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10/28/2016 01:44PM
Several months back I read something profound on this website; something that I had never really thought about but that made so much sense. If you don't eat it at home, why would you take it with you on a trip? I started utilizing that theory doing menu planning for the BWCA. I don't eat pancakes, oatmeal, trail mix, raisins, granola or protein bars normally at home because I don't like them. So why do I think that I would like them while camping?

I now think about things that I like and go from there. Popcorn is a perfect example. I love to sit back and watch a movie or a sporting event and snack on popcorn. It is easy to prepare over a campfire or stove. You can likely use the same pot that you heat water or cook with (make sure you have a lid). I bring a small bottle of ghee (clarified butter) and a small ziplock of popcorn. Heat up the ghee, add the popcorn, cover, shake periodically and in no time you have a warm delicious treat. I love this sitting around the campfire, eating right out of the pot.

Some ideas:
- add a little sugar to the ghee and you have kettle corn (possibly sprinkle with some cinnamon)
- add some brown sugar to the ghee and you have caramel corn
- sprinkle with garlic salt and parmesan cheese
- sprinkle with truffle salt and parmesan cheese
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10/28/2016 03:25PM
A lot of what I eat at home is influenced by what my wife likes, so that changes things. Also, no refrigeration and having to carry it all change the parameters. Then, I was at Philmont, and I never really liked mustard or spam, but learned to while there. (Can't say I buy spam to eat at home yet.) I don't eat many dishes at home that I eat when out, so not so odd. Last, as our food planning has evolved, I do plan more like what I like to eat at home; for instance dry cereal and milk - Nido on treks - for breakfast.

But I have to know, do you take a device to watch a movie to go with popcorn? They seem linked. :)

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10/28/2016 04:34PM

simple answer, jiffy pop! it's lightweight and quite the treat!

i think we try to choose foods that are lightweight, and we like the food. we might not necessarily eat it every day in regular life.
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10/28/2016 07:36PM
billconner - no, I don't take a device with me to watch movies. As much as I like gadgets, a GPS and an Inreach are pushing the limits for me in the BWCA. Great question though. I just like to sit back, watch the flames dancing around in the fire, and think how lucky I am to be there.

Mocha - Jiffypop is a great idea. It does take up a little more room and you do have to pack out a little more waste however. I suppose you could repurpose the "pan" and use it to cook with for the remainder of the trip. Ha ha.
10/31/2016 12:37PM
I like Jiffy Pop, especially when there's a trash can nearby to dispose of the remains when you're all done. Maybe I'd take some on a basecamp trip.

I can't think of Jiffy Pop and not remember digging out the partially burned remains of 3 of them from the fire pit at the "trigger" site on Gun Lake a cold September day several years ago.

I like your idea of Ghee Northwoodsman. Vegetable oil or crisco would also work, given the number of people who have fish fry supplies in their staples a cup or so of popcorn wouldn't be too much additional space or weight.
11/10/2016 09:24PM
Solo I don't take popcorn but I do take enough for at least one or two nights worth when I go with my son. I have done the Jiffy Pop, but have really had mixed results with it. I find that just some oil in a pan with a lid and leather gloves to shake everything. Think I'll go pop some now ;-)
11/10/2016 10:07PM
Refined coconut oil makes for awesome popcorn! Only way I make it now.
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11/10/2016 10:37PM
I've never had Jiffy Pop in the BW. I have, however, had it at 10,000 feet while camping in a snowfield in the Sierra. We also had a few brews chilled in the snow. Yeah, it's a lot to pack out but the style points are worth it.

Popcorn made in a pot in the BW might be worth a once a trip treat. Hadn't thought of that before.
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11/17/2016 01:13PM
Jiffy Pop is a must, fun to make, great little treat around the campfire.
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11/20/2016 06:48PM
We bring popcorn every trip. We make it with butter flavored Crisco, then put butter and salt on it. Nice snack after dinner.
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