Backpacking can be considered an art among hikers and campers. Most hikers tend to almost always pack the same types of food, either dehydrated or prepared (canned foods, etc.), but it does not have to be so boring and bleak every time you sit down next to the food and chew a little bit of dried meat.
Or ask yourself if the freeze-dried lunch will be as tasty as it is fresh.
Here we will give you ideas on how to enrich your camping or hiking experience and your meals along the way.
The best backpacker food for you and your family.
It takes little time to prepare the tofu before going camping, but you’ll love the taste. Here is the process: cut the block of tofu into smaller blocks, so that it is easier and faster to marinate. A block must produce about 8 smaller blocks. Then place the blocks on a towel and fold the tofu into it. Place something heavy on the tofu blocks so that the juices and the water content are removed a little. It will not be perfect, but it’s better that way. Let the water drain easily.
Meanwhile, in a bowl, place the following ingredients for the marinade:
- lime juice (from 1 lime)
- olive oil (2 tbsp)
- 1/4 onion (cut into small cubes)
- 1/2 chopped jalapeño
- salt and pepper (for every 1/2 spoonful)
- Optional: tequila (1 cda)
Mix these well so that they are a homogeneous mixture. Now you are ready to place the tofu blocks in the marinade.
If you are in a hurry and are preparing this just before your trip, let it stay for about 15 minutes. However, to obtain the best results, let it soak for 15 minutes and then place it in the freezer until the day of your trip. Tofu is thawed much faster than meat. Once thawed, you can cook it how you want. You can sauté it in cooking oil or you can even eat it directly mixed with some fresh vegetables.
Homemade granola bars
If you like walnut and granola bars, you can be happy that there is a very easy way to prepare them at home and forget about all the strange additives and preservatives. Especially if you are a conscious consumer, this recipe will be just what you need.
Prepare the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups of crispy rice cereal and the same amount of rolled oats
- 1/4 tablespoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional: blueberry powder)
- 1/2 cup grated coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 syrup (brown rice, cane, maple, etc.)
- 1/4 walnut butter (the almond works very well, optionally: cocoa butter)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar)
Start by turning the oven to preheat to 350 degrees F. Then, place on a baking sheet the almond pieces and the grated coconut to bake until you see brown areas.
Next, prepare a baking pan and align it with 2 overlapping baking trays so that all sides and bottom of the pan are covered. Mix rice cereal, rolled oats, salt, cranberries, coconut and almonds in a bowl. They need to be mixed evenly. Later you will place them in the baking dish.
Then, in a pan or pan, place the syrup of your choice and the butter and cook them to mix well and make a homogeneous mixture. You can look for bubbles; they will indicate when the mixture is ready. At the end, add all the vanilla extract (or vanilla sugar) and stir everything. Remove skillet / pan from heat and let cool a little.
Now we go back to the oatmeal mix. Add the syrup and butter mixture to the oatmeal and rice cereal mixture and stir well so that the syrup and butter dissolve. Pour everything into the baking pan and with a slightly damp hand, press the mixture well, so that it is firm and hard. Make sure that the surface is uniform, and that there are no strange protrusions. When finished, place the mixture in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Then, remove the freezer tray and, using the baking tray, remove the mixing block and place it on the table. You are ready to cut it into bars. You should end up with about 12 bars, more or less. When it comes to storing them, we recommend that you wrap each bar individually in its own wrapper. You can also vacuum them in the wrapper. Always store them in the refrigerator. Remove them only when you go hiking or camping.
Potatoes are a staple food for many campers and hikers. It is very easy to prepare at home and then thaw and add other foods such as ham, vegetables, etc. The following recipe is very easy and quick and it takes little time for you to prepare a meal.
- 1 cup of dried potatoes (made by you or purchased)
- 1 cup (frozen) of dried vegetables (broccoli is a very good option here)
- 1 cup soup mix of your choice
- Pieces of bacon (the amount depends on your taste)
- 2 cups of water
- The cookies are optional.
Start by boiling the water. When it begins to simmer, add the vegetables you prefer and let it rehydrate for one or two minutes. Then remove it from the stove. To this mixture, add the dry soup and potato powder and stir until it begins to turn into puree. Let it stay that way for at least 10 to 15 minutes to fully rehydrate.
As a finishing touch, you can add the bacon bits and the optional biscuits and package for your camping or hiking adventure. Place it in plastic boxes with reliable sealing cap. Are you ready.
Trout Taco Recipe
What food can you prepare unless it does not contain meat or fish? If you like to fish when camping / hiking, this recipe is for you. You can prepare it by catching your own fish, or you can bring a freezer bag with the fish already caught.
