Food Suggestions for 2 day trip
Posted by: srutan23 on Mar-25-14 8:36 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am looking for suggestions for a 3 day, 2 night trip down the South Branch of Potomac (WV). Total miles will be around 28. We will have six 10' kayaks to haul the gear (4 adults, one 13 year old and one 10 year old). So far, I have the following planned out:
1. Eat what we catch, so spices to go with it.
2. No dutch ovens. We will be using a campfire.
3. Beer and wine will be part of the gear too.
4. Trail Mix in water bottles for each kayaker.
5. Water filter bottles for each kayaker.
6. Linguini Salad in peanut butter jars. Possibly.
7. Possibly pop tarts for breakfast. I just have to figure out the best way to keep them from getting crushed but not take up much space.
I don't want anything extravagant, but we are usually famished by the end of each day. Have taken canned food in the past but its so heavy and bulky. The kids also eat constantly throughout the day. I also would rather not have to worry too much about a cooler.
Any suggestions are appreciate.
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Forget the eat what you catch|
Posted by: jackl on Mar-25-14 9:28 AM (EST)
Bring freeze dried meals for your main evening meal. Take a look in Wally World, They run about 6 bucks per package and each package will feed two adults. You can't find any food lighter. They are delicious too.
Ditto on Jack|
Posted by: steveey on Mar-28-14 10:00 PM (EST)
Forget about the idea of eat what you catch.
Dried bag food|
Posted by: booztalkin on Mar-25-14 9:33 AM (EST)
There's a wide variety of prepared dry foods available at your camping store or on-line. These commonly come in packs to feed 2 or 4. I frequently eat a bag labeled for two people, but I'm a pig. Just be aware that some eaters may not be satisfied with the specified "serving." At the store, the bags are a bit pricey, but they are very convenient. If you have your own dehydrater, you can make your own, so think about that if you are going to do much of this kind of camping. The advantages of the dried foods is they are light and already well packaged, and when you get to camp all you need to do is boil water and pour it into the bags, no fuss no muss, and you are eating.
Get one of these|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-25-14 9:51 AM (EST)
From any manufacturer - I am not recommending the one in this link, or not, it just came up high in the search. Whisper-Lite camp stove.
Only 3 days ?|
Posted by: jaybabina on Mar-25-14 10:13 AM (EST)
Group paddling/foor prep|
Posted by: thebob.com on Mar-25-14 11:01 AM (EST)
Short trip but minimal storage space|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-25-14 1:11 PM (EST)
I like your advice, especially for people who like to cook. However, with ten-foot kayaks, storage space is going to be at a premium. The kids may have more room in their boats since the adults will be carrying the tents and most of the other clothing and gear, but it may be good to keep their boats light. I've never seen anyone do a two- or three-day trip in a ten-foot kayak without ending up with gear piled on the decks (not saying it has to be that way, but that's certainly the trend). There's just not much room in those boats.
Granted storage space is small|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-25-14 11:07 AM (EST)
Not a lot in those boats, especially after you put the weight of adults into two of them.
And fruit roll-ups for snacks|
Posted by: Celia on Mar-25-14 11:10 AM (EST)
Sugary I know, but at least there is also some fruit involved.
To reduce weight and save space...|
Posted by: mmulvey on Mar-25-14 11:58 AM (EST)
go with Mountain House freeze dried meals. You can get them online or at Cabelas, Dicks Sporting Goods, EMS and others. They claim that 1 packet will feed 2 people but after a full day of paddling/hiking, etc, 1 packet will feed 1 hungry adult. If you don't mind a little added weight, go with a pocket stew wrapped in tin foil. Throw the packet on the edge of the fire, poke a few holes in the top and wait for the juices to start sizzling out - takes me right back to boy scouts!
I second jay's post|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-25-14 12:01 PM (EST)
Two days? What CAN'T you take with you?
We will be taking a jetboil|
Posted by: srutan23 on Mar-25-14 1:24 PM (EST)
for the quick heat ups. I forgot to mention that. Beer and wine will be on ice, so no we are not drinking it warm. But if we run out of ice on a hot day and the beer gets warm, oh well no more drinking but I am concerned that too much melting and the food would go bad.
Jetboil a great idea|
Posted by: gingernc on Mar-25-14 1:56 PM (EST)
If it's cold out you might want to heat water for ramen to warm people up and take the edge off hunger. I don't usuallt eat hot food at lunch on the water, but ramen at lunchtime in cold, rainy British Colunbia really saved my paddling partner and me. Also, peanut butter for lunch is great. Eat it on apple slices, on flour tortillas, on Wasa crackers. Cheddar cheese is good too, and if you have tortillas for a wrap, you can add some sweet or hot pepper slices to the cheese and maybe a green onion. Good-quality sardines (like Wild Planet) are great for lunch, though kids would probably hate them. And they're messy. But they really satisfy me when I'm paddling.
why not ziploc bags?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-25-14 5:19 PM (EST)
The thick ones are tough, and you're not stuck with a solid shape as you are w/a jar.
If space is limited|
Posted by: pblanc on Mar-25-14 2:46 PM (EST)
If you have plenty of storage space just about anything will keep for a 2 day trip.
