[pct-l] Cannister stove for thru-hik

Simon Deleersnyder simon.deleersnyder at gmail.com
Tue May 28 14:55:11 CDT 2013

Thanks again for all the great tips, very helpful! And sending one big
package to the USA from Europe and then bouncing it from there up ahead is
a very good idea, I think I might just do that!


On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 7:56 PM, Meridith Rosendahl <
meridith.rosendahl at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think Piper ought to put a cookbook page on her website,
> santabarbarahikes.com (when she has nothing better to do, of course).
>  Some
> of her hiking meals make me so hungry I'd love to cook them at home.  Other
> hikers could contribute (with her permission of course).  What do the rest
> of you think?
> That said, Dicentra's website, onepanwonders.com has a huge amount of
> information about back country meals and snacks, prehike preparation, etc.
>  Check it out.
> Piper's Mom
> Message: 12
> Date: Sun, 26 May 2013 14:49:20 -0700
> From: Diane Soini <dianesoini at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [pct-l] Cannister stove for thru-hik
> It doesn't really matter what most people do. You do have more
> choices than you think and can choose what you want to do. Most
> people eat really poorly (I did too) and eat a lot of top ramen,
> instant potatoes, Lipton pasta sides, poptarts and stuff like that.
> 1. You can carry some fresh food with you. Certain fruits and
> vegetables carry well for a day or two depending on how hot it is. I
> carried an onion, broccoli and chard torn up and stored in a bag with
> a little water at various times.
> 2. You can cook regular pasta noodles without simmering. Just use the
> pot cozy method. I have not tried rice but I imagine white rice might
> work since it's edible in about 15-20 minutes normally. Red lentils,
> available in Asian markets, might work since they cook way faster
> than regular lentils. Potatoes cut up small might work. Experiment at
> home. For sauces, some people dehydrate marinara sauce into a
> leather. You can purchase Alfredo sauce powder and other similar
> sauces in the same aisle where they keep taco seasoning. Rice stick
> noodles cook in 3 minutes and you can make hobo Pad Thai with peanut
> butter mixed with soy sauce.
> 3. Lately I have been dehydrating cooked and raw vegetables and
> cooked meat for use on the trail. I mix them all together in random
> combinations. I rehydrate in a plastic peanut butter jar for a few
> hours and eat it cold with tons of the most gourmet real olive oil I
> can find. Ingredients include
> - Dehydrated cooked and mashed sweet potatoes and yams
> - Dehydrated slow-cooked chicken, pork or beef that is in a shredded
> consistency
> - Dehydrated baked chicken breast cut in chunks (stays kinda chewy
> when rehydrated but I like it.)
> - Dehydrated cooked beets, rutabaga, celery root
> - Dehydrated raw carrots, kale, chard, zucchini, tomatoes, beet greens
> 4. A friend of mine ate a lot of quinoa. I guess it cooks pretty
> quickly. I might try quinoa sometime. There is instant quinoa but I
> think it tastes rancid.
> 5. Polenta cooks fast. I don't really like it so I don't use it. Oats
> cook fast. You don't even have to cook them, you can just soak them
> over night and eat them cold in the morning.
> 6. You can purchase freeze-dried fruits and vegetables from various
> companies online. There are a lot of quality freeze-dried products
> that are way better than Mountain House.
> 7. Fresh hard cheeses carry well. Cream cheese carries pretty well,
> too. As do regular cheeses, although the warmer the weather the more
> of an oily mess they become.
> 8. Tuna, salmon, spam and sometimes chicken breasts come in foil
> packets. Tortillas carry well. Peanut butter. I've carried a loaf of
> bread, peanut butter and jelly. The bread did not get smashed up.
> Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were probably the least satiating
> food I've ever brought though, maybe second least after Danish pastries.
> 9. Instant pudding with instant Nido powdered milk makes a great
> snack. Carnation instant breakfast or protein shakes are other
> options. People trade Starbucks via packets like money and cigarettes
> on the trail to mix in their shakes.
> 10. Avocados travel well and are probably the most amazingly
> delicious thing you can eat on the trail.
> More and more people just shop as they go rather than prepare
> everything in advance. There's a market approximately every 2-5 days
> on the trail until after about Crater Lake. Then the markets are
> further apart.
> Good news is you can mix and match all these things and make up your
> own ideas. It does not have to be all one method, and probably
> shouldn't be in case it turns out your planned food is no longer
> appealing out there.
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