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The perfect backcountry meal

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The perfect backcountry meal

Postby whiteout » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:28 am

On the trail I was merely ecstatic with this dinner, but since I got a suggestion--however joshing--to patent it, I wall pass it along gratis; to make the world a better place.

WARNING: this is a gruel. Stop now if you demand cooking.

As with all mine, it starts with a soup base and some easily rehydrated carb. Being so pleased over time with the tortilla chips I crush and conjure into various meals--sopa de lima, enchilada stew, nacho soup--I thought, what about potato chips? Not buds, but chips?

Ingredients: Crushed Hawaiian style potato chips, chicken bouillon, powdered milk such that water added becomes milk, roasted & dried broccoli, dried grated cheese, meat bits if desired. Because the chips are so oily, milk adheres well without settlement problem (if you keep all in one big bag).

The most delightful thing is this meal reconstitutes like scalloped potatoes, not mashed. Must be the oil.

A big bonus came when we had this meal cold for breakfast because we were long on it and short meusli. Damn fine. Call it vichyssoise and you'd pay extra.

But the prize was won when we just dipped in and ate the mix dry for lunch (buillon cubes were separate.) Cheezy potato chips, yum!

So that's it: hot or cold, wet or day. Can't do that with ramen or couscous.

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Re: The perfect backcountry meal

Postby tarbuckle » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:09 pm

Mine is easy. Pack in a frozen 2lb whole chicken and cook it on an open fire the first night. Then it's freeze dried food the rest of the trip lol
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Re: The perfect backcountry meal

Postby Herm » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:54 pm

Sounds good, and easy too. Early in a trip, avocado would add in nicely, and help to lubricate old joints.
Thanks for sharing,
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