Three Trail Cooking Methods and Best Uses of Each

Wouldn’t we all love to have a fully prepared meal with several varieties of fresh foods after a long day of backpacking?  Unless we are only hiking in a few miles on a short trip, this really isn’t practical and certainly isn’t lightweight.  However, eating well on the trail can be accomplished with a variety of methods and recipes. This article will outline three cooking methods, recipes for each method, how to prepare them, and ...
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Trail-Worthy Curried Chicken with Mango and Cashews

Research shows that curry powder has health benefits as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Even if it didn’t, this dish is a nice addition to your trail menu. It is mildly spiced with a depth of flavor. The cashews add a nice crunch, which is often missing in trail food. Ingredients: 1 ½ cup rice ½ teaspoon salt 1 medium red onion finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup lite coconut milk 1 cup ...
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Campsite Chicken Pot Pie

If you have a little time in camp to make a more complete meal, this comfort food will go down well.  There are two versions to accommodate those that do or do not have a dehydrator.  The directions at camp are the same. Ingredients for dehydrator version One 15 oz. can of yellow corn (drained) One 15 oz. can of French-Style green beans (drained) One can of cream of chicken soup 2 teaspoons of McCormick’s ...
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Backpacker’s Goulash

This hearty and tasty meal disappears quickly at camp. The spices are flavorful, but not hot, so it is pleasing to many palates. Ingredients: 16 oz. box elbow macaroni 2 pounds 93% lean turkey or lean hamburger 1 large onion 1 large red bell pepper 2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes 2 15 oz. cans of tomato sauce 2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon Montreal Chicken Seasoning or 2 teaspoons Seasoned Salt 1 teaspoon ...
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Shepherd’s Pie for the Trail

Shepherd's Pie is one of my family's favorite meals.  This dehydrated trail version is a great vegetarian adaptation for a backpacking meal ...
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Brunswick Stew for Backpacking Meal (or Dinner)

On September 17, 2015 I co-led a trip to the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina with a group of 8 hikers from Central Indiana Wilderness Club to hike a section of the Art Loeb Trail.  We were on the trail for 2 days and had three prepared backpacker meals on the trail ...
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