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08/22/2014 09:10AM
As you may or may not know, I am a chef. And I am normally in charge of the meal planning. I have done several dozen trips, and food ranges from fully dehydrated to a mix of fresh and dried.

Just curious as to what many of the people here have on their trip menus. I always like to expand my menu with options and I thought what better place than here.

Thanks for all the input. Below is the menu from our last trip ( a little extravagant I know ( and HEAVY))

Day 1 Dinner - steak on open fire, mashed w/gravy, roasted carrots, chocolate cake baked fresh

Day 2 - B - scrambled eggs, has browns ( dehydrated), and fresh baked blueberry muffins
D - grilled turkey tenderloin, scallop potatoes, roasted carrots, chocolate pudding

Day 3 - B - scrambled eggs, pancakes w/ butter & syrup, griddles spam patty
D - grilled pork tenderloin, Alfredo pasta, fresh baked Parmesan bread

Day 4 - B - pancakes, griddled summer sausage, fresh baked blueberry muffin
D - fresh baked individual pepperoni pizza, chocolate cake

Day 5 - B - fresh baked biscuits and gravy,
D - chicken and sausage with black beans and rice, corn bread

Day 6 - B - brown sugar and dried cranberry oatmeal, griddled spam patties

Lunches are typically bagels w/PB&J, homemade dried fruit, granola bars, jerky, trail mix. First couple of days we hade cheese and summer sausage as well.

Thanks for all those that contribute to this thread.
 
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LuvMyBell
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08/22/2014 11:07AM
You should also check out the Camping Recipes Forum. Lots of people provide specifics on their BWCA trip meals to include recipes.
 
08/22/2014 11:19AM
quote LuvMyBell: "You should also check out the Camping Recipes Forum. Lots of people provide specifics on their BWCA trip meals to include recipes."
I'm really just curious as to how slim and /or extravagant people take their meal planning. More for fun than really needing recipes (that and I have looked over forum many times- neat place).

 
JJ47
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08/22/2014 11:25AM
I, like you, am the designated "camp chef" in charge of the menu and cooking on all camp trips. I'm also a confessed die hard foodie.

With that said, my menus are similar in that they are usually a combination of fresh and dried food. The rations of which are greatly dependent on trip length and the number of people that need to be fed.

Our last menu follows. This was also heavy, but the trip was short (4 days) and there were only 3 of us.

Day 1 D - Steaks on the fire with crumbled Northern Lights blue cheese, roasted mushrooms and onions with fresh ginger, parsley and garlic. Roasted sweet potatoes with ghee and cinnamon maple sugar. No dessert. Ice cold margaritas for happy hour and Grand Marnier on the rocks afterwards.

Day 2 - B - scrambled eggs (fresh), ham and swiss in a tortilla.
D - Smoked sausage with Zatarain's dirty brown rice and grilled stuffed sweet peppers, Jello no bake cheese cake.

Day 3 - B - Chipped dried beef with milk gravy on toasted bagels.
D - Walleye fillets rolled and skewered then grilled over the fire and drizzled with soy, honey, ginger and garlic, roasted parsnips with ghee and fresh rosemary and cheddar fry pan bread. Campfire apple crisp for dessert. (re-hydrated dried apples, cinnamon granola, ghee and maple sugar cooked in the coals) Dinner backup was Camp Chow stroganoff if we didn't catch fish.

Day 4 - B - Red River cereal with dried fruit and maple and brown sugar, cinnamon fry pan bread.

Similarly I don't plan lunch at all. We usually have plenty of trail snacks along to keep the tank full. Salami and cheese, PB&J with tortillas, jerky, dried fruit, breakfast bars etc.

 
Old Hoosier
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08/22/2014 11:52AM
I am certainly no chef, but many menu items we share - biscuits & gravy, eggs/bacon/hasbrown breakfasts, desserts at dinner, etc.

The options are many - but a few things "enable" change to wilderness menus the most:

1) able and willing to bake. I use the JMO, but reflector ovens and other means can open many new and delicious items.
2) Willing to search for "complete" recipe mixes. Can find complete cakes, biscuits, brownies, muffins, pancakes, etc.
3) Willing to bring a few special items fresh - like eggs, butter or critical ingredients that are needed in special sides or desserts.

We base camp, so we are willing to pack a few extra pounds to make our meals significantly more enjoyable. Like you, I am always searching for new approachs to an enjoyble meal in the woods.

