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ECpizza
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04/14/2014 11:11PM  
My meal plan for upcoming WCPP trip...

I will have batter and oil for fish, and if we stumble on a good hardwood log, I'll try planking a fish. And of course berry pies! A decent stock of powdered potatoes and freeze dried corn and peas as a quick side for any meal.

I try my best to mix it up between "from scratch" and boil and run. Everything light weight.

Meal plan:

notes. We will have a certain number of items like oatmeal in a bag and nutrigrain/granola bars to supplement or replace meals. Most meals can be changed around. Schedule is for planning only.

We will have lots of nuts, gorp, homemade tootsie rolls, homemade jerky, etc. for snacks.

Day 1
Lunch: pocket bread PB&J
Dinner: steak and potatoes
Desert:

Day 2
Breakfast: omelette in a bag and boiled poptart. (hot breakfast, no dishes, hit the water early)
Lunch: summer sausage, cheese, and triskit crackers.
Dinner:mom's casserole (macaroni noodles, tomato, beef, beans) &garlic fry pan bread.

Day 3
Breakfast: breakfast burrito
Lunch: hudson bay bread and PB&J. (Hudson bay bread is a homemade energy bar that is essentially sugar, fat, and oats with a hint of maple. I am going to attempt making it this time with fresh homemade pure maple syrup instead of corn syrup and maple flavoring)
Dinner: chicken fried rice and fry pan bread

Day 4
Breakfast: pancakes and bacon
Hot Lunch: cheesy potato soup.
Dinner:vegetable stew, or fish stew. We eat what you catch.

Day 5
Breakfast: breakfast caserole.
Lunch: Summer sausage cheese
Dinner: augratin potatoes and (ham?)

Day 6
Breakfast: pancakes and bacon
Lunch: hudson bay
Dinner: spaghetti (a trail specialty)

Day 7
Breakfast: omelette in a bag
Lunch: hudson bay
Dinner:

Day 8
Breakfast: breakfast casserole
Lunch: hudson bay

On our way home

 
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wannabeoutthere
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04/14/2014 11:53PM  
Add pizza to the menu.
 
SunnyDay
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04/15/2014 07:31AM  
I like to bring lots of different dried fruits to eat with lunches.
 
OldFingers57
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04/15/2014 09:53AM  
quote SunnyDay: "I like to bring lots of different dried fruits to eat with lunches."


+1 on that. Plus maybe look at some other things for lunches. Look at Trailcooking.com for some lunch recipes. My wife and I have done a lot of these and they are quite good.
 
luft
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04/15/2014 10:09AM  
We just do cold breakfast and lunch on the trail but I can suggest some dinners...

We do love trail pizzas using naan as the crust but perhaps you are sick of eating pizza:-)

Burritos: Mexican rice side, dehydrated refried beans which can often be found in bulk aisle at grocery ( or just buy a rice and bean side dish) with foil packed chicken. Wrap in tortillas with cheese and a taco sauce packet from a taco dinner box or your nearest Taco Bell.

Tacos: same rice and beans as above but you could also dehydrate coleslaw or broccoli slaw to make fish tacos with the fish you catch. Dehdrate sour cream like this and when in camp rehydrate it along with a couple of true lime packets with a little dehydrated ancho peppers in adobo sauce to top the fish tacos. Foil chicken if you are skunked fishing.

Indian chicken over rice. Dehydrate your favorite Indian sauce ( I buy a tikka masala that is premade, add a little coconut milk to it, and dehydrate that mix. I store the dehydrated sauce in freezer so the fats don't go rancid before a trip). You can add foil packed chicken and freeze dried veggies or dehydrated broccoli slaw to the sauce while rehydrating. Serve over boil in a bag rice, quinoa, or couscous.

I have been using foil packed chicken for meals but just picked up some freeze dried chicken and beef at Midwest Mountaineering to try on my upcoming solo. I want to save weight since I won't have my portage Sherpas (kids) with my to help carry the packs.
 
NotLight
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04/15/2014 11:34AM  
Dehydrate fresh, blanched, organic broccoli for the cheddar potato soup. (Peas and corn, dehydrating frozen bags is fine. But the organic broccoli I buy seems to be stringier and tougher than the non-organic, and if you buy it fresh and blanch it lightly or steam it, then is a lot less beat up than frozen, and rehydrates with great texture. Pack the soup mix and broccoli in same bag, so broccoli is less bulky cuz the soup mix fills in the spaces around the dried broccoli.

Do you really want fresh potatoes day 1, or a second day of frozen meat for the same weight? Day 2 you could have cooked frozen brats or cooked frozen steak fajitas.

Another breakfast idea is scones or biscuits, with dried or fresh berries if you can find them. The nice thing about biscuits or scones is there is much less cleanup than pancakes. You can mix them in a bowl pretty dry, and you can then just wipe out the mixing bowl. Cook them thin in a covered frying pan, flip once. Eat out of frying pan so no plates.

Sprinkle craisins or dried blueberries on PB&J instead of J.

