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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
    Tasy 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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