Old Hoosier

 
OldFingers57
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08/22/2014 12:02PM
I hardly ever use prepackaged freeze dried meals. My wife and I mostly use dehydrated foods that we have done ourselves and fresh/non dehydrated foods. The only freeze dried items we use are freeze dried chicken and eggs.
 
08/22/2014 12:02PM
I suppose I will start a second thread on how many people bring frozen food in ( more than just for the first night)

Look for that thread and vote or chime in

I don't mind bringing a small cooler with 3 days of fresh food in. It also depends on time of year or course. Early spring and late fall you can get a couple more days in because of the cooler temp.
 
OldFingers57
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08/22/2014 12:07PM
We've gotten 4-5 days out of ice with fresh and frozen foods in it. We use a couple of gallon milk jugs of frozen water. It lasts for quite awhile.
 
Huntindave
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08/22/2014 12:07PM
I usually go solo and my foods are mostly dry packed.

HOWEVER,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

you have me wanting to invite myself along on your next trip!
 
billconner
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08/22/2014 01:46PM
I think my menu planning is still evolving, but breakfasts are trending toward no-cook so we can get out faster and lunches remain cheese, summer sausage, crackers, dried fruit, and maybe some ginger snaps or some chocolate. Dinners - will do JMO pizza more than once now and like the hearty soups with fry pan bread for dinners, maybe mixed with some pasta sides with meat added. I adjust a lot for how much portage we plan. And I never decide in advance which meals to eat which days or even switch lunches and breakfast, or just do another lunch for dinner if we feel like it. I plan for a living, so eschew planning and following plans while tripping and hope I planned what I packed well enough to permit that.
 
dliebs
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08/22/2014 04:35PM
For our 7 day trip coming up, we will be bringing the following:

Dinners - Steaks and hashbrowns, Chicken Fetucini Alfredo (box kind) and 2 backup meals of Mac and Cheese with sliced summer sausage.

Breakfasts - McMuffins, Biscuits and gravy, pancakes.

We also bring extra sides of rice and hashbrowns to go with fish for the remaining meals.

Bear Creek Wild Rice soup with chicken on those wind bound days.

We eat a late breakfast and skip lunches. We do have a happy hour with trail mix, jerky, pringles and whatever else we have to snack on. Smores at night for dessert.

Nothing special but it all tastes great up there.
 
BKBlair
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08/22/2014 05:06PM
Menu from our last 7 day, basecamp trip. Mix of fresh/frozen and dehydrated foods.

Breakfasts - Eaten on the water while fishing.
Granola Bars, Gorp

Lunches – Main Meal
Day 2 - Hot Chicken (Fire), Corn Bread, Apple Crisp
Day 3 - Walleye (Fire), Mac & Cheese, Corn, Fritos
Day 4 - Chili, Peanut Butter Tortillas, Apple Crisp
Day 5 - Hash Browns, Canadian Bacon, Eggs, Buckwheat Cakes
Day 6 - Walleye (Fire), Mac & Cheese, Corn, Fritos
Day 7 - Muesli, Canadian Bacon (Brunch While Breaking Camp)

Dinners
Day 1 - Cheeseburgers (Fire), Baked Beans, Hash Browns
Day 2 - Tortilla Dogs (Fire), Cheese, Baked Beans, Fritos
Day 3 - Sloppy Joes, Cheese, Baked Beans, Hash Browns, Corn
Day 4 - Summer Sausage, Salami, Sharp Cheese, Fritos
Day 5 - Chili, Peanut Butter Tortillas, Apple Crisp
Day 6 - Jerky, Sharp Cheese, Dried Fruit
 
fourkeelers
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08/22/2014 09:40PM
I don't get paid as a chef, but I can hold my own. If I go for more than four days and four people I put together a survey monkey list of a dozen options per meal and majority vote wins. They can be pretty elaborate and often use NOLS ideas or find dehydrated solutions for ingredients, but even simple stuff can go from "dirtbag" to gourmet. A good example for me is salmon teriyaki and wasabi potatoes. I use a salmon pouch if we don't catch any fish, and throw wasabi powder into the add water mashed potatoes. Always a hit. I'll also bring in sourdough starter for bread and pancakes.

I use a backpacker oven for quite a few things like lasagna and Pot pies.


