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Is it worth it to dehydrated cooked quinoa, or just use bagged dry quinoa?

As the title suggest, I'm going on a kayaking trip for 3 nights and am planning to eat quinoa/veggies/tofu every night. I already have my veggies and tofu dehydrated, but my quinoa I was just planning to cook fresh every night, however that will use a lot more gas since I have to cook it for 15-20 mins.

Has anyone dehydrated quinoa before? Is it worth it/difficult? I'm new to this so I'm worried about doing it wrong and it goes bad while I'm camping.

20 Comments
2024/06/19
22:01 UTC

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Is the 2-cup stasher bag enough

I just got the 3-pack of stasher bags with the 1 cup, 2 cup, and 4 cup sizes. I feel like the 2 looks maybe too small and the 4 cup almost definitely too big. The 1 cup would probably only work for oatmeal. Any experience from the community would be appreciated.

5 Comments
2024/06/17
04:09 UTC

120

Love a solid breakfast taco in the backcountry

15 Comments
2024/06/11
15:51 UTC

42

First “homemade” meal

Did an overnight with my son and decided to try a mac and cheese recipe from dirty gourmet. Nothing fancy, but I was pretty satisfied with it. I’ll definitely add seasoning as it cooks next time I make it instead of waiting until it’s done.

4 Comments
2024/06/10
21:57 UTC

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How long do you think you could go only eating skurka beans for dinner

Planning on hiking the CT this year and want to mail myself boxes along the way. I’m running short on time and skurka beans are a pretty easy dinner. However, we’re talking about a month of only eating rice and beans for dinner.

Thoughts?

19 Comments
2024/06/10
20:58 UTC

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AT Resupply: Mail Drop Boxes or Buy at Stops/Stores Along the Way?

I plan to start my thru hike of the AT beginning next March. I'm trying to decide whether to use mail drop boxes or buy at stores along the way. What are your thoughts and considerations? I'm particularly interested in actual experiences people have had.

5 Comments
2024/06/10
18:47 UTC

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Any suggestions for spicing up noodles + lentils?

Hello,

Wanted to try making my own meals for my upcoming trip. Planning on doing a couple of meals using dried lentils and some pasta noodles. Anyone have any suggestions to add onto this? Was thinking maybe some beans or some such, sauces? Spices? TIA!

10 Comments
2024/06/03
21:36 UTC

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Savory Protein Bars

Hi everyone - longtime reddit-reader, first time poster! I'm a decently serious outdoors enthusiast (backpacker, skiing/touring, trail runner) and am really tired of there only being sweet protein bar options on the market, and I'm guessing I'm not alone. I'm also gf (intolerant) so it's challenging to bring bread or other snacks/meals on the trail, so I usually resort to tuna packets.

I'm looking to create a new protein bar that will be savory, mostly catering to outdoorsy folk and (secondarily) health conscious individuals. I'd love to hear -- is this something you'd be interested in? What texture would the bar need to have? There's been a few savory protein bars (e.g. Skratch) that have discontinued and I'm wondering if that's because of poor taste/execution or lack of interest. I also have a brief (<5 min) survey and would be very grateful for any responses - thank you!

15 Comments
2024/06/02
19:27 UTC

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Dented MSR liquid fuel bottle

I have a somewhat severely dented 20oz liquid fuel bottle that doesn’t leak gas and there has been no damage to the seal.. is it safe to use? Or should I scrap it? I use it on the whisperlite universal

7 Comments
2024/05/31
23:43 UTC

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Hot Granola Recipe

I want to mimic the Alpen Fuel breakfasts as they are delicious and high in calories. It says granola, but is like a thick and hearty oatmeal when mixed with hot water, no crunchyness at all. Anyone have any tips on how to make granola that you can heat up on the trail? I have been messing around with making dehydrated steel cut oats but I think a hydratable granola would be better. Any tips or recipes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

5 Comments
2024/05/19
00:31 UTC

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Favorite "unnecessary" trail treats? First time backpacker wanting to impress my buddies

Maybe impress is the wrong word, but I'll be joining 3 experienced hikers who will most likely have all of the essential gear and food, so I'd like to have something extra to bust out as a way of saying thanks for bringing me along. So what are your favorites? Or what have you wished you had while on the trail that was maybe just slightly too impractical for your to bring yourself?

123 Comments
2024/05/14
16:58 UTC

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474Mile walking adventure HELP!!!!

So me (20M) and my friend (20M) want to do a 763KM (474MILE) walk across Romania this summer in June, It's a move for our new business campaing called HAZE XTREME. I would really use some tips & tricks for training, preparing and how to make it alive till the finish :)))

I want to mention that we are not trained for this type of endurance, I did sports my whole life ex: Football, Kickbox, Swimming but that was till 2 years ago, from then I didn't really do any training

7 Comments
2024/05/14
13:52 UTC

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Anyone know which fast food chain offers Tapatio packets? I want to mix them into my trail meals!

14 Comments
2024/05/13
17:43 UTC

12

Pasta Knorr chicken sides

I'm sure this is common knowledge or that it has been discussed somewhere on here, but I just can't seem to find any information about this. The chicken pasta Knorr side calls for 2 cups of water when doing it on the stove. I'm just pouring water into the package itself or repackaging it into a freezer bag and adding the water. So, how much do I add?

10 Comments
2024/05/07
00:04 UTC

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Cooking a Full Irish Breakfast on the banks of the river Barrow, County Carlow, South East Ireland.

1 Comment
2024/05/05
11:14 UTC

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Why are fats discouraged when dehydrating meals but not freeze-dried?

The general advice is to avoid dehydrating foods high in fat to prevent the food from becoming rancid.

