When attempting to cook gourmet
-style in the backcountry
, certain stock
ingredients are necessary, in addition
to specific requirements depending on the meals
you have planned. I will go over some of the most useful
goods to take with you.
brand, cheap as possible. This stuff is always good for a meal or two.
mix: again, generic is the economic
way to go. I find cornbread to be an extremely tasty
snack when you have the time to make it right. The simplest way to do this is so mix a soupy
batter and fry it like pancakes
. For the interested, however, there are ways to prepare an effective oven
atop a mere
camp stove! Ask at an outdoor
store for baking
bags, or just ask for advice
Brownie mix: dessert!
: usefull for breading
things as well as satay
: Preferably instant
variety. I like the Quaker
: A staple that is very flexible
and lends itself to many a delicious
dinner, or even breakfast
: simple enough.
: A delicious way to spice up GORP
: as a cold breakfast
and the foundation
for many a trail mix
: is something to stay away
from. It is extremely difficult to clean a rice pot in the wilderness
for greasing your frying pan
Also in this category
goes Water Purification
methods. Bring along a pump
because these are fastest, but make sure to take iodine
or other disinfectant
tablets as a backup
Salt and pepper: a chef
's best friends.
: nothing spices up a stir fry better.
: makes pasta sauce much more tasty
Soy Sauce: can be eaten with anything
: For flavoring plain oatmeal and other things. Dont forget the brown
variety if you so desire
: While not everybody's thing, this is a must
: Helps red pasta
: Good on oatmeal
: e.g. those included in Ramen noodles, or alfredo pasta sauce mix
. Instant soups
are good, but instant miso soup
All of these can help make your cooking great, and with them, you can prepare a quick
meal in a pinch
. Don't forget to play amounts
depending on the number in your party
, and to include extra ingredients for more complex
meals you plan on making!