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.