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  1. Swineflu

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    I'm lazy right now and usually just throw mountain house into my bag. I want to drop my stove from my bag and just heat up water over the fire with my metal water bottle. Any suggestion for good backpacking food that can be eaten both hot and cold (in case I can't have a fire for whatever reason).
     
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    Eaten or pleasant to eat? You could always make oatmeal cold, but I wouldn't want to eat it.
     
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    Processing...processing...Summer sausage (crackers and cheese on the side)...
    Still processing...
     
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    Well, I guess you could eat chocolate, Graham crackers, & marshmallows straight from the package.
     
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    Seriously though, chicken & tuna packs could be eaten cold. Mix in a mayo pack, relish pack, & put it on crackers/bread and you might even like it.

    I routinely bring chicken packs, rice, & sweet & sour sauce to cook. With a mayo and relish pack you have a no-cook alternative.
     
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    When I backpack I mostly take things I don't have to cook.
    Fire is a big danger in California during summer and fall so most of the food I take is ready to eat without cooking:

    Banana chips (my favorite)
    Dehydrated fruit
    Crackers
    Jerky
    Trail mix
    Granola
    Peanuts
    Soynuts
    TVP
    Dehydrated milk
    Oats
     
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    I have eaten a lot of iterations of cracker/cheese/summer sausage (or other hard sausage). I often also carry squeeze tubes of peanut butter and jam. I don't think either of those are really what you have in mind, though.

    One thing you can do is buy MRE entrees (not the whole meal; just the entree). You can eat them cold, or heat them by placing the pouch in hot water from your campfire. It's often a good idea to bring some tobasco sauce or Red Eyed Hog seasoning to add to those.

    Another idea is to bring granola and mix it with water and powdered milk. I also like to add some dried fruit to it. That's a decent breakfast hot or cold.
     
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    ^^^^

    My lunch from last Sunday's day hike

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    Pepperoni, summer sausage, mild cheddar, mini babybell (mozzarella is my favorite of theirs), and crackers.
     
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    Sardines or kippered herring or fry with a little corn meal .
     
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    Bagel sandwiches or tortilla wraps. Make em at home, eat em cold or toast them on the fire. PB and J on a tortilla is hard to beat for longevity in a pack.
     
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    Most of my favorite wild edibles are roots such as Trout Lily roots , Ramps , Solomans seal roots and shoots too . All these can be eaten with their greens either raw or prepared in a kind of stew . If you have a little of that cooked dryed bacon along that really takes it to another level . The cattail rhizomes that stick out underwater like spikes are great in your stew too along with the fresh shoots of Cattail or Bullrush and the fresh green shoots of Greenbriar , violets , Bull thistle and Nettle .
    Dandeline greens in the spring are ok raw but much better wilted with a little bacon and bring a hard boiled egge and some vinegar . Actually Im still looking for a lightweight wok to bring in the spring to prepare all these things .
     
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    jerky and raw ramen noodles
    your favorite spread and pre-made pancakes/flapjacks
    Hormel Compleats microwave meals
    "Ready Meals" pouches by Pace/Prego/Campbell's
    Tasty Bite Indian Entrees
    Armour Chili in a pouch
    Minute Ready to Serve rice or multi-grain cups
     
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    Well, this isn't really hot or cold but its good. Peanut butter and honey tortilla wraps. roll'em up before you leave home to save weight on containers and carrying excess peanut butter and honey weight. Tortillas are really good with butter too, or chicken packages and mayo in them.
    You can take a couple scoops of whey protein supplement to bolster trail snack food for a day, maybe 36 hours, but if you go extreme with it you will get really sick of it fast. It seems to me like no matter how good my trail snacks are I still need one real meal a day.
    Uncle ben's precooked rice and a chicken package is super easy and is cheaper than mountain house if weight isn't a concern on a short trip.
    Stick it in your jacket to warm it up a little in the winter.
     
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    If you have or can get access to a dehydrator, your problem will be solved. Here is one of my favorite dishes, served either hot or cold. I especially like it for breakfast, since it's loaded with carbs for that burst of morning energy, and I can just add cold water at night before bed and it will be ready to eat in the morning. Fresh, light, and also filling in the morning. Just make it ahead of time, divide out your portions, and dehydrate each portion and seal each up in a quart size Ziploc bag. Add water to bring it back to life.

    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/89630/...ContentType=search results&clickId=cardslot 1

    If you dehydrate, just omit the oil, since it doesn't dry.

    I do a lot of dehydrating and vacuum sealing, etc., so pm me with any questions and I'll be happy to help.
     
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    Rolled oats and cracked wheat bulgur will soften to eat if soaked in cold water overnight. I've seen several youtube videos from the southeast talk about a product called parched corn would be an interesting something different.
     
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    the lemon and garlic and herbs tuna packs are great
     
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    My favorite for a long time is dehydrated peanut butter. Reconstitute with a little water add some raisins and toss that lovely goo onto a whole wheat tortilla.
     
