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Tuna and Bears?

Postby gary c. » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:03 pm

I'm doing my first backpacking trip into Yosemite Valley in a couple weeks and wondered if taking packaged tuna is as bad an idea as a couple people have suggested to me? The wife loves the stuff and we always bring it along on our trips into other areas but I realize the bear situation in Yosemite is much different. Do you guys leave the tuna at home?
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Re: Tuna and Bears?

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:07 pm

I take pkg salmon, and sometimes oysters, and have not had a problem with bears.
When I carried heavier I used to love making salmon quesadillas every night!
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Re: Tuna and Bears?

Postby markskor » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:04 pm

Packaged pouch tuna mixed with sautéed garlic…wild onions
Add it to Lipton’s Chicken and Rice…red pepper flakes…
Damn fine eating – usually will carry/bearcan two of these – part of my dinner “menu” selection for a typical 10-day trek –
(Has always been eaten – never the last meal remaining in the bottom of the return-home bag.)
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Re: Tuna and Bears?

Postby gary c. » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:13 pm

markskor wrote:Packaged pouch tuna mixed with sautéed garlic…wild onions
Add it to Lipton’s Chicken and Rice…red pepper flakes…
Damn fine eating – usually will carry/bearcan two of these – part of my dinner “menu” selection for a typical 10-day trek –
(Has always been eaten – never the last meal remaining in the bottom of the return-home bag.)

So you guys are saying don't sweat the small stuff?

Since it's my thread to hijack I'll take it a little further in Marks direction. I'm really starting to enjoy this dehydrator stuff :D

One meal that for me turned out great was to put .25cp dehydrated mixed veggies and .25cp dehydrated mushrooms in boiling water. Turn off the heat and add 2oz of bacon and let sit 5minutes. After sitting awhile I stir in enough garlic mashed potatoes for consistancy and salt and pepper. A buddy of mine calls it "Backpackers Sheppard Pie". VERY GOOD

One of the meals I'm going to try this weekend and see if it's worth taking is to heat/hydrate some ramen(no seasoning pouch), sundried tomatoes, dehydrated bell peppers and mushrooms, and pour off the water. Then add a little garlic powder, italian seasoning, lots of parmasian cheese, and shelf some stable bacon. Also a little olive oil.
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Re: Tuna and Bears?

Postby ERIC » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:09 pm

gary c. wrote:One of the meals I'm going to try this weekend and see if it's worth taking is to heat/hydrate some ramen(no seasoning pouch), sundried tomatoes, dehydrated bell peppers and mushrooms, and pour off the water. Then add a little garlic powder, italian seasoning, lots of parmasian cheese, and shelf some stable bacon. Also a little olive oil.


We do something very similar, though instead of bacon we've used salami (I like the bacon idea, though). I jar my homemade/homegrown sundried tomatoes in an olive oil blend and have found that the residual coating of oil sufficiently greases the ramen - no need to add extra oil.
Tastes good, and easy to prepare.
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Re: Tuna and Bears?

Postby gary c. » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:07 pm

Thanks Eric, I'll probably give the salami a try also. I almost always carry some dry salami and a couple tuna packs. The reason I've been useing the bacon a lot is for something new and different. I found it at my local $ store in 2.8oz packages and so far it has been very good in everything I've tried. It needs no refigeration until it is opened and one package is just right for two meals. I'm not someone that worries much about sodium but it is very high in the bacon, I presume as a preservative. I think I'm going to make my first attempt at dehydrating some hamburger this weekend and see how that goes :confused:
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Re: Tuna and Bears?

Postby ERIC » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:39 am

Definitely going to give the bacon idea a whirl. I sweat a lot, so the sodium issue is really a non-issue for me. Plus, I like things on the salty side - must be my Swedish blood.
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