So, as explained in part one of this article, for practical purposes, we would suggest that there are three approaches to trial foods. We have roughly sub divided the list below into those three categories. Some items on the list have the potential to belong to one, two or all three of the categories, for example sugar. Please note, a knowledge of nutrition will also be invaluable to longer term outings. This is merely a non exhaustive list of foods that have worked for us and are practical to carry on yer back!
Here is the list, as promised:
"Trial Foods" - Traditional foodstuffs - Bacon, Sausages, Salami, Jerky, Eggs, Salt fish, Oil, Sugar, Salt, Dried Fruits, Nuts, Beans, Pulses, Rice, Oats, Flour, Pasta, Hardtack aka Ship's Biscuits, Fortified Loaves, Cheese, Olives, Pickles, Preserves, Jam, Honey, Spices, Pepper, Chilli, Boiled sweets, Alcohol, Onions, Carrots, Potatoes, Tins.
"Ultralight" - The modern approach - Energy bars, Powdered drinks, Dehydrated Meals, Noodles in a pot, Pasta, Rice, Dehydrated vegetables, Cocoa powder, Powdered milk, Couscous, Vitamin Pills, Powdered soups, Teas, Tuna in satchet, Salami, Biscuits, Chocolate.
"No difference" - Whatever you eat at home but we would suggest the following standard home foodstufs work well in the field - Frank & beans, Baked beans, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Oranges, Fruits preserved in syrop, Steak, Pre made stew, Pre made soup, Bread, M&Ms, Any meal in a can, Any meal in a satchet, Savoury crackers, Crisps, Rice cakes,
Some items such as eggs, vegetables and cheese will need to be stored carefully, preferably in a solid container in which they are not free to move around in. This is more relevant if you are planning a longer journey.
A typical menu for a two night trip may look like this;
Breakfast - Dehydrated porridge, Bacon Rashers, Tea/Coffee
Lunch - Freeze dried meal, Tinned Fruits, Chocolate bar, Tea/Coffee
Evening - Grilled sausages, Bread, Ketchup, Tomatoes, Olives, Hot chocolate
Snacks - Salted almonds, Raisins
Breakfast - Egg and bacon rolls, Tea/Coffee
Lunch - Freeze dried meal, Tinned Fruits, M&Ms, Tea/Coffee
Evening - Grilled mini steaks, Crackers, Tomatoes, Mustard, Hot chocolate
Snacks - Energy bars, Dried apricots
Breakfast - Cheese, Crackers, Salami, Cucumber, Tea/Coffee
Tidy up properly and leave (no trace).
The asumption is that you will be expending a lot of calories during the day, so this is a high calorie menu. It is also fairly high in salt, sugar and fat, so will require lots of water for efficient digestion. In other words, make there will be plenty of water to hand so you don't become dehydrated. For this hypothetical 2 night trip, with medium daily exhertion, we would recommend bringing at least 8 litres of water. Yes, this is a lot of weight but is definitely do-able with a light weight set up. If you have a reliable water source near camp, this will obviously not be an issue.
Please note, for convenience, we have designed this menu so that making breakfast, only requires a mini frying pan and a mini stove (alcohol, butane gas, solid fuels e.t.c.), making lunch requires some boiled water and making the evening meal requires a fire (but could also be made with small frying pan and stove). This means you can have breakfast and lunch quickly and take a little more time over dinner. I think you will agree it is definitely a minimum fuss minimum mess system, meaning you can enjoy the reason you are there in the first place, the outdoors!
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