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    My wife wants one! I could use this for Karma to let her let me go on more trips!
     
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    Good ideas, gang! Much appreciated!

    Wraps are a favourite trail meal of ours. It's hard to go wrong with cheese and sausage, pepperoni or even hot dogs. PB & honey is also a favourite, and canned hummus and flavoured tuna get thumbs up too.

    I've recently become a big fan of taco kits for backpack meals. They come with pack-friendly-packaged tortillas, salsa and a seasoning pack. (I put the tortillas in a zip lock bag in case they don't all get eaten.) Add a can/pack of chicken/beef/Spam/fish/etc, and you've got a tasty meal that you can eat hot or cold. If you've got the room & weight to spare, you can also add ingredients like cheese, beans, rice, chilies and fresh veggies. Adding some crushed up Doritos or corn chips adds a nice crunch, and you don't have to worry about them getting crushed in your pack cause you're going to smash 'em up anyway. ;)
     
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    Pork and beans
     
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    Avocado slices + pico de gallo in a tortilla. Yum!
     
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    Hey, that works for me! :D
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    Tortillas with Tuna/Chicken/Salmon packs was one of my favorite lunch meals on the AT. Top that with your choice of condiment (usually found free at most supermarkets by the deli section) and you got yourself a meal!

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    Another option would be MRE's. You can eat those hot or cold.

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    Ramen dipped in peanut butter.
     
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    I'm the worst, when I'm on a hike or a hunt I never want to take the time to even stop to eat, let alone start a fire to hear something up.... I generally pack a few granola and energy bars in my pack and grab then as needed.

    On longer hunts, I do have good luck with MRE's.
    I Always get the dept of Defense logo ones, they have heaters, and quality extras.

    I really like the mtn house brand of food, it tastes great. And packs light.

    I tend to grab things that won't get smashed inside my pack all day.

    I am not a picky eater, I'll eat anything cold or hot, grosses my wife out, which is an added bonus.
     
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    Great post!
     
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    ^ this. Every backpacking trip to the Rockies I bring packs of Sunkist Tuna or Salmon paired with packets of mayo+relish+hot sauce and roll it up in a tortilla. perfect on the go meal.
     
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    Anyone ever tried dry humus dip? Just takes a little cold water to re hydrate it. Good on pita bread or tortillas with cheese and sausage. Tastes about the same when everything gets warmed up.
     
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    Hickory smoked tuna and pack of mayo is my go-to.
     
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    I tried pre-made Kitchen 88microwavable quinoa for the first time this week, and immediately went back to Wal-mart and bought another half dozen packages. (It was under $ 1.50 a package and one 150 g package is a solid meal for one me.) This one was chicken flavoured and had corn, chickpeas, and a little red pepper. It's ready to eat and only takes a few minutes to heat up. I added a small can of flavoured tuna, a little green onion, some sugar snap peas, peanuts, and a splash of hot sauce. All ready to eat and even better heated up with my canteen kit. ;)

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    Parched corn. It can be eaten as-is or crushed and boiled as grits. It is non-perishable and good for years. It is light weight and high energy. Plus, it tastes good.
     
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    Powdered milk is my favorite lightweight calorie adding food. Instant mashed potatoes should work great in a bottle also. Boil the water, add instant mashed potatoes and stir in powdered milk and a bit of butter. Lots of calories, delicious, and easily spiced up with herbs, bits of bacon or cheese, and butter. Delicious cold as well.
     
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    A MSR pocket rocket weighs 3 ounces
    A MSR titanium kettle weighs 4 ounces
    A spoon weighs less than 1 ounce
    A full bottle of fuel 11 ounces
    Total weight 19 ounces !
    Do you really want to give up hot COFFEE not to mention hot meals and a vastly wider food selection to save 19 ounces of pack weight ? NOT ME !
     
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    Oats, almonds and raisins make a nice muesli when cold... no need to cook.
     
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    great post and lot of good ideas; should help everyone in someway or another. I like the energy bars/ breakfast bars for a quick pick me up. tuna, rice, beans and if you have the luxury(not all that hard like mentioned above with your pocket rocket stove and pan) of some coffee of some sort. I like the starbucks packs even though they are spendy.
     
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    This has me interested bacpacjac! We have a trip coming up, so I'll go pick a few up and test them out this weekend. just curious, how did you cook these? Just dropped in a pot and bring to a boil or could you pour boiling water in a pouch and let sit (like freeze dried meals)? My preference would be adding hot water considering how our backpacking kits are set up, but I love quinoa, it just burns too much fuel to cook regular quinoa and pouch cooking is just easier to clean up if water is limited.

