Aaaah, dinner time! Isn’t that the feeling after a long day backpacking into the wild? Dinner is a very important moment, most definitely as important as breakfast when backpacking.
Hopefully you’ve been snacking all day long, had a bit of lunch and kept you energies up while hiking, backpacking or doing whichever other activity you’ve been experiencing. Of course, dinner is a meal that has to refuel your whole body, hydrate it and provide all the necessary nourishment: this is the priority. Of course, it’s not easy to arrange a dinner like that when you are in the outdoors, with just your backpack and stretched out water.
The most important thing is of course to have the right backpacking gear, which will allow you to take with you everything you need to live in the outdoors for several days, including backpacking sleeping equipment and backpacking cooking gear, bush knife and water filter enclosed. These two are very important when it come to cooking in the wild, as they will help you to cut and build whatever you need, as well as fetch cooking and drinking water even when you don’t have direct access to a clean water spring.
So here are some Apache Pine’s ideas for some tasty dinner backpacking recipes.
You can make your ramen noodles as you like them most. You can use peas and chickpeas. You can add some ham if you fancy it, or some bacon. You can use red peppers, cheese and onions. Even some dried eggs if you have some.
Roughly, the ingredients for one serving are:
Mix noodles, peas, chickpeas, and lentils in one ziplock bag. Then mix red peppers, cheese and possible hams, bacons, eggs and other similar ingredients. Don’t mix it all together as the first group is drier than the second one and they could ruin your mix if stored all together.
When it is dinner time, add some boiling water to the noodles, peas, chickpeas and lentils. Once everything is cooked, drain the water and add all the rest of the crew. Mix everything properly and enjoy your super tasty, super nutritious meal.
For this recipe you’ll need to light a (small!) fire - and then make sure to leave no trace. When it comes to cooking the whole thing, there are many options. You can either use a grill, which can be a good idea if you are biking or if you are backpacking for just a few days, or you can use some aluminum foil.
The ingredients are:
At home: If you are planning to eat the potatoes by the next day, then all you have to do is to cut them in halves, place the cheese in the middle, close them together again and wrap them in aluminum foil.
If you are planning to eat them further down the road, then slice them and place them in a vacuum-sealed package.
Then put the dried cheese in a zip lock bag, together with any other dried ingredients you may want to add to your recipe.
On trail: Light up a small fire and wait for the embers. At this point you can either: