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#126874 - 01/16/10 07:40 PM Can you beat this?
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So my wife and I have been doing some experiments over the winter, trying different combinations to create our own menus for this summer's backpacking trips. The goal is to create meals that taste good, are very lightweight, and have a ton of calories. And ideally, they should be cheap, too!

Our average freeze dried dinner weighs in at about 6-8 ounces, and usually has about 350 calories or so per serving. It costs about $6-8, and is a bit big and clunky--we always repackage in baggies. That means they are about 100 Calories per ounce. And about a penny per calorie.

We want to beat those ratios.

Sound impossible? Maybe. But in working through the options, we found something that does a pretty good job of meeting all those criteria.

So check out the Slim Jim beef stick: 170 calories, and less than a buck.

That's 170 calories per ounce...and about 1.7 calories per penny.

Now we are curious. Can any of the foods in your backpack beat that?

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#126875 - 01/16/10 08:25 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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1 oz. cheese stick, 33 cents, about 185 calories.

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#126877 - 01/16/10 08:36 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Oops. Cheese is only 120 calories. Sorry.

Nuts - walnuts 1 oz = 190 calories. $4/lb at Trader Joes = 25 cents per ounce
Margarine or butter= 1 oz=200 calories, about 10-20 cents
Peanut butter = 1 oz = 180 calories, 20 cents

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#126879 - 01/16/10 08:57 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Slim Jim yuck. eek I thought you were talking about food? confused
Sure used bacon grease, corn oil in a water bottle, need more? Honey in a tube, at least that's digestible.
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#126891 - 01/17/10 12:31 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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I have friends who love those things. No way am I eating them - the smell alone is gagging sick Lol......

I am just not a preserved meat eater....
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#126899 - 01/17/10 10:04 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: sarbar]
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thanks for the suggestions--we've used Reggiano cheese and Salami in a similar way. Walnuts go in our oatmeal in the morning. Honey is an interesting idea--but maybe not for the main course at dinner...!

How does bacon grease keep on the trail? Do you take it in a tube? We use mini liquor bottles for olive oil...

Believe me, I am not a huge fan of Slim Jims--that's why I asked the question. What else can give this level of calories per penny per ounce?

We did try cutting up a Slim Jim into a dish with some rice and herbs, and that wasn't quite the same as trying to eat one of them straight from the package!



Edited by balzaccom (01/17/10 10:05 AM)
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#126941 - 01/18/10 09:36 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Have you looked at summer sausage?
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#126952 - 01/18/10 04:10 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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balzaccom:

I kind of shudder at what's inside a slim jim. Interesting tidbit in the story is that because of its sodium nitrate, ingesting 1,400 of the things (at one sitting?) can kill you. grin

Joking aside, one way to kick up the protein would be to chop up a slim jim -- or a healthier summer sausage -- into cubes and mix it with pre-cooked quinoa, black beans & corn, which has alot more protein than rice or pasta. You'd be lugging a little water weight, but not have to cook it, either. Great first or second day dinner.
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#126965 - 01/18/10 10:01 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: kevonionia]
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have you ever cooked quinoa while camping? Don't you have to cook quinoa twice? How about black beans, have you cooked them from scratch while camping?

I used to cook pintos when I used a campfire before the days of readily available camp stoves. I would soak them overnight in a plastic jar with a tight fitting lid. Pintos are awesome if you're camped alone...
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#126967 - 01/18/10 10:31 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: kevonionia]
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As a kid, I loved Slim Jims. As I got older and looked closer, I'm pretty sure they simply drop the beef hide, hair, bones, private bits, and fat, in a giant food processor and let fly. Add salt, pepper, chemicals, and extrude. They do make excellent fire starters. grin

Summer sausage and string cheese (in the little space shuttle packets) are always in my pack. It can be eaten fresh cut, put in soups, melted with the cheese on tortillas, added to morning grits. I'll sometimes haul fresh eggs, so protein isn't hard to come by.
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#126978 - 01/19/10 12:23 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Jim:

Quote:
have you ever cooked quinoa while camping?