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    I opened the package and cooked them in my canteen cup, but I bet you could just heat the package in boiling water. It is intended to be microwaved in the package, after all. Less clean-up would be an advantage, in my books. ;)
     
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    Double meat, double cheese. Kyporter knows how to live!:)
     
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    Sorry if this has already been mentioned above, but I always keep some Gu energy gels in my pack. Espresso Love is one of their better flavors, and has caffeine. I know it's not a meal, but when I'm hit, tired, and find my cognition getting foggy from hunger and just need that nice boost to get me through a few more miles or to get Camp all set up, then I reach for the Gu...

    Otherwise, all the obvious things already mentioned: baby bell cheeses, dry sausage, granola (Kind brand almond coconut bars are fantastic), tuna, etc... also just plain dry cereal to snack on - captain crunch is a personal favorite. lol
     
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    I really tried to come up with a cleaver suggestion, but failed.

    The OP did however remind me of one of my kids, he loved to eat, but if he had to get his own food he'd rather starve, one day when he was about 12 yrs. old he was sitting on the couch whining that he was hungry, I suggested he get himself a bowl of cereal, he put his hands to his head and said "I don't want to cook".
    Today he has his own family including two great kids, and he no longer minds cooking, maybe swine flu will grow out of it also. ;)
     
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    DIY "Protein Bars"

    I came up with this recipe for a bike tour. I wanted something I could make on the road or at home that would be full of calories, wouldn't have to be cooked, and wouldn't go bad easily. If I did my math correctly there should be about 500 calories for every piece that is roughly cliff bar sized. When making a batch for myself I normally just put it all into a peanut butter jar, or coffee container and eat with a spoon. It's less messy and easier then dealing with a bunch of sticky bars. I don't actually know how long this stuff will last because I've never seen it go bad. My guess is that it could possibly last for years, but I've never had a batch for more than a year and a half. The reason I think that they could last years is because the batch that I made for bicycle touring literally lasted all summer in a coffee container on my bike trailer. I ate about half of it. The rest of the batch was never put in a refrigerator until after the trip. And after the trip it sat in my fridge for about six months until I got a lazy roommate who liked to steal my food. She ended up eating the rest of the container in small sneaky amounts over another six month period until it was all gone. She never knew what it was, or how old it was. But she must of liked it because she ate the whole thing, and it was no small coffee container either. This is the original recipe. The batch that lasted a year and half was the same minus the whey protein, and the coffee grounds. Also, the blue berries and raisins was switched to dried coconut slices, and 40 oz of the peanut butter was switched with Nutella to improve the taste. Any way, here it is.

    Step 1. Dump this stuff into a giant bowl
    Step 2. Mix
    Step 3. You're done, put it in a storage container, or on a pan and chop into bars.

    Oatmeal-4 cups
    Crushed cashews- 2 cups
    Peanut butter- 80 oz
    Whey protein - 2 cups
    Dark Chocolate Chips- 1 cup
    Dried Blue Berries - 1/2 cup
    Raisins- 1/2 cup
    Honey- 24 oz
    Coffee grounds- 1/4 cup NOTE: I was drinking about a pot a day when I came up with the amount of coffee grounds to put in this recipe. You have been warned. :)
     
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    I like to fry hamburger, onions, and or garlic and drain as much of the grease off as I can. Then I put the burger in a pasta strainer and pour boiling water through it a few times, getting rid of most all the grease. I let it drain well and blot with an old clean towel. Then I dehydrate it and seal in single serving seal a meal type bags, but regular zip lock bags work too.

    There's no end to the ways you can use this in the great outdoors, from quick and easy, to elaborate. Wraps, pasta with meat sauce, mixed with rice, shepard's pie - with instant potatoes, I've even munched on it right out of the bag. The possibilities are endless.

    I'm not sure just how long this will keep once dehydrated and bagged. I generally make it a couple days before a trip and I've always used it within a week.

    Edited to say, that I don't take credit for coming up with this. I read it somewhere years ago, but I don't remember where.:3:
     
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    I think everything has been covered. But, my all time go to back packing/hiking food is granola and peanut butter. IMHO, pb is the worlds perfect food. Good source of protein, good fats, calories, and carbs. There's a company called Justin who makes little single packets of all kind of nut butters. Awesome. I always have 6 or 7 with me in my pack. Take up no room whatsoever and good to eat on the go, or things go sideways, you get stuck somewhere and are out overnight.
    I also make my own protein balls. half dozen of them and I can live for several days, lol
     
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    That's very similar to my recipe, minus the raisins/blueberries/coffee(although I may try that). I also put chia and what's the little black seedy things that look like Chia? Not sure why I can't think of it right now.
     
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    Billdawg, I'd never heard of Chia seeds until you brought it up. I just got done googling it. I only had the raisins and dried berries in the bar for antioxidants, now that I've learned about Chia seeds I might take them out. I hate raisins! Thanks man! BTW, you have to be careful with the amount of coffee you put in the bars, it's really easy to over do it. I should probably make a note in my post that I was drinking about a pot a day when I made that recipe. hahahaha
     
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