This is what you will need to prepare the trout tacos:
- Trout (1 fish yields a portion)
- Olive oil (to taste)
- Lemon drops
- 1 teaspoon pepper, rosemary and / or oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 corn tortilla
- Sauce to your liking
Prepare the fish by cleaning it first. When you have removed the inside, season with a mixture of lemon, pepper, rosemary and oregano, more salt. Cover the fish by rubbing it with olive oil, mainly the skin area. You will need a pan to fry it, so add a little more oil in the pan and preheat. Place the fish and fry until golden brown.
If you do not have a pan, you can use a high strength sheet. Wrap the prepared fish in the foil and place it on the hot charcoals at the base of the fire. Optionally, you can also use a simple stick on which to place the fish and cook it over the flames (be careful not to burn it excessively and keep the flames away from the meat, as they will turn black and will not be edible).
Finally, when the fish is cooked, remove the meat and edible meat from the skeleton and place the pieces in an omelette wrap. Roll and you’re basically done. You can add some more to the tacos like ketchup or your favorite salsa. Our suggestions are to try the guacamole or the carrot and cayenne sauce.
Korean lentil soup (spicy)
If you are a fan of spicy and hot food, this recipe will be just for you.
The necessary ingredients are:
- 1/2 cup of lentils (green or red)
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- Chopped onion and garlic (quantity to your liking)
- half daikon, chopped and peeled (substitute it for a turnip if daikon is not available to you)
- 1 cup chopped cabbage
- 3 tablespoons of hot Korean sauce
- 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (or olive oil)
Preheat the oil in an oven and add the Korean sauce. When it is hot enough, tie the chopped onions until lightly browned. Add the garlic and mix it with the onions. Let it stand for a minute in the heat.
Then move on to the lentils. Add a little more Korean hot sauce to that, including the vegetable broth. When the water boils, you can add the daikon (or turnip) to the food. Leave everything to a lower flame, so that it simmers, and leave it until it is completely cooked. The lentils will be soft and slightly cracked when cooked. You can soak them in water for 1-2 hours before boiling them, so they cook faster.
You can add the cabbage while the food is cooking or after leaving it hot. It depends on you, if you want the cabbage to be raw, or cooked and smoother.
This recipe is easier to prepare if you are camping and can carry your own stove. Alternatively, you can use a camping stove, which is usually small and compact.
Easier camping and walking backpacking meals
Brocoli Cheese With Barley (Orzo)
This is very tasty since the combination of cheese with vegetables is balanced and nutritious. Here are the ingredients:
- Mix of broccoli cheese soup (whole package)
- 1 cup of barley / orzo
- 2 cups of water
- half a cup of vegetables (preferably dehydrated)
- Half a cup of cooked chicken (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of cheese (parmesan)
- Extra: bread crumbs, crushed cookies or chips.
We recommend that you dehydrate your own vegetables, as it actually increases the flavor and nutritional value. Depending on your tastes and preferences, you can dehydrate broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, onions, etc. Make a mix of them if you have the time and desire to do so, and you will not be disappointed.
Now you need to cook the pasta (orzo). It does not have to be perfectly cooked since it will cook again later, once again. Use an aluminum bag and pour the vegetable soup mixture and dehydrated vegetables.
When the orzo is cooked you must drain the water. Then, add the pasta in the bag with the rest of the ingredients and add water, according to the instructions of the soup mix package. You are ready to close the aluminum bag and lightly massage the mixture. Cook 10-15 minutes more until ready.
Serve with covered parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, crushed potato chips and / or ground nuts if desired.
You can cook all that in a portable caravan stove or near the fire (away from the flames).
Chocolate Muffins With Banana
What is a camper’s meal if there is not something sweet for a dessert? Here is another sweet recipe, and the ingredients:
- Choice flour (2 cups)
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of sugar (better to use muscovado or raw sugar)
- 1/2 cup of oil (canola or rapeseed)
- 4 mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup of water
- vanilla extract to taste
- 1-2 cups of chocolate chips
For this recipe you will have to work at home since an oven is required. Preheat to 350 degrees F. Use muffin molds and brush with oil. If you prefer to use molds for muffins, it is not necessary to grease them, since they are non-stick.
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, salt and baking soda. In another bowl mix the sugar and oil, and in a minute or two of stirring, add the mashed bananas. When you have a consistent mixture, add water and vanilla and continue stirring to end up having a homogeneous mixture. Once this is done, you will be ready to add the flour mixture and the chocolate sparks.
You are ready to pour the entire mixture into muffin cups (or cans). Do not fill the cups / cans to the top edge, as they will rise during the cooking process. The ideal is to fill them in half. Put them in the oven and wait for them to get up. If you put a toothpick in a muffin and it comes out clean, then they are ready and you can take them out.