No on the quinoa-while-quamping-cooking. It takes too long to cook (like rice), as Sarbar noted a while back. The thing to do is just go ahead and make it all up before the trip and haul the "salad" in a thin-plastic sandwich-type container (that's a 1/3 the weight of any tupperware-things out there,) and eat it early in the hike.

And I'm not sure, Jim, if a pinto and a black bean are the same thing. The black beans I'm talking about are the staple food of Cuba and in almost every dish I ever had in Miami (or served on the side), and they are addicting -- and good for you, too. The Cubans that stayed and hung in there with Castro (is he really still alive??) somehow survived on them (and little else) for 50+ years.

I'll post an image of this quinoa "dish" within the next couple of days.

(also, you don't have to cook quinoa twice, but wash it once before cooking. This Incan seed from the Andes has a natural bitter coating (to repel birds and high-altitude sunlight). You, in fact, may be washing it "twice" since all quinoa coming into the US from a reputable source is washed before packaging.)

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Pintos are awesome if you're camped alone...


I catch your drift . . . as long as I'm not camping downwind. eek



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#126987 - 01/19/10 08:37 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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I do a (Veg) Black Bean Chilli with a recipe from "The Green's Cookbook" by Deborah Madison.

I cook it up and the dehydrate it.

I pre-cook the dehydrate my Ouiona.

Then on a trip I take 2 parts chilli to one part quinoa for a meal. About 5.5 oz

This will cook (rehydrate) with 1/2 oz of alcohol and 10-12 oz water with a Caldera Cone.


I do similar with Kidney beans but break them up a bit at the end.

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#126992 - 01/19/10 10:32 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: kevonionia]
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The precookingand drying of it gives "instant" Quinoa. Which is awesome of course laugh
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#126994 - 01/19/10 12:40 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: sarbar]
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Dumb question, Sarah & frank, but how do you dry (dehydrate) it?
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#127000 - 01/19/10 05:39 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: kevonionia]
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I use parchment lined trays and spread a thin layer. Just like rice. I check it after a couple hours and break up any clumps smile It dries fast! 135* works well.
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#127015 - 01/19/10 11:06 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: kevonionia]
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like how do you BBQ beans, don't they fall through the grate? eek

No - black beans and pintos are very different, black beans suck... on a camping trip where I forgot my coffee cup I had to use the paper cup that black bean soup came in. I hadn't tried it before and gagged down the soup, but let me tell ya, black bean flavored coffee is really bad... I almost hiked out early ending my annual fourth of July four day solo.
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#127035 - 01/20/10 10:18 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Jimshaw]
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I hate kidney beans sick

laugh
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#127040 - 01/20/10 01:05 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: sarbar]
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Real black beans, especially prepared Cuban style are delicious. The dehydrated black beans, not so much. In fact, I really don't like any commercial dehydrated bean product I've tried. Homemade is good, or use a bean that cooks quickly like Masoor Dahl, Chana Dahl, or good quality lentils.
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#127427 - 01/26/10 06:45 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: sarbar]
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Originally Posted By sarbar
I hate kidney beans sick

laugh


I cook an Indian dish called Rajma with my Kidney beans. There is a ton of other stuff in it. You can find recipes online.

I've also made Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

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#127428 - 01/26/10 06:49 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: thecook]
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When I do Dal in advance I use Taur (Toovar). Then I dehydrate the dish.

Masoor or Spit Mung are fast cooking Dals but for an alcohol stove and just boiling water dehydrated works best for me.

I would think French Lentils would cook fast also.

I'll have to give it a try.

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#127435 - 01/26/10 09:49 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: frank]
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What is funny is I will eat all other beans....even lima laugh Just something about kidney beans - the texture, smell and taste.
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#127443 - 01/26/10 10:56 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: sarbar]
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Well, I heard about a couple of crazies in Tasmania that decided to do traverse the arthurs in mid winter - took them 30 days unresupplied - They apparently were vegitarians, but taught themselves to eat *lard* for the trip. Apparently their food was
vitamin supplements and 11 kg of pure lard, each.

