Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#178632 - 07/24/13 03:10 PM Favorite Meal
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
I thought it would be fun to share a favorite brand or meal entree you have eaten in the backcountry. For me it was probably the Jamaican jerk chicken from Backpacker's Pantry.
_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top
#178637 - 07/24/13 06:17 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
Heather-ak Offline
member

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 597
Loc: Fairbanks, AK
Mountain House Raspberry Crumble - we buy this by the big can and eat it year around, it is that good!

Top
#178641 - 07/25/13 12:02 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
lori Offline
member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2801
Chili, served over brown rice. Off the trays of my dehydrator into a bag into the bear can. Cheddar cheese stick for melting over the top is a must.

I don't do fake food.
_________________________
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." Shunryu Suzuki

http://hikeandbackpack.com

Top
#178643 - 07/25/13 12:24 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: lori]
OregonMouse Online   content
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6391
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Mine is a recipe called "Spicy Mexican Lentils," cooked on my stove, then dehydrated and reconstituted. (Lentils do very well for this food preparation method.) Actually, I tone down the spicy part a bit (using mild salsa) since my stomach no longer tolerates highly seasoned food. Rice and sundried tomatoes go well with this dish.

Freeze-dried sawdust dinners are not for me, especially with all the artificial ingredients and extremely high sodium content. I strongly recommend reading the label before eating any of that stuff! There are freeze-dried foods without all the chemical preservatives; I especially like those from Packit Gourmet.
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top
#178645 - 07/25/13 08:54 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: lori]
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
Originally Posted By lori
Chili, served over brown rice. Off the trays of my dehydrator into a bag into the bear can. Cheddar cheese stick for melting over the top is a must.

I don't do fake food.


I had a failed attempt at dehydrating my own meal. I tried to dehydrate some chicken breasts and ended up leaving them in dehydrator a lot longer than I was suppose too. I was helping a neighbor and forgot all about my chicken dehydrating until I came home. Anyway, I tried to rehydrate with boiling water and after 10 minutes it was still hard... confused Maybe I need re-read how to do it and keep trying.
_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top
#178646 - 07/25/13 10:19 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
CamperMom Offline
member

Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 1186
Loc: Eastern MA, USA
I have better luck with cooked shredded or ground meats for dehydrating and rehydrating. Canned tuna and shrimp do well, as well as pre-cooked mock crab and shrimp (previously frozen), and pulled BBQ pork. I'd guess that pulled/shredded chicken or beef would also do well, based on how well the BBQ pork did.

CM

Top
#178648 - 07/25/13 11:04 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: CamperMom]
OregonMouse Online   content
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6391
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Chicken needs to be pressure cooked before dehydrating or it becomes chicken jerky or worse. In other words, start with canned chicken. Any meat needs to be in very small pieces.

Lots of dehydrating info on trailcooking.com
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top
#178652 - 07/26/13 08:45 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: OregonMouse]
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
Originally Posted By OregonMouse
Chicken needs to be pressure cooked before dehydrating or it becomes chicken jerky or worse. In other words, start with canned chicken. Any meat needs to be in very small pieces.

Lots of dehydrating info on trailcooking.com


AHHH. I grilled my chicken before dehydrating.....I see.
_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top
#178655 - 07/26/13 10:02 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
lori Offline
member

Registered: 01/22/08
Posts: 2801
Food should be in small pieces before dehydrating, and yep, chicken does best if it's pressure cooked...

But a whole tuna casserole comes back like magic... even the little broccoli trees looked like broccoli, tasted like broccoli.... it pays to set up the dehydrator in a corner out of the way and use it to "store" leftovers, as long as you're going to be using the meals within a month or so. Some things don't completely dehydrate but will definitely be trail worthy. Spread the dish thin as you can on a tray or parchment paper and go.
_________________________
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's mind there are few." Shunryu Suzuki

http://hikeandbackpack.com

Top
#178657 - 07/26/13 10:27 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
billstephenson Offline
Moderator

Registered: 02/07/07
Posts: 3886
Loc: Ozark Mountains in SW Missouri
I've taken frozen steak and/or "Cornish Game Hens" for the first night out lots of times. Usually bring a foil wrapped potato to toss in the coals of my campfire to go with them. Frozen breakfast burritos are great too, and they'll last a couple days in my pack if insulated well.

After that I'm using off the shelf dehydrated meals, usually Mountain House. I don't really have a favorite one of those, but they keep me from starving and keep my pack weight down. Oatmeal with dried fruit is always good for breakfast.
_________________________
--

"You want to go where?"



Top
#178676 - 07/26/13 04:45 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: billstephenson]
balzaccom Online   content
member

Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1726
Loc: Napa, CA
Tanya's Taqueria Carnitas Burrito, sliced like a loaf of bread and dehydrated here at home.

Heaven in a plastic bag!
_________________________
balzaccom

check out our website and blog: http://www.backpackthesierra.com/home

Top
#178705 - 07/28/13 12:15 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
wandering_daisy Offline
member

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 2745
Loc: California
Any meal supplemented by a pan full of fried fish!

I do not have favorite meals, but do have favorite "treats"- dark chocolate, Rio coffee candies, Bengal Spice tea.

