Re: BACKPACKING FOODS FROM THE SUPERMARKET
Gavin D. Watt (GDW@CCCS.UMN.EDU)
Tue, 27 Apr 1993 17:15:00 -0500
RE: BACKPACKING FOODS FROM THE SUPERMARKET
> ARTHALE@ACS.EKU.EDU sez:
> THIS LIST IS ONLY A STARTING-POINT. ADD TO IT!
Go to the 'Natural Foods' section of the supermarket or go to the old
hippies' food COOP if your city has them and you will find:
<>Bins with dehydrated veggie flakes, onion flakes dehydrated soup base,
TVP etc. Make your own soup. They looky pricey but compare with Knorrs
<>Highly recommended DEHYDRATED REFRIED BEANS they are even good 'raw'.
<>On the shelf you find boxed goodies like rice pilaf, coucous and
<>Highly recommended POLENTA (Italian corn bread cooks up in fry pan)
<>For bread try tortillas and pita -- hint sandwich them between plates or
pot lids to improve integrity.
<>Compressed mincemeat in mylar 'juice boxes' -- I found some in the
discount cart haven't tried it yet but looks like lots o'calories in dense
<>Go to the Oriental (Chinese) grocery store -- all sorts of dehydrated
marvels and mysteries. Good source for quick noodles, ramen-type soups.
Also plastic wrapped condiments eg a 3oz bag of "hot mango pickles" were a
big hit on day 6 of a canoe trip last summer.
<>In the East Asian (Indian) grocery store we found mylar bagged main
dishes eg chickpea curries, spinach with cream cheese. With liquid sauce
so little heavy, but very tasty and quick -- good over rice.
<>I like mozerella cheese, less fat dosen't separate and weep like colby
or mild cheddar in a hot food pack.
<>Add some Tang [or better generic Tang] to dried fruit when you
reconstitute it. Which led to the serendipitous discovery of HOT TANG --
hits the spot on a frosty Minnesota morn!
Some of the above are a bit spicy and exotic and may not appeal to white
bread palates. My motto is "a fussy Scout is a hungry Scout"
-- Gavin, Pack 132 St
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City