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  Posted by: old_user on Jun-02-13 9:52 PM (EST)

tell me your favorite meal, just want some more ideas- we pack fresh and dry our own.

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  frrsh veggies
  Posted by: mister123 on Jun-02-13 10:08 PM (EST)
I try and bring fresh veggies on my trips to add to my meals, onions, carrots, zuccini, cabbage keep well. I saute them and add to what I'm having.
  Posted by: old_user on Jun-06-13 8:49 PM (EST)
yep do all that , I save up the last pickings of my asparagus for a couple of meals ( great by itself or in pasta with cream sauce and prosciutto)
  Posted by: richardp on Jun-05-13 8:08 AM (EST)
Good eats is part of our camping experience. We bring fresh eggs, (will last about a week if not too hot), cured sausage, vacuum packed bacon, vacuum packed ham, canned chicken, salmon in foil envolopes, whole powdered milk, butter (again, will last a week if not too hot) and lot more. One of the best books I have read is "The Back Country Kitchen" by Teresa Marrone.
  Posted by: old_user on Jun-06-13 8:55 PM (EST)
the biddies are workin' hard on the eggs, I slice my own bacon, but feel it may be (or should) be a criminal act to bring precooked fish to Quetico.
  P. B. & J.
  Posted by: jackl on Jun-06-13 6:46 AM (EST)
Jack L
  P B &J
  Posted by: old_user on Jun-06-13 8:51 PM (EST)
  If you are looking for energy that is...
  Posted by: jackl on Jun-10-13 6:20 PM (EST)
the way to go
Prior to our four month trip to the Florida Keys every year we get a case of PB at Sams Club.
We paddle every day and that is our main stay
Naturally at night it has to be a grilled Mahi sandwich with a couple of Margaritas

Jack L
  chi chi junk food.
  Posted by: old_user on Jun-17-13 8:08 PM (EST)
just tried this one in our jetBoil last weekend..from jetboil recipe page...its high in the chemical dept but sometime you need a flavor boost...1 package of ramen noodles crushed cooked and drained, then add seasoning pkt, the 1 handful of doritos (don't read the label) and a few slim jim meat sticks sliced. stir and eat.
  Queso Spaghetti
  Posted by: randy_morgart on Jun-24-13 9:40 PM (EST)
Coot 2-3 servings worth of angel hair pasta, drain.
1 can chopped mild chiles, drained.
1 can mushrooms, drained.
1 can queso cheese sauce.
2-4 oz diced summer sausage.
Stir frequently while heating.

Probably not as healthy as it could be but tasty and filling.

  Penne Alfredo with smoked salmon
  Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-25-13 10:46 AM (EST)
Cook penne and make creamy alfredo sauce from packet. Add smoked salmon, some parmesan ( I do carry fresh) and rehydrated peas.

Garnish with almonds.

Well that is one of our nineteen meals. I am drying tomatos and olives for Pasta Puttanesca.
  Posted by: richardp on Jun-25-13 5:22 PM (EST)
Instead of salmon you can add some cooked fresh bacon for an awesome pasta carbonara.
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-11-13 10:06 PM (EST)
Now someone's speaking my language, trip's over but we had some great meals: ribeye steak with caper tarragon cream sauce, linguine with fresh asparagus,prosciutto and peppers,2 meals of fresh walleye, spaghetti, bacon and eggs for breakfast most days- great weather,great trip -Except for the trashed up campsite on Darky( Quetico).... really! poop on top of ground near campsite, cig butts everywhere, and a spent propane can. We left it in better shape.
  thanksgiving dinner
  Posted by: mutan on Aug-09-13 3:23 PM (EST)
I get stove top dressing and portion it out. I add dry gravy from the readily available packets. To this I add chunk chicken from a foil packet and some dried cranberies. I started using it while hiking, it is light weight and all I need do is heat up some water in a jet boil and pour it into the freezer bag I store the portioned food in. No need for dishes, and unlike Mountain House I dont need an extra long spoon to get it out of the bag.
  mashed potatoes
  Posted by: yknpdlr on Aug-10-13 7:56 AM (EST)
I do pretty much the same for the "thanksgiving dinner", but also add instant mashed potatoes to the stuffing mix, about 50-50. Great flavor and extremely satisfying, it will keep you going for a long time.
  drying ingredients?
  Posted by: lyngo on Aug-28-13 7:18 AM (EST)
I always make the sauce and dehydrate the finished sauce. Puttanesca is my favorite tomato sauce, try dehydrating it my way, it's much easier (plus, I would end up eating all the olives before they got into the sauce).

  chi chi
  Posted by: outasight10 on Sep-07-13 12:54 PM (EST)
that sound eat that crap
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-09-13 11:04 PM (EST)
mary jane's organic has some great shepherd's bread that you can cook in a skillet
  Long Trip Food
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-10-13 10:28 AM (EST)
For a recent long distance multi-month trip:

Breakfast: Flavored oatmeal and Nescafe or Folgers caffeinated instant coffee. We bought the oatmeal in small prepackaged pouches, as well as pre-packaging it ourselves in meal-sized doses in baggies.