We eat well. Family calls it "dad's get fat camp", I tend to lose weight but others gain on my trips......
 
lindylair
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08/22/2014 10:08PM
Similar to many others, we bring a fresh dinner for the first night and a fresh breakfast for the first morning in This year it ws marinated pork chops on the fire and dried mashed potatoes, turned out very good. Breakfast was a dozen over medium eggs with maple brown sugar sausages.

After that it is dehydrated dinners which tasted just fine and kept us satisfied.

We were lucky enough to have a campsite for 3 days with a huge patch of raspberries approaching their prime and we enjoyed two breakfasts of raspberry pancakes with real maple syrup. They were delightful and something I will include on future trips if the timing is right - we expected blueberries but there were none ripe. Raspberries are even better in my opinion.



 
08/22/2014 10:09PM
Personally, I go for light weight and simplicity for my BW menu. I'm usually solo for 7-10 days and want to keep the weight of food, fuel, and "kitchen" light and preparation time short, so...

Breakfast is cereal - oatmeal, granola, muesli, sometimes a "protein smoothie".

Lunch is eaten on the go and is ProBars.

Snack is nuts, which have a high caloric density and a decent mix of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Sometimes a little dried fruit is added.

Dinner is a packaged, dehydrated meal from Outdoor Herbivore, Hawk Vittles, or occasionally another provider.

Breakfast and dinner are rehydrated in the bag and eaten out of the bag. No preparation required other than boiling water and no clean up beyond wiping the spork clean and putting the baggie in the trash bag. Beyond the stove (JetBoil Sol includes pot) and fuel, all I carry is an insulated mug, a spork, and a cozy for rehydrating the warm meals.

And, you may not believe this, but...most of it is quite tasty :).
 
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08/22/2014 10:15PM
We also take cold food in and yes, it does last 4-5 days. We always have steaks, mushrooms, and potatoes on the first night--great to look forward to that great meal when you are paddling and portaging. We do only one fish meal for the week--a celebration on the last night. That keeps our impact on fish populations low and again, makes the meal happily anticipated. One of our favorite dinners is: two rotisserie chickens de-boned and frozen in gravy. I warm it, throw in mashed potatoes (instant) and we have a little holiday dinner.

For breakfast we do eggs and bacon, pancakes, etc.

Lunches are usually day trip fare: pbj bagels, venison sausage, crackers/cheese.

Last trip my brother in law brought TWO 48 packs of salted nut rolls. I made him leave one of them in the car. He did bring a ton of jerky though...
 
bhouse46
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08/23/2014 07:11AM
Steak and eggs and lots of great meals offset the only available dehydrated food product available when I started. The boxed and foil wrapped options now make a world of difference.
Much like Boonie simplify is becoming the mantra for solos. One pan meals eaten out of the pan can be quite pleasant. When going with others the meal time is still special and calls for some good eating. French toast with a dense cinnamon raisin bread is better with fresh eggs, but Ovum works nicely. And there are more people to carry the equipment more advanced meals require.
If you see me paddling by solo and you have one of those great meals prepared feel free to hale me over.
 
billconner
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08/23/2014 09:04AM
quote boonie: "

And, you may not believe this, but...most of it is quite tasty :).
"


I've noticed cardboard is quite tasty when your tired and hungry.
 
08/23/2014 09:31AM
quote billconner: "quote boonie: "


And, you may not believe this, but...most of it is quite tasty :).
"



I've noticed cardboard is quite tasty when your tired and hungry."


Well, that's true, and everyone's taste is different. It's also true that I haven't liked every one I've tried, but that's true of fresh and frozen foods too ;). Which ones of the Hawk Vittles or Outdoor Herbivore meals did you not like? I've found that some I didn't care much for, others liked, and vice versa.

I find Hawk Vittles Cashew Curry quite tasty. Have you tried it? Or any of them? Anyone else? I like to get other opinions of specific meals in case I'm planning for more than just me sometime in the future.

I also liked the Bacon Baked Beans and the Beef Stew, but wasn't crazy about the Chicken Pilaf, which I've found some liked better than I did.

I also like the Outdoor Hebivore Lickety-Split Lentils and the Thai Lemongrass Curry, which may not be to everyone's taste just like I'm not crazy about alfredo pasta dishes. I usually try a new one each trip.

It certainly must be tough to come up with a menu for a group, and the larger and more diverse the group, the tougher it must be. My brother doesn't want to bother with it and just eats whatever I plan, but my tripping partner this year decided to do his own food. I wonder what that says about my menu! :).

