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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2017, 09:40:31 PM »
I make bacon, PB, and jelly sandwiches on French bread.  Doesn't soak thru,  minimal cost and really fills you up!

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2017, 10:22:43 PM »
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2017, 11:21:59 PM »
MRE,S they require no water or heat and you get everything you need and then some!! The new ones they have out now are way better than the ones we had in the late 80s early 90s
Where do you buy your mres?
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2017, 11:25:38 PM »
If I am in an area that allows fires, I will freeze two or three brats and bring them.  Easy to cook over the fire with a stick.  I will also bring the small ketchup and/or mustard packets.  For the next night I like the tuna and/or chicken packets, with a small mayo packet and some crackers. 

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #29 on: July 16, 2017, 07:28:45 AM »
MRE's are too heavy and too large. You can do a lot better for a lot less weight. My .02 is if you're going to bring MRE's you might as well bring a stove and filter and go the rehydration route with some chili Mac n beef.
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2017, 09:17:41 AM »
Yeah, not interested in MREs.  Never liked the taste of them, and they can be rather heavy.

I tried the bagel with PB, honey, bacon suggestion last night.  Tasty.   Thanks for that. Definitely doing that at least one night.

Going to try the baked potato idea that was suggested up thread, this week for lunch. 

Tried making my protein rice krispies recipe yesterday except with with apple cinnamon cheerios instead of the plain rice crisps.  Nah, going back to the usual recipe...little bit of an odd mix of flavors for me.  Quite a bit a protein when using the brown rice crisps, protein powder, and peanut powder.  Those will be breakfasts on the trail.  Light and high in protein.

I have protein bars I make for the trail, a couple different recipes.  Although am also giving these Green Belly bars a try.  Got a few arriving this week to try out.

Anybody else tried those Green Belly bars?

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2017, 01:28:39 PM »
Seahawk, I just purchased a box of 12 entrees off Sportsmans Guide. I won't pack entire MRE's. I'm not sure how an 8 oz "entree" is considered heavy to some of you when you're packing potatoes lol? Just one of these entrees per day + some misc forage could sustain you indefinitely.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #32 on: July 16, 2017, 05:14:10 PM »
Toast the bagels first, make the sammy then vac pack them.


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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #33 on: July 16, 2017, 05:19:10 PM »
Toast the bagels first, make the sammy then vac pack them.


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Yep that's the plan.  I toasted them as part of the trial last night.   Tasty. 

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #34 on: July 16, 2017, 08:41:49 PM »
I alternate between PB bagels with bagels, dried salami and a single serve mustard pack for lunches. Another option that works well is tortillas and dried salami wrapped around a cheddar cheese stick. Can cram 3 or 4 in a ziplock. With 5 slices Gallo salami, fajita size tortilla and Sargento low-fat cheddar it comes in at 2.99oz. with 270 calories and 15 grams protein. Down side is 945mg of sodium and they don't hit the 100cal/ounce criteria. I use Thomas bagels and bagel thins, never had a problem with dry out and I can get 7+ days out of them, but I don't toast them, or vacuum pack them.
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2017, 10:09:52 AM »
I've used tortillas quite a bit for carbs (usually for lunches), but have always carried them separately and made the wrap/whatever on the spot rather than trying to make it ahead of time and keep it from being a hot mess by the time I want to eat it. 

A tip on honey: just get a little plastic bottle and apply it to whatever right before eating.  The bottle costs almost no weight and will save you a lot of sticky headache. 

There are lots of great ideas here.  But I have to admit I'm a lightweight guy and some of these seem waaaaayyyy heavier than I'm willing to carry.  For the same reason, you'll never catch me hauling 3 days worth of water!  :chuckle:

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2017, 12:12:29 PM »
Seahawk, I just purchased a box of 12 entrees off Sportsmans Guide. I won't pack entire MRE's. I'm not sure how an 8 oz "entree" is considered heavy to some of you when you're packing potatoes lol? Just one of these entrees per day + some misc forage could sustain you indefinitely.

I'm not packing potatoes.
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2017, 12:16:55 PM »
the powder mashed potatoes are real light and cheap.  You can put in bags of your preference and just dump in warm or boiling water, really quick fluff up time--low fuel usage.  All kinds of flavors (butter/garlic/herb) and goes easy with dehydrated veggies and meats.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2017, 12:33:20 PM »
I also pack lots of Jerky and O'berto cocktail peps,  bagged in ziplock bags.
To me the worst part about backpacking, is the "excepted backpacking food".
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2017, 01:06:13 PM »
I also pack lots of Jerky and O'berto cocktail peps,  bagged in ziplock bags.
To me the worst part about backpacking, is the "excepted backpacking food".
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Yep, which is why I'm on here soliciting recipe idea.  :-)

