Food is an important item on the trail. When you're burning so many calories, you need to make sure you take in enough calories to give your body enough energy and nutrients to continue. So I've been trying to think of some different foods to take so I don't get sick of the same thing. My plan is eating a hot breakfast, cold lunch and a hot dinner. I think planning your hot meals is a lot easier than figuring out a cold trail lunch. So I decided to try tuna. I'm not a fish lover. I hate eating fish. Can't even stand the smell of fish. But every now and then, I can stomach tuna. The small little cans are heavier than I'd like but still not too bad. The kit I bought had a can of premade tuna salad, 5 crackers and a spoon.
I opened the can and immediately thought it looked like cat food. Not a good omen. So I started eating, and at first it was okay. Okay meaning with the flavor of the cracker I could choke it down. But when I got to the last couple of spoonfuls, I was done. There will be no tuna salad in my pack on this trip (or any other trips for that matter).
While in the store, I also came across this soup mix that you make by just adding water. I love potato soup, and nothing is better on a chilly fall night in the woods than a warm bowl of soup. So, since it was only around $3, I figured I'd test it out.
So I cooked dinner last night backpacker style- in a Ziploc bag. I measured out the mix based on the amount of the serving size listed on the bag (1/4 cup dry made 1 cup of soup). The first bag I made was a little watery but the second was okay. Both were edible and tasted pretty good. We've decided to include 1 meal of potato soup. I wonder how I can get bacon in it?
I also have the dehydrator going full bore. I'm currently working on peas, and tonight I'm hoping to start on some corn. I have apples and blueberries to dehydrate for my oatmeal as well. (the peas and corn aren't for the oatmeal, that's for chicken and rice or noodle meals).
So I think I have an idea of food, or most of the food. Lunches will be jerky and granola bars or possibly PB&J on a tortilla. I'll be trying it all so I know how I'm managing everything.