Waaaaaay too hardcore for me.

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#127497 - 01/28/10 12:19 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: phat]
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You can subsitute small red beans for kidney beans in many recipies.
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#128581 - 02/10/10 10:43 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Hmmm... Does anyone know how much the MRE's weigh? I'm looking at the Emergency Essentials catalog right now. They list MRE Main Dish entrees for $2.60 each. How much food is it? How much does it weigh? It looks just to be a foiled package that you heat up. That may get close to your goal if the food has enough energy.

But, I'm not military, so my experience with them is little to nothing.
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#128585 - 02/10/10 11:44 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: jpanderson80]
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Hey JP, glad to see you back. Hope all is well.

Looks like you'll be hiking soon if you're looking at food.

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#128689 - 02/12/10 10:11 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: jpanderson80]
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JP, you are right about the Emergency Essentials MRE. They don't sell the whole MRE as one piece. They sell the main meals for $2.60. Then you want to buy the heater for one. The main entree is just one meal in a foil pack. They have a store down the street from my work. I haven't weighed one yet.
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#128694 - 02/12/10 10:52 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: jpanderson80]
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JP, the Red Cross here in Dallas uses these:
http://www.heatermeals.com/

They are complete meals with heater, and don't have the chemical taste/smell of military MREs. Plus, you get fresh product instead of surplus.
There are are many heat and eat meals out there. Do a search and you'll see.
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#128696 - 02/12/10 11:12 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Dryer]
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Well, My experience with MRE's (the canadian version, the IMP) is limited. but I wouldn't carry them hiking.. heavy, and other issues that I've heard from numerous people...

http://survivalacres.com/information/mres.html
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#128698 - 02/12/10 12:04 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Jimshaw]
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Originally Posted By Jimshaw
have you ever cooked quinoa while camping? Don't you have to cook quinoa twice? How about black beans, have you cooked them from scratch while camping?


Jim, I've cooked quinoa while camping plenty of times. It only needs to be cooked once, and cooks slightly faster than white rice. Some quinoa is bitter, and benefits from being rinsed before cooking. Red quinoa is sweeter than yellow.

I've also cooked various kinds of beans from scratch while camping. Soaking beforehand helps, but the cooking times are still silly long. And many beans won't cook at all above @5000ft or so, the water just doesn't get hot enough (unless you're carrying a pressure-cooker).
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#129249 - 02/21/10 02:32 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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I usually just catch my own trout when out on backpacking trips. Other than that just some power bars for snacks.
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#129258 - 02/21/10 03:18 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Mroberts]
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I should point out that Trout really don't have many calories--not even really fat ones!

I once read a great study of how many trout you would have to eat to make your daily 1800-2500 calories. It's WAY over the legal limit of fish to keep!
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#129278 - 02/21/10 11:10 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Your limit is "in possesion". Once eaten, who can prove it is in your possesion? Catch your limit. Eat them. Go catch more. The bigger issue is that 10 days of nothing but trout may be more than most people want to eat. But yes, the trail bar-trout diet can work if you can catch lots of fish. Better yet, catch a few really big ones. I have never been able to catch enough fish in the Sierra to live off them, but I have done this in the Wind Rivers on 4-day 40-mile survival treks.

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#130476 - 03/10/10 07:58 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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Sunflower seeds
1 ounce is 190 calories
12 ounces is equal to 2280 calories
At two bucks a pack, that is about 11.4 calories per cent.
Pretty good

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#130489 - 03/10/10 10:35 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Detailed list for 2 people for my 26 day xc trip in the Beartooths of MT, (although we took food for 28 days as a back up, this is what we actually used). The total food weight for 26 days in their 5 Ursacks came to 40 lbs even; the 5 Ursacks adding an additional 2 1/2 lbs. My wife insisted on a few extra "comfort" foods tossed in.

