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Favorite trail food
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Jean-Philippe Levesque
(psykarun) - F

Locale: Quebec city
Favorite trail food on 04/14/2007 22:20:50 MDT Print View

First post here but I've been checking out the wealth of information on this site. Great to find a community of people just as hooked as I am. For me its a way of life more than anything else.

I was wondering; what are you people's most favorite trail food, new findings, etc.
Example: Lately I discovered those Egg noodles at my grocery store. I discovered they could get very chewy by only staying in warm water for a couple minutes. 14g of protein by 85g portion. Exactly what I had been looking for.

What are your experiences with great, overated unprepared store bought food as trail food?

Edited by psykarun on 04/14/2007 22:22:26 MDT.

cat morris
(catt) - F

Locale: Alaska
Fantastic Food instants on 04/15/2007 10:33:14 MDT Print View

My favorite are Fantastic Foods instants: splitpea soup; refried beans; black beans. I get them in the bulk health food section. They also come in boxes. I add instant brown rice to the beans & dehydrated red & green peppers. These reconstitute in a ziplock bag, are light, fit well in a small area like a bear barrel, & are tasty.

Edited by catt on 04/15/2007 10:34:55 MDT.

David Brunstein
(ariztazer) - F
Some of My Favorites on 04/15/2007 11:46:19 MDT Print View

Granola w/ nuts & fruit + nido for BF, PB&J on whole wheat tortillas for lunch. Power Harvest Bars for snacks.

Some of my dinner favorites are brown rice stroganoff w/ dried mushrooms, whole wheat pasta & knorr pasta sauces (with lots of fresh parmasean cheese), Lucky's clam chowder, au gratin potatoes, and fetticini alfredo.


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Favorite trail food on 04/15/2007 20:13:58 MDT Print View

I like eating cooked at home and dehydrated pasta most of all. It comes back with a few minutes sitting in hot water. I drain it and toss it with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, spices, etc. Tasty and filling!

Jean-Philippe Levesque
(psykarun) - F

Locale: Quebec city
Re: Re: Favorite trail food on 04/15/2007 22:30:28 MDT Print View

Are you saying youre throwing away the precious hot water? Might make a good starchy tea... hehe
I think reconstituted pasta meals are good way to mix things up to your specific nutrition needs even all the way out there on the trail. If I feel like i'm starving a day, I just might add quite a bit more olive oil to suit my needs.

I find meals may seem to taste all the same after awhile... What would be good spices to add to pasta meals that excites your taste buds after an intense day?

Edited by psykarun on 04/15/2007 22:37:01 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Re: Favorite trail food on 04/16/2007 09:24:39 MDT Print View

The nice thing about doing the dehydrated pasta is you barely have to cover the pasta-so not a lot of wasted water :-) And I rinse my pasta before drying so the water isn't starchy (yay!) If using a home dried sauce or a packet of Knorr sauce mix, you can keep the water in the bag, and use it to rehydrate the sauce as well.

I love chili powder/granulated garlic/oregano with pasta. Add in some red pepper flakes.....good stuff!

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Favorite Trail Food on 05/02/2007 07:24:17 MDT Print View

My favorite trail foods are similar to the foods I enjoy at home. I dry all my own meals and make all of my own energy bars.

Kim Grant
(Kimberlymae) - F
food snob on the trail on 05/06/2007 21:55:22 MDT Print View

I'm a food snob and it's hard to give up quality, even when packing light. Tasty Bite is very good ready-to eat Indian food. It's a little heavier thought, because it's not dry.

I make my own trail mix with chocolate chips, dried cherries, walnuts, pecans, and cashews.

I also make my own oatmeal using quickoats, evaporated milk powder, spices, dried cherries, and pecans. Just add hot water. (and a sliced apple or pear if car camping).

Next week I'm sampling some smoked salmon packed in oil and vacuume sealed (no fridge required). It's a new offering at REI. We usually bring smoked salmon or salami when car camping, but they both require keeping cool can't tolerate desert base-camp temps.

Lara Bars are the best on the market, IMO, for a sweet treat without refined sugars.

Special treat: a can of divina dolmas