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Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby alpinemike » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:32 pm

In planning for my JMT hike and others this summer I've been thinking about food options. I've read and heard a good deal about cheese sticks. I'm curious though.. where does one find them? I'm assuming people aren't talking about the kind you refrigerate like string cheese or am I wrong? I know that there are Cheese Its that are essentially a baked cheese snack but I'm sure there are other cheese snacks available.

2 years ago my friend and I did half of the JMT and our lunch/snack was essentially some trail mix and an attempt to scarf down a Cliff Bar. I would say that we ate the smallest amount of food for a lunch/snack out of anyone we talked to. I'm not sure how we managed to do that and still complete all of the miles and never feel abnormally weak. But this year I'd love to have something to snack on other than a bar or trail mix and cheese sure would be nice.

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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:52 pm

Well I think there are options. In 2010 I carried string cheese for 10 days without a problem and it was in really hot weather also. I carry blocks of cheese whenever I can in the Sierra. It will sweat and get greasy on the outside but it's still good.

There is also the options of cheese sticks like how you can get Jack Links packets of a beef and cheese stick. I'm sure you could find something like that without the beef stick.
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby sparky » Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:32 pm

[quote="sparky"]my bear can or food bag stays wrapped in my down jacket. As long as my pack is not in direct sun for extended periods my cheese will stay cold. I take cheese every trip, usually sharp cheddar as it is pretty darn versatile.

I hate to derail the thread but quesodillas has turned into my favorite backcountry meal. Today I just so happened to have bought one of those hand held grill things and cut it down to lose weight so I can make them much more easily now. I can now eat them for dinner every night!
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby The hermit » Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:27 pm

I like the pre sliced sharp cheddar no fuss no mess.salami and crackers. Keeps for at least a week. Would not put fresh cheese in a resupply box for weeks. There are processed cheeses that do not need refrigeration, laughing cow was one brand I found. Read the label to make sure it will keep. I always bring parmesan too
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby oldranger » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:46 am

Cheese is one item I really spoil myself with when in the backcountry. 3 year old gouda or parmigiano reggiano are tops on my list an will last as long as you can go between resupplies. Probably not something you want stored for months at a resupply location, though and not cheap.

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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby TahoeJeff » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:33 am

Both Raleys and Safeway here in SLT have cheese sticks in various flavors. I prefer the pepper jack myself.
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby LightRanger » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:00 pm

Waxed-wrapped Baby bells. They have a cheddar version as well.

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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby rlown » Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:29 pm

I'd go with hard cheeses. The Parm has been mentioned, and works well with pasta dishes if you cook.
the hard cheeses are even good for lunch, but we generally use them as appetizers with crackers.

I have carried spray cheddar w/bacon. Actually very good for lunch other than the can.

Still, hard cheeses, except in the early days of a trip if you like string cheeses, they last long enough.
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:26 pm

I get cheddar and jack sticks at Trader Joes. I've also taken gouda, baby bels, block cheddar, and string cheese. You can take hard cheeses for long trips especially if you resort to measures such as wrapping them in vinegar soaked cheesecloth. Cheese sticks are sealed and while they change consistency sometimes, never had one go inedible even after many days.
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:54 pm

It's difficult to describe how amazing it is to have been on the trail for 3 months and then be in the back country and cut up a half pound of cheese onto my pasta and let it all melt. Mmmm :drool: :drool: :drool:
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby alpinemike » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:46 am

So it seems like string cheese/cheese sticks can be carried for a little over a week. That's a fairly long time especially considering most resupply's are after about 10 days. This year I'll be going about 14 days without a resupply but that will just mean to eat the cheese within the first 10 days. So a block of cheddar can be carried for possibly 3 weeks? I'm assuming it will last longer since it's harder than a cheese stick or string cheese.
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Re: Cheese Sticks & Where to Buy Them?

Postby rlown » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:10 pm

depends on how you protect it from heat.
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