/ Food for Walking Trips
I've got a bunch of my Explorer Scouts going walking at the end of the month, for a two day expedition.
Can anyone suggest any boil in a bag type meals and where to get them from?
Flavoured cous-cous - poor hot water into the packet. Fold the top down and leave for a few minutes.. stir and eat. No washing up
Instant porridge, powdered milk, raisins in a microwaveable freezer bag. Add hot water,leave for a few minutes, stir and eat. No washing up.
> Flavoured cous-cous
Super noodles too.
Supernoodles with chorizo chunks/tuna/ham
NO TINS, NO POT NOODLES... the exporers always seem to take these things!!
Boil in the bag are ok but not very filling & very expensive!
Porridge with powdered milk & sugar. No raisins though for they are the devils work.
The dolmio and similar pasta sauces in a pouch and they do pasta pouches aswell. Fairly cheap, quick and easy to cook.
I've recently ordered some ration packs with mre meals from beyondthebeatentrack. Of course the downside is they're a lot heavier than dehydrated meals.
Have also got some dehydrated porridge packs from an Ebay seller
I also take instant custard powder and a wee individually wrapped cake bar to have with it for pudding.
Porrige and dried fruit.
Malt loaf & peanut butter
Ainsley Harriet's cous cous. Maybe add some sliced chorizo.
Custard and cake
Could try ebay to see how much a box of ration packs are going for but think it will be pretty expensive.
asda do a john west tuna pack sealed ready to eat. i think there's 3 different ones lemon and pepper and tuna and mayo not sure on the other. at the moment there only £1 there great as a quick snack when you stop for a short break (not the light lunches).
Also the John west tuna packets with some pasta are great in a trangia, cook in just a few minutes. or if weights not a serious issue, I swear by the uncle bens rice packets, so easy after a long day and they taste pretty damn good too.
Ever tried Birds instant Semolina for breakfast. Rather nice
Kids always want to bring pot noodlesand supernoodles but the salt content is very high snd the nutritional value is low.
My lightweight food of choice since I did D of E 15 years ago is:
Breakfast, oat meal or porridge, pre-mixed with milk powder, salt and honey in a zip top bag - just add water and heat.
Lunch, Pitta with baby bell, tinned mackeral etc
Tea, pasta with salami, dried vegetables, tomato puree and some seasoning (salt, pepper, oregano, basil, cayenne etc)
Get them to try it before they go to make sure they like it and know how to cook it and I think they will find it so much more rewarding!
When I was a wee Venture scout we lived on bacon pittas, powdered egg and packet soups. Since the demise of Scoop shops I'm not sure where you would get powdered egg though. I wish I could get some, it was lovely.
Something I often point out in this kind of situation is that people run shy of tinned food, but actually it's not the tin that's heavy, it's the fact that the food is dehydrated. And the tin won't get squashed etc, and can be heated up in a water bath in the same way as those foil pouches. And it's 1/5 of the price.
So, if you want lightweight, go for Pasta and Sauce, Beanfeast (if you add a bit extra water you can cook pasta in with them) etc and take the washing up hit (I've never had one of those dedicated dehydrated meals that wasn't foul).
If you want nicer food but don't mind carrying extra weight, go for tinned stuff and don't waste your money on those foil pouch things. (I fall into that bracket as I don't mind carrying extra weight for decent food).
For breakfasts I often put cereal into those disposable plastic food boxes, add milk, eat and bin/carry out if no bin. Or never underestimate the morale boosting benefits of a proper bacon butty! Or porridge, if you like it, but personally I think it's like sick in a bowl. If you do, the pots of it you can get from supermarkets avoid washing up.
I've had some success in the past by using supermarket oven-proof bags to make my own "boil in the bag" meals. Simply make up your favourite dish, mix in rice/or pasta, and lob it in the bag.
Obviously that should read ISN'T.
One of those flavoured rice packets mixed with a bit of water and some hot dog sausages or Peperami makes a very nice rice and sauce type dish.
I don't go for the "Meal in a plastic bag" concept you can get in climbing stores. Mainly because they are very expensive and you can get better in a tin for a fraction of the cost and only a tiny amount more weight to carry.
Make them cook Vesta meals on a Trangia. It's what Scouting is ALL ABOUT.
Yummy yummy yummy
I've got sick in my tummy
No point in making 'proper' food because its only for a day or two - you need carbs so pasta and sauce sachet or similar.
I have actually been known to take one of the tiny tins of tuna in oil before, the ones with foil tear-off lids.... Still could have done chorizo to be a bit lighter and not had to take rubbish out with me.
> "NO TINS"
Heavy. But I'll make an exception for sardines. Fry 'em and eat with oatcakes.
And pomme de terre destructione- that's instant mash to you lot. Lots of butter or cheese and black pepper yum.
Not tins because the empties are a bugger to carry out. Chances are they'll get wedged in cracks between rocks for some other poor sod to deal with.
For DofE and CCF trips (the only time I've used genuine boil-in-the-bag rations), we had military ration packs from cadets - can you get these from Army Surplus stores? Strip out quite a few things, though, since they are heavy and very calorific so you don't need them all (e.g. I've never eaten the cooked breakfast, the pate, half the biscuits, half the drinks...).
Since then, I tend to go for the following:
Breakfast - water porridge - but I'll make it woth good quality giant oats and carry a few raisins to make it tastier! Problem with this is the pan (leave it to soak while you pack up the tents, washing up liquid in a (now very venerable) film canister). For more luxury, use milk (planning your routes through the odd village makes life so much easier)!
Lunch - stuffed pitta breads, salami, tracker bars, chocolate, dried apricots or similar...
Dinner - Quick-cook Cous-cous or rice that I've added chorizo, peppers, tomato puree etc to. If I've got milk, then custard and cake, else just cake (homemade chocolate-dipped flapjack is a personal favourite).
For day walks I'm really lazy and just carry a pork pie/sausage roll/scotch egg or similar, a chunk of malt loaf, a few chocolate bars and an apple. I'll get the rest of my 5-a-day for breakfast or dinner!
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