Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Book Release Party Day 4 - Food and Cooking Trailside and a Thanksgiving Recipe
Day 4 of the Book Release Party looks at the topic of FOOD. When you are out hiking for days, weeks, even months on end, thoughts of food occupy your mind day and night. So it was on our adventure on the Appalachian Trail. Knowing you are burning upwards of 4-6,000 calories per day hiking, it's nearly impossible to carry that much food to satisfy your need for nutrition. And eating meals trailside, day after day, one looks for creative ways to get the calories you need and still eat a good meal. This blog will share cooking and food trailside. And check below for a special bonus surprise at the end!!!
Here is a typical day on the trail. We cooked over a tiny stove called a pocket rocket that ran on a canister. We made one pot meals to share. Since our pot came with a lid, I gave Paul Bunyan food in the lid and I ate out of the pot.
Sometimes "trail angels" would leave food and drinks in places along the trail just for hikers. Stumbling upon one of these great caches of food and drink was a special highlight of a day Especially when your thirsty and hungry. If you plan to do something like this for hikers, be sure you are around to monitor the site and check for trash. Animals sometimes like to investigate it, too.
Lobster trailside? Not quite, but I was invited to a hiker's home for the evening while I hiked the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The invite came as a total surprise, hence the name "trail magic." The hiker rolled out the red carpet for me, including a dinner of lobster and wine. Wow, I was really living it up on the trail! Towns are a great place to resupply food needs and to get a good meal, especially if a hiker can nail an AYCE restaurant (all-you-can-eat).
Now for a THANKSGIVING Recipe. Yes, you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the trail with this recipe, which Paul Bunyan and I enjoyed many times on the trail. It feeds two.
This recipe is courtesy of The Appalachian Trail Food Planner by Lu Adsmond, published by the ATC
1 can chicken, dehydrated (canned chicken dehydrates really well, believe it or not. Don't use real chicken, it's too tough to rehydrate).
1/2 packet chicken gravy mix
1/2 tsp salt
(put these three ingredients in one snack size ziploc bag)
1/2 pkg Stovetop turkey stuffing
1 1/3 cup potato flakes
2 Tbs dried milk
(put these ingredients into another Ziploc bag)
When you get to camp, let pkg 1 sit in your pot filled with approx 3 cups of water to rehydrate as you make camp. Let it come to a boil, boil for 10 minutes. Put the pot in a pot cozy to keep warm. Add package number 2. Let stand a few minutes. Wa la, Thanksgiving dinner on the trail!
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