Camping Food

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  1. searchin oz

    searchin oz Sand, Gimme more sand

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    I havnt done much un-supported riding/camping so I am asking the question, What sort of food do you take on a multi-day un-supported ride?

    Is hydrated (tins etc) the go or dehydrated plus the extra water needed to cook better?

    Or do you all stay in pubs and have a counter meal? (I have been doing this for the past 10 years:lol3 )
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  2. rossf650dakar

    rossf650dakar Been here awhile

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    The dehydrated Backcountry stuff is OK but you tend to find some rice or spag is more appetising. Rice+garlic+olive oil+tinned corn or peas makes a really good camping risotto, just add whatever dead animal food pleases. I believe there is allegedly protein in a can of Tom Pipers ... :lol3

    Water you can refill along the way if you remember. But you can't cook without it. Another plus of the packet backcountry stuff is you don't need to wash up. :clap

    At the end of the day you can put up with anything for dinner provided you remembered to pack some Bundy+Coke or a 2 litre box of red ... :rofl
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  3. OzRob

    OzRob Been here awhile

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    I take enough food for at least 5 days,
    The back country dehydrated food is good, expecially the strawberry icecream, It has real strawberries in it..soooo nice, save it for the third day, it is even better.
    Also have a look in the supermarkets as you can buy meals for one in foil containers that have pre cooked potatoes and chicken, also there are pre cooked rice meals, 2 minute noodles are good and drink the water to keep the fluids up, Porridge for breakfast,
    AVOID tins that have ring pull lids, I had a tin of Stagg Chilli beef in my top box which departed from the bike and went rolling down a hill, the tin exploded coating all the contents of my top box with...somthing described only as dog vomit.....
    With Unsupported rides make sure you have plenty of water, as that IS important, I had 3x 1,5 LT water bottles and two 3 LT cammel backs.
    ...I want to go on a road trip now......:-(
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  4. Shmerel

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    wild turkey! coke optional. :dg
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    I find I need something very quick to eat because I'm wanting to hit the sack so badly when I stop. The dehydrated meals from the hiking places are tops. I generally buy them once a year at the 25% off sales. They are a bit expensive but suplemented with some fruit and booze make me a happy camper:freaky

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  6. Clancy

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    :huh Wild turkey, polluted with coke??? Gad, you are a philistine.
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  7. Dr AT

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    wild country for main, cook and eat in the bag, trail mix for snacks,
    breakfast : single serve cereal with milk power in glad self seal bags, add water, No plates, no washing up, no hassle.
    day 3 ALWAYS have a wild country dessert, you've gotta stay sane...
    gatorade powder for a bit of flavour / minerals at the end of the day / lunchtime
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  8. Shmerel

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    touché. you're right. the coke is for the guests, who get the watered down version........:lol3
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  9. searchin oz

    searchin oz Sand, Gimme more sand

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    Guess I'm lucky in this area, Wild Turkey is one our companys products:thumb
    just ordered a heap of rare breed for chrissy:clap
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  10. DirtWanabe

    DirtWanabe Classic Adv Bike rider

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    What do you mean by un-supported? No support vehicle with trailer etc or do you mean in the bush with no contact with the outside world. In the first case carry your basic cooking stuff with condiments and add fresh stuff from shopping in towns you pass through. In the second case then dehydrated with a few fresh vegies (oinons garlic, potato, corrot etc) to suppliment the dry stuff. Carry water but don't go overboard, unless you know there is no water along the route/camp site.

    Also I find that the dry stuff you buy is aimed at people who are happy to add water and eat, so the dishes are an all-in-one affair. I'm a fat bastard an prefer to prepare my meal in a manner that resembles good food so I have a dehydrator (pick them up from garage sales) and dry my own stuff separatley and then cook a more palatable meal. Wont bore you with details but I guess you get the picture.
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  11. rosscoact

    rosscoact need constant supervision

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    Dave,

    I've been looking for one of these for ages, they sell too quickly. Now if they can only dehydrate red wine, we'd be sweet

    rossco

    PS thanks for the DVD, good stuff
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    DirtWanabe Classic Adv Bike rider

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    Yep, I recon you would pick up a Nobel prize and the eternal gratitude of all campers across the world :freaky
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  13. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Here's Dirt Wanabe preparing one of his culinary masterpieces! Hi Dave!:wave [​IMG][/IMG]
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  14. rosscoact

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    dave,

    I assume there are some books and websites (i've had a look on a couple of hiking/eating sites) out there that show whats good to dehydrate and then cook up. Is there any that you could recommend?

    It's an interesting thing the eating bit. It's hard work riding dirt all day and you do need to replace energy. I generally make do with a dehydrated meal at night and trail mix/breakfast bar/energy bar for the rest of the day but i've only done this for 4 days.

    has anybody tried a couple of weeks or more without the counter lunch or two?

    rossco
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  15. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I always have a decent feed at lunchtime, rarely am I that "out there" that I can't do that. I love having a feed in a local pub, food is usuall great and huge, and always the chance to be put onto a nice back track by one of the locals. Then I go to the general store and buy what ever takes my fancy for tea and hit the track! Of course I always have the staples on board, coffee, pastas, condiments etc
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    I usually find Road Kill Wallaby's best. Fresh and undamaged yum.Hind quarters are not usually piosoned by Digestive Fermentation. A few days old cooked it for a long time with rice. When the rice stops moving add a bit of curry!
    Breakfast Mushrooms :wink: and water cress, fern roots. Dessert BlackBerries, Wattle Nuts and Sassy tea. Why carrying stuff. Wild Turkey? Nah the Famous J.J.J. ( Jim's Jungle Juice) me own stuff. Run the Bm on it once Blew a piston. Oh the advantage is Mossies won't bite yu with J.J.J.
    Packet Food what's in that stuff? Salty as the sea. Sea/ Lobster, crab on Fish the List goes on and on. Must cost you people a lot to travel? Anyway Happy Rides are best with a big s?.t at the end of the day.
    "If yu don't eat you won't s?. If you won't s? yu die"! But make sure you put it a Bag and take it Home for the Dog to eat. Old Alices ( Red Healer) just Grins :D . Well that's what I do...
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    You sure those aren't maggots?:evil
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  19. DirtWanabe

    DirtWanabe Classic Adv Bike rider

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    Thanks Dave, makes me feel like a celebrity chef (Big Fat Hairy and Ugly Biker).

    Rossco, the bushwalking and cycle camping sites have good info on dried food. Like I said before the big problem (other than the cost) with the bought stuff is that they try and make it too simple and so it ends up being just all mixed together in one bag. A little extra effort and you can have a really nice meal, although it can be a challenge staying sober long enough. :1drink

    Apart from the individual ingredients you can also dry sub parts of a meal e.g. bolognase (sp) sauce. I'm going to try a Larb Gia (a Thai minced chicken and chilli dish) but chicken can go a bit hard when dried, I'll let you know how it works out.

    Another place to find dehydrators is in pawn shops, no not those places in Fyshwick, the cash-converter type places.:D

    And lunches on the road are always better when eaten in a pub or bakery.
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  20. OBR650

    OBR650 Been here awhile

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    Breaky bars in the morning for breakfast (no washing up, no water).

    Le Snacks with tuna for lunch (no washing up, no water).

    Trail snacks inbetween (no washing up,no water).

    De hydrated pasta/rices meals for dinner (water and washing up).

    A bottle of rum decanted into 1L Aluminium bottle. You can buy coke anywhere and heaps cheaper than Bundy & Coke cans.

    Cheers

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