more. The coffee fl...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
March 07, 4:59pm

Garmin Foretrex 201
My husband bought me one for this years Christmas. I wondered how much I would like or hate it. After having around a month to play with it, I can say I love it! It took me awhile to figure out...

In Navigation Gear & Accessories
January 20, 9:02am

Laura's Wholesome Junk Food All Flavors
I found http://www.lauraswholesomejunkfood.com/ at a local organic grocery in my town, and fell in love with them. They come in 7 ounce tubs, with a long shelf life. They can be easily repackaged ...

In Foods - Energy Bars, Gels, and Drinks
January 09, 10:46pm

Fantastic Foods Instant Black and Brown Beans
I have been using FF's instant beans for at least 10 years now. A box stretches out and makes a couple meals on the trail. For use in burritos, bean dips and soups/chowders they are great. The ...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 07, 10:10pm

Just Tomatoes Just Veggies
You can find the Just Tomato line at most REI's, in natural food stores and online, thru their website, www.justtomatoes.com. My favorite product by them is their Just Veggies blend. It comes i...

In Foods - Prepackaged Meals & Side Dishes
January 07, 10:04pm

Kelty Illusion, Women's
I bought my Illusion when it came out, in 2004. For the most part, it is my winter and hauler pack when I need space. The pack is 3500 ci, and weighs in at the advertised weight of 3 lbs 6 ounces....

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
January 07, 9:00pm

Mountain Safety Research (MSR)
MSR's customer service, along with their parent company, Cascade Designs, has fantastic customer service. They warrantied a Sweetwater filter that started blowing water out of the side (the one th...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
December 13, 10:42pm