Why You Should Make Your Own Backpacking Food

Yes there are simple, convenient, and with some gourmet brands now on the market, even tasty packaged backpacking food. I still think making your own is a great idea and here are my reasons… Cost: Cost is huge. Mountain house, the Hamburger Helper of backpacking food, still cost about $5 per meal, per person. If…

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How to Dry Cheese for Backpacking

Drying cheese doesn’t just mean you can have a yummy addition to your camp meal, it also saves money. Instead of leaving that half eaten block in the back of the refrigerator to collect mold, dry it. While you don’t want to eat dry cheese like you would fresh cheese, it is great added to any number…

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Chicken Pot Pie

Recipe: Prep time: 5 minutes at home to measure and pack Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves 2 Tools Needed: Pot that will fit two servings Additional pot or skillet with lid or nesting cover Ingredients: 1/4 cup dried chicken 2 chicken boullion cubes 2 tablespoons dried onions 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder…

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Turkey with Gravy

Recipe: Prep time: 5 minutes at home to measure and pack Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves 2 Tools Needed: Pot that will fit two servings Ingredients: 1/4 cup dried turkey or chicken 1 chicken boullion cubes 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoon dried peas (or other vegetable) 1 tablespoon…

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Marinara Meat Sauce

Recipe: Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves: 2 Most of the ingredients below can all be purchased online but it is usually more cost effective (and tasty!) to dehydrate things yourself. Tools Required: Larger camp saucepan for two. Ingredients: 1/4 cup dried ground beef 1/4 cup dried sausage 2 tablespoon dried…

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Tacos con Wild Edibles

One of my favorite things about tacos is the fresh greens mixed in with the warm and savory meat. Since I wasn’t about to backpack in a head of lettuce I thought tacos were best left for at home. As I was hiking and noticed some dandelions it dawned on me that wild edibles can…

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Breakfast Burritos

Recipe: Prep time: 5 minutes at home to measure and pack Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves 2 Tools Needed: Pot that will fit two servings In one container pack: 1 tablespoon dried bell peppers 1 tablespoon dried chopped mushrooms 1 tablespoon dried onions 2 tablespoons dried sausage In a separate container…

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Chicken Fajitas

Recipe: Prep time: 5 minutes at home to measure and pack Cook time: 20 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Serves 2 Tools Needed: Pot that will fit two servings Ingredients: 1/4 cup dried chicken 3 tablespoons dried onions 3 tablespoons dried bell peppers 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper…

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Campfire Tortillas or Flat Bread

Have you ever had fresh tortillas? If you have you know those packaged ones at the store just can’t compare. A simple bread to start with they are perfect for the campfire. Recipe: Prep time: 15 minutes at home to measure and pack, 10 minutes fireside to mix and press flat Cook time:  2-4 minutes…

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Snow Cream or Vanilla Milk

If you’re lucky enough to be backpacking in freshly fallen snow you can have hot apple cobbler and vanilla ice cream wherever your feet have taken you. Well, technically it’s vanilla snow cream but beggars can’t be choosers, right? Either way, this is quite a luxury after a long day hiking. If you don’t have freshly…

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