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MNLindsey80
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03/28/2016 09:57PM
So last year I was the one who carried all the food!

We went for a 6 night/7 day stint - so with us we had items such as
Pouch chicken from Cub Foods (which is heavy) - about 3-4 packs of that!
2 Steaks, 3 sweet potatoes & Asparagus for night 1
Lots of pouch meals (think heavy sauce campbells soup etc)
Knoors (yay lighter)

And many other heavy things....

This year I think I'm going to lighten the load so to speak!

I think i'm going to try to make some of these!
Instant Meals on the Go

Has anyone used the Mountain House dehydrated chicken/hamburger vs. pouch chicken you can buy at Cub?
 
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muddyfeet
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03/28/2016 11:19PM
Those look good, but seem kinda complicated to make.
I experimented with something similar last year that was simple and plenty flavorful.

Hamburger works well with a home dehydrator.
Dehydrated chicken is okay if shredded, but it needs a much longer rehydrate time. Freeze-dried chicken chunks are better for instant-eat. It does compare to pouch chicken.

 
03/28/2016 11:48PM
quote MNLindsey80: "
Has anyone used the Mountain House dehydrated chicken/hamburger vs. pouch chicken you can buy at Cub? "


I dry beef and pork sausage at home but for poultry I'll go with freeze dried chicken or even better turkey. Mountain House did have turkey still has chicken but Honeyville tastes as good at better prices. Not partial to air dried poultry.

butthead
 
OldFingers57
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03/29/2016 05:51AM
I'll second going with the Freeze dried chicken. I use it for backpacking and canoe tripping. It is super lt wt. I get the large cans and divide it up into 2 person servings and Vac seal them.
I also use dehydrated ground beef and sausage in recipes.
 
billconner
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03/29/2016 06:08AM
How long does the FD chicken last - like the large cans opened - will it last till next year?
 
03/29/2016 07:55AM
quote billconner: "How long does the FD chicken last - like the large cans opened - will it last till next year?"

"Shelf-Life:
can be stored for 10-15 years in a sealed #10 can
in a cool dry place
once opened, if refrigerated, it’s 1 month
if not refrigerated, 1 week." from Honeyville.

I have just opened and sorted into multiple packages of 3 servings vac-bagged-froze till needed. I use a #10 can over a year.

butthead
 
MNLindsey80
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03/29/2016 08:48AM
I had meant FD Chicken... ;-) But good to know that it tastes just as good as the pouch chicken.

Butthead... how many servings are in the large can?
 
03/29/2016 11:05AM
#10 can lists as 26 servings, due to the way I pack food I just divide into 10 vac-bag packages. Take what I need, freezer the rest for latter.

butthead
 
OldFingers57
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03/29/2016 02:07PM
I have resealed the FD chicken in vac seal bags with two person servings. I have had mine for over 3 yrs now and been using them with no problems.
 
Northwoodsman
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03/29/2016 06:55PM
This place has some interesting ingredients. It's a little spendy but you can get pretty much everything you need at one place and not spend days gathering supplies.

Packit Gourmet
 
brotherbob1958
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03/29/2016 08:00PM
I like to dehydrate a lot of corn for our trips, since it goes so well with the fish we catch.

But I do like to buy the freeze dried meals. As well as the freeze dried chicken salad mix on tortillas

I do a lot of dehydrating of my meals, they taste better then the freeze dried and they are better for you
 
03/29/2016 08:54PM
You'll want to make a cozy to rehydrate them in so they stay hot. It's easy to make one out of reflectix bubble wrap.

There are endless variations of those kinds of meals and many recipes can be adapted to it by substituting dehydrated (or FD) ingredients.
 
billconner
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03/30/2016 08:37AM
quote brotherbob1958: "I like to dehydrate a lot of corn for our trips, since it goes so well with the fish we catch.


But I do like to buy the freeze dried meals. As well as the freeze dried chicken salad mix on tortillas


I do a lot of dehydrating of my meals, they taste better then the freeze dried and they are better for you"


Please explain what you mean by " better for you" as most sources on the internet clearly state freeze dried is better nutritionally than dehydrated. One- that said, I'm a dehydrater, more for economic and food preference reasons, but I still very much prefer the flavor, color, and texture of some freeze dried vegetables over dehydrated.

Here's another.
 
MNLindsey80
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03/30/2016 06:01PM
quote Northwoodsman: "This place has some interesting ingredients. It's a little spendy but you can get pretty much everything you need at one place and not spend days gathering supplies.

Packit Gourmet "


Definitely taking a look at this company!
 
03/30/2016 10:13PM
Another thing for you to note on the Instant Meals on the Go is the portion size. It's nice that they the basic nutrition information including calories. Most of the recipes are only for a serving size of about 200-300 calories, so you may need to double (or even triple) some of them. I prefer about 500-600 calorie portions.
 
Swampturtle
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03/30/2016 11:04PM
Thanks for the link, ideas & recipes, good stuff. I am always looking for new ingredients for camping. I appreciate the reviews on items i have not yet tried..such as the freeze dried chicken. It helps to know others enjoy it & there is a recipe for me to try. It makes jumping into something new easier. I dehydrate my own meals and supplement with stuff straight from grocery stores like Knorr & Lipton sides. I do something similar mixing and matching veggies, meats & spices to make custom meals. I hadn't checked into Muddyfeets FBC sticky thread because my brain skipped over it thinking "we don't do that type of cooking"...but we do one pot meals, so duh basically the same thing. My bad. Nice recipes, good pics. Thanks to all.