You can make this recipe if you have a portable oven and will be camping. Otherwise, you can prepare them at home before leaving as a backpacker.
Coconut Orange Macaroni
This recipe will produce a lot of cookies that you can eat at any time during your hike / camping for a quick snack, when you feel the need to eat. You need these ingredients to prepare them:
- 1 cup of egg whites (on average 8 eggs)
- 3 cups of sugar (about 500 g)
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
- 5 cups coconut pieces (grated)
- 1/2 cup flour of your choice
- 2 tablespoons of orange zest
- Vanilla extract (quantity to your liking)
Mix the flour, sugar, coconut pieces and vanilla extract until the ingredients are mixed evenly. Then add the ingredients and # 8216; wet one by one (or one after the other) and stir until you get a homogeneous mixture. Place everything so that it is hot on the stove until you feel the bottom begin to sizzle. Do not stop stirring or the bottom will stick to the pan and burn. Set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees F.
While the mix has reached the milestone and # 8216; sizzle, prepare one or two sheets of paper to cook on the baking sheet. Dip it with the spoon into the mixing bowl and place one bath at a time on the baking sheet. They should be the size of a bite. You can also use your hand to place them evenly spread on the baking sheet. To prevent them from sticking to your hand, moisten it before forming the cookie.
Cooking time – about 20 minutes. When finished, let them cool and you will be ready to store them in your backpack.
Where can you go without bread, and what is a meal without bread? Here is a recipe you can do to add slices of bread to your other meals.
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
- 1 cup of melted butter
- 1 cup of sugar (coffee, raw, muscovado, etc.)
- 2 cups of apple sauce
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups of flour of your choice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Vanilla extract (1-2 teaspoons)
- 1/4 cup of walnuts of your choice, ground (nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
Set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees F. Meanwhile, melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips and set aside. Then take the sugar and butter and beat them until you have a good creamy substance. Add the 2 eggs and the melted chocolate to the mixture of sugar and butter.
In another small bowl, mix the applesauce and the vanilla extract. Once again, set aside. In a third bowl, add and mix the flour, baking soda and salt (dry ingredients). Take the third bowl and add its contents to the butter mixture. Stir everything until the mixture looks homogeneous. Finally, add the remaining chocolate chips (not melted) and the nuts of your choice along with the apple sauce and the vanilla extract.
Pour the contents of the final container into a baking sheet. Be sure to grease it with oil before doing so to prevent the bread from sticking to the pan. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 40 to 55 minutes. If you want to prevent the bread from burning on top, you can place aluminum foil on top, about 10 minutes before you are ready to turn off the oven.
Let it cool down and prepare it for your camping trip. You can pre-cut it into slices (so you do not have to do it while camping) or you can simply pack all the bread and cut it in place. It is ideal for sandwiches.
If you need a multi-use breakfast that can last days and days while camping or hiking, this will be an excellent complement to your recipe ideas. Ingredients:
- 3 cups of flour of your choice
- 1 cup of sugar (coffee, muscovado, raw, etc.)
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- cinnamon to your liking
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 tablespoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons ground coffee
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons of oil (rapeseed, canola, etc.)
- vanilla extract to your liking
Again, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use a baking sheet with a silicone coating (to prevent sticking). If you do not have it, use a regular baking sheet but use a non-stick spray. This is for the preparation.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl: flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon, salt, coffee and chocolate chips. In a second bowl mix the rest of the ingredients: vanilla, oil and eggs.
Then comes the kneading of the bread: you must mix the dry and moist ingredients and start kneading. It will be dry at first, so be patient. When the dough feels good, divide it into two pieces and extend them into loaves of bread. They are ready to be placed in prepared baking trays.
Then place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Lower the heat slightly to about 325 degrees. After that, remove from the oven and allow to cool for no more than 5 minutes. Sprinkle a little water on top (or use a brush to cool the surface) of the breads. Let stand for 5 more minutes in this way, so that the water sinks in the bread.
Here comes the second cooking. Using a serrated knife, cut the loaves into slices – biscotti. Place them on the baking sheet and bake each side for about 10 minutes. Remember to turn them over so that both sides are a little brown. You are ready to place them in plastic bags and prepare them for your camping / hiking trip.
The ingredients used for these recipes may vary and you can add, remove or substitute the ingredients according to your taste and your choice of food, be it omnivore, vegetarian or even vegan. These recipes can be adapted to any taste and personal preference. Use your imagination, try them and once you have tasted the original flavor, you can try other variations. If you need to replace the meat, you can use soy products, tofu, etc.