Menu for 26 days for 2

Breakfasts

All breakfasts for each of us (except the Ramen)were rebagged @ home and consisted of 2 store packets of hot cereal fortified w/ 2 heaping Tbls of Nido. There is no way anyone can live on only 1 package of oatmeal/Crm. of Wheat

26 bricks assorted Ramen soup (2 per breakfast)
14 bags of "Super Oatmeal"
12 bags of instant Crm of Wheat

Additionally, one of the extra items that my wife insisted on was a huge 2 lb bag of mixed dried fruit that we threw about a Tbls or 2 into every cereal breakfast

Lunch

2 18 oz jars of peanut butter and 2, 1 lb loaves Rubschlager cocktail bread. I can get the bread locally at most of our grocery stores in the deli section. The stuff is indestructible and lasted fine over the entire trip.

26 Cliff bars assorted varieties

2 lbs dried misc fruit

1 lb beef Jerky


Dinners

Homemade dehydrated meals using hamburger "gravel"

Shepard's Pie
"Spaghetti"
Oriental beef,beans and broccoli over rice
Chili
Spanish rice w/ 'burger


Using ground turkey gravel

Turkey and veggies w/gravy over stuffing

Using Bulk FD Chicken

Sweet and sour chicken over rice
Cheesy Chicken and broccoli over rice

Using "faux" ham (dried smoked chipped beef)

"Ham" and Julienned potatoes in cheddar cheese sauce

Misc meat and veggie dinners

Minestrone soup/Pasta E Fagioli (w leftover 'burger, chicken, and tortellini tossed in)

Spinach and ricotta tortellini in meat sauce

Cheesy potato and veggie chowder


All told, 12 ready to eat dinners.

A substantial portion of our protein came from "foraged" trout and I planned on 13 meals or 1/2 the trip from fish. The fish were cooperative and we never went hungry; but to balance out all the protein, I always throw in a "side dish" to go w/ the trout.

Most days we'd eat the fish as a late afternoon meal, then fish or dayhike 'till sunset and have our side for a late supper. All of my "sides" consisted of 6 oz dried weight of a carb source; pasta, rice, mashed potatoes, "instant" hash browns, stuffing, couscous in a gravy or cheese sauce or veggie pilaf.


13 sides to accompany trout:

Three home made "pasta and sauce":

Cheddar, Alfredo, 4 Cheese


Four Homemade Couscous blends:

Pilaf, Cheesy, Roasted Herb & Garlic and EEVO


Four homemade Potato recipes :

Mashed potatoes and Brown gravy, Scalloped "Hash browns", Cheesy "Hash Browns", Buttered "Hash Browns O'Brian"


Stuffing and Turkey Gravy

Instant Rice Pilaf

All of the sides were just large enough that we could get by for a day if the trout weren't biting but they always were.



Beginning to end


Assembling ingredients



Will it all fit ?



Yes


Ursacks ready to tie down for the night









YUMMM !!




And in the end... this is our TOTAL trash load after 25 days on trail

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#130492 - 03/10/10 10:52 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Swimswithtrout]
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That was one of the most impressive and enlightening posts I've seen in quite a while, on any forum. Hard work and a good effort go a long way and really pay off in the end. Sweet pictures!

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#151213 - 06/08/11 03:17 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Swimswithtrout]
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when I went to the beartoothe mountains we bad really bad weather the whole week crazy never done a trip that long, my dad has done 4 weeks, cant wait till my first trip like that grin so jealous...
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#151221 - 06/08/11 04:48 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: phat]
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My brother-in-law, a retired Army LtCol, used to tell me that Meals, Ready to Eat is three lies for the price of one. grin

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#151228 - 06/08/11 06:21 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Glenn]
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I've heard that MRE stands for Meals, Refused by Ethiopians...

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#151239 - 06/08/11 11:48 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: CamperMom]
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Just as surely as a member of the Armed Forces will protect and defend the constitution, he or she will complain about the chow. It is a tradition that goes back at least as far as Valley Forge.

Every MRE that I have ever eaten has stayed down, and was infinitely preferable to starvation. How's that for a ringing endorsement?

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#151275 - 06/09/11 08:41 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Swimswithtrout]
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Splendid dissertation. Thank you

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#151300 - 06/10/11 01:06 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: wandering_daisy]
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Originally Posted By wandering_daisy
Your limit is "in possesion".


