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Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
UL Bean dip? on 03/21/2011 23:01:03 MDT Print View

Going UL bringing a can of bean dip isn't going to work anymore for my usual first stove-less meal (hence the trailname).

Any recipes on bean dips that can go with a bag of corn chips?

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: UL Bean dip? on 03/21/2011 23:04:19 MDT Print View

If you like the canned or jarred stuff you could dry it....

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: UL Bean dip? on 03/21/2011 23:37:25 MDT Print View

where do you live? walmarts in many arizona towns have Mexicali Rose instant refried beans. some even have instant Black beans.
worth a shot to check there since you live in the southwest.

Edited by mikeinfhaz on 03/21/2011 23:38:12 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: UL Bean dip? on 03/21/2011 23:41:03 MDT Print View

Dry hummus mix, a little olive oil, and a little water.


Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Not feeling the hummus/dehydrated vs. bean mixes on 03/21/2011 23:53:05 MDT Print View

Sarah- Dehydrating is something I need to start getting into for sure

Mike - It's been awhile since I've been back to the US and a little longer away from the Southwest, excluding California. Now I seem to remember something like that. Just had a bad experience packing rice instead of couscous, so don't want anything that requires boiling.

Bob - Not feeling the hummus with Fritos or other corn chips. Maybe with some crackers, Naan, or pita.

Don Amundson
(amrowinc) - M

Locale: Southern California
UL Bean Dip on 03/22/2011 01:03:01 MDT Print View

One of my current favorite trail foods is Santa Fe brand dehydrated refried beans. Great hot or cold for lunch or dinner. They have them at Amazon.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"UL Bean dip?" on 03/22/2011 05:55:45 MDT Print View


I'll 2nd what Te-Wa suggested, grab yourself a few bags of Mexicali Rose Instant Mexican Homestyle Refried Beans, they're made right here on the border in El Paso, TX & Anthony, NM and are good enough for Mexican abuelitas in their homes when they don't feel like making their own...should give you some indication of the quality. These are IMO the best refried beans you can purchase, everything else is just a poor counterfeit of the real thing. A 7oz. pkg. will yield 26oz. of beans in 5 minutes on 2 1/2 cups of water (that's a huge serving which can feed 2 easily), there's no MSG, low sodium, and 100% natural... ingredients are: pinto beans, soybean oil, salt.

For a nice bean dip on the cheap, make a serving, then bring some salsa packets of your choice, or poor some Cholula hot sauce into a small dropper bottle and add that to your beans when you get to camp. If you really want to go fancy, pick up some New Mexican Hatch Green Chile (the best!) in a powder form at the markets and mix that into your beans... it will put a smile on your face.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
dips that rehydrate with cold water on 03/22/2011 08:16:03 MDT Print View

I have loads of bean dip recipes that rehydrate using cold water. If you are willing to get into dehydrating foods let me know and I can post a bunch of recipes. Here's a link to one of my hummus recipes and the link to an eggplant one that illustrates that it doesn't just have to be beans to be UL.

The Easiest of Trail Lunches (I chose to post this one because it shows the dried product for reference)

Roasted Eggplant Spread

and a black bean dip...

Black Bean Dip
© 2008 A Fork in the Trail

Dehydration Time: 5–7 hours
Makes 2–4 servings

Black beans are also known as black turtle beans and have an earthy flavor. They are a good source of protein and fibre.

1 19-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons onions, minced
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons salsa
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
2 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
3/4 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped
Pinch of salt

At Home
Purée the black beans, garlic, onions, olive oil, salsa, and lime juice. Add the black pepper, lime juice, cumin, cilantro, and salt and purée again. Dehydrate the purée on a lined dehydrator tray as you would for fruit leather. The dip will take between 5 and 7 hours to dry. Once it is dry, you can grind it into a powder (a spice or coffee grinder works best for this).

At Camp
Rehydrate the bean dip using a formula of 1 1/2 parts dried mix to 1 part water. Wait 5 to 10 minutes and then add a little more water if necessary. Serve the hummus warm or cold with crackers, Greek pita wedges, or tortilla chips or as a spread in a chicken wrap.

