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Re: Backcountry Grits

Postby whiteout » Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:26 am

funny....to me cornmeal is like snow camping....you should try it at home first. I used to cook cornmeal a lot camping, usually with lots of parmesan & tomato sauce (so you know the name of that corn dish), but cooked over wood fires. Then once I tried it over a Whisperlite gas stove. Huge failure. Once it achieved its general thickness it wouldn't boil. It would just sit until the one bubble of super heated steam right over the burner broke the surface. No mixing at all. The outsides of the pot were tepid at best. Moot now, having moved to cook-only-water, but I was a little bitter having lost such a wonderful meal. Was there a missed secret?

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Re: Backcountry Grits

Postby TahoeJeff » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:47 pm

They are not for the purists, but I think Quaker instant grits are a great backpacking breakfast. On a recent trip, my 7 y.o. son and I each took 2 packets, added home cooked backon bits and parmesean cheese packets for a delicious start to the day.
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Re: Backcountry Grits

Postby vandman » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:14 am

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Aaarh! Backcountry grits simmering on the stove at Black Giant Lake. These batch was seasoned with olive oil, shallots, garlic, tarragon, morel mushrooms, dried tomatoes, dried/smoked jalapeno, chicken bouillon, ketchup and parmesan. Highlight meal of 14 days on the trail. Cooking time 5 minutes. Cost: maybe $1. Weight: Grits 3 oz, seasoning maybe 1 oz. Cooking alcohol: 1 oz.
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Re: Backcountry Grits

Postby Hikingfamily » Sat Nov 24, 2012 10:07 am

Thanks for the new ideas. For some reason, breakfast is our most difficult meal to plan for. I really don't feel too hungry in the morning. If it weren't for our kids, we'd probably be just as happy to eat a power bar and hike on.

SO, this is most helpful! Another hot breakfast meal to try!

Re: Backcountry Grits

Postby austex » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:45 pm

A hot breakfast really gives a kickstart to the day and sets the tempo for the rest of the day! From L.A. originally but love grits! Great recipes / ideas to kick 'em up!
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Re: Backcountry Grits

Postby funcrew » Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:57 pm

This breakfast (or supper) is for slow-day lazy fisher-hikers like myself, not for rushed, early rising through-hikers. Anyway, start with full-strength non-instant, non-quick grits. Add cold water, crumbled up beef jerky, a slice of cheese, a pinch of salt, and any spices you want. Cover and let soak cold for a while while you fish. Fire the stove and bring to a boil, then kill the fire and let sit covered and insulated for 15 minutes while you fish some more. Serve and enjoy; good with black coffee.
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