Maybe bring a couple fresh onions or a cabbage.

Like Luft says, maybe the #10 can of dehydrated chicken of beef from Mtn house, repackage for a couple meals.





 
goaljohnbill
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04/15/2014 12:42PM  
quote luft: " Dehdrate sour cream like this "



Luft I assume you have done this since you recommended it. When she says "It wont be like fresh but close" how close is she talking? I am interested but if it comes out kinda wonky I dont know if I want to do the work. I would have assumed there is way to much fat in sour cream to dry "right" in a home dehydrator. But if it works it would be much better cost wise to buying it from amazon or somewhere
 
luft
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04/16/2014 01:53AM  
I haven't made dehydrated straight sour cream yet so I can't say how close it is to the "real thing". I have only dehydrated beef stroganoff with sour cream in it and that worked just fine.

We trip in the colder months so we bring a small tub of real sour cream when we need it. But I am taking a couple of summer trips this year so was thinking of buying this sour cream powder from packit gourmet.

Then I had a conversation with twins87 about dehydrating Alfredo Sauce and that got me thinking about making my own sour cream powder. That is when I bookmarked the website on how to do it.

If I get a chance to make some I will post about it in the recipes forum. Maybe I can convince Twins87 to let me fire up a batch in her fancy new dehydrator!
 
goaljohnbill
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04/16/2014 08:47AM  
quote luft: "I have only dehydrated beef stroganoff with sour cream in it and that worked just fine. "


I dehydrated stroganoff myself this winter and it has been fine so far. I didnt even think of that...

quote luft: "
But I am taking a couple of summer trips this year so was thinking of buying this sour cream powder from packit gourmet. "


That items description says "in soup sauces and other dishes" almost like they dont recommend to use it as a topping either. I really would like sour cream to top some bfast burritos we are having. I dont know if that use would bring out the "off" flavor or not. I think I may test it with one tub myself and see what happens.
 
Twins87
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04/16/2014 11:13AM  
quote luft: "I haven't made dehydrated straight sour cream yet so I can't say how close it is to the "real thing". I have only dehydrated beef stroganoff with sour cream in it and that worked just fine.


We trip in the colder months so we bring a small tub of real sour cream when we need it. But I am taking a couple of summer trips this year so was thinking of buying this sour cream powder from packit gourmet.


Then I had a conversation with twins87 about dehydrating Alfredo Sauce and that got me thinking about making my own sour cream powder. That is when I bookmarked the website on how to do it.


If I get a chance to make some I will post about it in the recipes forum. Maybe I can convince Twins87 to let me fire up a batch in her fancy new dehydrator!"


Come on over any time... I still haven't used it again... been WAY TOO BUSY! But I am hoping to fire it up this weekend and try out yogurt, more fruit and perhaps leftovers from crockpot chili.

I can tell I have cabin fever... I usually host Easter at our house but haven't made any plans to do that yet. I'd rather stay home and dehydrate food for our canoe trips :-)

And a note on the main post... I whole heartedly agree with reflector oven pizza for dinner! It's one of our fave meals while camping or at home on the patio in the summer months.

We also make chicken tacos with foil pouch chicken, beans, rice. Will be attempting to dehydrate my own beans and rice this year.

instant mashed potatoes and gravy is a great side dish for any meal. Spice it up a bit with bacon bits, sundried tomatoes, cheese, etc.

 
Ishkb
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04/16/2014 01:39PM  
quote goaljohnbill: "
quote luft: " Dehdrate sour cream like this "
Luft I assume you have done this since you recommended it. When she says "It wont be like fresh but close" how close is she talking? I am interested but if it comes out kinda wonky I dont know if I want to do the work. I would have assumed there is way to much fat in sour cream to dry "right" in a home dehydrator. But if it works it would be much better cost wise to buying it from amazon or somewhere"


Goaljohnbill-
Wendy's has single serve packets of sour cream, they serve them with their baked potatoes & chili.

There is a good amount packaged in a waxed tube with sealed ends that goes along with southwestern style salad kits in the bagged salad section.

Maybe a bit of cream cheese in the single packets/tiny tubs would be comparable.
 
04/21/2014 04:57PM  
Not a lot of 'crunch' in your meal plan. Bring along some jiffy pop for a real treat or crunchy rice crackers. My groups always dig the change in texture as everything else I serve tends seems to be consistently soft.
 
ECpizza
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04/21/2014 10:58PM  
True Mac, my trips always have plenty of nuts. (Take that as you may...). Almonds, cashews, peanuts. Mixed nuts from Christmas tins are great.

My homemade tootsie rolls are the best though. Chocolate that doesn't melt! I make them about a week ahead and the have a little snap to the texture. I'll have to post the recipe. Milk powder, chocolate, sugar (I may try switching honey for the corn syrup) and a dab of butter. All good stuff on the trail.

Dehydrated mamwich over potatoes and a side of corn is going on my menu, but I now have to decide what to take off.
 
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