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i go hiking and i need food to take with me that does not need frigiration?any tips?or how to keep it cold? Answered

I go utralight hiking and camping,and need food that needs no refrigation?or can last awhile in variable temps?



7 years ago

Well, I reccomend against the "freeze-dried backpacking meals" such as mountain house etc. I think they're disgusting. for my backpacking trips i buy bulk freeze dried ingredients, and blend my own spices etc for our recipes. try a website called : www.freezerbagcooking.com
they have a lot of good recipes.

cook food at home then dehydrate it all you have to do is heat water


8 years ago

I agree with the posts of  ToniRose, squidstew, tecneeq and seandogue - all tricks I have used.

I'd also suggest two more:
1. Invest in the highest calorie cooking oil you can get.  A lot of camp cooking can be done using oil, and this can add good calories and nutrients.

2. If you PRE-DEVELOP a healthy tolerance for spicy food, you can use hot peppers/oils to help preserve a lot of food.  I recommend toning down spices when out camping to ensure you don't overwhelm your tolerance away from the comfort of home.  That said, if you eat spicy Asian food regularly, you can use all sorts of Western Hemisphere spices while camping.  I carry some Dave's Insanity Sauce for a one-day preserver.


8 years ago

Ramen noodles... lightweight, Cheap (less than a quarter), and no one cares if the noodels get broken, you're going to make soup anyway.  Also easy to find at Walmart or normal grocery stores.  :) 

They come in a variety of flavors, (basically bullion packets included.) Beef and chicken are fine.  if you want some options bring some powdered spaghetti sauce mix and you have pasta ala camping.

For refreshments: Tea is a stable, cocoa in the cooler time of year.  and recently the single servings of Kool-Aid and Crystal lite are tasty and all friendly to a backpacker.

Kombu and bonito shavings.  With this you can make Dashi.   Should be able to find at a Whole Foods.

Dashi is a class of soup and cooking stocks considered fundamental to Japanese cooking.  Dashi forms the base for miso soups, clear broth soups, Japanese noodle broths, and many Japanese simmering liquids.


Lots of good advice here. If you're really into it, it might be worthwhile to invest in a food dehydrator. You can make your own fruit rollups - I even make a rollup of (veggie) spaghetti sauce, to tear up and add hot water to in camp (would be great with tecneeq's salami & cheese).

Check the bulk bins of your local natural food store, co-op, Whole Paycheck (bulk is cheap, though), etc. They have dried mixes of all kinds: refried beans, soups, couscous.

I recently bought a 7-day pack from these guys: www.efoodsdirect.com/.  Their site is a little strange, but I gotta say -- for dehydrated food, this stuff was not bad at all.  Even my wife enjoyed it.  You've gotta boil some water and it takes 15-25 minutes to cook, but if you are looking good for with a long shelf life that doesn't need to be refrigerated, these guys are a definite option!

Homemade pemmican= dehydrated lean ground meat+fat (after complete dehydration. You can also add dehydrated fruit to improve the taste and to add nutrients not found in meat
Homemade Jerky or biltong (biltong is similar to jerky, but made with different spices and I think thicker slices of meat.
You can find more information on all three of the above on wikipedia. The internet is also scattered with recipes for vegetarian pemmican.
Other things I've recently heard about that sound very interesting are Ultralight Joe's Moose Goo (the original recipe is honey, peanut butter, and corn flour, but there are many variations. To read about the variations, check out Ultralight Joe's webpage), and Logan Bread. The basic idea with these and any other backpacking food is high caloric density, because you are burning more calories than you normally do.

You could bring granola bars, fruit bars, fruit, nuts, etc.


8 years ago

You are by far a braver person than I am Troy, my idea of camping and hiking is checking into a Motel 8 and roughing it. However there are tons of things out there as others have mentioned, you might add some dried fruit snacks or cereal bars.

Easy. Get yourself a good piece of salami (protein, fat), hard cheese (protein, fat) and bread (complex carbs). That would be enough for one or two days. If you need more, get yourself some proper Muesli, not baked or processed or flavoured, just a mixture of rolled oats, raisins, nuts, rolled wheat and rye. Add dried apples/cranberries/bananas whatever. Every german supermarket, for example Aldi, has 1 kilo fruit muesli for less than two euros. Currently i pay 1.20 euros for 1 kilo muesli with 30% dried fruit. Muesli can be eaten pure out of your pocket, with water, with milk, cold or cooked, with yoghurt or fresh fruit or fruit juice. It has losts of carbs/fat/protein in a small weight. It's caloric/protein/fat density can be compared to high end energy bars, but for less money. And muesli is heat resistant. This is how i prefer my muesli: I like it hot, so i need hot water. I don't carry pots or big cooking sets, only a pocket propane cooker and a kettle salvaged from a beaten Trangia cooker set. I make hot water, make my coffee, put two handful muesli into a plastic bowl i have and add water. Wait 2 or 3 minutes and you are ready to eat. If i can get yoghurt or cottage cheese i mix it with my muesli and eat it cold. I have sampled all kinds of outdoor food, but nothing beats my muesli. MRE is plainly disgusting, it even leads to constipation. Freeze dried food is very expensive, otherwise it's not bad i have to admit. Pasta/rice/beans needs to much fuel to cook.

Freeze dried camping food or MRE's.

Depending on how long your hiking... I normally just take some carbs with me to me, this just means a giant ziploc of granola, which is great because Costco, usually, makes some good granola. I also tend to bring things like oranges. To be frank, im not sure what they do, but it must do something benefitial, or else they wouldnt be handing them out like crazy during youth sports ( been a while :) )

oranges = sugar + wet + tangy + Vitamin C....refreshing and good for you.

freeze. then put in pack frozen ( a lunch pack would be nice to increase the duration). If it's sushimi, just forget the higher order life, lower your nose, and settle for cheese or similar...;) a few hours after you get out there, check and see, the item should be starting to thaw or even be thawed. If it thaws too quickly, then next time pack the worst offender between a couple frozen capri suns or similar ...yes capri suns...freeze them all together so they form a compact mass. My ex and I used to take stuff that wya for longish (4-5 hour) bike rides....even towards the end it was really nice to crack open an ice cold sugar drink to get a boost for the final push. And cold oranges (presliced and bagged whole), grapes, carrots, fresh ham and cheese etc, sure beats the alternative on a hot day, although to be fair, a ham and cheese will stay just fine wrapped at room temp for half a day, and fruit was never really meant to be eaten ice cold. (nor was cheese...). I should know,. I brought my lunch to work for years and never refrigerated.. never died (duh) and never got sick.