Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 26, 2011

Backcountry deliciousness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:05 pm
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I’m hungry right now so I’ll write a quick post about backpacking food. You already know that WHATEVER you make when you’re camping automatically tastes 3.7 times better than the same food at home, so why settle for anything less than “delicious”?

Breakfast oatmeal (with infamous saucy fork from two nights before)

Breakfast: Best oatmeal possible. Boil your filtered spring water over a Pocket Rocket stove, throwing in a handful of date pieces to sweeten the pot. Add the oats and cook for a minute. When ready to eat out of the pot, decorate with chopped walnuts and dried cranberries. Mm-m-m!! What a way to start a day!

Lunch tortilla

Lunch: Rip open a single-serve packet of tuna and squish it onto a tortilla. Add a fast-food packet of mayo and half an avocado. Cheese it up, roll it, and eat joyfully.

Supper: You may splurge here on freeze-dried entrees to save weight. Boil 2 cups spring water on your Pocket Rocket, dump it directly into the foil package, stir, wait nine minutes, stir again, eat. We both ate out of the same bag; it’s called sharing. No dirty dish!

Choose your weapon

I fear that the lasagna cheesy sauce may never come off my fork. I know this may gross some of you out, but I tried cleaning it by stabbing it into the sand twenty times. And then I used it, still congealed-saucy, for two more days. Using the same utensil for every meal is a must, so Tara’s SPORK earns honors here.

As always, you may click on any photo to enlarge it.

Comment: What camping foods are your favorite, either for convenience or tradition or taste?


  1. I never bring any utensils with me when camping because I have never failed to find a fork in the road. Sorry!

    Comment by Allen Gislason — April 27, 2011 @ 8:43 am | Reply

  2. Love, love, love it! I’m thoroughly enjoying getting your posts immediately to my e-mail inbox. How fun you are Kathryn! xo

    Comment by Tara Beresh — April 27, 2011 @ 10:42 am | Reply

  3. my campfire pie maker is great. breakfast,dinner, desert…. it does it all. Probably not ideal for back packing though.

    Omelete in a bag! again, hard to back pack in eggs…………

    Comment by john — April 28, 2011 @ 6:41 am | Reply

  4. I think it is called hungryman’s dinner? Raw hamburger, potatoes ( cut up ) carrots and onion as well. Throw them all in tinfoil wrap real good. Throw over fire for half hour or so. Very good meal. We always have that with the kids when we go camping.

    Comment by Chris — April 28, 2011 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  5. If I have coffee in some form, instant (blech at home, but camping makes everything better, as you commented), powdered, whatever, I can deal with ice on the tent, making uttensils from wood, or any other contingency. We camp cook with the grill and hot water system. Throw something on the grill, add boiling water to coffee/soup/oatmeal/cocoa/dehydrated meals and you’re good. By the way, sand is a perfectly effective way to clean stuff!

    Comment by chrisyoungman — April 28, 2011 @ 8:14 am | Reply

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