BACKPACKING FOODS FROM THE SUPERMARKET
E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Tue, 27 Apr 1993 14:09:18 -0400
Are you about ready to hit the backpacking trail again? Are you a
little short of the green stuff necessary to buy the fancy freeze-dried foods?
WELLLL! THIS POSTING IS FOR YOU!
Seriously, I hope this guide will be of some use. It has served me
well over the past years.
Yours in Scouting,
Carroll Hale (SM T-118) ST. MARK RICHMOND, KY
READILY AVAILABLE BACKPACKING FOOD
Most of the foods listed here may be purchased at any well stocked grocery
store. In general, the cost differential between these and specialty
backpacking foods is substantial. The drawback is that these items are
sometimes a bit weightier than freeze-dried specialties. Most of these foods
require water in their preparation. However,items like noodles or spaghetti
that require large amounts of water have not been included. Any "noodle-type"
dishes included here were chosen only if they use very little water. Keep in
mind that almost everything in this list needs to be repacked. Heavy-duty
Zip-Loc type bags are usually the obvious choice. Exceptions to this last will
THIS LIST IS ONLY A STARTING-POINT. ADD TO IT!
TRAIL MIX: SUNFLOWER SEED (HULLED), BLANCHED PEANUTS, SHREDDED COCONUT OR
CHIPS, BANANA CHIPS, RAISINS, CHOCOLATE CHIPS OR M&M'S
The foregoing foods may be mixed to taste. When making a batch keep in mind
that sugars are for quick energy and proteins/fats are for the long haul.
Balance the mix in a 50-50 proportion of quick and "long" energy sources.
Avoid salty or excessively sweet mixes because they will unnecessarily
increase water consumption.
QUICK SNACKS: GRANOLA BARS, FRUIT ROLL-UPS, HARD CANDIES, FRUIT SWIRL BARS,
TOOTSIE ROLLS, CARAMELS, "HARD" COOKIES LIKE GINGER SNAPS (make sure hard
cookies aren't too spicy - they'll cause thirst.)
FRUITS: APPLES AND ORANGES (heavy but provide liquid, vitamin C, fructose and
fiber) DRIED FRUITS LIKE APPLES, FIGS, APRICOTS, PEACHES AND RAISINS ARE
BETTER FOR LONG TRIPS. Dried fruit can be soaked in water for puddings or
STARCHES: INSTANT MASHED POTATOES, STOVETOP TYPE SCALLOPED POTATO MIXES OR
LIPTON'S NOODLES AND SAUCE MIXES (the foregoing starches often need dried milk
and margarine), RAMEN NOODLES, INSTANT OATMEAL MIX OR INSTANT CREAM OF WHEAT.
MEATS: (For excursions of several days) HARD SAUSAGES (LIKE SUMMER SAUSAGE),
COUNTRY HAM, JERKY. CANNED MEATS WORK WELL BUT THE CANS MUST BE PACKED OUT.
(For short excursions -one day- or to be use on the first day)
SMOKED AND POLISH SAUSAGES IN BLISTER PACKS. BLISTER PACKED OR FROZEN
"ZIPLOCED" BEEF OR BOLOGNA MAY BE USED. AVOID POULTRY AND FISH
DRINKS: FREEZE-DRIED COFFEE, CREAMER PACKETS, TEA BAGS, KOOL-AID PREMIXED
WITH SUGAR IN ZIP-LOCS, INSTANT COCOA, CUP-A-SOUP.
BASICS; DRIED MILK, SQUEEZE MARGARINE, BISQUIK, SUGAR, SALT AND PEPPER
OPTIONAL: DRIED ONIONS, PEANUT BUTTER, GRAPENUTS, INSTANT PUDDING MIX, MEDIUM
TO HARD CHEESE (LIKE CHEDDAR), "SQUEEZE" CHEESE (If you must have bread, don't
want to fool with Bisquik, and don't mind the weight, take bagels. They are
heavy but they don't crush easily.) Crackers also work and are light but
require a rigid container.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City