Re: Menu Planning for High Adventure
Bruce Haugen (BHAUGEN@NDSUVM1.BITNET)
Fri, 5 May 1995 08:41:08 CDT
On Wed, 3 May 1995 07:34:39 -0400 Mike J. Brophy said:
>To all fellow Scouters;
We are looking for the best way to
>prepare for menus, food purchasing, food preparation and anything else that
>you can suggest.
> Looking forward to your replies.
Last summer, our scout troop went on a backpacking trip in the badlands of
western North Dakota. Wonderful place. I thought I had us pretty well
outfitted for food, you know dehydrated fruits, jerky, mac and cheese, hard-
to-screw-up sausage, etc. Then one of our ASMs who had spent 9 months on the
Appalachian Trail took over.
She cruised down the packaged food of our local grocery store and found stuff
that you simply wouldn't believe.
For instance, Lipton makes casseroles in a paper bag, you know, the chicken and
noodles variety, etc. Add a small can of chicken or tuna, and you can feed
A few years ago, another group in our Troop did some hiking in Montana, and
brought stuff like pudding in zip-lock bags pre-mixed with sufficient amount of
dried milk. Just add water and squeeze the bag until lumps disappear.
One caution: Try to anticipate the amount of water you will need to carry or
filter as opposed to what is available locally. It is one thing to cook rice
in water that will be consumed as part of the meal. It is quite another thing
to cook a meal in the water, only to throw the water away. When you have to
carry it, that's a waste of good water.
Remember the snacks. Granola bars, dehydrated fruit, jerky, etc.
I know the dehydrated foods specifically designed for hiking are great, but
they are also very expensive. Our Appalachian Trails-experienced ASM did just
as well in a regular grocery store.
Also check out http://io.datasys.swri.edu/overview.html This is the home page
for the rec.backcountry newsgroup (which is also a good source). They have lot
s of stuff besides recipes.
Remember, that in all your preparations, an ordinary diet probably will not be
enough. The exertion of carrying a backpack is on the order of twice as much
as regular walking. And teens can eat a horse to begin with :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City