Top
#178706 - 07/28/13 12:46 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: balzaccom]
dkramalc Offline
member

Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 1070
Loc: California
Now there's something I never considered - slicing and dehydrating a burrito! It DOES sound like heaven...
_________________________
dk

Top
#178713 - 07/28/13 05:48 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: Heather-ak]
Keith Offline
member

Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 1664
Loc: Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Originally Posted By Heather-ak
Mountain House Raspberry Crumble - we buy this by the big can and eat it year around, it is that good!


Yes, indeed!
Only improvement to be made is supplementing it with fresh wild raspberries when you are camping near some. smile
_________________________
Human Resources Memo: Floggings will continue until morale improves.

Top
#178718 - 07/28/13 08:36 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
JPete Offline
member

Registered: 05/28/09
Posts: 304
Loc: Eastern Ontario
I have actually had a couple of reasonable freeze-dried dinners, but I've enjoyed C-rats (and found some MREs to be an improvement), so that's not exactly a ringing endorsement.

These days, my favorite is couscous curry. Approximately equal proportions (for one person that's about three tablespoons) of couscous, red lentils, nuts (I use mostly cashews), and dried fruit (I use either chopped dates or chopped apricots -- a few extra calories with the dates), plus a tablespoon of your favorite curry powder. Put in a freezer bag and at dinner time add about three quarters of a cup of boiling water. Yummy.

best, jcp

Top
#178724 - 07/29/13 12:13 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: JPete]
OregonMouse Online   content
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6391
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
JPete, that curry sounds yummy--I'm going to have to try it!
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top
#178736 - 07/29/13 01:33 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: OregonMouse]
LookinUp Offline
member

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 24
Loc: NE TX
One of my favorites is an avocado (yes it's heavy,but it gets eaten quickly),a couple or three salsa packets, and a couple of rice cakes. Cut the avocado in half, remove pit and in each half mash the flesh, add salsa and scoop onto a rice cake, serves 2. Pack out skin and seed. I like this on a weekend overnighter when weight isn't really an issue.

Breakfast: favorite granola, powdered rice milk, and freeze dried fruit, just add cold water.

Top
#179758 - 09/18/13 01:02 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
LHG12 Offline
newbie

Registered: 09/17/13
Posts: 2
Crayfish and rice
If we are near a water source in Michigan that has crayfish that are accesable we will catch a a few (6-10 per person depending on the size) Get a decent size pot of water boiling (we use our aluminum perkalator) with a cajun spice blend, drop in your crayfish and let them boil for until they turn bright red. Add your seasoned minute rice, cover and remove from heat. In two minutes you will have a feast. Yum. My mouth is watering just thinkning about it.

Top
#179763 - 09/18/13 09:20 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
SC Forester Offline
member

Registered: 05/12/12
Posts: 27
Loc: SC
It was once Ramen and a can of Chicken. Now I'll dehydrate some refried beans and a bunch of mild salsa (dehydrating seems to concentrate the spice IMHO)add in some cheese and a tortilla and you have a quick and easy bean burrito. I also like the Cowboy Pasta from Hawk VittleS

Top
#181355 - 12/17/13 09:24 AM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
Robotmoose Offline
member

Registered: 04/19/13
Posts: 79
reviving a dead thread here, but a frequent favorite from my days as a young Scout just came to mind:
Wild mushroom and smoked duck risotto.
It's pretty straightforward, but the lynch pin is the smoked duck leg. In Chinese markets in SF you can find a salted smoked duck leg that's cured and shelf-stable. The other items are also off-the shelf bits, boxed risotto mix and a small handful of dried wild mushroom blend available from the bulk section of many grocery stores.
The first step is to first boil and soak the duck leg for a bit, pitch the first change of water to free up the excess salt. After that you boil it again for a few minutes, add the mushrooms and risotto mix and let it simmer for a few minutes before just letting it rest in a pot cozy.


In recent years, I've found it hard to find the duck legs so I'm in the process of learning how to cure and smoke them from home in my smoker.
_________________________
"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready."
"The joy of living is his who has the heart to demand it."
- Theodore Roosevelt

Top
#186909 - 09/01/14 03:19 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: ETSU Pride]
cocadori Offline
newbie

Registered: 09/01/14
Posts: 11
Loc: Montana
You'd be hard pressed to find anything better outside of Mountain House anything... but My fav's are

Beef Stroganoff
Breakfast Skillet
Raspberry Crumble
Apple Crisp

_________________________


Top
#186953 - 09/02/14 09:00 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: cocadori]
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
Packit Gourmet. cool
_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top
#186956 - 09/02/14 09:09 PM Re: Favorite Meal [Re: cocadori]
OregonMouse Online   content
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6391
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
None of which I will touch. I prefer my food without preservatives, and I have to be on a low sodium diet. YMMV, of course.
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
compass, thermometer, baro/altimeter
by edfardos
11/19/17 09:54 PM
Shoe question.
by lupacexi
11/11/17 01:34 PM
Went to a gatewood cape and love
by toddfw2003
10/30/17 01:28 AM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days
by toddfw2003
11/19/17 11:31 AM
Flamable fabrics?
by
11/13/17 09:31 PM
Arcteryx/general sizing question
by glocke12
11/12/17 01:57 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
Plant based insulation...
by billstephenson
11/18/17 02:58 PM
Primaloft question
by PaHiker
11/07/17 08:57 PM
Quilt thoughts / questions
by PaHiker
10/27/17 02:36 PM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 34 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Aegarth, Bill S., ashrafjaman, Sequild, tick20002
12455 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com