Today seems to have dissolved into the past without leaving much impact. Whew... how can it be Wednesday tomorrow! There has been some curiosity about my food preparation for the hike, so I'll tell you a bit about it today.
I'm really rather meticulous (that's the nice word) about hiking food. On my hikes everything else might be fraught with difficulties, but there will be a nice meal no matter what. It's a real upper! But it takes a lot of advance planning.
I dry almost all my own foods, weigh and package them by the meal. Then in the woods all we do is pull out an appropriate meal, cook it and eat!
In this picture I have peach slices on the bottom shelf, then strawberries, strawberry fruit leather and some tangerines on the top. The dehydrator has 9 trays, but I didn't get them all filled today. I really like this Excalibur dehydrator, and I wrote a review about it on Shared Reviews.
My favorite cookbook for backpacking food is "The Well-Fed Backpacker" by June Fleming. But I'm slowly working on writing one myself. With all of the years experience I've had now, I have quite a collection of good menus, recipes, and tips and ideas.
You can see what I accomplished in the box below. Still doesn't look like much, but all the little pieces eventually add up.
|Hike Planning Report|
|Found the map of the area that burned in 2007 and noted the approximate boundaries of that in our guidebook. |
Did another round of grocery shopping for the hike.
Worked on getting the correct menus into the master food spreadsheet for this hike.
Loaded the dehydrator again.
Packaged some more stuff.
Spanish Rice with salami
Eggplant in Tomato Sauce w/spaghetti
Rice Pudding with Raisins (a hot breakfast for one of our days off- generally don't cook in the morning to save time)
|See The Food is Done|
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