Backpacking Food Packets

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Introduction: Backpacking Food Packets


I like hiking and backpacking, but I don't want to visit fast food restaurants to steal condiments. Besides, unless you hit an asian restaurant, burger joint, and mexican restaurant, not to mention a salad bar, how can you get the variety you want? I came up with a way to bring my liquid condiments with me without filling messy bottles that could leak, and without the bulk and weight of canisters, such as peanut butter jars.

Assuming you can find commercial food packets, often they are 3 times the price pound per pound than the full bottle. Why not use what you have?

Step 1: You Will Need


Food sealer
Sealer bag roll
Condiments

Tools:
Scissors
Sharpie

Step 2: Measure, Cut and Seal


Measure a 4" piece of sealer bag and seal the bottom. Most sealers have a seal only option.

Step 3: Seal the Notch


Adding a notch to the end of the food packet will direct the flow of condiments squished out toward a single point, making it easy to spread.

Seal 2 45 degree angles on two corners on one side of the bag. Leave the top open.

Step 4: Add the Condiments

Really any liquid should work, including:

-Salad dressings
-Mustard, mayo, etc (but you can steal them from fast food places)
-Peanut butter and Jelly
-Salsa
-Asian sauces, such as teriyaki, wasabi, etc.
-Hot sauces, sriracha, etc.

I used PB & J and Salsa for these demos.

Try to keep the top edge as clean as possible. This will aid sealing.

You could also do dry ingredients, such as a trail bread mix or brownies.

After you add the food, wipe clean the top edge if necessary and seal the liquid in, while vacuuming the air out. You can end here, but I prefer to seal off the excess and cut it off.

Step 5: Seal the Excess


Smoosh the food to the notch side and seal the side as close to the food as possible. This will cut on weight and bulk, if only a little.

Step 6: Finishing


Label each one-- it's best if you label them. You don't want to put mayo on your blueberry bagel, unless that's your thing.

To use it, cut the notch open with a knife and squeeze it out onto your meal. You can also cut little notches with scissors before you leave and tear it open.

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only just joined instructables today and so many things I will be trying and doing in this new year today being 8 of jan 2016 and this will def be in the top 10 so cheers mate and happy camping

Only the smart will survive and along with them the food saver. This is a great way to keep the knickers dry and clean while not having to worry if the ketchup packet has decided to take your clothes with it. My best friend and I went on a 2 day mountain hike. It turned into a 6 hour trip. *side note. I'm now a firm believer in snow shoes.* anyway we basically vacuum packed everything we brought with us. it a good tip and a good way to keep organized. there is one thing i will say about the vac sealing. make sure you wipe out the ....trench.....*only word that is available right now, please check back later* the end of the bag sits in when vacuuming. can make funny noises and make interesting smells later on in your vacuuming career.

Now that i think of it, i still have a vac-sealed pair of undies in there......

Yeah if only they made a field vacuum sealer with reusable bags. Then you could seal in those wet clothes from when you only thought the river "went up to your ankles". Have it solar and built into a backpack. That would be sick.

they do- there is a kit you can buy for vacuum sealing your fishing/hunting catch, comes with a little hand operated suction pump NZ$39 for pump and six bags- I think it is a north american brand tho'. Try your local hunting store, I just got one and sealed up a spare set of merino thermals, hat and gloves next up. They have a ziploc top and a small valve. Whole lot is very small and portable- enjoy

late comment but they make clothes bags - like the ones you vacuum - these are made to be sealed (by zipper a la ziploc bag) but have a hole (with cap) So you can put your clothes in and roll out the air - then seal the bag & roll out more air. Does that make sense? You can get them at any dollar store. Not as compact as vaccum sealed but still smaller and dry.

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Would these be safe for unrefrigerated food storage?

I wouldn't recommend storing these with perishable food for any extended period of time. This process only removes the air, and does not kill microbes that would be killed during home canning. The risk would be higher for a jar that has had multiple contacts with foreign objects-- spoons and knives. I only do these packets right before a trip so they stay fresh, and I keep them in the fridge until I leave.

i believe if they are brought up to 180 deg f after making that should kill bacteria

Watch the alton brown recipe on Jam. 180 degrees does kill bacteria, but you've still got botulin and fungi and a few others that will survive. I only make these right before a trip, and I'm not caching food in the hot sun for a through hike. This way bacteria doesn't grow because they are kept in the fridge until I leave.