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member (9)member
12/24/2017 09:35AM
Hello everyone, and Merry Christmas Eve!

I'm currently planning my first BWCA trip for Spring 18 right now, and I am brainstorming meal plan ideas. I will be base camping, and centering the trip around fishing, so I plan on eating fish for supper at nights, and trying to find good ideas for a filling breakfast to get thru the day til supper, with a light midday snack packed in the canoe.

At home I am usually a bacon & eggs kind of guy, but I don't think that will work for the trip because I do not plan on bringing a cooler to keep fresh food all week, so I am looking for alternatives. I was thinking oatmeal or pancakes, the "just add water" kind. Was possibly thinking maybe some fresh fruit, but that also will be unwanted weight and a little bulky.

Any new ideas or recipes will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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12/24/2017 10:47AM
I just eat a cold cereal, usually muesli, sometimes granola. Ones with lots of nuts, seeds, fiber, some fat and protein - about 600 calories. It saves fuel and prep/clean up time and holds me over better than pancakes. Lunch/snacks is a ProBar Meal bar and mixed nuts.

I'm not familiar with any of the dried egg products, but many use them along with pre-cooked bacon, hash browns, etc. It's more trouble than I want to go to, but I usually have oatmeal at home and eggs only occasionally.
12/24/2017 12:41PM
I like instant oatmeal with dried blueberries or cranberries and coffee for most of my breakfasts.

But I also like to mix it up by making a bacon and egg and cheese sandwich using Ova Easy Eggs, Brownberry Multigrain Sandwich Thins, Oscar Mayer Thick Cut Fully Cooked Bacon and a slice of cheese.

Brownberry Multigrain Sandwich Thins

Ova Easy Eggs

Oscar Mayer Thick Cut Fully Cooked Bacon

I like to warm up a couple of slices of Oscar Mayer Thick Cut Fully Cooked Bacon in my small fry pan on my gas stove. The already cooked bacon leaves a small amount of bacon grease in bottom of pan. Then I scramble up a couple of Ova Easy Eggs in the pan. When eggs are done ... I toast my 2 Sandwich Thin slices right on my gas stove burner and when toasted I put on the cooked eggs and bacon and top with a slice of cheese .... VOILA ... an awesome bacon/egg/cheese sandwich. Tastes great and so very quick to make.

Easy cleanup too as the bacon grease coats the fry pan and minimizes the eggs sticking to the pan.

Ova Easy Egg crystals are about as close to "real" eggs that you can get. I like the way the sandwich thins pack vs. bread. The sandwich thins shelf life in the bush seems to be a bit longer than bread too. You can use the thins for peanut butter and jelly and walleye fish sandwiches too.

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12/24/2017 02:13PM
Spring? We generally do late May/early June. We freeze bacon,sausage,steak,butter... in a 'block' , wrap in newspaper layers and paper bag. Nest this in center of food pack kept in shade and have never had problems with it for at least three breakfasts. Fresh sausage and steak are first as bacon keeps longer. Vacume sealed country ham keeps too. We rehydrate dried hashbrowns and use ova easy eggs for a hearty breakfast. No cooler needed. We usually divide a #10 can of Mountain House "Breakfast Skillet #" for morning five and on. Powdered milk and instant oatmeal,cream of wheat,rice........pancakes,cornmeal pancakes ...........
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12/25/2017 05:55AM
We do either:

- Oatmeal
- Grits
- Powdered eggs from either Cache Lake or Mountain House or Ova Easy egg crystals
Guest Paddler
12/27/2017 06:32AM
How big is your group? If solo, keep it simple. If a group of 4 or more, put some effort into nicer meals. Meats and eggs keep fine in the spring as OverTheHill mentions. Nothing like bacon sizzling in the frying pan on a cool BWCA morning!
member (12)member
12/27/2017 02:06PM
I've made omelettes in a bag, mix scrambled eggs, cheese, ham etc and pour into the packit gourmet bags, then boil the bags until done. On one of our trips I had a couple of extra omelettes and put them in the cooler with dry ice and they froze. I tried boiling those frozen bags the next day, they took longer but tasted the same. I think that would be something relatively easy premake, freeze and prepare on one of the first couple of mornings.

The packit bags do not contain BPA or dioxins and are FDA approved for storing and boiling food in. There are similar bags on Amazon that are less expensive.
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12/27/2017 03:09PM
+1 for Ova Easy eggs and precooked bacon. Dried or FD vegetables in the Ova Easy eggs adds a nice touch. Even freeze dried cheese rehydrates nicely for an omelet or scramble. Pack It Gourmet sells a couple different shelf stable cheese products. Freeze dried hash browns, Spam singles, Pack It Gourmet or Camp Chow biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon fry bread. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I don't skimp here. Go for the protein to help you through the day.
12/27/2017 03:18PM

Do you have a link to the bags similar to the Packit bags on Amazon?
12/27/2017 04:46PM
Did you look at the Breakfast recipes thread? There are 52 posts there.
member (12)member
12/27/2017 07:52PM
ShieldnSeal was the brand, they are a vacuum bag with a built in zipper

boonie: "boondock-

Do you have a link to the bags similar to the Packit bags on Amazon?"

member (9)member
12/28/2017 12:36PM
Thanks for the input. I will have to check out the Ova Easy eggs. I have never heard of that brand. Can they be found at the local grocery store, or better yet, found online? I'm glad to hear positive reviews on them because I was a little wary on trying powdered eggs. haha.

My other idea was pita bread for PB&Js because they appear they would pack better than actual bread. I could use them if I wanted for sandwiches for lunch, too. May have to check out the sandwich thins instead.
12/28/2017 03:40PM
Ova Easy eggs are great. I rehydrate all the fixins for a good scramble skillet type breakfast, onions, mushrooms, peppers, hashbrowns, sausage, burger, etc... and then add it to the eggs after adding the water. If you like the idea of breakfast burrito, bring along tortillas. They keep the whole trip and take up very little space.
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