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Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby The hermit » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:11 pm

Ive come full circle on bars. Ate em every day for years. I would get tired of one brand after another. Now im back to the classics cliff and power bars once in a while.



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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby Satsuma » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:29 pm

I make wakame salad for lunch. Soak dried seaweed in filtered water for 5 min, drain, add some fresh onion diced and sesame seeds.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:44 pm

My lunches for the upcoming journey into Blackcap Basin:

Hummus and flatbread, plus a little gouda for variety
Tuna, mayo, relish and flatbread
cold couscous/lentil salad
last day out I eat random leftover things, trail bar/snacks that are left.

snacks are going to be gummi bears, a really tasty raspberry/chocolate/nuts trail mix, a rice cracker mix with some dried edamame, and a few crunchy granola bars - a mix of Trader Joes and Clif brands, I enjoy the White chocolate macadamia Clif crunch bars a lot. Also taking some Sport Beans.

Evenings are going to be the tank-up - I can't eat a lot during the day, am more of a grazer. For dinner - chili and rice, home dehydrated. Trail pizza - with string and cheddar cheese, pepperonis, pizza sauce (rehydrated), over a pot-baked biscuit. Chicken/three cheese pasta/zucchini (this is a freeze dried meal that's been sitting around, going to eat it and be done with it) and a soup mix, either miso or good ol' Lipton cream of chicken - not mixed into the pasta but as an appetizer. Hot chocolate from Land o Lakes - amaretto, mint, and deluxe chocolate. A few tea bags. A few Emergen-C that I like drinking hot, either in the morning or evening. Dessert - I'm taking a pudding and a no-bake cheesecake mix complete with graham cracker crumbs to sprinkle over it, to stick in a snow bank to set up prior to eating it out of the bag. (have also eaten dessert for lunch!)

I take cheddar sticks to add to things or snack on, or to use as a treat for the dog. Dog is carrying her own food and treats, supplemented with bits from my meal, especially on pizza night. she does like a good pepperoni.

And of course, taking some tin foil, garlic salt, herbs, and olive oil, with which to cook some wild caught trout....

Breakfasts will be granola with a little milk powder to add water to, coffee, a protein smoothie that mixes in a small nalgene, and dried fruit to add to the granola or snack on while I pack. I'm going to take a pistachio rice pudding (home made) to try out for one breakfast, to see how that goes...

It'll all fit in a Bearikade Weekender. Won't have any problems, as this is what works... never take oatmeal, peanut butter, or any of the overdone, always-rides-home-again snacks I am tired of, as it wastes space for things that taste good to me.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby Wandering Daisy » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:44 am

Sounds yummy! How many days/nights do you plan? Where are you going? I am curious because this is a trip I am considering for a fishing trip with husband. It would be the longest backpack trip for our dog (she will be just over a year old in August). Since you are taking your dog I am interested in your opinion as the suitability of the trip for a dog. Do you put the dog food in the bear can at night? We are "beginners" at backpacking with a dog so any information is really helpful. Does your Dog share your lunches? I know you fish. Does your dog get to eat fish? Raw or cooked?

I totally agree- do not take any food that you do not like to eat! No matter how wonderful everyone else says it is. I think over the years we all have developed a list of "backpack foods to avoid". Protein powder is one thing I have learned to leave at home. No matter what I do all I get are lumps. On trips a week or less the nutritional value (other than being deficient in calories) is of less importance. Last year when I did 40+ days in a row, I had to be more careful about nutrition. I am a proponent of taking a multi-vitamins on longer trips. Learning to identify and munch on wild greens is also a good source of vitamins, although do not count on this for calories.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby rlown » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:10 am

don't feed your dog raw fish. ever.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby 87TT » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:41 pm

If you let your dog sleep in the tent with you, I highly recomend not feeding fish to it. I tried stretch my dogs food with cooked fish and it gave her the worst case of gas #-o
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:45 pm

The dog only gets dog treats, dog food, occasional cheese or salami/pepperoni/jerky bits. I don't believe in letting dogs eat your food. It gets you a dog that begs whenever you eat anything. And she only gets the cheese or meat when hiking; at home she gets sent away if she's eyeballing anything that goes in my mouth....

I will be putting all into the canister - I also put in fish bait, after figuring out that bears like that too.

We're going from Maxson out the river, to see about heading over Blackcap Pass, on Friday. Might just go the trail all the way to the basin. It's a mixed group and I'm not absolutely certain whether all the people will make it - but all are purportedly experienced backpackers, so am fairly sure we won't have an issue. Sometimes I get out-hiked on these, sometimes we end up doing something slightly different... I get ideas for food from people - I found out about the dehydrated WinCo bulk bin hummus and refried beans on a hike. But most just do the boring thing and take the same ol' same ol' trail bars.

:mad: UCH. Tired of the Clif bricks.

I doubt I will feed the dog any fish. That generally gets snarfed up by the hikers... I don't want to chance her getting a tiny rib stuck in her mouth or gut. Cheese, btw, is not as bad as fish but also makes them gassy... they like it but it's not really so digestible.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby Flux » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:39 pm

Rlown is referring to the Salmon poisoning disease that can occur from a dog eating raw fish, particularly salmon and trout. There's a thread about it in the fishing hole and I am glad I read it. My dog wanders and finds stuff when i take her fishing. I need to be more vigilant in case she get's into a dead one.

Back to the lunch thing.

I have found that a nice lunch some place along the trail carries me well. I tried a couple of the cold rehydrate lunches from these guys:

http://www.packitgourmet.com/Lunch-c6.html

The burger wrap and the cheese spread were pretty damn good!! Pricey, but I don't get to go out nearly as much as i should so I style a bit. I have been considering whipping up a hot lunch on certain days and why not?? Time and fuel is all it takes and you get something a bit more satisfying.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby WillieCash » Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:27 pm

For lunch, I bring along 7 almonds.

I make sure they are extra dry so I don;t take unnecessary water weight by placing them in my dehydrator for a week.

Then, I use the back of a butter knife to scrape off the skin from each as it doesn;t have nutritional value and I can save .03 grams in carrying weight.

After that I place then in the cellophane that comes from a pack of cigarettes so I don't carry too much weight in the plastic of a regualr ziplock bag.

I sit down at my destination and carefully unpack the contents, laying each skinned, dry almond out and counting them to be sur enone fell out in pack so I don't have to carry that extra weight back down the mountain.

Then I grill up a pound of ribeye steak and have about a half-pound of bourbon.
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:55 pm

Hi WillieCash,

Welcome to HST!

Willie wrote:
I sit down at my destination and carefully unpack the contents, laying each
skinned, dry almond out and counting them to be sure none fell out in pack
so I don't have to carry that extra weight back down the mountain.

Then I grill up a pound of ribeye steak and have about a half-pound of bourbon.


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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby WillieCash » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:07 pm

Thanks!

Great site with stellar info!
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Re: Backpacking lunches? (Enough salami and cheese on bagels!)

Postby KathyW » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:19 pm

Medjool Dates are lightweight, taste great, and have lots of calories, and they go down a lot easier than those darn bars.
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