Camp Food Ideas

Have you ever carried a watermelon?  Think of carrying a bag of potatoes for an hour.  That can of beans might not concern you as you carry it from the cupboard to the countertop.  What if you were carrying all of these for several miles?   That weight adds up and added to your sleeping bag, clothes, flashlight, and radio, it might begin to wear you down.  Who would the heck carry a watermelon while hiking?  My point exactly!   How heavy is your food?

So I am suggesting instead to carry dehydrated foods.  Of course, there are many great products available in your outfitters.  Backpacker’s Pantry and Mountain House are two well-known brands.


Plus any regular grocery store will have products like Idahoan Instant Potatoes, and Sidekicks in many flavours, as well as powdered milk, coffee whitener, and maybe even apple chips.  For a cost.

 

 

 

 

 

But if you have time, and an oven, or better yet a dehydrator then why not consider making your own. Excalibur Dehydrators have very high reviews.  Here are a few to have a look at so you have an idea.

Salton Dehydrator with Temperature Control https://amzn.to/2GkM1yO

Excalibur Dehydrator, 4 Tray. http://amzn.to/2HSvaDLExcalibur Dehydrator, 10 Tray. http://amzn.to/2IJWmWz

 

 

Especially if you have any food allergies or sensitivities. By making your own you can control sugars, salts, gluten, sulfites and make it vegetarian or vegan if that is how you eat.

I’ve made a series of YouTube videos about my use of a dehydrator. I have the recipes below that I’ve created.  You can find my YouTube Playlist of recipes HERE.  There will be more recipes and camp cooking ideas as things evolve.

 

Dehydrate  Essentially this is drying food, taking the water out of it.  This water equals weight.  Water is a precious commodity, but so is the fuel you use to heat or cook your food.  Some locations may have limited access to water, or to firewood, and running out of other types of fuel is a possibility.

Different foods dehydrate and rehydrate at varying rates.  Straight up cooking rice, except instant rice, can take 20 minutes of simmering after the water comes to a boil. That is fuel or firewood, and time for enjoying your surroundings you may not want to use to deal with cooking.

For these recipes, if your water has already been filtered, you simply add the ingredients and water to the pot and bring it all to a boil, then simply remove from the direct heat and keep warm for 10 minutes and your meal is ready.  You can keep the dish warm by setting it at the edge of your fire, or by wrapping in some kind of insulative material even a camp towel will do.

 

Dehydrated Backpacking Recipes

Trail Side Dehydrated Broccoli Cheese and Rice

A tasty side dish that is lightweight and satisfying.  Broccoli Cheese and Rice can be served as is, or with any additional wild edibles, or meat, either dried or fresh. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Dehydrated Backpacking Meals
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Mama Bear's Backpack

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Dehydrated Rice or Instant Rice
  • 1/4 Cup Dehydrated Broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp Powdered Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1.5 Tbsp Grated Parmesan-shelf stable such as Kraft
  • 1/4 Tsp Dehydrated Onion Flakes
  • 1/8 Tsp Dehydrated Garlic
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper

Clean Water, Pre-boiled, filtered, or treated

  • 3/4+ Cup Clean Water

Instructions

  1. Measure and place all ingredients into a zipper bag or vacuum sealer bag.


At Camp

  1.  Measure clean water into a pot. 

  2. Add all ingredients. 

  3. Bring to a full boil. 

  4. Remove from heat, stir. Keep warm for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until all ingredients are softened.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is easily doubled or more as your experience, appetite, and group size dictates.

Trail Side Dehydrated Tex-Mex Quinoa

This makes a good side dish, but it can be a suitable main if adding meat is not an option.  I've kept this rather mild, you can carry hot sauce packets or add extras of any of the seasoning as you see fit.  This recipe can be easily doubled to serve 2 or a larger portion for 1.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Dehydrated Backpacking Meals
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Mama Bear's Backpack

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Dehydrated Quinoa
  • 1/4 Cup Dehydrated Bell Peppers
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Onion Flakes
  • 1/8 Tsp Dried Garlic
  • 1/8 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp Black Pepper

Clean Water, Pre-boiled, filtered, or treated

  • 3/4+ Cup Clean Water

Instructions

  1. Measure and place all ingredients in a zipper bag or vacuum sealer bag.



At Camp

  1. Measure clean water into a pot.

  2. Add all ingredients

  3. Bring to a full boil

  4. Remove from heat, stir, Keep Warm for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until all ingredients are softened.

 

Trail Side Dehydrated Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa

A high protein breakfast option while hiking.  The protein satisfies your appetite longer and gives you longer lasting energy.  This recipe can be doubled, and sweetened more or less to taste.  I like mine very sweet, and I even add more than the amount in this recipe.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Dehydrated Backpacking Meals
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Author Mama Bear's Backpack

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Dehydrated Quinoa
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Powdered Milk
  • 1/8 Tsp Cinnamon

Clean Water, pre-boiled, filtered or treated

  • 3/4+ Cup Clean Water

Add-Ins. Wild Berries, nutmeg, allspice, cloves

Instructions

  1. Measure and place all ingredients in a zipper bag or vacuum sealer bag.

At Camp

  1. Measure Clean Water in a pot

  2. Add all ingredients

  3. Bring to a full Boil

  4. Remove from heat, stir. Keep warm 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally or until all ingredients are softened.

 Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of these.  I have a demonstration video on my YouTube channel.