 
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08/23/2014 10:35AM
It was meant in jest. I enjoy the mmmeal planninghg and the prep time in camp, and find adding just water and eating not all that satisfactory. I think that is really the important issue, that some are fine with good prep and eating as a necessary task and others take great pleasure and joy in wilderness cuisene. To each his own.
 
08/23/2014 12:02PM
I know it was, Bill; mine too, partly, but I'm always hoping I'll find someone else who has tried some of the ones I like to see if it's just me ;. Just in case my brother, sister, or one or two others join me on a trip and I have to plan the menu. I don't want a mutiny in MN :).

I do like these better than the Mountain House products I've eaten in the past.

I also do have certain "cravings" when I get out of the BW :).
 
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08/23/2014 06:45PM
Our camp cook tries to outdo himself on every trip. Our main meal is always at about 2pm with a big breakfast, and then snacks at night. Normally steak or steak and lobster the first night, then fish as the main part of the rest of the meals. He surprised us with steak and shrimp scampi on the seventh (last day) on one trip. Needless to say we basecamp.portages out are pretty light.
 
Twins87
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08/27/2014 12:13PM
We bring along some fresh food and some dehydrated food. Meat to cook over the fire on the first night starts out frozen. Rest of the fresh food is cheese, eggs, apples, oranges, carrots. This summer we started bringing along a small cooler - softsided, think lunch box/bag style - to pack it together and put it in the food pack

The only thing we have ever had trouble with is the carrots this year but we didn't do a good job packing them on a travel day. They ended up on top of the food pack, baking in the sun, for 7 hours of traveling through lakes on a hot sunny day.

Here's the menu outline for our 8 day trip this summer. We had some meals twice. Tried to eat heavier food earlier in the trip. We moved three times.

We did also sneak in a can of Pringles this trip - my husband celebrated his 50th birthday while we were out and he had been craving potato chips on our last trip. They actually survived decently at the bottom of the food pack for several days. More than half were still intact and were a fun treat on his birthday day-trip.

I always pack too much food. Though each trip this summer I got better - first time ever going on more than on trip in a year. We had less left each trip.

BREAKFASTS

Travel days are quick/easy meals –
Hot/cold cereal or bagels/tortillas with cream cheese/PB & J
Oranges or apples
Coffee is instant VIA on these days.

Layover days tend toward the more elaborate
Egg/meat/cheese bagel sandwiches
Breakfast burritos
Pancakes
Hashbrowns as a side with any of the above
Coffee is made in a Java Drip pot on these days


LUNCH – ALL ARE NO COOK, DESIGNED FOR DAY TRIPPING/TRAVEL DAYS

Most are a variation of meat/cheese/delivery system/fruit or veggie/treat

Meat/Cheese/crackers
Apples or dried fruit
Candy bar or cookie

Bagel sandwiches: Cream Cheese/PB & J/meat/chz
Carrots & dip
Candy bar or cookie

Wrap sandwiches: PB & J/meat & chz/foil pouch chicken
Carrots & dip
Candy bar or cookie

Everyone also has two daily snacks – sweet or salty – that get packed with lunches on travel days.


DINNER – ALL DESIGNED FOR COOKING IN CAMP OVER FIRE OR IN REFLECTOR OVEN OR ON STOVE

Pork Chops/Chicken/Steak over fire
Hash Browns
Veggies
S’mores or candy bars

Chicken soft tacos
Beans and rice
Choc Pudding

Reflector Oven Pizza
S’mores or muffins

Chicken & Gravy
Loaded mashed potatoes
Veggie (corn/peas)
Biscuits
Cobbler or muffins

Pasta/red sauce/meat
Bread
Apple crisp

Chili
Corn muffins
Cobbler or candy bars
 
Swampturtle
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08/27/2014 12:23PM
Thanks for posting your menu, it helps me be more creative in my own meal planning. More than a few items on my menu came directly from the good folks on this board. I do all the meal prep for our trips, we are just 2 people, but we travel for 7-10 days at a time. I bring a mix of store bought with fresh and self dehydrated food. Lunch has become an impromptu event, no more formal lunches for us. When I make homemade meals to dehydrate, I make a large amount. I vacuum seal, then put in the freezer for future trips. I use a jet boil with their large pot & a GSI pan for cooking in addition to the open fire. I haven't ventured into the JMO or reflector oven style of cooking as of yet. Reading about all the different options here are encouraging..thanks for all the input. Chomping at the bit to get out of here! This is our 7 day long trip menu, can't wait!

