Trail Food

In case you’re wondering we have three days of school left.  Don’t be jealous!  With summer just around the corner, my brain has turned towards our backpacking trip in full force.  It’s all I’ve been thinking about the last few days!  That’s actually a really good thing because this particular trip is going to take a little more preparation on my part than usual.

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Today I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for a special edition of What I Ate Wednesday.  Today we’re going to talk trail food!

Last year, John and I got a hold of a dehydrator and experimented with making our own backpacking meals for our big two week trip.  I bought a trail cookbook, and picked out a few meals to try.

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Honestly, I wasn’t expecting very much.  I thought it would be an interesting process, but in the end we’d decide that it was more trouble than it was worth, and go back to our typical Mountain House meals!

I made lists, shopped for ingredients, chopped, dehydrated, and packed it neatly into our backpacks along with some emergency store bought freeze dried meals, “just in case”.

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To our surprise and pleasure, we didn’t need those emergency meals at all!  The homemade backpacking meals we had in the backcountry were really, really good, and I promise it wasn’t just because we were starving!

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All that being said I definitely want to make a lot of our own meals this summer as well, but it is going to be a little bit more of a challenge.This year we’re going to have some company!

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Caite, Justin, and Dad are going to join us on our six day trek, and I am so excited about it!  This will be longest trip for any of them, and I’m determined to make it as comfortable as possible so they’ll love it enough to keep going.  A big part of comfort in the backcountry is food so I want to make sure they have a hot and delicious meal to enjoy at the end of the day.

There’s only a few problems.  First off, I’ll be preparing meals for five people instead of two.  Mostly this means that I’ll have to organize and start prepping early.

The major problem to overcome is my family’s picky eating habits!  Dad doesn’t like noodles, Caite won’t eat beans, and John isn’t the biggest fan of rice.  In the backpacking world, those are three of the major food groups!

After a little bit of perusing, I have narrowed it down to Sloppy Joes, Tex-Beef Fajitas, and Chili Mac and Cheese (Dad said he can handle noodles after that much hiking!).  I’d still like to pick one or two more recipes, and I might get really ambitious and try to do some breakfast meals.  We’ll see!  At any rate, I’m going to be one busy girl in the months leading up to the trip, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What’s your favorite meal after a long workout?  What food do you love when you’re hiking?

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5 thoughts on “Trail Food

  1. kimmeroo

    We’ve been drying food like crazy for a long canoe trip. Some favourites are burritos with refried beans, salsa, quinoa, and cheese (the beans and salsa dehydrate great, the cheese can too, although early on in the trip we’d use fresh) and sweet potato chili. We also dry a lentil pate that is really good for lunches – it has stir fried veggies, sunflower seeds, and lentils, so more nutritional bang than hummus, and super tasty.

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