dinner options where stoves are completely banned
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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 18:35:36 MDT Print View

Hi,

I'm planning a trip to Vicente Flats in the Ventana Wilderness. Apparently, there is a stove ban at all but a set of "Campfire Use Sites" (which does not include Vicente Flats campground).

Aside from the usual cheese, tortillas, nuts, dried fruit options, how can I make a more satisfying dinner with no hot water? Any ideas?

Thanks,

rhz

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 18:42:39 MDT Print View

No many days Rafi?

Richard May
(richardmay)

Locale: Costa Rica
Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 18:49:39 MDT Print View

There are some ideas here:
http://www.pmags.com/going-stoveless-cold-food-for-thought

The idea of going stove-less is interesting to me too. Seems very simple and fast, so it's appealing.

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 19:00:30 MDT Print View

It's just one night, but I view it as an opportunity to see what it's like to go "cookless."

I could experiment with couscous I suppose. Maybe bean flakes, but it would seem that either heat or excessive wait time would be required. Also, not sure how appealing these things are cold. Hummus mix perhaps. I guess I should try to experiment at home.

Edited by rhz10 on 08/28/2013 19:04:11 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 19:01:40 MDT Print View

I would bring deli sandwiches for one night :-)

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 19:02:56 MDT Print View

leftover pizza.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 19:06:18 MDT Print View

Or a nice salad.

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Yummy No-cook options on 08/28/2013 19:15:52 MDT Print View

Packit Gourmet has some yummy no-cook options. I love their Jump Start Fruit Smoothies for a no-cook breakfast and their Kickin' Chicken Hot Wings Wrap tastes great for lunch or dinner. Just provide your own tortilla.

http://www.packitgourmet.com/Just-Add-COOL-Water-c97.html

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Yummy No-cook options on 08/28/2013 20:19:12 MDT Print View

The smoothies are very nice as are the salads.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Re: Yummy No-cook options on 08/28/2013 20:19:45 MDT Print View

And deserts :-)

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/28/2013 20:43:49 MDT Print View

Tabouli. Add cold water. Let soak. Eat.

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
some results on 08/29/2013 12:26:36 MDT Print View

Well, I tried out a couple of things at home last night.

Mary Jane Farm Black Bean Flakes (spicy)

http://shop.maryjanesfarm.org/store/p/42-Organic-Black-Bean-Flakes-Hot-8217-n-Spicy.aspx

These rehydrated perfectly with cold water. They weren't spicy--in fact a little bland. A packet of chili flakes made some improvement. However, things were much better after a packet of parmesan cheese and some olive oil. Quite tasty!

Couscous near east--I think I put too much water in these. They rehydrated after a while (took longer than the beans) but didn't really taste nearly as good as when it is prepared with hot water. Mixed with the beans, it was OK. I wonder if any other brand would be better with cold water or whether minute rice would work?

Also, I'd love to try some of those packitgourmet no cook options.

peter vacco
(fluff@inreach.com) - M

Locale: no. california
Re: Re: Re: Re: dinner options where stoves are completely banned on 08/29/2013 16:17:58 MDT Print View

or :
you could take a look at cream of wheat (the Quick type). it expands as it cooks quite a bit . so, in a clever mood one morning, i tossed a wad of it into my nalgene bottle and let is simmer all day. that night i ate it for dinner (yumm ..)
well.. here's the deal. it "cooks" a LOT better inside peter than inside a nalgene bottle. and when it does that, it gets Big, and makes a Large Dry Solid Plug.
thusly, about 8 days, a bottle of castor oil, and mostly and entire package of ex-lax later, i was rid of it.
thought i was gonn'a die.

but failed.

cheers,
v.

Derek M.
(dmusashe) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Sandwiches for sure on 09/08/2013 01:17:01 MDT Print View

"I would bring deli sandwiches for one night :-)"

A big +1 to that!

In fact, I would probably stop by my local sandwich artists on the way to the trailhead and pick up my sub sandwich dinner for $5. Cheap, fast, and filling.

Sounds like you are looking to test out some more long-term cookless solutions though, so just ignore everything I say ;]