Lunch: Salmon or tuna fish sandwiches and PB&J sandwiches. If we stopped near a town, we would pick up some bread, otherwise we relied on stocks of tortillas in 22-packs. These tortillas stayed edible and "fresh" for weeks. Squeeze bottles of mayo and mustard for flavor for the fish sandwiches. Despite urban myths about mayo, it was good for at least 7-10 days after first opening, even in the south's 95F heat. By then they were empty anyway. The salmon and tuna fish came in sealed pouches, can't remember the exact weights, somewhere around 2 to 2-1/2 oz. each.

Dinner: Assorted blends of dried rice meals (Knorr brand, ~5-1/2 oz), and dried mashed potatoes (Idahoan brand, 4 oz). Surprisingly, only one per person of either was sufficient for dinner even after a hard days paddling. One Knorr rice meal was sometimes too much, and we'd save the extra for the next day. Mix a pack of the rice or potato mix in 7 oz. boiling water. These meals are quite inexpensive, but I don't remember their cost.

Energy snacks: 3-4 total/day of assorted PowerBars, Cliff Bars and Nature's brand granola bars.

Fluid: Gatorade mix. We pre-packaged the powder into baggies for 1 gallon containers.
  After three weeks on the water
  Posted by: kayamedic on Aug-17-13 9:06 AM (EST)
with Clif bars, if I never see another one, it will be too soon.
  Posted by: richardp on Aug-28-13 12:59 PM (EST)
If you are into rice (like my family) Goya and Carolina mike some nice rice and beans meals good for 2 adults. Add some canned chicken and you have an awesome meal. They do need to simmer for about 20 minutes or so.
  Posted by: richardp on Aug-28-13 1:21 PM (EST)
If you are into rice (like my family) Goya and Carolina make some nice rice and beans meals good for 2 adults. Add some canned chicken and you have an awesome meal. They do need to simmer for about 20 minutes or so.
  blueberry pancakes.....but everything
  Posted by: bigspencer on Aug-17-13 12:02 AM (EST)
previously mentioned sounds great.
  DO Chicken Stuff
  Posted by: Beaverjack on Sep-04-13 9:03 PM (EST)
When I take a dutch oven, I'll bring a frozen rear half of a yard bird. Toss some rice, dried tomatos, chopped onions, some dried beans and some salt/adobo/cajun spice and the right amount of water (this takes experimentation, but you can start 1:1 and rehydrate your beans and tomatos first). Lay the quarters on top and put coals under and on top of the oven. If using pine, be sure to have a blazing fire going for back up coals. About an hour and a half later you'll have a fine meal. If the water is just right, you'll get some browned crusty rice along the edges. Keep the coals going on top to brown the chicken skin.
  Posted by: ppine on Sep-08-13 9:11 PM (EST)
I like real food. We will be paddling the Sacramento River, CA in two weeks and fishing for king salmon. It is good over a fire.

Beef stew, corned beef and cabbage, fajitas, carne asada, stacked enchiladas, chicken with mole sauce. Lots of salad and decent bread. Some red wine and beer.

  Posted by: richardp on Sep-11-13 8:21 AM (EST)
Barilla and Dececco make a 3 cheese and cheese/spinach tortellini that does not need to be refrigerated. It is very light and compact (almost like freeze dried). It does need to boil for 10 minutes in a lot of water but no more than regular pasta. Add some olive oil and onions and mushrooms and you are good to go. Adding a pouch/can meat or fish and you have extra calories.
  Happiness is...
  Posted by: mike on Aug-18-14 7:56 PM (EST)
Certainly one of the best and most appreciated camp cooking skills is toe learn how to bake bread at camp - especially by campfire.

I am not talking about the old over-rated Banock cakes.

Learn how to make yeast breads baked right in the fire with or without a Dutch Oven


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