CL = Cache Lake foods

Breakfast-
Bagels & cream cheese
French toast w/ maple syrup & bacon x 2
granola w/blueberries & Nido
Egg bake x 2
CL Scones w/ blueberries & bacon

Dinner-
Marinated steaks, loaded mashed potatoes, sautéed peppers & onions
Homemade beef stew, garlic cheese biscuits
Cheese & spinach tortellini, red monkey spice/olive oil/broccoli/Parmesan cheese mix.
Chicken tortellini soup-cheese tortellini, chicken bouillon, spice pack, dehydrated veggies (onions, carrots, celery) dehydrated canned chicken
Homemade Jambalaya, (wild rice added from cache lake), CL sweet potato corn bread
Chicken, stuffing & gravy-dehydrated chicken, dehydrated veggie mix (corn, peas, carrots) stove-top stuffing, dehydrated celery soup.
Creamy fish chowder, (1 can dehydrated chicken-in case of no fish), CL onion fry bread.

Lunch/snacks
Day one fresh cold cut wrap
clif bars/ gel shots
Fiber one 90 calorie cinnamon coffee cake
little Debbie fig bars
asst gorp mix/dried fruit/nuts
licorice, Swedish fish, Goldfish
Homemade venison Jerky
Cheese blocks & Summer sausage & Crackers
CL Rice salad
CL Curried sweet potato latkes
Homemade Pea soup - extra meal

Pics...beef stew & dehydrated jambalaya
 
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09/05/2014 07:14PM
i ask my group do you want to pack light or heavy and eat well . everyone votes for heavy and good fix'ns. i make sure we have enough food for traditional breakfast type meals every morning : BREAKFAST : 1LB bacon OR jimmy dean sausage with hash browns and mix in eggs a 1 pan meal for 4 and 1 breakfast with pancakes and ham. LUNCH : burgers- brats-fish.. velvetta and shells is a great side dish. SUPPER : 1 night is steaks with potato's. the other nights is fish with the knorr noodle mixes. i made a new supper last trip--knorrs bernaise mix drizzled over boiled lake trout & rice(i bring in a pint of milk for this recipe) EXTRAS: cereal/candy bars
 
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09/05/2014 07:35PM
SWAMPTURTLE, that does look awesome !
 
HammerII
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09/05/2014 09:06PM
Ok my name is Hammer and i'm a Foodie...........

Having said all that depending on type of trip and who's coming I adjust what I bring. As a general rules cooking is left up to me and we do eat good. We try sometimes to have one meal that is a nod towards the older camp meals. While its a video of a trip it does show a few differant types of meals we pack to include homemade type MRE's and fresh traveling food.


canoe trip
 
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09/06/2014 03:37PM

Notice some fellow tortilla shell users here. These don't pack as small as the tortilla shells, but I've been using these Toufayan Flatbreads recently - not as dry as some other flatbreads. To me, seem to be to be much better tasting than the tortillas for PB&J, trail pizza, even for tortillas. But, take up a bit more space.

 
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09/06/2014 09:51PM
I have dozens of trail recipes that I use, but here are my more general thoughts on my meal planning...

Start with Hudson Bay Bread, homemade tootsie rolls (and caramels in cooler weather), and packets of everything from jelly to soy sauce. It's on every trip now.

I am a ghee convert. No other oils go on my trips now.

Breakfasts i have moved to mostly boil only so breaking camp is quicker.
-Breakfast burritos (tortilla, powdered eggs boiled in a bag, maybe a few bits of bacon I cooked and crumbled at home)(powdered egg must be a dehydrated whole egg, no fillers. Mountain House scrambled eggs will NOT work.)
-A breakfast casserole (or egg bake) that I dehydrated at home. Just add water...
-pop tarts. Just drop the bag on boiling water for a few minutes to warm them up. (i find the C-store package to be better than the box package. You can buy them at Sam's Club in bulk too.

A couple breakfasts MUST be pancakes, bacon, hashbrowns.

