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Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Winter Comfort Food on 12/11/2013 12:45:48 MST Print View

Winter, with its natural "refrigeration", means I can carry one or two heavier foods like Jimmy Dean Sausage patties or fruit cake (yes, I like GOOD fruit cake).

These "comfort foods" are also high in fats and calories, good for fueling yer body on cold days and nights.

Any other winter comfort foods to recommend? Turkey bacon? :o)

Edited by Danepacker on 12/11/2013 12:46:25 MST.

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/11/2013 15:33:56 MST Print View

Cookie dough? Full of butter and sugar and possibly chocolate chips.

I like good fruitcake too.

Brendan Swihart
(brendans) - F - MLife

Locale: Fruita CO
Re: Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/11/2013 15:53:13 MST Print View

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Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Ten Fidy on 12/11/2013 15:56:39 MST Print View

I just took a few of those on a cool trip last month. They are brewing in North Carolina now, so we get them in the southeast too. It was cool enough that they kept a nice drinking temperature. Those are great tasting and pack a wallop too.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Winter Comfort Food on 12/11/2013 16:02:25 MST Print View

I don't know why fruit cake isn't promoted more as a hiking food. It's extremely nourishing, especially if you leave out the commercial candied fruit with its dyes and high fructose corn syrup (gag). Best to use many varieties of just plain dried fruit, which I always soaked in booze overnight.

To resurrect dried out fruitcake, take some cheesecloth, soak it in brandy/rum/bourbon (your choice), wrap dripping cheesecloth around fruitcake, cover with plastic wrap, let it sit 6-8 weeks. i did this back in the days when I baked my own fruitcake. Of course that meant baking the fruitcake in early November and hiding it from the rest of the family (especially the teenage boys!).

Although most of the alcohol is gone after 6 weeks or so, it's still not recommended to eat large amounts before driving!

Roger Dodger
(RogerDodger) - F

Locale: Wess Siide
Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/11/2013 16:24:33 MST Print View

on a recent 27F trip, my cliff bar was frozen, and while I could still chomp through it, my jaw muscles were sore the next day.

I enjoy nutella on a bagel, as well as nasty spam singles with extra salt and pepper.

For winter Nestle hot cocoa mix single serving packet.

while I haven't taken it, I would enjoy the soft cheeses triple mushroom brie.

Edited by RogerDodger on 12/11/2013 16:26:27 MST.

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
Butter on 12/11/2013 19:11:03 MST Print View

I pack whole sticks of pastured butter and put 1/4 stick in every meal. Viola- everything is comfort food

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Spicy Ramen on 12/11/2013 19:20:21 MST Print View

My favorite for cold weather.

1.5 packages "Oriental Flavor" ramen (though I only use 3/4 of one pack seasoning).
One hard boiled egg, sliced
A handful of spinach
a handful of bean sprouts
sliced chili peppers
a spoonful of Sambal Oelek chili paste.

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A cold weather staple for me, will get the nose running, brow sweating, and stomach on fire.
If you backpack with nothing but a wimpy little trapper's mug, 600ml pot, beer can pot, or any other such nonsense you won't be able to handle this goodness.

Edited by xnomanx on 12/11/2013 19:21:13 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/11/2013 19:29:02 MST Print View

Not lightweight at all, but on a cold overnighter, I like to pack in a package of Sea Bear Smoked Salmon Spicy White Bean Soup, add an extra packet of smoked salmon to it, and heat it up. Spicy, warm, delicious on a cold winter's night. Weighs almost a pound and a half (as the bean soup is pre made), and I'm fine with that!

Ian B.
(IDBLOOM) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Spicy Ramen on 12/11/2013 19:40:29 MST Print View

"If you backpack with nothing but a wimpy little trapper's mug, 600ml pot, beer can pot, or any other such nonsense you won't be able to handle this goodness."

As someone who packs a 550ml pot, I call BS:) Sounds good but the largest problem I foresee isn't the burn going down but the burn.... you get my point. Will try this though.

But for winter, there's nothing I love more than some homemade glühwein, brats, and fresh broetchen.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Spicy Ramen on 12/11/2013 20:35:39 MST Print View

I call BS on you calling BS Ian.

No self respecting ramen-eater can limit themselves to a 550ml pot. That there's not even a kid's menu portion.

For shame.

As for the afterburn, well, yeah…That's an acquired tolerance.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Spicy Ramen on 12/11/2013 22:10:50 MST Print View

Add in some dried mushrooms, onions, sesame oil and siracha sauce and yeah, I'm all over it ;-)

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Cookie dough on 12/11/2013 22:53:49 MST Print View

Cookie dough... that is xxx genius. Why didn't I think of that?

Edited by rcaffin on 12/12/2013 03:50:51 MST.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/12/2013 03:51:52 MST Print View

Cocoa and chocolate!

Salami and cheese aren't bad either. Very high in fats.

Cheers

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Cookie dough on 12/12/2013 09:15:42 MST Print View

Have any of you tried raw cookie dough that is made without eggs? It is designed for munching, not baking. Doesn't freeze solid either due to the fat. Oinks.

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Cookie dough - YUCK on 12/12/2013 09:52:30 MST Print View

Freshly made fruit scones:
Self-raising flour, butter (or oil), sugar, milk powder, raisins or dates, cinnamon optional, water. Dry bake in a pot. Slice in half and spread with butter and jam, serve with tea.
Actually they great all year round.

spelt !
(spelt) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: Cookie dough - YUCK on 12/12/2013 10:10:25 MST Print View

Stuart, I will forgive your heinous panning of the god-dough b/c that scone recipe looks fantastic.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Cookie dough on 12/12/2013 11:49:03 MST Print View

Anyone ever try sicking a ball of cookie dough on a stick and roasting over a campfire?

I like doing a baked potato cooked in tin foil over coals. At butter, salt, and bacon bits.

Sausages over a campfire are good too.

Or bring in a nice steak.

When there is only 10 hours in a day, good food is more important than saving weight!

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster) - F

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/13/2013 19:45:25 MST Print View

> I don't know why fruit cake isn't promoted more as a hiking food.

Excellent point. I also like a good fruitcake but never thought of it as a pack food.

Now I do!

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Winter Comfort Food on 12/13/2013 22:38:44 MST Print View

Cut it thin and smear with butter ;-) Hehheh!!