Trail Cooking Ideas

When you go backpacking out into the backcountry trails around you, it is essential that you have some good food to replenish the nutrients that you’ll expend walking, climbing, and exhausting yourself. I’ve been on trips where we got a little caught up and weren’t back when we planned. If we hadn’t  of had good food we would have been in a world of hurt. When we got back to our Coral Hills Best Western we weren’t even that hungry which was remarkable.

Backpacking in southern UtahPhoto Credit: Natalie Lucier

I want to give a quick idea, little feed, I got them on the people and it’s also easy to breakdown just for individual needs but it’s just going to be a quick cooking tip. I actually got part of the idea behind it from Backpacker magazine, so I’ll give them credit, it’s basically instant stuffing with a turkey kind because you can’t get turkey in a pouch. So we want white chicken and Craisins for cranberries, and I actually got the orange flavor. With that just get some water boiled.

I get part of the packet and pour it into a sushi bowl, we’re going to put the hot water in there, let it soak up then add our chicken and our Craisins that will give you a nice meal for a little Thanksgiving flair on the trail.

Alright so with approximately about a third of the bag … maybe half bag in here I just add in the water, I just kind of pour it in there, put the lid on off the pot and let it kind of steam up, left a little bit of water in the bottom here just to kind of warm up the chicken pieces and kind of re-hydrate some of the Craisins.

I just did this off of my stove, it’s just the residual heat in hot water and then obviously I still had enough for some nice coffee later, but it’s pretty good, especially when your famished on a backcountry trail.

So there it is, its all finish up and again it’s about a third to half the total amount that you can get of … that carry on that box. So you can either be fit, you know, in your packs and feed a large group and you got a nice little cup of coffee with some little orange Craisin chicken stuffing.

Backpacking Food – Breakfast Idea’s

One of the biggest and most asked questions about backpacking is what is the best food to bring? And it is in fact a good question, as weight is always a consideration in regards to backpacking, packing the correct food becomes imperative. I was recently on a trip where one of my companions packed a bunch of canned food! Never do that, ten miles into the trip we had to distribute out his packs weight among the others. Believe me when we got back to our hotel, Coral Hills Best Western we had some talking to of this guy.

So I’m going to show you our few ideas for breakfast while backpacking in addition to having the processed foods like pop tarts or the oatmeal, cookies that you can get.

Coral Hills backpacking oatmealPhoto Credit: S Diddy

The other classics are beagles and instant oatmeal, they’re always good for warm ones, I like these little freeze rag coffee packets, very easy to use, simple to make. And the other one that I want to show you today is something that I like to do for a hot breakfast in the morning and when oatmeal gets too boring for the day or whatever.

Because what you do is you take some minute rice, some instant rice and you put them in one of this heavy duty Ziploc bags and then with the rice, what you do is you just put in a spoonful of some brown sugar and then mixed in a couple of spoonfuls of powdered milk and the powdered milk you can buy it in the bulk section in your grocery store so you can hover much you want of it and then when you’re mixing that in here you can add, you know, have as much or little you want depending on the creaminess of the mixture and then you can add in some cinnamon just for taste, you can then have it much you want.

Now what you have is a good breakfast mixture of instant rice, powdered milk, brown sugar and cinnamon and then what you do is you boil up some water and you kind of fill it to the top so it’s kind of level at the top of rice here, seal it up, let it sit for 7 or 8 minutes and you have a nice hot breakfast.

So that’s it, that’s one of the techniques I use to pack a light and easy but energy fortified food for your backpacking excursions.