Spicy Mac n Cheese

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  1. beacon

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    I did a test run of a new-to-me backpacking meal option.

    My daughter wanted mac n cheese for our upcoming trip, but I've always avoided this meal because we don't care for it without milk and butter (and with my mild lactose intolerance, I've not dealt well with powdered milk in the past).

    Anyway, I was in Aldi the other day, and spotted this.
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    They have a hotter "chipotle" variety too.

    I fired up the Fancee Feast with an ounce of fuel
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    Set about 1L of water in a Ti pot on it
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    Had a good rolling boil in about 15 minutes, and added the pasta
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    I took it off the stove at about the 25-minute mark, and placed it in cozy for a few more minutes.

    The Fancee Feast still burned for another 10 minutes on that single ounce of fuel.

    It turned out really well, and it will be coming along this weekend. My son is also now requesting it for our Linville Gorge Wilderness trip in October.
     
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    I'd eat it young fellar. joe
     
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    I'm assuming all the water is drained off and the cheese stuff added? Or is it in powder form and requires some water be left in the pot?
     
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    I don't go into Aldi's often, but I might stop by to see what they got. Easy trail foods are always handy. Thanks
     
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    Yes, water is drained, and pre-made cheese sauce is mixed in. This does make it heavier than the powdered cheese options, but for the reasons I've mentioned, those are not actually an option for me.
     
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    beacon Simul justus et peccator Supporter Bushclass I

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    I was surprised how long it took to get that water to boil in the Ti pot. It could be that I sourced it from the refrigerator dispenser, so it was cold?
     
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    Thanks :)
    It's nice that everything comes in one package.
     
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    Pics aren't working for me but sounds similar to two meals I've done. Jalapeno Tuna Mac, and Buffalo Chicken Mac both just by mixing a package of chicken or tuna into the box of mac and cheese.

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    This was the buffalo chicken mac, pretty good if you ask me.
     
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    There we go!
    We needed a picture of the finished product in this thread :35:

    That Buffalo chicken packet is good stuff.
     
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    Can't see pictures, but it sounds good!
     
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    hello,
    @beacon Aldi, Lidl, & Poundland (UK) stock these & a number of those packets of gourmet delights Cousin @bacpacjac cooks up with the young roughians.
    :p nom nom
    Regards
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    now that i'm nearing satisfaction w/ my alcohol stove build(1 liter boil in 6.5>7 minutes from initial ignition) you folks chime in w/ recipes to try out

    MANY GARCIAS ;-)

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    I've been thinking of some camping gear cooked mac and cheese for days now.
    Maybe we need a mac and cheese cook-off :32:
     
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    i'd attend if you were having this cook off a bit closer ;-)
     
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    A virtual cook-off :)
     
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    how could i maintain my roundish figure at a VIRTUAL cook off :-(
     
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    Took 15 minutes to get a rolling boil in your Ti pot?? Need to switch to SS. Kinda pulling your leg brother, but...yea. Doc.
     
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    No, no... what I mean is a cook-off within the forum posting our recipes for our own bushcraft mac and cheese. You get to eat what you cook yourself, but share your recipe and post pics of your method.
    It could be a way to get ideas. Shelf stable vs fresh; does par-cooked pasta really work; is it better just to jazz up the boxed with a protein; powdered milk vs no milk; Mtn House for the winner cuz I don't cook; dehydrated...

    Of course, don't tell @Primordial or he'll be making venison heart mac and cheese tartare and win from the sheer go big or go home factor :18:
     
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    You know me so well. :16: :18:
     
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    Some images are hard to forget! :dblthumb:
     
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    Like C Thomas Howell drinking that cup of blood.
    It ain't so bad. :4:
     
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    Seems oddly long, right?
     
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    beacon Simul justus et peccator Supporter Bushclass I

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    I think I've figured out the cause of the inefficiency from the last test; the windscreen diameter.

    Today's test was another new-to-me instant meal option
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    2 cups of water and the contents of the package into the pot, and bring to a boil
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    Granted, this is about half the water from the mac n cheese, but even with the rice in it, it only took just under 6 minutes for a serious boil.
    I wrapped the windscreen tighter, and it seems to have helped dramatically.

    Now, instead of a proper simmer, I just "crack" the lid for a few minutes
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    Then, into the cozy for about 10 minutes
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    I could have let it sit in the cozy longer, but it was done cooking. I would probably use a bit less than the recommended 2 cups of water next time.

    I'm going to let my daughter give this a taste test, but as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't get any easier than this. Add some jerky or other meat,
    and this would be a satisfying meal after some miles.
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    It's easier to clean up than the mac n cheese :)
     
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    Yum, the San Fransisco treat.
     
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    Add in a pouch or can of chicken and two or three fast food mayo packets, and you've got dinner!
     
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    Chicken AND mayo in the rice? I'll have to remember that.
     
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    I'm from Georgia... mayo goes in darn near every one of mom's casserole recipes. Makes it nice and creamy... or possibly disgusting in some people's opinion... but I like it.
     
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    Yeah, mayo is good in a lot of things. I just never thought of adding it to rice. But since you used the C word, I can see it now :)
     
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    A few strips of HormelĀ® Black Label Fully Cooked Bacon with some real butter in that rice, and a big pinch of cayenne pepper to keep the cardiologists away, might be worth some 'speriments I think.
     
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    Speaking of cheese...
    vek0's got a new YT video out finally. Some vegetarian dish he makes in a Swedish mess kit that includes two big pieces of fried cheese. Talk about getting your cheese fix.
     
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    Here ya go! https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/bcusa-mac-n-cheese-cook-off.259291/
     
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    @beacon since you're playing with easy to make backpacking meals that you can get from any grocery store (my favorite kind) here's a favorite of mine.

    Trail Tacos

    Ingredients: Chicken in water (comes in packets or cans), tortillas, taco seasoning, cheese, bell peppers of other trail stable greens

    Directions:
    1. Drain off most of the water from chicken
    2. Mix in desired amount of seasoning
    3. Heat chicken in pot
    4. Assemble tacos to taste
    5. Enjoy
     
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