Making my meals was simple- I'd add cold water to any dried food a few hours before I wanted to eat. On the trail, I pulled out my re-hydrated food and started eating right away. I relaxed at viewpoints full-bellied and content. What freedom!
|My pot, stove, & fuel weigh 12 ounces.|
Simple Standing Indian Stove-less Menu
Quick and easy burritos
At home, put instant re-fried beans (available in the bulk section of the local food co-op) in a small freezer bag. Add water to rehydrate and let sit a few hours. At beautiful wildflower meadow, spread beans on a tortilla, top with shredded string cheese, and add a few slices of bell pepper, cilantro, and a packet of salsa.
|Lunch couldn't be easier.|
Sushi on the trail
At home, cook sushi rice according to package instructions. For each cup of cooked rice, mix together 2 Tbs. rice wine vinegar, 1 Tbs. sugar, and 1/2 tsp salt and heat in microwave until sugar dissolves. Pour over rice and mix well. Add sesame seeds (optional). Spread on dehydrator trays and dehydrate overnight. Put into freezer bag. On the trail, add cold water to cover and let sit at least three hours. I tore up "crispy toasted seaweed" and added it to the rice along with tuna (best with oil-packed) and mixed it all together in the bag. But if you want to get fancy, you can make little rolls if you have a flat surface (like I did on a recent dayhike) and even add avocado if you want to splurge.
|The sushi rice is done dehydrating when it is totally crispy.|
|Sushi rice with spicy tofu-jerky (Note: this was taken on a previous dayhike)|
Snacks to get you up the mountains
While backpacking, I "eat like a hobbit" (i.e. have first breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, tea-time snack, pre-dinner snack, dinner, and dessert). I eat snacks every two or two and a half hours. This gives my body sustained energy and keeps my tummy happy. I bring an assortment of home-dehydrated fruit such as strawberries, bananas, apples, kiwi, and mandarin oranges. To add protein, I dip dried bananas in peanut butter, and pair fruit with string cheese, which keeps for days unrefrigerated.
|Finger-sandwich of dried apples, string cheese, and tofu-jerky.|
|Slice fruit thinly and pat dry. Leave on dehydrator overnight.|
At home, put into your plastic bag any or all of the following: oats, wheat bran, flax seeds (just a little bit), unsweetened coconut, dried cranberries, dried milk (Nido is best), slivered almonds, cinnamon and cardamom. Before bed, add water, seal tightly, and hang in bear bag. In the morning it will be ready, the oats nicely softened and flavors melded together.