Camping eats, menu

Mak10

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What is on your menu when camping?

Looking for new ideas. Mountain House dehydrated meals are ok, but they are getting to be $10-12 around here and I might as well just eat out for that price.

Things I carry in my camp food bag:
Instant oatmeal
Single serving spam
Chicken in a pouch, or tuna
Instant potatoes
Jerky
Instant coffee
Ramen in a bowl
Beanie Weenies In a can
Assortment of Clif bars
Nuts/trail mix.

looking for some new ideas. What have you done?
 

cyclemike4

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I will put yogurt and flakes cereal in zip lock bags for breakfast and eat it dry. I take peanut butter and bread. I also take a can of lantern propane because it will sit up on its own with torch head to screw on it. I have a small folding handle skillet that i will put canned beef stew or something like that in to heat it. It only takes less than 3 minutes to heat and after i wipe the skillet with bread no clean up. i will usually have some sort of snack bars or crackers with me. Not for everybody but works well for me. Although last year i was in Florida in 110 degree heat and my peanut butter turned to soup and i spilled it all over the back of my bike!
 

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When traveling/camping with my FJ1200, I will sometimes wrap up a steak or other piece of meat, or frozen burrito in several layers of aluminum-foil.
That bike has a perfect ready-made cooking spot right behind the cylinder-head on the right side of the engine.
You have to sort-of gauge how much time you have left before you get to where you want to eat, so you don't over-cook your meal.
If you time it just right, you can have a perfectly cooked steak-dinner right when you finish setting up camp.
Share a bag of salad with your riding buddies.

I haven't figured out a good spot, or if there even is one on the S10 for this.........

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Mak10

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I found out that I have limited space to carry a lot of food, so things that can be bought at grocery stores as you travel are nice.
 

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I often grab some Chefboy or some other ready made pasta ... Don't love it, but it's super easy.

Very important to pair with the right beverage to wash it down with ;)


My wife typically pre-mixes me some oatmeal with blueberries or apple cinnamon which is great too:
 

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Knorr flavored noodle bags. Or Noodle-roni. Rice a roni. Uncle Ben has a rice that only needs warmed. Tuna Helper. If you can, hit a grocery store for fresh stuff. Hey, that hamburger won't spoil in your pannier for 3-4 hours. Most cheese, summer sausage, salami can hold up for a few days. Then- don't ignore the obvious- a can of spam, some with dinner, the rest with breakfast. Fry it up- I like it! (There I said it. I really don;t mind it much at all. Fried.)
 

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Spam comes in a single size in a sealed pouch. I don’t eat it at home, but it is pretty tasty cooked over a fire on a stick. I tried Vienna sausages, didn’t care for those. Bratwursts are good cooked over a fire too.
 

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I really try to keep it simple and easy. Problem is the sodium content is really bad when traveling. I flush it out with a lot of water.

Jet Boil
Water
Instant Coffee
Oatmeal
Granola
Beef Jerky
Mixed Nuts
Instant Mountain House Meals
 
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tntmo

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Salami
Cheese (stays good without refrigeration for a few days if it's not super hot)
Pita bread or torillas
Uncle Bens has rice packets that only need to be heated up
Tuna cans or packets
Instant noodles
Cans of soup or stew
Trail mix
Cliff bars
Instant coffee
canned fruit
potatoes or sweet potatoes if I have a campfire, wrap in foil, cook and enjoy
I carry a multitude of condiment packets, always nice to put some hot sauce, salsa, ranch, etc on stuff to mix it up if you're having the same thing often.

I have a lot of expired MRE's from too many years military service. I have used many of them over ten years past the expiration date, still "good" considering what they are
 

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Yes! Brats are also good on the Yamaha-Grill (I cook those on my Jeep engine too when out wheeling for the day)

Like Chris said, the dehydrated back-packer meals are super easy to carry and make, but man................they all seem to have really-really high amount of sodium in them.
That's the one thing I dislike about them. You can find ones with lower sodium, but they are quite expensive.

I also carry Cliff-Bars or other Granola/Protein Bars
Tuna-Packets, and Chicken-Packets. Sometimes flavored, sometimes plain.
Beef-Jerky or Salami (summer-sausage)
small bag of tortillas.
Trail-Mix (my wife buys a big box of single-serving packets)
Oatmeal packets.
Cheese (for a day or two)

I usually carry a small bottle of Tabasco and a Shaker of Salt/Pepper/Garlic always.
If I stop somewhere to get a sandwich, I always grab a bunch of extra condiment-packets.
 

tntmo

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I simply don't eat the best when on the road. I especially find it hard to carry fruit, though I'm trying to do better when I can :)
I do a lot of those kind of meals as well. First gas stop in the morning might be a coffee refill if I had made coffee at camp along with a Honey Bun or donut. Lunch could be a Snickers bar and a soda.

I try to do healthy once in a while, but I don't try too hard.
 

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I picked up one of these in Escalante and it was great. Best camp food I've had.

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I came across these accidentally while shopping a while back. This brand has a lot of Indian meals in this format and I'm a sucker for Indian food. They are shelf-stable (no refrigeration needed) and all that they require for heating is sticking the bag in a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Tikka Masala and Basmati rice around the campfire.......mmmmm!

 

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If I'm camping and know I won't be able to order a pizza or other food delivered, or just keeping the budget tight, this is what I usually carry:

Uncle Ben's Ready rice, (boils quickly on the camp stove, in the pouch or you can do it in the pot/skillit or even in the hotel micro) Lots of flavors for variety.
Chicken in a can or pouch
SPAM in pouch
Velveeta Original Cheese Sauce 4 oz. Pouch
Ritz Crackers

With those 5 items you can change it up with what protein you use and what flavor rice packet. Add in some fresh green onion, white onion or other veggie you scored at the last store before the campground and all you need is a little water, salt and pepper. And they are all available at most dollar stores for cheap. Also gives me the potential to pick up fresh protein if available too. And if no stores existed, you still have a tasty meal. And they don't take up much space when packed.

I typically eat breakfast on the road, but if I know I won't be doing that, instant oatmeal is the go-to. Sometimes I'll score some fresh fruit to go with it as options exist. I have also been known to pick up a thin pizza skin, pepperoni slices, pasta sauce pouches, Italian spices and a packet of shredded cheese along with an aluminum one time use pan at the Dollar store and make pizza over the fire.

Creativity at meal times goes a long way to keeping your travel partner happy!
 
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