Backpacker the Complete Guide to Backpacking by Backpacker Magazine

Backpacker the Complete Guide to Backpacking by Backpacker Magazine

Author:Backpacker Magazine
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781493025985
Publisher: Falcon Guides

Typically, dinner foods will be pasta, beans, rice, couscous, and other staples. Breakfast foods include freeze-dried shredded potatoes, hot cereals, pancake mix, and granola. You can buy all these items in a grocery store; better yet, buy the staples in the bulk section of a natural food store.

Food-Packaging Tips for the Advanced Kitchen

Before you head into the mountains, take time to repackage your food in heavyweight plastic bags. It helps to bag your food in uniform weights, just so you have a sense of how much is in each bag. Packaging in 1-pound increments is a good standard. The bags aren’t too bulky to pack, and 1 pound of pasta or rice is usually a good base amount for most meals.

Spices can be packed in small plastic bags or Nalgene bottles with screw-top caps. The bottle option is heavier, but they are pretty convenient when you are cooking. Liquid spices—oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and so on—are best packed in Nalgene because the bottles are less likely to be punctured than thin-walled plastic. You may want to pack your oil bottle in a plastic bag so it won’t make a mess if you spring a leak. Likewise, it is a good idea to double-bag your margarine or butter to prevent leakage in your pack.

When you load up your food, pack breakable items such as crackers or tortillas in pots or frying pans to prolong their shape. You also want to make sure that you pack your food above your fuel, just in case. Spilled fuel will destroy your food and cut short your trip.



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