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #40 on: July 17, 2017, 03:07:04 PM »
I like to add a little brown sugar to my PB, Bacon, and Honey sandwiches.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #41 on: July 18, 2017, 09:05:31 AM »
i just bring food i like to eat. ill pack a whole jar of peanut butter and a box of crackers. sleeves of pringles. cheez its. olive oil/pepper triscuit and yellow fin tuna in olive oil is LEGIT. ive been packing these tiny muffins this year so far. lanjaeger!! some candy like snickers or twix. somewhere on here i have a pic of all my food for a 5 day hunt. not much of it is what id consider "backpacking food"

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2017, 11:29:02 AM »
What I did on my last trip this spring.

Breakfast was coffee and a breakfast bar I created at home. Protein powder, honey, peanut butter, cashews, other nuts, quinoa, spice stuff. baked, then cut into 6 bars which equaled around 360 calories per bar and turned out amazing tasting.

Mid morning snack was a nut trail mix

Lunch, I took a package of tortillas, a single serve peanut butter cup, I vacuum sealed single serve honey packets, and vacuum sealed a serving of cooked bacon.  I made my wraps on the mountain each lunch time.

Afternoon snack was elk jerky I made

Dinner was dehydrated homemade meals.
One meal that I ate 2 of the 4 nights was chicken breast cut up small cooked in cream of mushroom soup, cooled and dehydrated.  Place that chicken mix in a vacuum seal bag with a ziplok end and pour in a half box of cous cous from the store.  Seal and hit the mountain.  Dinner time, open the ziplok end, pour in boiling water and wait a while to eat.  Was amazing!

The other meal I did was ground elk with steak sauce cooked and dehydrated, half an onion cut and dehydrated, 1/2 cup mushroom dehydrated.  Throw those three in the vac bags, add half a box of cous cous seal and pack. When ready to eat add water and eat a while later.  Also an amazing meal and way freaking cheaper and better for you than what you can buy. Super easy to make and prep.
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #43 on: July 18, 2017, 01:25:42 PM »
In the early impoverished days when I had more muscle than money I packed pre-baked potatoes, hard boiled eggs, apples and pre-grilled game steak.  Also, a Jim Beam "traveler" on fishing/camping trips.

More recently, I packed premixed instant coffee, creamer and sugar; MREs; pita pocket bread and tuna pouches or turkey Spam singles with individual mayo or mustard packs; summer sausage and block cheese; dried fruits; and a trail mix consisting of premium mixed nuts, M&Ms, and raisins.  I've bought lots of freeze dried meals over the years and the weight is great, but I don't care for them and I was only spiking out 1-3 nights when hunting.
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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #44 on: July 18, 2017, 08:12:00 PM »
OK, that does it... I'm making a point to at least pack in one potato and some sausage w/ my MRE entrees and whisky this year. Good octane to hunt hard.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #45 on: July 18, 2017, 08:32:38 PM »
This is one of my favorite threads in a long time.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #46 on: July 18, 2017, 08:51:50 PM »
One thing I noticed was the "hiking" food seems to be great when I'm done hiking and sitting in camp, but my body seems to respond to regular food better. Goldfish crackers, regular granola bars, sandwiches, cheese if it'll keep, peanut butter. Heard a podcast called "the Hunt Backcountry podcast where they did a death hike into the Frank Church and they said the same thing.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2017, 08:57:14 AM »
Just a couple of ideas, if I double tap someone my apologies. 

Pack a small dried salami, Italian prosciutto, or other cured meat and cheese with tortilla or crackers

I like packets of tuna/salmon/spam singles/chicken mixed up in a cup with mayonnaise packets/relish packets/mustard packets.  Make a sandwich salad to eat with tortillas or crackers.

By a good country ham (real salt/sugar cured) and slice off portions, pack in a zip lock with the air pressed out of the bag.  Can be eaten as a sandwich or breakfast and requires no refrigeration.

I like to pack home made biscuits, I wrap them up still warm in aluminum foil and slide them in a tennis ball can.  Goes good with everything above. 

I hate to admit it but I raid the local KFC for honey packets and butter packets.  If you have a KFC/Taco Bell combo you can also get hot sauce, salsa verde, and sour cream packs.

A few airline sized single malt whiskeys and you'll be set.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #48 on: July 24, 2017, 09:55:46 AM »
http://www.minimus.biz/FoodMain.aspx

awesome for single serving sauces, peanut butter, jelly, olive oil, etc  :tup:
makes packing that stuff WAY easier.

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Re: Alternate backpacking meals ideas?
« Reply #49 on: July 25, 2017, 09:58:44 AM »
Some good ideas I never thought of.

 

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