Here is a site with FBC and lots of other great recipes.
Trailcooking.com by Sarah Kirkconnell



Trailcooking FBC
 
MNLindsey80
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04/10/2016 09:10AM
I'm currently eating Whole30, and plan to eat Paleo afterwards, so I was having a panic on what I would eat, but then remembered Buttheads freeze dried chicken. I figure if I pair that with some freeze dried veggies I'll still be in order since we do not bring in a barrel of heavy food!

Anyone else here eat Paleo?

 
04/11/2016 08:28AM
Had to look up "Paleo Diet", looks simple.


Meat – GRASS-FED, not grain-fed. Grain causes the same problem in animals as they do in humans.
Fowl – Chicken, duck, hen, turkey…things with wings that (try to) fly.
Fish – Wild fish, as mercury and other toxins can be an issue in farmed fish
Eggs – Look for Omega-3 enriched eggs.
Vegetables – As long as they're not deep-fried, eat as many as you want.
Oils – Olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil – think natural.
Fruits – Have natural sugar, and can be higher in calories, so limit if you're trying to lose weight.
Nuts – High in calories, so they're good for a snack, but don't eat bags and bags of them.
Tubers – Sweet potatoes and yams. Higher in calories and carbs, so these are good for right after a workout to replenish your glycogen levels.

North Bay Trading has just about everything, with choice of air and freeze dried. Is wild rice paleo? You could try a dried egg based sauce.

butthead
 
jfinn
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04/11/2016 08:35AM



Anyone else here eat Paleo?


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Not Paleo, but I am a Vegetarian that adheres to a ketogenic protocol. It works great on solos as I don't need to carry much and I can keep my weight way down. Unfortunately, it makes group trips a little tough.

For you, there are lots of dried meat options, meat bars and so on. My issue with many dried veggies commercially available is that they are heavy on the corn. I tend to do a lot of seeds and nuts, soups and veggies. Add in some eggs and tuna on occasion and I am set.

It would just be way easier to eat cheesy noodles!


John
 
billconner
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04/11/2016 11:13AM
MNlindsey - you started something! I looked it up also, and then generally researched diets. Based on reviews (ranked best diet by a number of sources), I'm going to try to improve my diet using the DASH diet recommendation. THANK YOU!

PS: Actually these Paleo Meals To Go look interesting and may fit fine with DASH.
 
sdebol
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04/14/2016 09:44AM
quote MNLindsey80: "So last year I was the one who carried all the food!

We went for a 6 night/7 day stint - so with us we had items such as
Pouch chicken from Cub Foods (which is heavy) - about 3-4 packs of that!
2 Steaks, 3 sweet potatoes & Asparagus for night 1
Lots of pouch meals (think heavy sauce campbells soup etc)
Knoors (yay lighter)

And many other heavy things....

This year I think I'm going to lighten the load so to speak!

I think i'm going to try to make some of these!
Instant Meals on the Go

Has anyone used the Mountain House dehydrated chicken/hamburger vs. pouch chicken you can buy at Cub? "


I have used the Mountain House freeze dried hamburger multiple times and like it very much.

I have had a #10 can of the freeze dried chicken but hadn't tried it. I finally cracked it open to try one of the recipes in the link you provided. I used it in the thai peanut noodles with chicken and vegetables and it came out great--I'm going to include it on the menu for our May trip!

Like others have mentioned, whenever I open a #10 Mountain House can I divide up the contents into smaller servings and vacuum seal them. I also bought a pack of those little oxygen absorbers and include one them with each serving before I seal them. Probably overkill but it was kind of fun in my weird camping OCD way...
 
billconner
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04/14/2016 11:07AM
Smaller cans if you're not ready for a ten tin: Honeyville
 
Duckman
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04/14/2016 11:20PM
I have been going solo for the last several years. Food is not a big deal. I take a little three compartment shaker with pepper, garlic salt, and Tony's.

Other than that, I take food to get me by and to force me to fish. Mountain House Chili Mac and stroganoff. Some of the small instant potato packs with different seasonings.

I promise you, if your group strikes out fishing, those small add water instant potato packs and foil chicken will fill you up quick.


If you want to be fun, and you're on a lake with crawfish, get a trap, buy some Cajun boil, and have a very not northern Minnesota meal.
 
MNLindsey80
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04/19/2016 09:34PM
quote sdebol: "
I have had a #10 can of the freeze dried chicken but hadn't tried it. I finally cracked it open to try one of the recipes in the link you provided. I used it in the thai peanut noodles with chicken and vegetables and it came out great--I'm going to include it on the menu for our May trip!

"


Awesome to hear! I am going to make that one... plus the Cous Cous w/mixed veg. and Curry Rice/Chicken & Cashews for our May trip! I think i'm just going to have to forgo eating my ideal way for a week. It won't kill me, and then I get back on track! ;-)

Duckman I would just be in heaven if we caught our fish for the whole week!
 
Frenchy
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04/23/2016 01:44PM
Good ideas here. Went down and brought dehydrator from basement to start preparing for June trip. The Back Packing Chef also has some really good recipes on his site.
Back Packing Chef

 
04/26/2016 10:32AM
Just ordered some items from Packit Gourmet to try on a week solo in mid June.
 
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