I'm taking an outdoor living skills class right now and we have an assignment coming up that I could really use some help on, and our instructor encouraged us to use the experience of others, so here I am. Our task is to come up with a food plan for a 15 day hike based on NOLS' bulk rationing system (where you carry, more-or-less, ingredients rather than menu items).
Here's the system: (1) determine how many pounds of food per person per day (pppd) you'll need; (2)break the total poundage into food groups; (3) calculate the total number of pounds needed in each category; (4) pick out your foods.
For me, (1) I'd like to only carry 1.5 pounds of food per day. I could justify this either if the weather was going to be warm day and night, or the food is energy and nutrient rich. Otherwise I'll have to bump it up to 1.75 pppd.
(2) (You can skip this step if you're bored) The food category percentages break down as follows (the first number is for 1.5 pppd, the second 1.75): Breakfast (24%, 28%); Dinner (27%, 32%); Cheese (19%, 22%); Trail Foods (32%, 35%); Flour and Baking (11%, 13%); Sugar and Fruit Drinks (10%, 12%); Soups, bases, desserts (6%, 9%); Milks, eggs, margerine, cocoa (21%, 24%)
(3) Below are the total pounds for the food categories (first for 1.5 pppd, the second 1.75):
Breakfast: 3.5, 4
Dinner: 4, 5
Cheese: 3, 3
Trail Foods: 5, 5.5
Flour and Baking: 1.5, 2
Sugar and Fruit Drinks: 1.5, 2
Soups, bases, desserts: 1, 1.5
Milks, eggs, margerine, cocoa: 3, 3.5
(4) The hard part. I am no cook. I know how to bake Betty Crocker's just add water mixes, and I can make a freezer bag menu without trouble. But this ingredient business is over my head--at least as far as getting the most calories per gram. My class has not emphasized light weight ethics by any means, so I'm having trouble getting info out of my instructor, especially regarding food.
If anyone could help me out with food suggestions in the categories mentioned above and their intended meal, I would be very greatful. The poundage and list does not include spices, oils, etc, so they can be added wherever they're needed.
As a side question: would any of you pack like this for a long unsupported trip? Or would you be looking more for calories totals rather than pound totals? Could this plan be adapted to fit a calorie total instead of a pound total?
Thanks for any help!