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Our standard practice is you are responsible for your own breakfasts, lunches and snacks but we share dinners which gives a bit of excitement to food planning as you try and come up with dinners that will surprise and please the others in the group and you only have to plan and carry a few dinners instead of all of them. We always share one stove and pot for 2-4 people and we boil water for breakfast needs and then cook one big pot of food for dinner with hot drinks after dinner which helps with the final pot cleaning. As i have said before, because I am a farmer, I am only able to go out in the off season and cooler months so warm food and hot drinks morning and night are important, at least to me. Here is my food planning sheet that I give to folks who are not sure where to start or about amounts of each thing. All of my food comes from a grocery store, no pre-made freeze dried meals like Mountain House. I usually have a rotation of the 3 breakfast items and similarly with lunch items so I don't get bored, and like austingorpchomper I still like my GORP after 47 years. BreakfastCoffee (Italian instant expresso) Hot ChocolateOther potential drinks- Tang, Tea bagsOatmeal 2 pkgs. /person/day (w/ butter in cold weather)Instant Grits with or w/o bacon pieces, 2 pkgs. /person/dayMueslix, Great Grains, Granola or other cold cereal w/dry milk 1-11/4 cup/person/dayDried milk (Nido full fat!) is 1/3 cup powder to l cup waterDried fruit bits to go with the above oatmeal or cereals ~1 oz. /person/day/ ¼ cupLunchSummer Sausage 1 ½ oz./person/dayTuna or Chicken salad packsCheese (jack, gouda, provolone; cheddar too greasy) 2 oz./person/dayCrackers- 1 box stone wheat thins for 6-7 days, 1 sleeve of Saltines for 3 days/personCarrots or Dried fruit pieces ~1 oz/person/daySoup- winter mostly, takes extra fuelOther possible additions to go on crackers- meat spreads, tubes of peanut butter, jelly, honey, 1 tube/person/weekMustard packsSnacks, the continuous lunchGORP or other trail mix 1 cup/person/day1 14 oz. box raisins l 15 oz. bag M&M’s this will do for 7 days 1 16 oz. can peanutsCandy barsHard CandyLemonade or other drink mixes like EmergenCGranola barsDinnerOne pot- 1 ½ - 2 cups cooked food /personSoup mix (Vegetable or other flavor) with: Pasta (3/4-1 cup/person) Rice (½ cup/person) Mashed potatoes A foil pouch meat (Chicken, Turkey, Ham, Shrimp, Clams, Tuna) Possibly some additional spicesPrepared meals from grocery such as Lipton, Knorr, Rice-a-Roni rice or pasta dishes with or without a foil pouched meat Knorr pasta with sun-dried tomato sauce and pouch tuna Mahatma Red Beans and Rice with or without Summer Sausage Dirty or Creole Rice with Shrimp (Zatarans) May need olive oil, butter and or dry milk for some of the aboveCrackers or Breads (Pita [1/2 per person], hard rolls)Other additions: soup before meal, instant pudding deserts (colder weather)Drinks: Hot Chocolate, Tea, Bourbon, Others?Total weight should be less than2 lbs. /person/day or less (for me ~1.7 lbs. Per day)This is one of my favorite dinners Chicken Curry, this would normally feed 4 but 3 hungry folks killed it the 6th night on the trail This is food prep for a 25 day tripOf course everything was thoroughly repackaged.
There is no reason to eat those standard, sodium-laced trail meals.
How long do your one-pot evening meals typically take to cook? Different systems have different burning times/fuel requirements.
Quote from: dprather on October 17, 2016, 01:44:41 PMThere is no reason to eat those standard, sodium-laced trail meals.My body needs sodium, especially on the hot hikes...I need to replace fluids, salt and sugar after exercising in hot weather. Salt in your food is enough to replace what you lose through heavy sweating. If you exercise for more than an hour in hot weather, you probably need extra salt. I find that the "sodium laced trail meals" are just about right for hot weather hikes. You may have a different biology?
I didn't soil bags or pots for my meals. just two cups into which i put my dehydrated food, then added boiling water. for things that needed to sit, i slipped the cup into a freezer bag for a few minutes. When finishing up, i used the tortilla as a washrag basically (no that's not gross it's practical ) to wipe up the inside of the cup. I am a very lazy person and this technique required almost zero cleanup.
We have talked about this for some time, but I finally did it on my trip to Canada. Neither of us like coffee, but enjoy some form of caffeine every morning in normal life. But carrying a zip lock bag of caffeinated sports drink can get "heavy" for two people on a 5 - 6 day run. I took caffeine pills and threw half of one down in the morning. 200mg / pill. No headache, very light weight, very fast, and no mess.I know and understand morning coffee is something of a religious experience for many people, and if you carry it, by all means enjoy it. But for you ounce counting backpackers, this does work.
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