Edited by Laurie_Ann on 03/22/2011 08:27:10 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Not feeling the hummus/dehydrated vs. bean mixes on 03/22/2011 09:23:37 MDT Print View

HK, I'll say this - while I have recipes for dried bean spreads I can bet you won't be a fan of them - and the reason I say this is that the canned spreads taste a whole lot different than the canned variety :-)

But one thing to consider - while the cans might be a bit heavier to carry - if you are carrying only one can or maybe two, don't beat yourself up! The cans are easily smashed under you heel or via a large rock after you are done - and the cans don't weigh a lot these days empty. Yes, are there lighter options? Maybe but if you love it, don't give it up! Just see it as a treat, not for every meal...hehheh!

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
dried vs canned on 03/22/2011 10:19:50 MDT Print View

About cans. While I am not sure of the regulations south of the Canadian border, there are many parks up here, including the Ontario Parks, that have banned cans in the backcountry. So, for some of us, toting heavy cans is neither desirable nor it is an option.

Edited by rcaffin on 04/01/2011 15:20:30 MDT.

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: "UL Bean dip?" on 03/22/2011 20:54:50 MDT Print View

Eugene.. will you marry me?? lol!

also, add a tablespoon of NIDO to each serving for BAM! flavored, authentic beans. now, off to find NM hatch chile powder.. yumm

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: "UL Bean dip?" on 03/22/2011 21:04:21 MDT Print View

* edited *

I can still remember back in what was it....2001? Who knows when....but oh those cans of bean dip with the pop top - I carried them back then. They were single serving size, the type you get at truck stops on I-90 :-D

Stuff stinks so bad when you open it. Kind of like Spam Spread. Stinks but tastes great ;-)

Edited by sharalds on 04/01/2011 11:40:58 MDT.

Eugene Hollingsworth
(GeneH_BPL) - F
Bean Dip, Cans, and ... Freedom? on 03/31/2011 19:31:30 MDT Print View

No food cans or glass in BWCAW. I do appreciate the guidelines and rules though that preserve the area as much of a wilderness as possible. Won’t argue with that.

Edited by GeneH_BPL on 04/03/2011 02:57:46 MDT.

(WRYN) - F

Locale: Minnesota
Add lemon juice on 04/01/2011 06:25:25 MDT Print View

I make frequently make bean dips and spreads for trips. I find that a splash of olive oil and lemon juice brightens a spread. I carried 4 gram packets of lemon juice when I did the JMT. I thought lemon juice packets worked better than True Lemon for my tastes. Yes, it is a tiny bit of extra weight, but I savored my lunch.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: Add lemon juice on 04/01/2011 08:38:12 MDT Print View

While I add the lemon or lime while I am making the dip, I do have to agree with you about the brightness that fresh lemon or other citrus juice adds on the trail. I've been known to carry a lemon on occasion but the packs would be lighter. The nice thing about the lemon is that I can get two days out of it (use some in my tea or a trail salad) and use the zest as well.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re on 04/01/2011 08:52:07 MDT Print View


...How about an olive branch or something? You both have some great ideas, great recepies and more. I know I can be at odds with fellow members too, which can be productive in a way, but ongoing, longstanding, predictable at odds, is no fun for anyone. Help us out here, : )

Edited by sharalds on 04/01/2011 11:46:33 MDT.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
re on 04/01/2011 10:02:35 MDT Print View

I sure did not mean for things to degenerate any further, and if I prompted that I am sorry.
If no mending can be done, maybe just staying out of each other's way would be best. Whenever one of you posts, it won't be long before the other answers, and chances are that there will be something unpleasant there. Who started it only matters so far,you are both doing it now.
I suggest that you remove or edit your last post; seems like no good can come of that. I would be happy to edit mine, where I spoke of the olive branch.
Sincerely, Katharina

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
UL Bean dip? on 04/01/2011 10:33:38 MDT Print View

Perhaps we can all just live and let live? No need for airing grievances publicly please.

I will endorse what Sam wrote, but I will also add this: I will not tolerate any personal attacks on any BPL channel. Take them elsewhere. Otherwise wholesale deletions may result.

Roger Caffin
Online Community Monitor
Backpacking Light

Edited by rcaffin on 04/01/2011 15:27:31 MDT.

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Especially in a thread labeled bean dip on 04/01/2011 10:40:08 MDT Print View

+1 ... especially in a thread labeled "bean dip". Geopolitical and personal differences kinda throw everything for an inappropriate loop.

Anyways thanks to all for the dip suggestions.

Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
Huh? Say what? on 04/01/2011 11:30:53 MDT Print View


I have a couple of recipes that I can add so that the thread can get back on topic... Will post them when I get back into town on monday.

Edited by sharalds on 04/01/2011 11:40:21 MDT.