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Old 02-26-10, 01:45 AM   #1
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Food for Camping Trip (No Refrigeration / No Heat)

I was thinking canned food but most of those taste terrible without heating them up first. I can only come up with Spam. Any ideas?
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Old 02-26-10, 02:05 AM   #2
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Old 02-26-10, 02:11 AM   #3
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Peanut butter and bagels. Granola bars. Beef jerky. I like to mix my own trail mix: toasted almonds, dark chocolate chunks, craisins, and raisins. Canned salmon and crackers. Smoked oysters and crackers. Hard-boiled eggs are good for a day without refrigeration.

If you want to get into camping/backpacking regular-like, just invest in a lightweight mountaineer's stove. Canned salmon and Zatarain's rice mixes, or salmon and cous-cous. If you don't mind the weight, bring fresh veggies for the first night. My lady and I like to bring stir-fry veggies for the first dinner, and julienned apple, onion, and sweet potato for the first breakfast. As long as I carry it.
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Old 02-26-10, 02:29 AM   #4
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Chocolate and single malt whiskey are really good. Other options depend on duration of your trip.

Short: veggies, fruit, bread, cheese, nuts, maybe sausage (high enough on salt content to keep it edible for several days).
Longer: eat the short tour's foodstuff first, then continue with: more nuts, potato chips / nachos, dried fruit slices, some canned /dried meat or fish etc.

That said, I don't think I've ever camped without a stove or open fire. That gives a lot more (and better tasting) options, especially in the dried food variety. Also gives you the possibility to take good fresh meat and cook it later on tour.

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[edit] Regarding bread, we have this "crispbread" type of dry, crisp (duh) bread that stays good for months or years even, if it's stored in dry conditions. That's my staple food on tours, as it's high on fibre and very light to carry. Something similar might be available to you, here's a link to one manufacturer: http://www.finncrisp.com/ [/edit]
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For brekkie: Cheerios, granola, and powdered milk.
Add dried cranberries to ward off scurvy.

Why no stove?
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Old 02-26-10, 04:02 AM   #6
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hiking trip-are you backpacking or day hiking from car camping/civilization? water filter with nuts/trail mix/power bars/dried fruit/
choco bars/beef jerky & the like. please tell me you are escaping florida and hiking somewhere where the elevation exceeds 342 ft.
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Old 02-26-10, 06:25 AM   #7
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For brekkie: Cheerios, granola, and powdered milk.
Add dried cranberries to ward off scurvy.

Why no stove?
To ward off scurvy?!? Goddamn, how long is Ruben gonna spend in the woods?
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Old 02-26-10, 07:04 AM   #8
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breakfasts: Poptarts, cereal and powdered milk (just add water and stir), granola bars
Lunches: PB sandwiches (add honey if desired), Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, crackers and PB, Tuna (canned), vienna sausages (barf).
Dinner: repeat lunch list
Snacks: trail mix, granola bars, etc.
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Old 02-26-10, 07:49 AM   #9
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+1 to much of that stuff. Especially PB+Plain bagel, my standard backpacking lunch.

A very dry bread, as Juha mentions, will keep a long time. This was the standard food for oceanic voyages and military campaigns centuries ago. You can still buy hard-tack here: the supplier of hard-tack to the Union army. They are pretty plain.

I also will bring a stove camping. I have an early 50s vintage Coleman 2 burner stove for base camping and an MSR Simmerlite for when I'm more mobile. If the lack of stove is cost, you can make alcohol stoves from recycled materials. Be warned, however, that the alcohol stoves are far more dangerous and not kid friendly in the least. But through-hikers love them for their light weight, ease of fuel procurement and simplicity.
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Also, these are delicious for breakfast:

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This. It's like lembas bread from Lord of the Rings. It'll last forever and give you a ton of energy.

Lemon-Raisin Breakfast Bars
Recipe Ingredients
  • 2 Cups raisins
  • 14 Ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon rind
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 1/3 Cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups rolled oats
  • 1 Cup chopped walnuts
Serves: 6 (2 bars per serving)
At Home: In a saucepan, combine raisins, milk, lemon juice, and lemon rind. Heat and stir until bubbling, then remove from heat to cool slightly. In a bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, and vanilla to make a batter. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt, then add oats and walnuts. Press all but 2 cups of the batter into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Spread raisin mixture on top of batter to within 1/2 inch of the edges. Sprinkle with dollops of reserved batter; press lightly. Bake at 350F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool, then slice into 12 bars and package 2 bars per zipper-lock plasic bag.
Calories: 1165
Carbohydrates: 166
Cholesterol: 113
Dietary Fiber : 5
Fiber: 6.8
Protein: 17.1
Saturated Fat: 25.4
Sodium: 696
Total Fat: 52.5
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Just kill and eat another camper. Or invite an old friend that has no family. If it is a long trip, you are best served starting with the arms. Usually a bit stringy,but your food can still walk.
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Old 02-26-10, 12:43 PM   #13
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Just kill and eat another camper. Or invite an old friend that has no family. If it is a long trip, you are best served starting with the arms. Usually a bit stringy,but your food can still walk.
Dunno. I'll bet uncooked human flesh harbors some pretty gnarly foodborne illness. I think the OP would be off with people jerky.

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Old 02-26-10, 01:06 PM   #14
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Old 02-26-10, 01:34 PM   #15
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To ward off scurvy?!? Goddamn, how long is Ruben gonna spend in the woods?
Long enough to get away from all of his exes?
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Dunno. I'll bet uncooked human flesh harbors some pretty gnarly foodborne illness. I think the OP would be off people jerky.
I did not say you could not cook the human, did I? Come on, I may be abhorent, but I do draw the line at undercooked meat. Might be kind of fun to have them serve you them.
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I did not see the no heat thing. Dang, who goes into the woods without the ability to start a fire?
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One technique I remember from backpacking is to carry one heavy food to eat the first night. From there, you want light food.

Tortillas have great energy density and can hold any number of other stuff to make some sort of stuff bourito.

Summer Sausage can keep a few days.

A block of cheese may get oily and nasty, but it's eatable.
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For brekkie: Cheerios, granola, and powdered milk.
Add dried cranberries to ward off scurvy.

Why no stove?
Ruben, I can sell you some powdered water to go with that. ;0)

EDIT, lets not forget Clif Bars, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut! Mmmmmmmmm!

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Good ideas above, well some of them anyway. Think of almond butter and a good hearty bread, granola, lots and lots of fruit (Costco has dried blueberries that are great), nuts. I also take a handful of Baby Bell cheese, no refrigeration needed for up to a week. Throw in some juice and powdered milk and you are good to go. You can get by without meat for months at a time, but jerky is a good thing, maybe some salmon jerky, that's some good stuff.
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Nice light edible protein - most asian markets carry dried fish and cuttlefish. No refrigeration needed. Comes in a light weight plastic package. They are alittle salty though, not a bad thing on a back pack trip. Remember what you carry in must be packed out that includes Spam cans...
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One of these things does not go with the others!
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Just go to the Dollar stores and get stuff there. It won't kill you to live off Poptarts and sardines for a few days. You could even throw in some canned or fresh fruit. And chips. And cookies. And...............
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