2007/08/05– Getting Ready for the Trail, Food Prep
I’m gearing up for a couple of trips this month, provided my vacation time gets approved. I’ve got a 10 day trip planned for the last week of August and the first week of September.As such, I’ve got my dehydrators working ’round the clock to crank out some tasty trail foods. I’m doing something a little different this time around– I’m using a Meal System. This means I’m carrying a bag of several types of similar staples and mixing and matching based on what my tastes are for the day.
For breakfast I’d scoop out a cup of oatmeal, a 1/2 cup of dried fruits, add a bit of powdered milk and nuts, a touch of sugar and go.
For dinner I’d scoop out a cup of grain/starch, a 1/2 cup of dried veggies, add 1/4 cup of dried meat and/or nuts, and season to taste.
I haven’t yet decided what I’m doing for my lunch system, other than go with what’s worked for me in the past: energy/granola bars, trail mix, fruit snacks, and other on-the-go munchies.
My favorite camp cookery books are:
both by Alan Kesselheim, and
- Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’: Lightweight Trail-tested Recipes for Backcountry Trips
- Lipsmackin’ Vegetarian Backpackin’
both by Tim and Christine Connors.
The Kesselheim books are great for picking out trip appropriate cooking equipment, food prep, storage, and how to pick out meals specific for the trip you’re taking. The Connors books are great for a lot of “old standby” type meals, plus many new twists to perk up trailworn tastebuds.