Too hot to cook.... what do you do?

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  1. Beach Hiker

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    So.... you wait all winter for the warm weather to arrive, and.... wham! Heat wave.
    Temperatures this week are into the 90's (32-33 c).
    It spoils my desire to cook on the trail. That little folding twig stove that I so love in February is a total turn off right now.
    What do you do??
     
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    Eat lots of jicama with Tajin and lime juice.
     
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    Sounds interesting.... what is it?
     
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    During this hot, dry time of year, I use one of several gas canister stoves. Depending on what I want to eat and where I am, I will use one of three stoves I have.
     
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    That's what I did this morning to cook breakfast... I just couldn't handle the idea of the twig stove mini-bonfire... 20190610_063455.jpg
    But honestly, with temperatures going above 90 I'm thinking of no cooking at all....
     
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    Yup!!
     
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    Change what you eat. Bring foods that you can eat without cooking.

    Personally I’m able to escape the heat. It gets hot here too during this time of year, but in the Allegheny National Forest the dense woods and numerous streams with little hills everywhere mean that it’s usually a good 10-15 degrees cooler. Coupled with the moist plantlife covering the ground, it’s easy to cool off and withstand cooking.

    It also helps that all the streams are cold and shallow at my “spot” so I can always cool off using the water.
     
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    @Enzo
    That sounds pretty sweet....
     
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    Jicama is a root thingie. Looks kinda like a turnip. Crisp and earthy, mildly sweet. Tajin is a Mexican spice blend- chili powder, dehydrated lime, and salt.
     
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    Sallads are my escape but I usually end up cooking anyway.
    Atleast you have the beach, not as bad as inland city air.
     
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    Yeah, and there's a pleasant breeze.
    Archie really enjoys it: 20190610_063825.jpg
     
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    I cook anyways because cooking in the outdoors is one of my favorite things to do regardless of heat. Average weather here is about 95f and I'm not waiting around half a year till I can cook again. We did have some 109f weather for about two days during a heat wave so I obviously didn't go out but 90s are generally ok in the shade. Just don't make big fires.
     
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    I'm with you about cooking outdoors.... I really love it. I suppose this hot weather just makes me appreciate those cold winter cookouts much more.
     
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    It's just one of those things we have to acclimate to. Happens every year but in the end it's worth it.
     
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    Watermelon with Tajin! The children love it down there.
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    When I don't feel like cooking I usually just bring either some trail mix I put together (cashews, dried mango, dried cranberries or cherries, almonds, and those La Choy fried lo mein noodles) or a meal of bread, apples, cheese, and salami.
     
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    When it's hot and I'm just doing a day hike, I take snacks. Some kind of cured meat sticks, a can of sardines or smoked oysters for my meat base. Along with some crackers, cheese, granola bar, dried fruit or fruit snacks. I find I don't have as much of an appetite when it's hot so I usually don't eat as much.
     
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    Use chicken or tuna that you can get in foil packets.
     
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    When it's hot out I tend to try to stay away from fats or other foods that will produce heat from within. You can always look into cold soaking and no cook options since that's become relatively poplar. I tend to eat snacks for lunch. If you eat breakfast early and dinner later then you can avoid the heat of the day and get away with some cooking and warm food. I also like to bring drink mixes, mio sport for electrolytes, and lemonade mix or similar for something sweet and refreshing.

    I meant to add that you have to be a bit more selective about what you take out with you as well. Highly shelf stable foods being the best. Lettuce for a salad isn't going to last long at all. But little sweet peppers will do better for example.

    So I might do something like a chicken packet with some taco seasoning on a tortilla with some peppers and cheddar cheese. Probably wouldn't even need to or want to heat up the meat. Just sit it in the sun for 10 minutes before mixing it up.
     
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    Fire up the grill, just don't hang over the flames. Summer is generally Hotdogs and Hamburger "season".

    90's in mid June doesn't seem that out of the ordinary to me. We're usually in the 90's approaching 100s by July, and may be yet. If I'm working or burning lots of calories I don't eat anything or just a snack until supper time.

    Don't let the heat stop you, gotta eat.
     
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    Whether or not I cook is more about how much effort I want to put into a meal than the outside temperature. Around here if I didn't cook when it was hot, I'd never cook...

    That said, nothing wrong with a quick eat-it-straight meal...
     
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    When it hits 90, I hit the trail to.....

    DAIRY QUEEN!
     
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    It's rarely too hot for me when it comes to cooking. I generally use a single burner Coleman stove or my esbit setup with the Trangia alcohol burner. Most of my cooking though is pretty much warming foods up, except for frying sausage or burgers. I don't mean boiling water for dehydrated stuff, but warming up soups or such.

    I now have a cannister stove that I use every day to make my coffee. I am really liking that a lot. :) I'm not sure yet if it will find it's way into my pack yet, but I sure like using it.

    How about some kind of solar setup? Mostly just for heating foods. I honestly have never done any solar cooking at all. The only thing remotely solar that I have used has been a solar shower.

    So, say you have something that needs to be warmed up, like an mre meal. If you take something like a black plastic envelope, about 8" x 10", put the meal in the bag and add water to fill the bag, and set it in the sun.... I think it would get pretty hot pretty fast. But, I guess this is just warming and not cooking...

    I wonder if a cast iron pan aimed at the sun with a glass lid would get hot enough to fry meat?
     
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    I love cooking outside but I really hate the heat. We often end up doing cold snacks and lunches on the trail when it's hot out. Pepperoni/salami/etc., hard cheese, wraps/pitas/naan, veggies & fruit, pb&J, hummus/salsa/dips, etc. Easy and fresh is what I go for.
     