Actually its not that way here in Tennessee "possession" limit is twice the daily limit (allowing for overnight trips I suppose). I agree it would be hard to prove if you had already ate the first batch. You would still be breaking the law here to keep more than your daily limit regardless of if you still had the first batch or not though.

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#151346 - 06/11/11 01:48 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Since this is Light Food Talk I’m surprised not to see more discussion of nutrition content per gram. Here is what I do: examine the label on a package of walnuts, for example, and note the calories, carbs, and fat versus the total weight. Do this for all your food items. You can plan a day’s food around this process and calculate exactly what to carry to get 3500 calories total, for example, including some reasonable balance of protein, fats, and carbs. Using the guide of 9 calories per gram for fats you might just bring olive oil to condense many calories into a light meal, and in fact I do just that, add olive oil to every dinner to pack on more calories while keeping pack weight low. This can get pretty complex so unless you keep your meals simple or eat the same thing each day it mitght be too much trouble. For long trips where you want to keep weight at a minimum, it does pay off. And you can use the same menu next year, making more sense of your time investment. Use 9 calories/gram for fats, 4 c/g for carbs and 4 c/g for protein.

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#151366 - 06/11/11 09:01 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Sedonaman]
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Sedonaman, There's a way to structure this to help a bit. I make up recipe cards for all the meals I use with some frequency, working out the nutrition and the weight on the back. Then, for a trip where I am able to pre-pack food (as in when I'm not dependent on grocery store resupply), I quite simply shuffle the deck until I have about the right number of calories each day, with something reasonable in terms of the nutritional mix. Best, jcp

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#151386 - 06/12/11 02:31 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: balzaccom]
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Originally Posted By balzaccom
So my wife and I have been doing some experiments over the winter, trying different combinations to create our own menus for this summer's backpacking trips. The goal is to create meals that taste good, are very lightweight, and have a ton of calories. And ideally, they should be cheap, too!

Our average freeze dried dinner weighs in at about 6-8 ounces, and usually has about 350 calories or so per serving. It costs about $6-8, and is a bit big and clunky--we always repackage in baggies. That means they are about 100 Calories per ounce. And about a penny per calorie.

We want to beat those ratios.

Sound impossible? Maybe. But in working through the options, we found something that does a pretty good job of meeting all those criteria.

So check out the Slim Jim beef stick: 170 calories, and less than a buck.

That's 170 calories per ounce...and about 1.7 calories per penny.

Now we are curious. Can any of the foods in your backpack beat that?



AVOCADOS. EGGS, CHEESE, SALMON PACKETS Bacon real rice. real beans,real pasta Eat fresh as long as you can bring seasonings, butter minced garlic, I cringe at the thought of the day i have take a mre hikeing. I usually feed everyone i hike with eventually, and have learned that fresh well seasoned / Prepared meals that are also high in protein, fat, and carb content. To be much more satisfying when they appeal to the pallet esp. with a nice cab or merlot. your miledge may varry but i will leave something nonessential at home to eat great out.

but then again what would i know i have only made a carrer out of feeding others.

Isnt that why we upgrade with lighter more expencive gear overtime. so when we find something we enjoy out we can comfortably carry it.

On my last trip i carried two 16oz. ribyes marrinating in sasoning and burbon. when i supprised my buddy with them at sundown. he said why did you do that and I simply replied because comfortably i could. after we polished of the steakes and baked potatoes i pulled out the rest of the burbon . i beleave he thought my pack had magical powers after that SAMOSET

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#151387 - 06/12/11 03:20 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Samoset]
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Loc: Maine/New Jersey
Originally Posted By Samoset
On my last trip i carried two 16oz. ribyes marrinating in sasoning and burbon. when i supprised my buddy with them at sundown. he said why did you do that and I simply replied because comfortably i could. after we polished of the steakes and baked potatoes i pulled out the rest of the burbon . i beleave he thought my pack had magical powers after that SAMOSET


