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Cooking out of a Backpack

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rip_drifter

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Posted: 2008-01-05 19:16:00   

I have lived in Munich, Bavaria for the last three years, having been born and lived in South Africa. Sometimes even a comfortable city like Munich can start to 'drown me' and I am prone to packing my backpack and heading off for a time of solitude with little warning even to myself. I carry 3l of water and my 'MSR Pocket Rocket' gas cooker and a single small pot for boiling water.



'stocking up' with edibles has proved to be a pleasure in Germany. Of course the emphasis is on light weight and nourishment. The dehydrated meal packs meant for such adventures tend to cost more than a meal in a restaurant, so I have developed my own alternatives over the last few years.

There are packs of solid bread slices individually wrapped, 2x3 varieties in each, available in the shops here. They don't all appeal to me, but they sure fill the stomach. To this I take a few packs of complete pasta dishes and a small Salami, which tends to stay fresh and ads, well, a bit of meat to the diet. I always include a few chocolate bars just for treats and to ward off the monotony of the outdoor diet.



I am looking forward to tips from other backpack 'chefs'.



Mike

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rangutan

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Posted: 2008-01-12 15:34:00   

When I was still young (:-) we went hiking on trails in Africa for up to 5 days without seeing any other people, nether villages nor roads. While the trails have huts every say every 20-40 km, we took all our food with us. Backpacks weighed up to 30 kg! Assuming water is available from rivers or springs, dried food is very light and holds well. Vacuum-packed meat is great for the first 2 days. Some recommendations:

- vacuum-packed Kassler Rib (curred pork)

- salami or "droe-wors"

- hard cheese like Ementhaller or even Parmesan

- beef jerky or "biltong"

- coffee and tea

- soya mince www.thesoydailyclub.com/Groceries/TVP.cfm (we called "Toppers")

- nuts & raisins ("Studentenfutter")

- wine gums & chocolate

- popcorn (made in the kettle!)



These days space food has become popular for expeditions but expensive:

http://astronautfoods.co.uk (I specially like that ice cream!) or

www.funkyfoodshop.com or www.thespaceshop.com/spacefood.html



My favorite is Asian instant noodle soup packets like from "Yum-Yum" or "Thai-Chef" (other brands are not as good, test in advance) in 12 different flavours. Each meal packet weighs only 60 grams (2.1 OZ) for only about 30 cents per packet.

[ This Message was edited by: rangutan on 2008-01-12 15:46 ]

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Rudolf "Rangutan" Graspointner


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