Lunch is a catch all.
- I pack enough Hudson Bay Bread for one bar every lunch plus one extra. This is Lord of the Rings 'elfin bread'.
-GORP (raisins, peanuts, M&M's and sometimes something else like shelled sunflower seeds, or Swedish Fish Eggs left over from Easter)
- cheese. We had Gouda, Parmesan, and Cheddar on day 7 (early August)
-summer sausage
-homemade candies

It's all together and each takes what they want any lunch, or any time for that matter. Even done a quick breakfast from these items, and cooked pancakes etc for lunch on a rainy travel day.

For dinner my staples are instant potatoes (love the new flavored single pack ones), and freeze dried (not dehydrated) corn and sometimes peas.
-pasta. Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Macaroni...
-spaetzle. Have not actually done this one in the BWCA yet, but a fresh batter made from egg powder and flour... Yum! (MUST have a stable stove and wear boots while cooking.) add a packet of gravy and some summer sausage and/or veggies...
-home casseroles dehydrated (soup based do not dehydrate as well as tomato based casseroles)
-quinoa. New to me, but with some bullion cubes and some cheese makes quite a tasty base from which to expand. This trip I added garlic, Parmesan, dry cure Canadian Bacon, dehydrated broccoli and dehydrated carrot strips.
-"meat". Meat is important. In my spaghetti I use TVP. Foil packs of chicken or ham, summer sausage, bacon, and now a Canadian bacon. Never have I been hungry enough to find Spam appetizing. I hope never to be that hungry.
-breads. Bannock etc.
-one specific meal that makes every trip is Chicken Helper Chicken Fried Rice.

Treats. Aside from prior listed treats, I always pack but only sometimes use...
-popcorn. Pre measured in baggies just enough to nudge the top off my pot lid and not blow it off.
-brownie and muffin mix.
-cake. Pineapple upside down cake is my favorite. Pineapple on the bottom, and mix yellow cake mix with Sprite or equivalent. Outside the BWCA, just pour an entire can of pineapple bits, juice and all into the yellow cake mix and nothing else. Stir and bake.


Often on the trail I change meal combos on the fly. Especially if someone catches a fish. Fresh berries change everything!

The fun part for me is making meals simple, light, and fantastic!

 
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11/22/2014 03:58PM
We still travel pretty far on our trips. A foodie in town, when I am tripping I pretty much just eat for sustenance. The first night we have steaks and hash brown potatoes. After that, it is a lot of dehydrated meals, gorp, clif bars, oatmeal, etc.

 
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01/25/2015 06:17PM
Wow, all I bring is some breading for fish, instant potatoes, Bannock mix, pb n jelly, pitas, jerky, summer sausage a block of cheese and some dehydrated meals.

Almost forgot a couple snicker bars and gorp ;)
 
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01/25/2015 06:34PM
Our basecamp menu (hasn't varied by much in a couple of decades):

Day 1
Supper: ribeye steaks, instant mashed potatoes, packet gravy, frozen corn

Day2
Breakfast: eggs over easy, bacon
Supper: chicken breasts, Stove Top stuffing, packet gravy, frozen green beans

Day 3
Breakfast: pancakes, sausage
Supper: dry noodle mix such as a stroganoff, fresh carrots

Day 4
Breakfast: French toast

Lunches/anytime: pbj sandwiches, trail bars, sandwich cookies, licorice, other candies, gorp

Fish may (or may not) supplement any meal

The food pack is not light on the way in.
 
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01/27/2015 04:52PM
I love the idea of sitting around a campfire eating really good food. Everytime I've ever tried to make it happen, though, it just ends up being more hassle than it's worth and not as good as it should be. I got heavy, greasy, messy pots. I'm working on makeshift cutting boards and getting dirt in everything. It's just no good.

I figure - why not take advantage of the fact that I'm practically starving to death and just about anything will taste awesome to me.

Seriously . .I ate a rainbow trout last year and I couldn't believe how good it was. I said "I've got to eat this at home more often . .it's just soooo goood". Nope. Starvation. Rainbow trout is just ok.
 
01/28/2015 08:58AM
I tend to like longer trips and single portaging. We have these awesome smoked bratwurst and veggie packets the first night out, and maybe some grapes or other fresh fruit for the first day snack, but otherwise it's mostly dehydrated foods.

I love instant mashed potatoes with gravy and freeze dried chicken. Home dehydrated zucchini rehydrated then sauteed in ghee. Or freeze dried peas with ghee is a good side dish.

Thai rice noodles with powdered coconut milk and aseptic packs of curry paste is my go-to, you can change the curry paste and meat or veg you add for variety.

Home dehydrated chili or tomato meat sauce with noodles or corn chips are great.

