HIKER HUNGER HANDBOOK – LET’S MAKE A COOKBOOK!
Hello, Trailheaders! We’d like to propose a community-sourced project that will benefit all of us outdoor explorer types–especially those who sometimes work up an appetite in the midst of big adventures. Show of hands–anyone here get hungry backpacking, trail running, paddling, pedaling, what-have-you? That’s what we thought.
Let’s start a big ol’ thread of our favorite recipes to combat rumbly tum-tums outside. We can keep it somewhat organized by labeling each post by one of these categories:
Desperate Lazy Snarfing – Quick and easy food bombs that saved you when you were dyin’ out there, and actually turned out to be tasty enough to make again.
Call a Doctor – Almost complete meals that you fixed up. Start with one Mountain House X, add a Knorr side dish, chop a summer sausage – you get the idea. This is the spot for all of you who can’t leave well enough alone.
Envy of the Shelter – These are the recipes that start before the adventure begins. Those of you with dehydrators and freezer bag mix ‘n match masterpieces or have embraced the REpack lifestyle, this is where to share your creative genius.
Rise ‘N Shine – Breakfast fuel-ups! All your favorite things to fire up the mileage machine in the mornings.
On The Go – Snacks in motion! Bars, mixes – even drinks. Anything to fill in the gaps between bigger meals.
Pictures make everything better, so add those too if you got ‘em!
In the future, after this discussion turns into the triple crown of buffet lines, we’ll look at ways to get it sorted out and organized–maybe a downloadable PDF or something along those lines.
There have been a number of food-related threads already generously shared here in The Trailhead - THANK YOU! – feel free to repost any of those gems in this thread, too.
One of my favorite breakfasts/snacks is granola. I make it at home before the trip and store it in a sealed container or vaccuum seal for freshness. I recently enjoyed a ration of granola that had been vaccuum sealed and properly stored for over 3 months and it tasted as fresh as the day I made it. I mix in powdered coconut milk and a bit of water for extra calories and flavor. Below are the ingredients and directions to make my favorite granola!
CHERRY PECAN GRANOLA
-4 cups old-fashioned oats
-1 cup roughly chopped pecan halves
-1/2 cup raw pepitas
-1 teaspoon fine sea salt
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil (i like refined coconut oil so it doesn't taste like coconut)
-1/2 cup maple syrup
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 cup dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.
- Pour in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated. Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.
- Bake until lightly golden, about 21 to 24 minutes, stirring halfway (for extra-clumpy granola, press the stirred granola down with your spatula to create a more even layer). The granola will further crisp up as it cools.
- Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed. Top with the dried fruit. Break the granola into pieces with your hands if you want to retain big chunks, or stir it around with a spoon if you don’t want extra-clumpy granola.
- Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Can also vacuum seal for backpacking and freeze for longest shelf life.
Recipe adapted from Cookie and Kate.
APRICOT COCONUT GRANOLA
For this variation, add in 1/4-1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes before baking and substitute dried chopped apricots for cherries.
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On the Go
Dehydrated pineapple with teriyaki jerky, great on its own or rolled up in a tortilla with cheese and hot sauce reminiscent of al pastor. Courtesy of Ricky D in Girdwood!4
Tuna packet with chopped cucumber and sweet peppers, mixed with Yum Yum sauce (I found a single serving cup at the dollar store) on tortillas.3
OK OK OK.... Don't diss it til you've tried it...
Now hear me out here...
Tuna & Nutella Wrap. Or Peanut butter and Tuna wrap.
That is all.2
@nirwin I'll need some time to digest that one1
Pecan & Maple Granola
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts, etc.)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tablespoon oil ( I use hemp seed oil)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons dried milk - divided (dried coconut milk adds a nice subtle flavor)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Mix everything (except dried milk) in large bowl.
- Spread mixture on lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, turning pan around 1/2 way through.
- Cool and split between 2 bags.
- Add 1 Tablespoon milk to each bag.
At camp, add a small amount of water (1/3 cup or so) to bag and squish to combine. Enjoy!1
This can be done as a cold soak or when you're ready to eat.
I do bicycle travel and bike packing. I also have a number of food issues. I can't eat gluten or oats. This recipe will work with quick oats but I use quinoa flakes.
1/4 cup quick oats or quinoa flakes to 1 cup water. add your favorite dry fruits like craisins, currents, raisins, dry blueberries or any combination there of. Your preference and imagination. Add powdered maple, brown sugar, date sugar or other sweetener. You can also add powdered milk or milk substitute to up the protein.
I add the hot water in camp and stir. If you have an insulated mug that's perfect. Or wrap it up in a towel or other insulating material.
