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Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby Mtncaddis » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:14 am

Question for those with more experience cooking trout in the backcountry:

I am soon leaving for a 3 week ramble through the Sierra and would like to know which of these two options are the more fuel efficient for cooking trout... 1. in a small frying pan, or 2. Poaching in a small pot (GSI Soloist,holds 2+ cups) ? I will be using a Snowpeak gigapower stove.
Any advise for cooking trout in either of these implements would be appreciated.

I have released endless fish over the years but only harvested one so I am totally green to cooking. I want to shed weight from my pack so I am tempted to leave the frying pan (5.7 oz) behind, but if poaching trout in a tiny pot is going to use a lot of fuel or yield a trout that tastes nowhere near as good as pan fried then I will lug the pan along.
Thanks in advance for any advise.



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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby austex » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:50 am

I would say poached is more fuel efficient as it surrounds the fish with heat,can be covered to cap even more heat. A frying pan has wasted space around the fish, and can be partially covered. Taste? Frying hands down.
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:58 am

If fires are allowed, I build a small fire, make coals, wrap the fish in foil, and cook it that way. Burn the grease off the foil, wad it up, stuff in the trash ziploc.

If no fire I bring a little nonstick pan and sheet of foil, and a dab of olive oil. It takes very little stove time to cook the fish, the pan wipes clean, the greasy paper towel is wrapped in the foil and put in the trash ziploc.

I have poached fish by wrapping in foil and putting it in the pot using a few rocks and an inch of water in the bottom. It was a #$%^ mess. A Soloist is way too small unless you are catching sardines.
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby rayfound » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:42 am

You're getting into the reasons I never bother. Boiled trout doesn't taste very good, frying means equipment I might not be bringing anyway. The only time I think the effort:result ratio pays off is if you're in a campfire legal area, and can do the foil/butter routine, that's pretty good.
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby SCandy » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:37 am

The Soloist (or is it the minimalist?)is my go to. No way I would even think of cooking trout in it.
One way or the other you are best to use aluminum foil in the equation for efficiency, and taste by the way.
Even at home foil is probably a top contender for trout. I think a small fry pan is in your future. Crazy how creative people are with their pans (lids, etc). Some have kept them for years because they cant find a better solution on the market. They dont really serve many other purposes in the back country so it really is a luxury. Unless you are into pancakes or crepes like some of those European alpinists!!
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:54 pm

My favoritist meal in the world is Packit Gourmet's samosas with mango chutney -- I LOVE those things, and if there's a fire ban I happily bring a pan to toast the samosas as well as cook fish. Well worth the trouble, and I don't say that a lot.
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby longri » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:59 pm

AlmostThere wrote:My favoritist meal in the world is Packit Gourmet's samosas with mango chutney -- I LOVE those things...

Those look very tasty. It's a shame they include trans-fats. It doesn't seem necessary in a samosa so I wonder why they do that?
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby Mtncaddis » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:11 pm

Thanks for the replies! I believe I will be taking the frying pan and will improvise a lid out of aluminum. I too was thinking, as pointed out above, that the gsi "minimalist" is impractical for poaching trout and it would be a tedious process.
I am a big fan of Packit Gourmet and have several of their samosa mango chutney meals I will be trying for the first time on this trip so that's a bonus use for the frying pan. Their All American Burger is one of my go to b.packing meals.
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby austex » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:06 pm

I too like Packit Gourmet.... Keep it local/Austin. NO storefront they have to ship to me. Takes one day! :unibrow:
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby Mtncaddis » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:11 pm

If you happen to miss veggies on the trail give Harmony House dehydrated veggies a try. They make a nice addition to other meals.
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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby Jimr » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:12 am

No fuel, no clean-up

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Re: Fuel efficient way to cook trout?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Aug 07, 2016 5:10 pm

I just returned from a trip where I caught a huge fish (20-in). Fire not an option because I was above timber. I cut the fish smaller pieces, stuffed them in my pot, added about 2 tbs oil, a dash of water (the fish themselves have lots of water), and simmered (very low heat) for 15 minutes (I too have a snowpeak giga). You have to shake the pot often so the fish do not stick to the bottom. I spiced it up with burbon bbq spice. THEN, I wrapped the pot in a cozy and let it sit for 10 minutes. I made my own cozy from an old foam sleeping pad. This method is similar to "braising". Admitted- not as good as fried on a fire, but better than boiled.

I had fish every night on this 7-day trip and used one medium canister of fuel for seven days. I use the cozy for all meals - cook for about half the time and put it in the cozy for the other half.

Nothing to do with fish, but I always solar pre-heat my water. Getting water and putting it in the sun is the FIRST thing I do when I get to camp.
I also have a home-made wind screen on my stove - really saves fuel.
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