Especially good for people who are new to camping/cooking out.
Both tofu and coconut milk can be purchased in small tetrapacks
making them easy to take with in the backcountry and easy to
pack out. When mixed with curry powder, cumin seeds,
salt and pepper, crumbled tofu makes a great scrambled egg subsitute. Great for when you don't want to carry along eggs.
Bread never lasts. Bring flour tortillas (wrap nicely) and bagels
Spices that you use a lot of (salt) can be carried in film canisters. Otherwise, a good multi-spice barrel can be purchased cheaply at REI. I like to add dried chili, cayanne pepper, cumin seed, curry powder, fennel and pepper.
Indian butter (ghee) doesn't need to be refrigerated and tastes great. It can be purchased at a lot of natural food stores or you can make your own. It is simply very clarified butter. Lasts forever. Try a teflon coated frying pan and you'll never go back.
Expensive freeze-dried food is for chumps. Tons can be purchased dried at the supermarket/co-op and broken down into freezer zip-lock style packs. Remember to check for long cooking times and additional
ingredients. Many just need some oil added. I carry lots of oil and basalmic vinegar in small plastic containers from REI. They can't break very easily. Some great store foods are mashed potatoes, instant risotto's and pasta dishes.
Make your own freeze-dried fruit mix by buying bulk at a food co-op, chop them up and mix only the things you like. No more picking at the gorp! My favotite mix is dried cherries, apples, bananas, mango, papaya (chews like leather and lasts forever), currents and pineapple.
Never try and bring chopped garlic or onions. Everything you own will smell like it for the entire trip.
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