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Old 06-15-11, 05:08 PM
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Anything dry and compact is good. Hot cereal, grocery store freeze-dried packaged potato dishes, rice, etc. That new foil-packed tuna is great stuff. Just go down the grocery isle and pick boxes that have mostly dry or freeze-dried contents. Check the calories per serving to make sure you are buying enough. Always have extra gallon and quart ziploc bags in your pannier, loose. Put the food in one of those. Cut the recipe off and leave the box in the grocery store trash. Only problem is that most of those things want milk and maybe flour, so you'll have to have a bag of powdered milk, Milkman packets, or similar, which is a pain because you'll have that extra weight and volume. Sometimes we've just taken some of the staple we needed and thrown the rest away. Hate doing that, but we don't have unlimited room. Weight's not so bad, it's the volume. We carry an REI Flash 18 with us, a very light and simple rucksack. We can put overflow food in there until we eat it, then the sack goes back in the pannier.

If the tour is shortish, you can bring baggies of dry staples from home, like the mentioned freeze-dried beans. You can get tomato powder, too, for making tomato sauce.
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