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#6276027 - 04/26/16 02:50 PM Backcountry Cooking Suggestions
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Light Foot

Registered: 04/21/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Canada
Hey guys,

My hunting partner and I will be heading out on some multi-day backpacking trips in the backcountry this fall and I'm wondering if any of you have suggestions for what to bring for meals, snacks, and cooking supplies.

The goal is to keep it lightweight, but also to eat well. Nothing better than a good meal after a long day of hunting.

Thanks in advance for you tips!

-Mike
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#6276043 - 04/26/16 02:59 PM Re: Backcountry Cooking Suggestions [Re: The Rookie Hunter]
Buffs 1 Offline


Registered: 08/13/09
Posts: 454
Loc: Mansfield
Most of the freeze-dried meals are actually pretty good. especially when you are exhausted.

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#6276047 - 04/26/16 03:01 PM Re: Backcountry Cooking Suggestions [Re: Buffs 1]
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Light Foot

Registered: 04/21/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Buffs 1
Most of the freeze-dried meals are actually pretty good. especially when you are exhausted.

Any ones in particular that you'd recommend?
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#6276052 - 04/26/16 03:04 PM Re: Backcountry Cooking Suggestions [Re: The Rookie Hunter]
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All of the breakfast ones I've tried are good, but stay away from the biscuits and gravy. The beef stew and chili are good. Amazon has a ton to choose from.

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#6276058 - 04/26/16 03:09 PM Re: Backcountry Cooking Suggestions [Re: Buffs 1]
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Light Foot

Registered: 04/21/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: Buffs 1
All of the breakfast ones I've tried are good, but stay away from the biscuits and gravy. The beef stew and chili are good. Amazon has a ton to choose from.


Good to know! We'll avoid the biscuits and gravy!!
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#6276140 - 04/26/16 03:48 PM Re: Backcountry Cooking Suggestions [Re: The Rookie Hunter]
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Registered: 08/19/11
Posts: 1654
Loc: CO
Mountain house brand: spaghetti and meat sauce, turkey tetrazini, chili and macaroni. Just asked my dad, he does multiple multi-week backpacking trips a year and goes out almost every weekend tbe weather is good. He said those are his top 3 favorites. He said brand is important and that most of the mountain house meals he's tried are pretty good.

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#6296282 - 05/12/16 09:29 AM Re: Backcountry Cooking Suggestions [Re: The Rookie Hunter]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 10/22/05
Posts: 361
Loc: Lubbock
Looks like I am bucking the trend here but I can't stand most of the freeze-dried meals, especially Mountain House brand. I have never understood why they need to add so much salt to the meals, basically like sucking on a salt rock to me.

I go on 7-9 days backpacking excursions every summer and have learned, as long as you own or have access to a dehydrator, you can make you own meals at home. One of our favorites is homemade chili, just cook it up normally, place on the fruit leather tray and let it go until it breaks up into small "chips". If you make it well ahead of time just throw it in the freezer until time to leave and it will keep unrefrigerated for longer than I could ever live out of my backpack.

Other items we enjoy are the dry mix packages of soup, chicken tortilla soup for example, and add a pouch of chicken. Grits with dehydrated bacon and cheese is another good one. I guess these may not qualify as "ultra-light" but they do make eating a joy as opposed to something to force down when you are exhausted.

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