Meal Fixers

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Meal Fixers

Post by maverick » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:49 pm

What spice or sauce do you always take on a trip to liven up you meals? Hot dried peppers, hot sauce, or maybe some spice mix or hersb?
I like Louisiana Red Dot Hot Sauce and sometimes use some of Jimr's home-dried chili pepper flakes. :nod:


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Post by Dave_Ayers » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:50 pm

I don't take anything, I just make sure to take tasty foods. But I do use Chaka's MMM Sauce for marinating the jerky meat (I make my own).
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Post by tweederjohnson » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:07 pm

I really like Tapatio sauce on just about anything savory. And you can get them in convenient little packets (like fancy ketchup) on Amazon and other places.

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Post by oldhikerQ » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:13 pm

Film cans with shaker lids containing:
1) lemon pepper
2) Italian spice blend (no salt)
3) cinnamon for whatever breakfast cereal is on the menu
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Re: Meal Fixers

Post by edhyatt » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:22 pm

Salt. I push miles reasonably hard (for me) and find spicy stuff does not sit well.

All-in-all I am not great at eating when backpacking!

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Post by CAMERONM » Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:52 pm

Last year I got hooked to hot "gruel" meals where everything is fairly wet; doesn't matter if it is beans, macaroni, mash, whatever. They just are more satisfying to me, and I don't drink enough water anyway. My go-to fixers for every meal are a splash of olive oil and chunks of gruyere. For taste variation I add things like carrot flakes, fake baco-bits or dried chili flakes.

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Post by beamountainman » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:04 am

Very high sodium, but Tony C's makes and awesome creole spice

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Post by Wandering Daisy » Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:05 am

Spices- Tajin, maple-brandy rub on fish, basil. Coriander and garam masala are the two spices I am currently experimenting with. I mix my own cereal, with a dash of cinnamon and allspice. A tablespoon of Nido in each cereal bag really makes it rich and creamy. Fresh garlic cloves. Olive oil and margarine, 1/2 oz each per day (more oil if I plan to fry a lot of fish). Nuts (cashews my favorite) and sunflower seeds on everything. Dried or FD sundried tomatoes, dried mushrooms. Lately I have been trying out fried dried onion rings or potato chips on top of pasta dishes. Jerky added to chili. Parmesan cheese.

I always carry small plastic bottles of Tajin and basil. Other than those, I pre-mix meals and add salt and spices directly to the bag of food, every meal slightly different for variety. I cook from scratch but take 1-2 "side" packets in case I need a no-fuss meal. Never use FD meals.

During my normal grocery shopping I always keep an eye out for new and different stuff to enhance my backpack meals.

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Post by John Harper » Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:53 am

Dave_Ayers wrote:But I do use Chaka's MMM Sauce for marinating the jerky meat (I make my own).
I make my own jerky too, where do you get Chaka's locally? I saw on internet by the case, but just need a bottle. I usually use a marinade of Yoshida's Teriyaki and crushed red peppers. I sent them an email to see if it's available here in north San Diego county.

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Re: Meal Fixers

Post by TahoeJeff » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:05 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:Tajin, Coriander and garam masala .
Me too, especially Tajin on fried trout! And don't forget cardamom (which is typically a component of garam masala).
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