Friday, October 23, 2015

Backcountry Cooking Tips


1. Go Fresh

Fresh herbs like basil, rose­mary, and pars­ley can last for days in your pack. Layer herbs between paper tow­els and store in an Ziploc bag. Add to your meal a basil leaf for a refresh­ing taste.

2. Get Cheese

Stock up on high-quality hard cheeses like parme­san or romano, which can go unre­frig­er­ated for extended peri­ods of time. Brie does well on the trail and you can eat with crack­ers or spread over pancakes for a savory breakfast

3. Trust the Pros

If you don’t have the tools to dehy­drate your own meals, or don’t trust your cook­ing to keep you sat­is­fied, try jazz­ing up ready-made meals. Re-package boxed pas­tas with addi­tional freeze-dried veg­gies and salami for a reliable and delicious

4. Real Eggs

Organic eggs from pas­tured chick­ens are safe at room tem­per­a­ture for a few days. Invest in a three-dollar egg car­rier and for­get about pow­dered egg omelets. Just make sure you trust the farm where the eggs are com­ing from, some organic sources are still sus­cep­ti­ble to salmonella.

5. Indulge

Do you secretly love pack­aged moon pies and kit kats? Pack ‘em. You’ll be thank­ful for old favorites out on the trail. Just make sure to bal­ance treats with high-protein, whole-grain meals to avoid burn­ing out.

Eat Well Outdoors!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wilderness Cooking Tips…

Invest time in menu planning.Based on your trip and your time in the wilderness,
plan quick, low-effort meals and more elaborate day meals. Then plan some more
meals, because being hungry won’t help you get back to the trailhead. Think about
protein, food weight and depending on your mode of travel, think about which order you will
eat your meals consider the weight, freshness, and variety. It’s the “At home
preparation” that will make your meal planning a success in the backcountry!

If you’re traveling with a group, delegate someone to be a sous chef or a baker every
evening until it becomes a habit. Find occasions that need to be celebrate. Get
everyone involved in clean up, we don't wont those critters to come visit during
our slumber.

Do something crazy, bake bread,smoke some fish. Make a cake and frost it! Eat better
in the backcountry than you do at home. Biscuit mix that can be added to soup as dumplings,
baked as biscuits, or saved for another meal. Onions and potatoes that can go in soup or
be made into french fries and onion rings. Tortillas that can be eaten with peanut butter
or fried into chips. Food can make the difference between a good trip and a tough one,
allow your travel companions to be the beneficiaries of your wilderness cooking skills.

Catch a fish, learn to identify a simple plant or two for tea, or pick berries or wild onions.
Something fresh will add much-needed spark to a longer trip.

Try your recipes and meals at home first with the same equipment you will be
using in the wilderness, if something fails let it be at home. Have a backup plan
like GORP, granola bars, nuts or jerky. Even a pouch meal or two would be a good idea.

Eat well outdoors!