Oh my, I think I just drooled all over my shirt. Wanna go hiking?! xP
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#151397 - 06/12/11 07:42 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Sedonaman]
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No matter what one thinks is best, it is worthless if it doesn't taste good ;-) On BPL you see guys (always guys!) over analyzing food for what is the highest cal/pro/fat ratio but never think about whether they can eat it day in and out laugh

Food is a gray area for me - I have no issue carrying avocados, nuts, etc - as food will get lighter every day. Day 1 is always heaviest but as the days slip by.....
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#154390 - 09/06/11 11:13 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Dryer]
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Registered: 07/08/11
Posts: 1109
Loc: Colorado
Here is a list of food I use that are less then 1 cent a calorie. My goal is 3,000 calories a day, a balanced diet,less than $3.00 a day and less than 1.5 pounds. I'm still working on recipies for lunch and supper.

Everything has to taste good, too. The way to get there is to buy in bulk, avoid anything that is prepared like instant soups, granola bars, etc. Buying in bulk means one has to make things they enjoy eating often at home or it goes stale.


Oats - Organic Rolled Oats $0.0005
Flour - King Arthur All Purpose White $0.0008
Sunflower seeds $0.0008
0 $0.0008
Bananas - Banana Slices Fried Sweetened $0.0009
Beans - Naural Groceries Organic Black Beans $0.0010
Adam's 100% natural Peanut btter. 1 lb 10 oz (tsp=30 g) $0.0010
Peanuts $0.0011
Favoirta Tortillas - 12 $0.0011
Bob's 10 grain hot cereal $0.0012
Nabisco whole grain premium saltines. 1 lb 1 oz $0.0013
Grapeseed oil - Napa Valley Natural 750 mil $0.0014
Potato Flour $0.0015
Rapunzal Whole Grain Organic Whole Grain Sugar $0.0015
Annie's Macaroni and cheese $0.0015
Vegi soup mix - Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup mix $0.0015
Raisins - Natural Grocers Organic California Thompson raisins $0.0015
Rice Bran $0.0017
Dehydrated Bananas $0.0017
Kettle Krinkle Cut Potato Chips, Sea Salt $0.0020
Honey Maid Honey Grahams baked with 100% Whole Grain $0.0021
Granola - Sweet Home Farm Granola - Maple Pecan $0.0021
Bob's Red Hill Muesli $0.0022
Now Healthy Foods Whey Tooo Good Brownie Mix $0.0022
Red Rock Original $0.0022
potato baked $0.0023
Olive oil $0.0024
eggs $0.0026
Gefen whole wheat Israeli Coucous - 8.8 oz $0.0029
Chocolate Chips $0.0031
Spaghetti - DeBoles Spaghetti Style Pasta $0.0033
Russet Potatoes - Grateful Harvest Organic 5 lb $0.0036
Dehydrated Onions $0.0036
Taste Adventure Refried Beans $0.0037
Rich Crackers $0.0038
Lasagna Noodles - DeBoles Rice Lasagna $0.0042
Yogurt - Brown Strawberry $0.0044
ExtremeTrail Mix Granola bars $0.0046
Yogart - Brown Cow Raspberry $0.0046
Dr. McDougal's Black bean and Lime soup $0.0049
Carob chips $0.0055
Black Bean Soup - Taste Adventure Black Bean Soup. $0.0064
Dr. Mc Dougal's Brown and wild rice fruited Pilaf $0.0066
Nile Spice Councourse Minestrone $0.0077
Nile Spice Lentil Soup $0.0082
Nile Spice Red Bean $0.0082
Green Pepper $0.0091
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#154543 - 09/12/11 02:14 AM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: Gershon]
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Posts: 114
Nice list, handy.
But:
Few of the items fall at or below the 0.001c target to provide
3k calories for $3.00 a day.

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#154555 - 09/12/11 01:07 PM Re: Can you beat this? [Re: frediver]
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Registered: 07/08/11
Posts: 1109
Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By frediver
Nice list, handy.
But:
Few of the items fall at or below the 0.001c target to provide
3k calories for $3.00 a day.


True, I'm finding $4 or 5 is more realistic.
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