Now make your coffee. By the time the coffee has brewed, the quinoa flakes are soft, warm and ready to eat.1
Most of you probably know this one, but I will post it for the one or two who don't
Add two packages of Carnation Breakfast Essentials ( I prefer Chocolate ), 1 Packet of Instant Coffee ( I recommend Tasters Choice Hazelnut ) and ( if you can get it ) 2 Ounces of Powdered Milk. Make sure the Milk is NOT Powdered Skim Milk, which has no Fat ( which you need on a through hike )
Shake REALLY well and enjoy.3
Envy of the shelter: Bacon, Buffalo and Beef Jerky
For jerky here's what I have been doing.
I've been using a Cosori, 6 shelf dehydrator.
For jerky, I've been using 3 different kinds of meat; bacon, ground buffalo and beef. 2 lbs of meat for each. Usually there will be extra bacon. For the bacon it's essential it's a thicker cut, apple wood smoked (Whole Foods has). In the dehydrator, I put the bacon tray on the top and the forth tray down, the buffalo, the second and fifth down, the beef, the third and sixth position.
For the bacon and beef , I use recipes from the book that came with the dehydrator. With the bacon, the last batch I added three tablespoons of dark roast coffee (could also use decaf) and I liked it a lot.
It may be necessary to put a plastic mesh screen (that comes with the dehydrator) on a paper towel on the bottom catch pan. There can be a bit of fat dripping from the bacon, that can overfill the tray. If the ground coffee is used in the bacon recipe, that seems not to happen, as the coffee absorbs the fat. I've been dehydrating all of this at 165 f for 7 hours. It's possible one can get by with less time in.
Breakfast Bacon Recipe (Cosori - quadrupled from the book)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
4 teaspoons light brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground fennel
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons dark roast coffee (my addition)
Sprinkle the seasoning liberally on each side of the bacon.
Ground buffalo jerky
(I couldn't find a recipe I liked for ground meat. This comes from ideas of a few different recipes. It seems like a hit)
2 lbs ground buffalo meat
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons mesquite liquid smoke
2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base (Organic)
2 tablespoons Emeril's essence (minus the salt)
(Emeril's Essence Recipe -
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme)
It might help to drop the soy sauce to 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) to cut down on salt. I haven't tried it yet.
For the beef:
Jamaican Jerky Recipe (Cosori)
2 pounds top round roast
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons ginger, grated
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 garlic cloves, grated.
Marinate for 12 hours or overnite.1
@david Whoa! Thanks, David! This stuff looks delicious!0
Envy of the Shelter-
Real Breakfast Burritos
At home scramble 3 eggs, add sausage crumbles, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, salt and anything else you want.
Freeze it in a Ziplock screw top container.
On the first morning, the eggs will be thawed out, scramble it and wrap it in a tortilla.
The Ziplock container will be used for cold soaking the rest of the trip.2
@lconley01 A little first morning reward for gettin' out there - I like it.1
Beef and Bean Burrito
1 lb lean ground beef
½ cup plain bread crumbs
1 package taco seasoning
1 15 oz can black beans or chili beans
1/4 cup rice
Powdered Sour Cream
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Mix the bread crumbs with the beef and brown the beef, drain grease.
Put back in the pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
Pour beef in a colander and rinse under hot water to remove as much grease as possible.
Put back in skillet and follow instructions on seasoning package. When it come to a boil, add beans and rice and cook until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Add more water as needed.
If you're using a dehydrator, use a fine fruit rollup tray.
Dehydrate at 160 F for 10 - 12 hours.
Separate into 5 ounce portions for 2 burritos
Add 1 tablespoon powdered sour cream
Beans may take a little longer to rehydrate. If you have time, pour water ½ inch over top of meal and cold soak for 1-2 hours and then bring to a boil and let it sit in a cozy.
Your meal should rehydrate for 10-15 minutes in a pot.
FBC: Bring your water to a boil and pour enough water in your bag to cover your meal with 1/2 inch of water. Let your meal sit in a cozy for about 25 minutes.
Add cheese and salsa and eat.
I prefer to eat the mix from a bowl and roll a tortilla up by itself.
Take a bite of meat and a bite of tortilla. It’s not nearly as messy.0
Use any microwave cake like Cake in a Cup.
I mix the cake mix in a Plastic Ziplock screw top container per direction on the box.
Put in a pot of boiling water and steam the cake for about 10 minutes.
Remove and add topping in necessary.0
Double Chocolate Dessert-
1-5.1 oz. box Chocolate INSTANT Pudding
15 Oreo cookies- crushed (more if you want them)
¾ cup NIDO powdered milk
Mix the pudding and powdered milk in a quart Ziplock
Put the crushed Oreos in another Ziplock
Add 20 oz. water to the pudding mix and squeeze the Ziplock to mix
When pudding is the right consistency, cut off a corner and squeeze into your bowl
Top with the Oreo crumbs
For a smaller amount, use the 3.9 oz. pudding, ½ cup powdered milk, 15 oz. water0