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Trail Food
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John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Trail Food on 05/11/2010 10:23:23 MDT Print View

I'm new to BPL and truthfully been out of backpacking since I bought my home. I just sold it so I'm going light and hitting the trails. Damn I miis hiking.

What are you eating on the trail? Please give me an idea of your breakfast, snacks and dinner.

Wallace Hunter
(jeepingetowah) - F

Locale: South Central
Make your own on 05/11/2010 10:53:20 MDT Print View

Other than things from bulk at the store, be sure to check out

*starbucks via packets
*Mount Hagan instant organic
*Nescafe - regular, hazelnut packs
*NIDO instant nestle WHOLE milk (I find this in the latino grocery)

*instant oatmeal - oats, brown sugar, nuts, berries, powdered milk
*instant grits - sweet or salty, powdered butter, nuts, berries, whatever...
*instant breakfast - carnation if you dont feel like cooking
*freeze dried eggs - Harmony House veggies, or anything you find works well

*Minute Rice - anything from HH, TVP, Legumes, Veggies, salt pepper
*Pasta - spoonful of spaghetti sauce seasons, spoons of tomato powder from HH, veggies, olive oil
*Packets of TUNA, CHICKEN, SALMON, Spam, whatever you like

*Beef Jerky
*crackers & cheese
*cured meats

*hot chocolate
*pudding - powdered milk, pudding mix
*freeze dried ice cream from Mountain House
*freeze dried ice cream sandwiches from Mountain House

There are so many ideas, these are a few staples that I work with and I just use these recipes and MANY MORE, along with:

*Vaccum sealer - seal a meal
*ziploc bags - where needed
*ziploc screw top containers - 2 cup and 4 cup versions with cozies to "COOK" or rehydrate my meals. I almost never cook in the pot over a flame.


I have been using a ONE EGG WONDER pan to bake bread. If you are interested you can use the pan with a lid that I bought online and a small flame.

*Instant pizza dough - makes bread with olive oil and cheese, or mix cinnamon, raisins, sugar and get sweet
*biscuits - cheesy, garlic, veggies, whatever you want
*pancakes - I package freeze dried fruit up with it and also sometimes take vaccum sealed syrups

There are SOOO many ways to make your own. Hope that helps.

Frank Steele
(knarfster) - F

Locale: Arizona
Dehydrated on 05/11/2010 11:13:06 MDT Print View

Dehydrated food has come a long way. Much better tasting and waaaay ligher than the old MRE's I used to carry.

If you want to try some mediocre to good dehydrated meals that require Zero cooking (just boil water) try some mountain house meals that can be found at Walmart. For really good dehydrated meals try Packit Gourmet, which range from just boil, to fry up some parts after they have been re-hydrated.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
I like what I see on 05/11/2010 11:41:16 MDT Print View

Thanks Wallace and Frank....I like what I'm seeing.

Heath Pitts
(heathpitts) - F

Locale: Nashville
Nido on 05/11/2010 12:13:53 MDT Print View


Do you mix your Nido milk with water before you add it to your coffee?

Wallace Hunter
(jeepingetowah) - F

Locale: South Central
NIDO or Powdered milk on 05/11/2010 12:28:21 MDT Print View

This is true, I almost always try to pre mix the milk with a spoonful of water... otherwise you sometimes get clumps.

But in my oatmeal, I never bother and things tend to work out really well, and I pour fresh rolling boils in there. Maybe it is the chunkies in the oatmeal that break it up.

But honestly, I usually prepare my coffee with sugar and milk as a premix before hot water.

Heath Pitts
(heathpitts) - F

Locale: Nashville
Nido on 05/11/2010 12:39:22 MDT Print View

I mixed mine up with water before adding to the coffee before as well. Last trip i just used powder creamer packets. I may try mixing the via and nido together this time before adding it to my hot water.

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Powdered Milk/Nido on 05/11/2010 12:50:10 MDT Print View

I like to eat dry oatmeal with milk in the morning and also make some Carnation Instant Breakfast. My favorite way to do so is to mix the milk at night, submerse in a cold stream for use the next morning. The clumps are gone and it can be drunk as is.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Trail Food on 05/11/2010 13:29:16 MDT Print View

John, come visit the cooking/food section here on the BPL forums! Go back a number of pages and you will find tons of ideas - many posted by me, Teresa Black and Laurie March - who all run outdoor cooking websites and are cookbook authors.

Hendrik Morkel
(skullmonkey) - MLife

Locale: Finland
Re: Trail Food on 05/11/2010 13:47:40 MDT Print View

Breakfast: MYOG - Make Your Own Granola, cereal mixed at home with milk powder, dried fruits, cacao. Tea or Coffee.

Lunch: Bars for the most time, Ramen if I get really hungry. Three bars are sufficient for me per day. A piece of reindeer ham and some good cheese are enough for four to five days as snacks, and give some good power.

Dinner: Either freeze dried food (Real Turmat, Travellunch, BlÄ Band) or self made food (Couscous, corn spaghetti, pesto, olive oil, tomato sauce, for example) are great. Mousse au Chocolate, Kisseli (Finnish desert) or if I am going on a real short trip then some fruits are a great finish to a meal, and give enough energy to produce plenty of heat over the night.

Rakesh Malik

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Re: Trail Food on 05/11/2010 13:53:33 MDT Print View

I just received a copy of Sarah Kirkconnell's Freezer Bag Cooking recipe book... there are some really nice-sounding recipes in there. I haven't tried them yet, but I will :)

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Food Forum on 05/11/2010 15:29:03 MDT Print View

THANKS everyone for your inputs. I had know idea BPL had a food forum....sorry for being a newbie.