We make homemade very nutty granola and eat it with whey protein powder and milk.

Lunches are crackers and sausage and cheese, or instant hummos with crackers.

And I usually bring along some instant curried lentil soup from the bulk section of the Co-op for an emergency back up meal, or if we need a warm lunch.

Plus dried fruit, nuts, kind bars, and fresh apples.

The only pre-packaged meals we ever bring are Louisiana red beans and rice, and we buy the dehydrated chicken, otherwise it's either home dehydrated or just pieced together from grocery store ingredients.

I'm a pretty serious cook at home, but more and more we stick to foods that can be rehydrated and boiled in one pot, and cold breakfasts.
 
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01/28/2015 02:20PM
My buddies and I base camp. We go once a year in the early spring to an area I have been going to for 30 years. We have a lot of experience fishing the area and plan on having fish 4 out of 5 nights. We bring in a cooler and frozen steaks so we usually eat steak the last night unless fishing is unusually bad one day. We have all sorts of Lipton and Zataran rice and noodle sides to go with fish. A few nights we mix in something special like fresh sweetcorn over the fire or maybe potato and onion foil packs over the fire. Breakfast is some combination of sausage, bacon, eggs bread product and cheese. Some days it's breakfast sandwiches with english muffins. Sometimes breakfast burritos. Sometimes just a big scramble with sausage and onions thrown in. Last year I went all out and smoked a pork shoulder for 12 hours before shredding it and mixing it with homemade green chili salsa and freezing it. I brought in corn tortilla, salsa, fried potato, and shredded cheese and made Huevos Rancheros. It took a little doing but the guys are still talking about it. We eat better in the BWCA than most people eat at home.
 
krick
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04/11/2015 08:12AM
We mix it up. A few big breakfasts but most mornings we want to get out and start fishing. Hard to beat PB&J for breakfast for its simplicity - also ears to fix and eat in the boat.
Same goes for lunches and dinner. A few elaborate meals, a few fish frys, but to keep it very simple and inexpensive - some meals are just tuna, hot dogs, or bacon sandwiches.
 
04/11/2015 11:25PM
I have read all the posts and no one mentioned a stable we always take, it's good old fashioned stuffing, filling, light to pack, easy to fix, if you don't add the butter clean up is easy, and everyone likes it. FRED
 
DrBobDg
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04/12/2015 08:30AM
I might have missed it but no bake cheese cakes are always a big hit for desserts. We sub powdered milk with no problem Also rice pudding is pretty decent. The trick is chilling it in the lake away from wave action etc.

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Grandma L
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04/12/2015 11:50AM
All sounds like great food choices but when on a travel trip we have to pack lighter and cook more simply to save weight and time.
 
billconner
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04/12/2015 12:10PM
Agree Fog51 - foil pack chicken, gravy mix, and stove top - pretty satisfying meal, especially on cooler days. Not bad with instant mashed in place of stuffing. Sometimes throw in some FD corn or peas.

Pudidngs and such DrBob - I use a wet dish towel over it in the shade and hopefully breeze for evaporative cooling, Works good,
 
schweady
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04/12/2015 12:34PM
quote FOG51: "I have read all the posts and no one mentioned a stable we always take, it's good old fashioned stuffing, filling, light to pack, easy to fix, if you don't add the butter clean up is easy, and everyone likes it. FRED"
+2. This is one of those "real food?" line crossers. Incredibly light to pack, super easy to prepare, and the inexpensive generic brands taste as good as Stove Top. It's a side for our second night chicken breasts, along with the green beans.
 
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04/20/2015 10:42PM
I've.carried in whole potatoes. What I carry in i Dont have to carry out. Just curious on a few post I seen Pringles.. I'admit not in front of a judge mind you. I've. Taken Pringles. Do ya think ranger rick could bust me for it.
 
schweady
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04/21/2015 10:45AM
quote yogi59weedr: "I've.carried in whole potatoes. What I carry in i Dont have to carry out. Just curious on a few post I seen Pringles.. I'admit not in front of a judge mind you. I've. Taken Pringles. Do ya think ranger rick could bust me for it."
Pringles ride quite well in the pack and are a treat of choice on our family trips. It's a reinforced paper tube, not a can. At least that's what my lawyer is going to argue. :)
 
yogi59weedr
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04/21/2015 02:29PM
With a metal bottom.im still taking mine too
 
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