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    backcountry eating: backcountry cooking

    by richiecdisc Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    nuts & dried fruit are gourmet meal with this view

    Eating in the backcountry is an experience everyone should have to do once. It makes you appreciate food in an entirely different way. First, there is the effort to get the food to where you are. You have to carry everything and weight is a factor. Second, you are hungrier than you normally are due to all the energy expended to get not only the food but your camping gear and self to where you are now eating.

    Favorite Dish: Dried food is lightest to carry and one of the easiest to prepare but their recommendation on how much to bring is generally idealistic at best. In short, you almost need twice as much as they tell you to bring. If they say, it's two servings, it's more like one. They are pricey so we've learned to supplement the meals with extra carb portions. For instance, if it's a Chinese chicken meal, we add extra instant rice. If it's a stew, we add instant mashed potatoes. The meals are on the wet side for our tastes so the additions make for a better consistency as well as more filling meal. We generally have an oriental soup of some kind to flesh it out and if super hungry dip into our lunch supplies.

    For breakfasts, we have either instant oatmeal or oriental porridge if we can find it. We brought a bunch from Florida but you can't find it unless there is a good oriental grocery. It was even hard to find in San Francisco's Chinatown! Lunches are mostly snacks and are eaten in installments. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate give us all the energy we need without feeling overly full.

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