Fats become rancid through exposure to oxygen (oxidative rancidity) or moisture (hydrolytic rancidity). Drying the foods removes the moisture and vacuum sealing or removing the oxygen with an oxygen absorber removes the oxygen.

Lots of freeze-dried meals from the store are high in fat (usually saturated fat likely because it is less likely to go rancid).

I am curious to know why fats are present in freeze-dried meals but not dehydrated meals. My only guess would be moisture content but I’m curious as to what you guys think

Edit: I’m also curious to know if adding a silica packet could help prevent fat rancidity in dehydrated meals since they are commonly found with commercial beef jerky

13 Comments
2024/05/01
16:19 UTC

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I'm going to the channel Islands for a day trip, what can I bring for food?

This is my first time doing the day trip obviously there's no food or water on the island. I am vegetarian

8 Comments
2024/04/30
18:23 UTC

5

Canoe trip meals

I am going on a canoe trip in about 2weeks. I would make my own meals, but the school has banned stoves/fire, so no hot water for the trip. I was looking into MREs, but I’ve read that they taste horrible and are overpriced. I was hoping to be able to eat some hot food for the trip. It’s around 3 days, so 6 meals. (Dinner is provided)

Thank you!

29 Comments
2024/04/30
17:29 UTC

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Easy trail meals with premade sealed sauce packets

Just discovered Japanese curry premade sauce packs, just reheat and serve over rice, add onion and spinach and canned chicken breast for a bomb trail meal.

What other premade sauce packet brands am i missing?

11 Comments
2024/04/27
17:58 UTC

12

Milk powder

Hey everyone

I’m in search of you’re favourite best tasting milk powder to take on my first multi day hike

I’d be limited to the Australian market

Thanks all

17 Comments
2024/04/25
22:39 UTC

5

Meat prep help

I’m only gone for two nights but I really wanna try a dehydrated meal for the second night. I’m thinking maybe spaghetti but I don’t actually have a food dehydrator. I know you have do it with the oven but have never attempted anything. Any advice or tips?

6 Comments
2024/04/22
00:43 UTC

5

Anyone Done Cornbread In A Toaster Oven?

My mom and her camping buddies are planning some get-together and one of the nights one lady said she's making some award-winning chili and asked my mom if she would find a good cornbread recipe "since I know you love to bake!" And my mom is a great baker but she generally uses a conventional oven, and her camper only has a toaster oven.

So now I'm tasked with figuring out how to make good cornbread in a toaster oven. Anyone have any idea how this would work?

15 Comments
2024/04/21
15:44 UTC

11

Long term, healthy eating?

Hey all,

I'm going on a backpacking trip soon for probs about 9-10 months, across many countries, and I'm considering foods to stay healthy with as I'll be rock climbing the whole time. I'm thinking of lots of oats and nuts, as they'll be quite cheap and in most places and last a while, then I'm struggling a bit with protein (maybe cured meats?). Also, I'm wondering how to get vitamins when I'll be away from civilization for a couple of days at a time, as I'm gonna be out in nature a lot and sleeping in a tent. Maybe multivitamin tablets? Suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

11 Comments
2024/04/18
13:02 UTC

12

Food packing ideas

Might be going on a 7 day backpacking trip. I am allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, legumes (but oddly not soy lecithin or soy oil) and Seeds. Can I eat anything for backpacking? hahaha

7 Comments
2024/04/15
19:00 UTC

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Dehydrating rice

Hey guys, I am interested in dehdrating rice for curries etc. However I‘m a bit worried about the food safety aspect due to Bacillus cereus. What is your opinion on this? Isn‘t rice in the food dehydrator the ideal breeding ground for Bacillus cereus? I saw a few of you recommending instant rice. However this is not available in my country only the ones you put into the microwave (I think this isn‘t suitable to make on trail, but correct me if I‘m wrong). Is there a good alternative for dehydrated rice, or is it save in your opinion?

34 Comments
2024/04/14
06:52 UTC

2

Vac Pack and freeze

Hi all,

Just had a question about vacuum sealing and frozen meals for a short day hike. I know if I cooked for example a stew the night or two nights before and froze it that it probably wouldn't melt for hours if I had it in a refrigerator bag with other frozen items. If I'm doing just a ome day overnight hike and eating my frozen meal at night when it's probably been cold or almost defrosted at this point I'd imagine that it's OK.

I am previously a chef so I understand the food safety aspects and where I'm comfortable pushing it. Just wanted to see if there's anything I'm forgetting

Thanks

5 Comments
2024/04/12
01:01 UTC

134

Steak tacos with avocado & salsa verde

6 Comments
2024/04/11
23:58 UTC

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Quick meals ideas? Probably mention something frozen as well.

3 Comments
2024/04/08
21:21 UTC

4

Radix dinner meal with room temperature water?

Hey y’all, I’m going on a camping trip and don’t know if the sites will have facilities to boil water and can’t use a portable a stove due to fire ban… I’m wanting to know if anyone has tried making the dinner radix meals up with cold water instead of boiling and if they were ok to eat still? The website FAQs say it is possible but wanted to see if anyone has actually done it. Thanks y’all

3 Comments
2024/04/08
06:19 UTC

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Hummus?

I love hummus. I make it at home frequently, and use it as a dip, or a spread, or just a serving on the plate.

I think hummus would be great for the trail, but I would prefer to carry it in dehydrated or freeze-dried form, adding the water when I reach camp.

My hummus recipe contains a lot of yogurt, so I don't think it would dehydrate well.

Does anyone here have either a commercial just-add-water (and possibly oil) hummus mix that you recommend, or a homemade hummus recipe that readily dehydrates in a home dehydrator?

44 Comments
2024/04/04
17:01 UTC

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