What do you cook/eat when camping?

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by tafflink, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. motokeith

    motokeith Been here awhile

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    On one of our camping trips a new initiate brought a big bag of gnocchi and some sauce for his meal, and no way to cook them. We had every Jetboil in camp going at once to turn out enough boiling water to cook those things.
  2. rwebell

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    I don't want to disparage anyone's particular tastes....for me, the quality of the meals isn't worth the price. The ramen and KD are cheap, light, compact and easy to re-stock along the way. They give you lots of calories in a hot meal for pennies. I have eaten a lot of the deyhdrated meals as well and the odd one is OK but overall they are pretty crappy. I usually don't cook in the AM...bagels, oatmeal, coffee. Snacks and fruit for lunch and then boil something on the stove for dinner. I also ate a lot of MREs over 30 years in the army....guess what we ended up eating the most of in Afg....Ramen, KD, Jerky....maybe they are just my comfort foods!
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  3. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    Good point on the cost and re-stock-ability, and they are certainly cheaper - but I'd prefer one of the known-to-be-good MH meals over those options. REI was running a 10% off backpacking meals if you bought 8 or more and I was teed up buy a bunch of new ones to try out, but never made the commitment. Maybe I need to give them a go.

    Another option I like and I think I've seen mentioned here is the Tasty Bite stuff - if you don't Indian and you have to have meat, you're kind of out of luck, but I find all you have to do it boil up some water, turn off the heat, stuff the pouch in it and let it sit for 5 minutes or so. It comes out hot enough. The Bombay Potatoes are my favorite and I seem to be able to find them in most grocery stores around here.
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  4. marchyman

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    Madras Lentils and Tikka Masala are my favorites. Since I don't mind washing a dirty pot I usually make pasta and drain while quite al dente. Then I dump the contents of the Tasty Bite package into the bowl of pasta which warms it up as the pasta finishes cooking.

    Another similar food choice are the packages from Seeds of Change. Some times I'll mix the Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice with the Tasty Bites Madras Lentils. Costco now has a Kirkland branded version of the Brown Ride and Quinoa.

    All of the above taste better, IMHO, than anything I've tried from Mountain House. The Mountain House items don't weigh nearly as much, but since I'm on the bike I don't care about saving every possible ounce.
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  5. AZMtnRider

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    When you take into account the water needed for the dehydrated meals, it is just easy to pack a couple of cans of soup, stew, chili, etc. I resupply at daily fuel stops, always keeping one can for unplanned schedule changes. Granola bars for breakfast and almonds and or jerky for lunch if I don’t eat at my fuel stop.
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  6. rokytnji

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    Chorizo and egg burritos. Powdered eggs or carton liquid eggs work. Tortillas toast real easy over fire.
    Use cheese and salsa to taste. Salsa can go bad once opened if not vinegar based. But old elpaso sells tenny weeny cans.
    If you can find em.

    Sometimes. I pack up home made pre made perogis < baked > from the freezer . They keep good for about 2 days. Can eat cold or hot. I stuff ours with sauerkraut
    cooked into hamburger spiced with mexican stuff.
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  7. MaverickNC

    MaverickNC Gnarly Dude

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    Solid option. I like to pack salsa packets, especially if I am solo. That or a tiny bottle of Tapatio.
  8. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    I saw a comment about availability of water above. I mentioned my son is in the outdoor goods business...he is a beta tester for this item and got me one too. The thing is just amazing as far as purifiers go. We took them along on our last trip back in December and know I can never be without it. https://grayl.com/
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  9. AllSeasonRider

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    You can get Tapatio in small 1/4 oz. packets. You can buy them on Amazon, or you can grab extras at some fast food places depending the part of the country you're in. Of course, you can always grab packets from taco bell, del taco, etc that will get the job done. Definitely easier to carry than a jar or bottle of salsa.
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  10. marchyman

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    https://grayl.com/

    Looks interesting. My MSR Mini Works EX still works fine, but doesn't protect against viruses. I'll keep this in mind as an option when it is time to replace the Mini Works cartridge.
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    Wow Looking through these posts I saw something that I did not think actually existed like Sasquatch or Manbearpig. A real honest to god Chargers fan! 3A3701AD-1B13-457D-90F4-B0C8CE4BEDA5.jpeg
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  14. rwebell

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    that has got to be one of the best camp-kitchens I have ever seen! 6 stoves, digital timers, all of the condiments, lots of booze....all that's missing is Gordon Ramsey
  15. interiorak

    interiorak Breathe now ... Proceed as way opens Supporter

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    I wanna see the motorcyle that cook kit fits in/on :1drink
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  16. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    My name is Chris, and I'm a Chargers fan. :(
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  17. Bill 310

    Bill 310 Poser Emeritus Super Supporter

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    Best stove setup ever made for deluxe MC cooking. Another inmate special :clap:clap

    Getting a tray for the two stoves made things perfect.

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    KURT LAIN loco

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    Me gusta cocinar en viajes, con mi olla y cocinar con alcohol.

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  20. tjzondrz

    tjzondrz Non-Nefarious

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    I don't know what he was saying. But that dinner sure looks good. Rustic cooking seems to make food taste better.
    I know. It's the fire.
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