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Canoe tripping food

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Looking for ideas for what to put in the food barrel for a 5 day trip this summer.
post #2 of 18
bwca.com and quietjourney.com are great sites for general knowledge about canoeing, the Boundary Waters in specific, and have a food section in both that has great ideas. Maybe not a lot of specific recipes, but great tips/ things that work well.

Hope that helps
post #3 of 18
With or without a cooler?
post #4 of 18
Lipton's sidekicks, carrots, cheese, bagels, garlic sausage, instant oatmeal packets, tomatoes, garlic, ice wine, single malt. Of course some of this depends on how much portaging is involved on the route.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions.
Real canoe tripping: no cooler, no cases of beer. I'm considering the single malt though. My thoughts so far..
Frozen steaks for the first night, maybe some frozen bacon for the next morning. That's it for the perishables. Maybe a few expensive prepared bags of store-bought dried meals. and a pie or two as a special treat for desert. Other than that, it's dried stuff. Pancake mix. Instant oats . I'll dry a spaghetti dinner or some chili (if we can sleep outside the tents ). Oh, some summer sausage for lunch and cheese for lunch. Couscous (sp?)
post #6 of 18
The Lipton's sidekicks are dried pasta and rice type stuff from any grocery store that come in lots of flavours. They are meant as a side dish so ignore the feeds four and take 1 per person/meal. They're cheap and prepare in 1 pot with boiling water and 8-12 minutes simmer. Garlic is light, keeps and good flavouring, carrots likewise. Knorr swiss soup mixes are good for cool or rainy nights or lunches and as appetizers. The bagels will keep that long and are firm so don't crush easy. They make great lunch fixin's for sausage and cheese bagel sandwiches. An onion never hurts either and keeps well. Cool ontario rivers/streams can get icewine down to a reasonable temp as well.
post #7 of 18
Bacon, pre cook 90% before hand, freeze if you want, will keep for 3-4 days minimum. same for eggs, no fridge needed for at least two breakfasts. Pack carefully, Zip lock over container just in case. Chicken/tuna in packets at store, no fridge needed, added to any potato/soup/side dish makes instant meal. Cheddar cheese in block/wax.

Can make pizza real easy. Foccacia, pepperoni, green peppers, Mozz in lump. Squeeze bottle of pizza sauce. Cut foccacia to fit size of fry pan, fry on one side, flip, add ingredients, put foil/lid over fry pan heat enough but not to burn bottom, 5 minutes, voila. Mozz in original package, not shredded, good for 2-3 days no fridge needed.

We bring in small cooler that fits in pack, soft or hard, filled with frozen stuff, precooked fajita meat precooked stew meat, etc. and then add fresh ingredients that keep for a while, green peppers, carrots, etc, to make meal. Tortillas are great. Peanut butter and honey, roll up, yummy. Lots of ideas and not a lot of cost. Absolutely no need for freeze dried if trip is less than 7 days. That stuff is crap!!!

Unless you are portaging miles and miles and weight really counts, that is. Its really expensive and not very filling. Repackage all goods carefully, saving directions, or write them on slips of paper/on bag. Keep meals segragated into break, lunch and dinner bundles in separate containers/bags. Saves a lot of searching hassles. Same for spices, all in one bag.
post #8 of 18
A few interesting things have popped up in the supermarket that have some potential for light weight and no refrigeration.

Pre cooked bacon in cello pack that isn't bad and Star Kist Tuna in foil packs.

Lunch I made a home made trail mix with nuts, rasins and dried apricots.

Pita bread travels nice and flat that some cheese and meat sticks (kind of like Slim Jims ... but I get them from a German butcher.

Beer can get a nice chill if you carry a mesh bag and drop in down if the lake is deep enough.
post #9 of 18

They pack well for mutliday trips, and the flavour and mouth feel can't be beat half way through a trip where everything is drird out or overprocessed. I buried a half dozen in my pack for a 6 day loop with my kids a couple of years back. Best damn food surprise they've ever had.

Sidekicks are a great base start. Add home dried LEAN ground beef veg and you are good to go.

Raman noodles, dried shrimp, peas, dried coconut milk and curry and you are well on your way to a lake side Pad Tia (sp).

Instant mashed potatoes, dried gr. beef with gravy mix and dried peas and corn=lake side Shepard's Pie.

MOST things can be dried at home and used on the trail without a huge cost.
Best cost saver was home made beef jerky.....MMMMMMM

post #10 of 18
I love the food stash my Norwegian father in law took on his first canoe trip in the Adirondacks when he was a seventeen year old kid from Brooklyn.

Canned peas and lard! :
post #11 of 18
I forgot oranges, artimus is right. Just ask all those ancient scurvy ridden mariners. Citrus fruit is key and oranges taste better than limes any day.
post #12 of 18
Originally Posted by Yuki
Canned peas and lard! :
and fishhooks?
post #13 of 18
They didn't catch many fish to cook in the lard ... the lard was used to "fry" the peas.

This is now a family classic .... came up just last week when we started talking about a trip.

All they had was an oiled piece of cotton for a tent fly, a blanket and their fishing poles .... and peas and lard ....

The good old days ..
post #14 of 18
Come to think of it, just what kind of man are you?

Like the Canadian Indians who lobby to fish their "native ways", just bring a few sticks of dynamite and toss em' in a hole or pool below a dam.

What ever happened to the good ol' & trusty leg hold trap? Set along the bank with the right bait ..... an otter or muskrat can make a mighty tasty stew.

I have come to Walden, to live deliberately ..... not ... :
post #15 of 18
Beer and bait.
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by GarryZ
Beer and bait.
I don't like fish that much.

Beware! Beer and sharp pointy hooks don't mix all that well, a friend of mine once had to go to emergency to remove a hook (fly I think) from his back . I do wonder how badly we would have botched the operation if he had of let us take the knife to it.

MMMM, dynamite. I wonder if you can still walk in off the steet and sign for a couple of sticks to "blow up a stump on the back 40" or if Al-Queda has screwed that up too.
post #17 of 18
With a hook with a barb, run it through till the barb is exposed and then cut the barb with a set of pliers .... scissors or nail clippers will usually work too. Once the barb is off, pull it back through just like any wire.

Don't ask how I learn this stuff. :
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Yuki
With a hook with a barb, run it through till the barb is exposed and then cut the barb with a set of pliers .... scissors or nail clippers will usually work too. Once the barb is off, pull it back through just like any wire.

Don't ask how I learn this stuff. :
You know, if we hadn't all been well-wasted two days into a three-day party, we probably would have though of that ourselves. It was just about two hours after this same guy took out about 20 yards of picket fence learning to wheely a motorcycle (another not to smart mix). I guess we couldn't stop laughing long enough to do anything useful....Crazy kids!
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