[pct-l] Eating while backpacking...
Jim & Jane Moody
moodyjj at comcast.net
Tue Nov 3 20:03:08 CST 2015
Peanut butter w/ honey on a bagel / tortilla / pita/ English muffin.
Pack of tuna or salmon w/ small packs of mayo and relish.
Black bean or refried bean mix w/ f-d cheese, olive oil, and chopped, shelf-stable bacon [this reconstitutes well w/ cold water while you hike].
Freeze-dried fruits (also great for snacking while walking).
Pepperoni; baby bel cheese on a bagel w/ small pack of mustard.
Or mix things up. As Dicentra used to say (inaccurately), "There are no rules". Actually, there is one rule. you can't put sugar on grits.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Scott Diamond" <scott.diamond.mail at gmail.com>
To: "Jeffrey Olson" <philos56 at live.com>
Cc: "Pct Mailing List" <pct-l at backcountry.net>
Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 8:44:09 PM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Eating while backpacking...
Thanks for the suggestions Jeffrey. I'm sorting out my food plans for
2016. I'm actually OK with the vast selection of freeze dried food for
dinner and I think I have enough options for breakfast but I'm really
struggling with enough variety for lunch/day snacking. I have fear of
packing the food in boxes and after 4 weeks on the trail getting sick of my
meal plan. I'm brainstorming on everything I can think of for lunch. You
got any good suggestions for that?
On Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 6:20 PM, Jeffrey Olson <philos56 at live.com> wrote:
> I contributed this in 2004. I thought it worth sharing again..
> My favorite dinners are a compilation of cheap, healthy components. There
> are four basic levels.
> The first level is the base; pasta, instant rice, cous cous, polenta
> or potato flakes, my favorite. 3 oz for the first couple weeks, 4-6 oz for
> the rest of the hike.
> The second level is a dehydrated soup; split pea, black bean (with extra
> salt) or my favorite, curried lentil. 2 -3 oz is enough.
> The third level is the "binder." I never knew about binders until I got
> disgusted with prepackaged freeze dried food - mostly price. The binder is
> the ingredient that ties everything else together. Rice and black bean
> mix gets old real fast.
> The bind I favor is parmesian cheese - Kraft or some other generic version.
> The stuff lasts forever and has good fat content. For the first two weeks
> 2oz, and 3 oz for the rest of the hike. You can carry oil or margarine,
> fake and tubbed, but I've found that good old Kraft Parmesian makes me
> my lips as I wolf down dinner. Depending on the meal I include an ounce of
> 4% dehydrated milk as another binder.
> The fourth level is where you get creative, and can use the dehydrator.
> Anything goes. An oddity I like is to include dehydrated blueberries, an
> ounce or two, in a dinner once in a while. Vegetables, etc. Whatever the
> imagination can concoct. If you use potato flakes, include fake margarine
> and about three ounces per person of soy baco bits. That's a lot of baco
> bits, believe me... They are salty and absolutely wonderful. Potato
> makes the greatest volume per weight, but there are some issues with the
> hypoglycemic spike some people might have to consider.
> I package dinners at home in the same manner. Use a quart freezer bag and
> in it put all the ingredients. Secure with a small strip of duct tape.
> You'll put
> in two to three cups of boiling water, let ist, and eat. Some meals fill
> freezer bag. Most don't
> You can vary your dinners so you don't have the same dinner but twice a
> month. I found I preferred more curried lentil dinners and fewer black
> beans. I really liked potato dinners once a week. They make a LOT of food
> for the weight, and taste so, so, good with the margarine and baco bits.
> I'm a little suspect about the potato dinner's nutrition, hence they are a
> treat - once a week.
> This stuff is all bought in bulk. The idea of shopping as you go has its
> fans, but I don't like leaving the trail, and I know what I will eat on the
> trail. Mac and cheese it ain't... My package disappeared from the Big
> Religious camp and I had to hitch into Sisters for a resupply at the store
> at the edge of town. $50 for five days (1995 dollars). I figured that I
> was spending
> about $4 a day if I ate nothing but bulk food. My folks live in the bay
> area and shipping the food was not that expensive. I so appreciated my
> food drop at Timberline Lodge... The store bought stuff just wasn't the
> same. Where were the baggies?
> When I added the mealpack bars, or power bars, or any of the "someone else
> does the work" foods, the cost easily doubled. That said, I'm a convert to
> the 4oz bars you can buy for less than a buck at http://mealpack.com/.
> get 440 calories for less than a buck!!! You have to buy a minimum of 50
> bars, but that's not a big deal.
> Jeffrey Olson
> Laramie, WY
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