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    I never will forget frozen fruit in my lunch, summers at the YMCA, that mom packed. Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cantaloupe, dewberry, blackberries, etc. It still had the icey crunch at lunchtime. Pretty refreshing.
     
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    First off...it's never, ever, ever too hot for me to make coffee. Hot coffee. Coffee is life, coffee is love.

    Second, I use gel stoves when it is hot, for a variety of reasons...fire bans are generally in place, anyway.

    Third...I'm not that hungry in the heat. Don't know why. I really don't desire hot meals, anyway, so what I do is either plan on some kind of salad...and I'll bring veggies and maybe some cold cuts or something to add to it, or I just bring summer sausage with some crackers, cheese, and cucumber. A salad can actually be quite a refreshing meal when hoofing it in the heat...and I'm kind of a meat and potatoes guy. But when it's in the 80's or 90's, and humid...I want something crisp and cold to eat...so I'll do salad with some cucumber and onion, maybe radishes, add either some bacon crumbled up, or some cold cuts and cheese...a little dressing, and it's a delicious summer lunch. Also, it is very low on trash, and you can throw the veggies you don't use away right in the woods. It'll all be gone the next day. Seems like each critter has their favorite...one will eat the tomato, one will eat the lettuce, that sort of thing.
     
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    I'm not much of a salad guy, but with all of the salad talk going on....:)



    I'd still rather cook up a good bacon cheeseburger! :18::18::18:


    Actually I do eat salads during the summer, but it has to have a fair amount of meat in it. Usually chopped, smoked ham. Oh yeah!! :)
     
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    Pretty much this exactly. If I do cook it almost always with my alcohol stove. . .usually just coffee or spruce tea. I've used the sardine oil as a fuel source for cooking up some minute rice with freeze dried peas by placing a paper towel over the open can of sardines to wick up the oil. Saw a You Tuber thru-hiker do this. Mix the heated sardines with the rice and peas.
    I tend not to eat nearly as much in the summer months loosing 5-10 lbs is pretty typical for me. I have plenty of stored reserves.
     
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    95f-86% humidity...and enough vampires to push you into insanity. ;)

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    I will use a couple of ice bottles and a soft side/lunchbox type cooler to carry a small Tupperware (or 2) of fresh veggies, fruits. A nicely chilled orange or the burst of flavor from a cherry tomato makes you feel good.
     
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    Sounds good...

    Me too. Much less appetite.
     
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    Cheese, crackers, hard salami/summer sausage, and fruit all make a good hot weather meal.
    Of course an alcohol stove could be another option.
     
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    Pack this in a cooler full of ice:


    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
    • Pinch of salt
    • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 cups chopped, ¼-inch pieces cooked skinless boneless chicken breast (about 12 ounces)
    • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the bias
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
    • 1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
    • 1 large pear, halved, cored, and sliced into ¼-inch pieces (I like Bosc or Anjou pears)
    • 3 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (¾ cup)
    • 8 butter lettuce leaves
    https://www.skinnytaste.com/updated-waldorf-salad-cups/
     
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    You hike with coolers full of ice?? Stronger man than I.
     
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    Cheese, Ritz crackers, summer sausage. Trail mix for snacking. It's nice not to have to cook when it's hot. Brats and burgers can be done if it's cool enough to have a small fire burned down to coals.
     
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    With the temps in the 90's and nearly matching humidity, this time of year pretty much saps my desire to even be out on the trail at all, let alone cook...especially after having worked in it all week. Bugs are the secondary deterrent. Combined, it makes outings pretty miserable, unless you can catch a breezy day.
     
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    I cook on the grill.
     
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    I do less hiking in the summer, but I also do it under a forest canopy. I still cook on the trails, but I make sure my bedding location is near water so I can take a swim before going to sleep. Without a soak I just stick to everything. It's been bouncing around the 90's for 3 weeks in Alabama, and I've camped once a week with my brother or son. Those portable showers are pretty nice too if there is no stream near by, but heavy. Best left to car camping.
     
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    To me, I'd forage for wild edibles if I needed something.
     
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    I'll bet that would be awesome mixed with a little olive oil and brushed on some roasted sweet potatoes.
     
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    i cook outside. i have a backyard wok burner that is crushing it.
     
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    I'll make a fire regardless... and shed a layer, if needed. You gotta make smoke while you're in the bush!
     
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    Same here. Just plan extra cold beverages.

    We've had some rain come thru the last couple days which brought a slight reprieve from the heat.

    But prior to that, it's been so hot here that even the fatwood is sweating. No kidding.

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    i foolishly bought some short ribs yesterday from a rancher. slow cooking a braise in the oven is a recipe for a hot house.

    i'm gonna try to put the pot in my bbq grill.
     
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    A kitchen sink sandwich! At the end of the tomato season slice an over-ripe tomato. Slather mayo (real mayo, not that sandwich spread crap) onto slices of that over-processed white bread, stack on the tomato slices (salt and pepper to taste) and let it all meld together for a moment or two. Stand over the kitchen sink as you enjoy the goodness slurping in all you can while the rest runs down your arm and off your elbows into the sink. Oh baby!
     
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    Don’t light a match around that fatwood @Bonekrakker. You may set the whole woods on fire.

    Never done this before, but a Dakota Fire Pit maybe a good set up for outdoor cooking. The ground would absorb some of the heat. The rest would be directed upwards.
     
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    It depends.
    On our long trips we have few pack animals so we have cast iron dutch oven. I always like to cook in it.
    On our short trips, we use a simple campfire. So we cook on it.
    We never drag any stoves with us.
     
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    2 of my camping staples are sausge and chicken legs. i cook these before leaving so i can eat cold or warm them up.
     

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