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Thread: Hiking food recipes and meals

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Jervis Bay
    Pasta, freeze dried peas and corn, packet of tomato soup (powder stuff), and tuna (don't need the tuna but I like it)
    Boil some water (enough to cook pasta) add the pasta and peas and corn,
    When cooked add tomato soup (do not drain excess water there shouldn't be to much in there anyway)
    Add tuna and enjoy!
    I cook on a Trangia when hiking but a jet boil is faster and will cook dinner in about 10 mins at max I think
    I also take an apple, a Mars bar and a bit of foil/snap lock bag to cook dessert
    Core the apple
    Insert Mars bar
    Wrap in foil if you have a fire or put in snap lock bag if using boiling water (I cook this while boiling water for washing up)
    Put in water or on fire and take it off when it's cooked

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    We do our own, as other than the dehydrated Back Country etc, they're all too heavy.

    I make Spag Bol, Chilli Beef and Lauraine does asian curries, all using beef mince (have found chicken to be rubbery) and dehydrate them in the Ezidry. Then Vac Pac. They only require soaking in boiling water for a time and heating up and serve with 2 minute noodles. Uncle Bens rice will get a try this weekend.

    Alternatively, the packet pastas with a pouch of tuna or salmon are tasty, but they do require more time to cook.

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  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Stanwell Park, NSW
    i gave the Uncle Bens rice a nudge the other weekend. A tin of chilli tuna and a bag of rice made for a tasty meal that was quick and fuss free. (Thanks Dave or the heads up)

    I looked at the pasta in a pouch meals but all bar the tomato based ones required milk. You could skip the milk (or carry milk powder) but i suspect the quality of the meal would suffer.


  4. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Harper Creek
    Walk the lagoon country up north with us.

    On a 4 day walk Ill take a few packets of noodles, perhaps some biscuits a few coffee bags and then some herbs and spices and Tabasco. I manage to carry about 10kg total. 6 of that is fishing gear, GPS, camera & batteries. 2l of water in the bag a Lifestraw and as little food as I can get away with!

    Oh yeah the easy thing is Lunch and Dinner consists of barra or sooty grunter baked in the coals!

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  5. #15
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    It depends on how long you intend in hiking. I've done 10-12 nights unassisted and carried a pile of chilly powder, chicken and vegetable stock cubes and dried vegetables (celery, onion, garlic, tomato, capsicum), powered tomato pasta, rice and biltong/jerky. It's light, you can change up the combinations to create completely different meals and it gives you all the energy you need for some seriously long days. However after day 8 it starts to get dull even if you change it up.

    I've since been experimenting with a variety of different meals that expand on the pallet. Having since done a 8 and 10 night walks. Having said that these are winners but require some forethought.

    Dehydrated kidney or black beans are very light weight. I have a small nalgene bottle that I add the days serve to and soak them overnight and all day while I walk. Then cook them in the evening. Adding a sachet of burrito mix and some dried onion, tomato paste and tomato. It tastes good and gives you a very filling meal.

    Alphabet pasta (packs small and is light) with tomato paste powder, garlic, mixed herbs and chilly. make a paste with the spices and cover the pasta once cooked. It's light and tastes awesome. If you add some beef stock it's also a winner.

    You can buy unflavored billtong at a number of stores online. It's a good source of meat that can be re-hydrated or cooked through meals. However a tip is to grind it into a mince because the texture is sometimes a bit **** if your expecting meat and get something that tastes meaty but the texture is gritty.

    Lentils, chickpeas etc are also light weight good sources of energy and protein. If you go down this route pre-prepare ginger, cumin, tumeric, vegetable stock, chilly and ground coriander seeds in a small bottle. One teaspoon with a handful of pulses serves one person easily. It boils down to a proper curry and you sleep well at night with a full stomach.

    These are just guide ideas. Generally only useful for longer more extreme walks (beyond 4 nights where weight and more planning are essential).

    If you are in the Sydney/Central coast area I plan bi-monthly walks, feel free to PM me if you have an interest in joining (free). Some walks are brisk but we generally take it pretty easy. We range from 20km morning walks all the way up to 60-80km night walks after work on Fridays.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Bracken Ridge - Brisbane - QLD
    We have done two multi day walks........

    Our pick for commercial dehydrated meals is Strive Food for the main meal of the day......tried Back Country and one other......

  7. #17
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Tamworth NSW
    I don't hike, but have had good success with camping food like dried beans (chickpeas, kidney beans, borlotti beans), rice, pasta and my own jerky recipe which I've been making since my teens...

    What others have mentioned about a food dehydrator is true, they are very versatile if you want to get involved in preserving. Banana chips, dried apple, apricots etc, all really simple to make, as well as being very compact and light for their calories.
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