TIPS ON FOOD
in the trees
--Joseph Trumbull Stickney--
Yucky looking water
- When refilling water bottles a few years ago, we saw little critters
swimming in the water bottle. Several refillings did not solve the problem.
Then we tried pouring the water through a bandana and it worked as a fine
- If you despise iodine-flavored water but prefer the convenience of
iodine treatment over boiling or carrying a filter/pump, pour in a sugar-free
flavoring of your choice about 30 minutes after treating the water. Crystal
Light works well. I switched to the sugar- free last year after realizing
I was carrying an extra 2 pounds every time I packed regular flavorings.
Also, Potable Aqua now has a bottle of chemical magic which, when later
added to iodine-treated water , gets rid of the discoloration and funny
Heather Ross, director of Winged Boot Womens Backpacking, likes to add
a slice of lime, lemon, or a vitamin C tablet to iodined water to kill
the bad taste. She also suggests carrying a little baggie dried mint, saying
"it really gives a lift and encourages constant hydration breaks."
- Zip locks full of jelly beans provide energy without fat content, survive
weather extremes well, and provide a variety of flavors. If there is a
color you don't like, don't pack it! I also pack separate zip locks of
cashew nuts, licorice bites, and raisins.
A quick trail lunch
- Healthy, tasty, quick, and easy: take a couple of tortillas, a small
can of chunk tuna fish in water, and a couple of small restaurant packs
of mayonnaise. Spread some Mayo on a tortilla, top it with a half can of
tuna per tortilla, roll it up, and dine fine. The empty can and empty Mayo
packet go back into the zip lock and into your trash bag, taking up little
room and weighting nearly nothing.
- PB&J and mac & cheese (no, not together!)
- Candace Aulick from Walton, KY, always takes peanut butter/jelly sandwiches
which she makes prior to the trip. She says they provide a great boost
in energy and protein and keep for 3 or 4 days on the trail. Another of
her favorites is a box of macaroni and cheese (in a zip-lock bag) to which
she adds a can of tuna fish after the macaroni is cooked. Thanks Candace!
- Trail mix and jerky
- R. Selman likes jerky, granola bars, and trail mix for lunches, making
his own combo of trail mix with peanuts, sunflower kernels, raisins, M&Ms,
and dried cherries. He also makes his own jerky so it isn't as dry and
hard as store bought stuff. He also carries the backpacker oven so he can
make fresh jalapeno cornbread to go with his beans and rice, and also makes
muffins and biscuits to go with gravy on cold mornings.
- Black beans, rice, and meat
- Gary of San Ramon suggests you get mahatma black beans and rice with
seasoning packet, make the rice according to the directions, and then add
your favorite meat (i. e. tuna, chunky chicken, spam, smoked sausage, pepperoni).
It is very tasty after a hard day of hiking.