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Do you have any favorite dinner meals that could be precooked and vacuum sealed?

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Offline bam.bam

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I am going to BB this week end for 4 days after a halfway stop at Kicakapoo Cavern SP to see the bats. I'm changing my style on dinner. No canned foods. No hydrating dry foods.  Primitive camping. I am not planning on grilling as last three trips there were wind bans on fires. Looking for some ideas on meals. I.e. already have pot roast, potatoes and carrots with roles sealed up.  Do you have an idea for such?

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Offline BlindWilly

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Will you have a propane grill?

I usually pre make a batch of chili to heat in a pot.
I also make Carnitas and put that in a zip lock.

I cut up onions, cheese, etc for the chili.
I cut up onions, and lettuce, shred some cheese, lime wedges for the carnitas.

Either one I can heat on a pan over the burner, toss a tortilla on the burner to warm it, fill it with goodies.
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Will you have a propane grill?
I do have small portable grill,  burns off 1 lb cylinder. I can take it along.   I like the idea of pre-prepared Chili and  the fixings.  Tortillas are easy to heat..... thanks for your input!

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Offline Hang10er

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Chili is usually on my list too.  I freeze portions appropriate for my trip size (solo or going with my son) and then toss it in my cooler and it works like an ice pack to help keep everything else cool.  I have found with a good cooler like an RTIC (or YETI), you usually have to wait until later in the trip to use it so it's somewhat thawed.  I usually do Fritos and have Frito Pie. 

Even when planning to spend an evening in camp, unless I have a wood burning fire, I like to keep meals simple.  A good one pan meal my son likes is sausage and veggies.  We take a disposable/recyclable foil pan, fill it with sliced sausage, onions quartered, small red or new potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, fresh green beans and whatever else you like.  We get the small pans so each is one serving.  Fill with water, cover with foil and let steam for a good 30-60 minutes. 

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Offline BlindWilly

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I like your sausage and veggies dish.  I think I might have to try it on my next camping trip. 
"No matter where you go, there you are"
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hang10er Exactly
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I freeze portions appropriate for my trip size (solo or going with my son) and then toss it in my cooler and it works like an ice pack to help keep everything else cool.
  Thats what I am trying to do. I am not bringing a can opener on this trip. Part of my fun fr a trip is this. I like your suggestions....

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That sounds like 1 meal....
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We take a disposable/recyclable foil pan, fill it with sliced sausage, onions quartered, small red or new potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, fresh green beans and whatever else you like.

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I will consider this from a neighbor "x-camper"  nuke a large "Boston Market" chicken pot pie, cool,  and then "vacuum seal it" freeze, take, and warm in covered pan, "she says" I  will try, not sure if it will be mushy, etc.. will post back..

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Offline RichardM

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Coincidentally, I just came across this post on the Backpacking and Hiking Texas Facebook page.

One of my local discount stores has the surplus Philmont Scout Ranch meals for sale. Dinner 02, dinner 07 and breakfast 02 are whatís available. Iíd be more than happy to pick up some packages for anyone in need. Itíll be $4/bag plus actual shipping costs. See comments for the contents and expirations dates of each bag. Admin feel free to delete if not appropriate.


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Thanks Richard, that's a lot of meals. Useful and positive input is a consistent product of this team.

 


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