Why not bars?|
Posted by: Kocho on Mar-25-14 3:43 PM (EST)
Why hasn't anyone mentioned food bars like Cliff and ZBar? You got to find what you like as they are all different, but I've settled on ZBars lately: not too sweet, not too many unnatural things in them. And my daughter likes a couple of the flavors.
Posted by: dc9mm on Mar-25-14 4:31 PM (EST)
Well, trail mix is in the same category|
Posted by: Kocho on Mar-25-14 6:41 PM (EST)
Not a "main meal". People recommended all sorts of things like pop tarts etc. Not to mention wine and beer (on ice, no less), which is no meal at all and would not even cross my mind to take on a trip...
Posted by: sapien on Mar-25-14 7:23 PM (EST)
forget the pop tarts and take bagels, cream cheese, and precooked bacon. the cream cheese and bacon will keep for several days in cool weather if kept out of the sun. get the thin bagels that don't take up as much room. one or two of these sandwiches with a cup of coffee make a nutritious and filling breakfast. Use strawberry cream cheese if you want to get fancy (yes, it's delicious with bacon), or cook up some dehydrated eggs to add some variety.
Eggs do not need refrigeration|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Mar-25-14 7:32 PM (EST)
Crack a couple into a ziploc bag and drop in boiling water for scrambled eggs. You can preload the ziploc bags with chunks of whatever to make an omelet. Write contents of omelette on bag wih a sharpie, it won't come off in the water.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-25-14 7:46 PM (EST)
Thanks to you and sapien and some others. Time to liven the menu up a bit.
Unless is is Stocked|
Posted by: bushwacker on Mar-28-14 3:37 PM (EST)
trout, I would not eat wild freshwater fish, high in mercury.I also might prepare and freeze a stew or chili in a ziplock for the second dinner. it will keep plenty cold in a soft lunch size cooler. differnt cheeses and salumi and other cured meats are durable and don't need ice if they are in with the stew, make a great lunch. Frozen veggies also do double duty by keeping other things cold and as a side dish that is simple to prepare
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-28-14 4:12 PM (EST)
Mercury contamination ranges from place to place, and for some areas you can get a publication that shows an acceptable level of a given fish. If I was going to fish to eat I'd do some research but odds are it should be safe.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Mar-28-14 8:24 PM (EST)
It not only varies from place to place, but from species to species and age to age. Even in areas where mercury is a recognized concern and certain long-lived species are likely to contain this ane various other nasty pollutants, the younger individuals can be quite safe to eat, and other fish species that grow quickly and have a rapid turn-around aren't much cause for concern either. Further, mentioning trout in this context does not exactly conjure up images of the kind of water having large volumes of low-density bottom sediment that has been collecting pollutants for decades, but rather hard-bottomed waterways subject to constant flushing and having virtually no capturing/holding capacity for whatever pollutants might arrive in trace amounts via rain. If one is going to fret over such things, one can save a lot of anxiety if one doesn't abandon his ability to think about which factors contribute to the problem and which ones do not.
good gawd no no no|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-14 4:02 PM (EST)
If you take fresh eggs leave them in the shell. Once you crack them open you invite salmonella with a big welcome mat.
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Mar-28-14 4:37 PM (EST)
Do not crack them into the sandwich bags until ready to cook.
Posted by: jeffers on Mar-28-14 4:41 PM (EST)
love the egg idea!! I have plenty of farmers around also to buy like that as well.
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-14 4:46 PM (EST)
thanks for the clarification. I have seen people take shelled fresh eggs in Nalgenes, and that to me is playing Russian Roulette.
meals for short trip|
Posted by: ppine on Mar-28-14 5:41 PM (EST)
I agree with the experienced posters. For a short trip, bring real food. Be aware of weight, buy everything from a good grocery store. A stove is handy for breakfast and lunch especially. Forget poptarts and kid food.
Im guilty on poptarts.|
Posted by: kayamedic on Mar-28-14 9:41 PM (EST)
I think I would be better with good jam, cream cheese and tortillas.
Peanut butter those PopTarts|
Posted by: pikabike on Mar-29-14 12:10 AM (EST)
They're almost empty calories without something like peanut or almond butter on them. Plus, they taste much better with nut butter. Since there are 2 tarts in a packet, I used to thickly slather PB on one and top it with the second tart, to make a breakfast that would keep me going much longer than plain PopTarts would. Yes, this actually was a not-infrequent easy camping or road trip breakfast of mine.
Posted by: RussSeese on Mar-29-14 2:41 PM (EST)
So, this is about the cooking, not the food. I just got my $$ back from REI as well as a 20% coupon, and went in lookin' to buy a Jetboil since I've heard so much about them. But, they told me that the stove would need to be dry to start and that constant water emersion would damage it. No thanks! I'll stick with my trusty, immersible, trigger-start BenzOmatic TS400 propane torch. Fairly cheap at Lowe's or Home Depot (40-50 bucks), just pull it out of your wet boat, screw on a small or large propane bottle and pull the trigger. Fire, Baby! No set up, no fuss. If you want, keep the bottle attached, it won't leak and has a trigger lock, but it does pack easier without being attached. I've used this for everything from fire starter, water heater, soup-in-a-can heater to grilling meat on a shish kabob. Never failed to start on the first trigger pull after sloshing in the water and in pouring rain (Whittier, Alaska).