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Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
How long might some of these things last? on 05/17/2012 17:33:39 MDT Print View

How long do you think some of these items might last in your backpack in conditions of 50-ish nights and 80-ish days?

1. Pre-cooked real bacon that I cooked myself (not the shelf-stable crumbles.)

2. Spice paste such as Thai Kitchen green curry paste removed from jar and put into something plastic.

3. Pre-cooked, non-dehydrated potatoes.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: How long might some of these things last? on 05/17/2012 18:40:07 MDT Print View

1. Pre-cooked real bacon that I cooked myself (not the shelf-stable crumbles.)
Depends... How dry do you cook it? How much salt in it to start with? Added Sugar?
Cooked till crumbly, I would say two weeks plus(being conservative, here.) Don't let it pick up any moisture. Theoretically, dried food should last nearly forever. But the fat WILL get rancid.

2. Spice paste such as Thai Kitchen green curry paste removed from jar and put into something plastic.
Depends, Mustard is good for a couple weeks. Soy sauce is good for a while, two weeks plus... Curry paste can have large amounts of salt, some has very little. Some is left out as a condiment. Some is kept refridgerated. It is hot, but that does not mean that it won't spoil. Salt and other preservatives will keep it far longer than home made curry sauce.
3. Pre-cooked, non-dehydrated potatoes.
Don't do it. At 80F days it will last 1, maybe two days. A raw (living) potatoe will keep about 5 days to a week under the same conditions. Carbs spoil quite rapidly once the cell inetgrity is broken. Of couse this can be delayed by how it is cooked. A french fry will just about deydrate itself, staing good for a long time..2 weeks plus. A boiled potatoe with the skin removed will go bad quickly...24 hours if kept dark with some handling between(as a starter culture.)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: How long might some of these things last? on 05/17/2012 19:56:41 MDT Print View

Thais do NOT refrigerate their curry pastes. The salt preserves it.

Jeremy and Angela
(requiem) - F - M

Locale: Northern California
incorruptable foods on 05/17/2012 20:58:01 MDT Print View

3. Pre-cooked, non-dehydrated potatoes.

It depends, are we talking McDonald's fries here?

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Re: How long might some of these things last? on 05/18/2012 15:17:50 MDT Print View

Thank you.

I'm not talking McDonald's fries. Last time I did an overnight backpack I nuked a sweet potato and brought it with me cold but cooked. I had it for dinner in a coconut curry I made with tuna, coconut manna and thai green curry paste. Oh man, that was the best backpacking dinner ever! It was so good I've been eating it at home.

I have a 4 or 5 day, probably 4, trip coming up and I think I could eat coconut curry every night. Maybe I will only be able to have the sweet potato with it on the first night. I'll have to think of something for the other nights. I think I have some rice noodles lying around. They're not nearly as tasty as sweet potatoes, though.

As for the bacon, I have a bunch of bacon and thought maybe if it lasts on the trail I could use that up. Maybe if I cook the hell out of it it'll last a few days.

I'm trying to both use up stuff I already have and think of new things out of the ordinary. I think I'll take a trip to the Asian market and see what things I can find there.

Shannon Woody
(swoodyut) - F - MLife

Locale: The Front Range
Maybe dehydrate that sweet potato? on 05/19/2012 16:57:38 MDT Print View

Do you have a dehydrator? I believe you can dehydrate cooked potatoes and then pulverize in a food processor to form a powder. Add hot water at camp for instant mashed sweet potato.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Re: How long might some of these things last? on 05/19/2012 20:44:58 MDT Print View

Yams make excellent leather. Mash. Spread. Dehydrate.

bring the sriracha sauce!