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joshawes
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05/21/2013 02:15PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
So Im trying to find new snack and meal ideas for my next trip to the BWCA. For snacks, some of the food items I bring every year include beef jerky, trail mix, garlic triscits with cheese (we use the cheese within the first 2 days)and a few other snacks. And one of the main meals I bring include simply meals like rice with butter and soy sauce (and sometimes chow mein mix and noodles)as well as some other very basic ideas.

I would like to hear some other ideas that are fairly simple and easy to make... I prefer not making anything to complicated.
 
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Dances with Sheep
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05/21/2013 02:29PM  
Did you check in the Camping Recipes section? There are a lot of suggestions and stickies for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinners/Snacks
 
MarshallPrime
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05/21/2013 02:34PM  
Some real simple things I like are:

Stove Top Stuffing
Ramen Noodles
Hot Dogs
Quaker Oatmeal packets
cereal/granola bars
PB & J
Grilled Cheese sandwiches

I obviously bring some more complicated/tastey things as well, but that is my simple items. We do steaks, fesh eggs and bacon, so on...


My big focus is more on the things that have EASY cleanup, that is more what worries me than a complicated meal. I HATE wasting time up there trying to do dishes.
 
joshawes
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05/21/2013 02:42PM  
No I didnt... I will find it right now... Thanks.
 
h20
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05/21/2013 09:49PM  
And cheese will keep much longer than two days.
 
OBX2Kayak
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05/21/2013 10:30PM  
Have you considered Freezer Bag Cooking? Dehydrate your own meals with delicious results.

Freezer Bag Cooking
 
dentondoc
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05/21/2013 11:16PM  
I vary lunch items between standard things like peanut butter and jerky with chicken salad (w/mayo and pickle relish) and hummus (mixed w/roasted red pepper spread). I use a variety of crackers and tortillas as the "delivery" system.

Some form of pasta (orzo, tortellini) with either marinara sauce (dehydrated) or pesto sauce is something different for dinner. Another option might be the quick cook packets (Knorr I think) of Teriyaki Noodles, with dehydrated hamburger or chicken.

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joshawes
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05/22/2013 02:47PM  
So do you guys bring eggs in a specific container?
 
joshawes
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05/22/2013 02:49PM  
Im also very unfamiliar with freezer bag cooking. I mainly cook things that are "just add water" but Im looking to expand into better food.
 
joshawes
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05/22/2013 02:50PM  
When you guys bring cheese do you freeze it before you leave?
 
05/22/2013 04:30PM  
Eggs can be brought in fresh and brought in their carton by duct taping them to the underside of one of the canoe seats. Wrap the carton in bubble wrap or a paper grocery bag and tape away. You can also buy special camping containers for them but make sure you buy smaller eggs as some of the larger sizes don't fit in the plastic camping containers. You can also purchase dried (powdered) eggs like Ova-easy brand eggs and they do not need to be refrigerated.

Cheese can be just brought as is, no freezing necessary. Hard cheeses work best but we also bring individual "string" cheese and they work well too. If it is the height of summer, you can use a wet piece of cotton cloth made into a pouch around the zip lock and hang it in the shade. The evaporation will help to keep it cool as long as the cloth stays wet.

Freezer bag cooking is basically just boiling water and dehydrated foods in freezer bags that are placed in a cozy to "cook". Some controversy about the use of plastic bags and heat and chemicals leaching out of the bags but that is you own decision to make :-) I personally don't worry about the few times I do it a year. OBX2Kayak's link is an excellent source of info on freezer bag cooking. Click on the link and start reading up on freezer bag cooking, recipes, techniques....
 
billconner
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05/22/2013 04:57PM  
quote joshawes: "So do you guys bring eggs in a specific container? "
Yes - and I'm fine with them for a week or two or maybe more. I think I've tried every method of packing and like small or medium eggs - I think thicker shells but could be urban (country?)legend - in the cardboard cartons, double layer of bubble wrap, rubber band, and set on top of food pack. Never broke one.

Want the plastic containers? Worthless in my experience - so you can have mine if you want.

For those that tape to canoe seat, do you tape and un-tape every day? Sit on the tape on cane seats? With two of us, a dozen is three days, so rubber band is useful. I burn the carton and bring the bubble wrap out to use again - as I have for quite a few years. (Those pesky people that feel compelled to pop the bubbles not withstanding.)

 
05/22/2013 07:04PM  
quote billconner: "quote joshawes: "So do you guys bring eggs in a specific container? "
Yes - and I'm fine with them for a week or two or maybe more. I think I've tried every method of packing and like small or medium eggs - I think thicker shells but could be urban (country?)legend - in the cardboard cartons, double layer of bubble wrap, rubber band, and set on top of food pack. Never broke one.

Want the plastic containers? Worthless in my experience - so you can have mine if you want.

For those that tape to canoe seat, do you tape and un-tape every day? Sit on the tape on cane seats? With two of us, a dozen is three days, so rubber band is useful. I burn the carton and bring the bubble wrap out to use again - as I have for quite a few years. (Those pesky people that feel compelled to pop the bubbles not withstanding.)"

Yes, I use two strips on the stern cane seat and carefully remove the tape from just the seat, (not the paper bag), and use it for several days. We use two bags and no bubble wrap. If you drop the canoe hard, the next meal is omelet.

 
Swampturtle
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05/22/2013 10:14PM  
quote joshawes: "So do you guys bring eggs in a specific container? "
In the past we've brought eggs in the special plastic tupperware containers-too heavy/bulky/pia. Then we brought them pre-cracked into small nalgenes stored with our cold stuff for omelettes or French toast. Worked great, shake to scramble. Since French toast is our preferred egg breakfast over omelettes, we have since switched to French toast mix from cache lake that is powdered & flavored. One pack is good for 2 people- 1/2 a loaf of pepperidge farm (pick your flavor) cinnamon bread. So 2 packs and a loaf of bread plus pre-cooked bacon is 2 meals for us.

Wow...they are sold out of a lot of stuff, but French toast mix is still there. They have excellent meals and their fryin pan bread is a terrific & easy treat.

Cache lake foods

 
Swampturtle
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05/22/2013 10:28PM  
quote joshawes: "When you guys bring cheese do you freeze it before you leave?"

We also use string cheese, they have so many flavors out there now. The harder the cheese, the less moisture, the better it will keep. Parmesan or romano wedges. We take smoked cheeses such as smoked cheddar, smoked mozzarella, smoked Gouda. The smoking helps preserve & dry the cheese out. Plus smoked cheese cut up in a meal tastes great. You could freeze your cheese, but I have never done it prior to a trip, mostly for home use.
 
billconner
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05/23/2013 11:48AM  
quote Swampturtle: "quote joshawes: "So do you guys bring eggs in a specific container? "
In the past we've brought eggs in the special plastic tupperware containers-too heavy/bulky/pia. Then we brought them pre-cracked into small nalgenes stored with our cold stuff for omelettes or French toast. Worked great, shake to scramble. Since French toast is our preferred egg breakfast over omelettes, we have since switched to French toast mix from cache lake that is powdered & flavored. One pack is good for 2 people- 1/2 a loaf of pepperidge farm (pick your flavor) cinnamon bread. So 2 packs and a loaf of bread plus pre-cooked bacon is 2 meals for us.

Wow...they are sold out of a lot of stuff, but French toast mix is still there. They have excellent meals and their fryin pan bread is a terrific & easy treat.

Cache lake foods

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It appeared to me that just there "overstock" is sold out - no mention of sold out in their regular product listings.

I like their bread too but found that the pizza dough mixes in grocery stores are very close - just add some spices for flavored - but cook just about the same.
 
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