Recipes For Adventure: Tasty Backpacking Recipes That Won’t Break Your Budget
I recently ran across a book full of backpacking recipes called “Recipes for Adventure: Healthy, Hearty and Homemade Backpacking Recipes” by Chef Glenn McAllister, and I liked it so much that I wanted to tell you more about it.
Chef Glenn obviously understands the challenges of eating on the trail — he addresses the problems of nutrition, weight, preserving taste (if you’ve ever been forced to eat flat-out nasty “trail food” that you bought somewhere you know what I mean) and how to cook what you’ve brought with you without going through your entire fuel supply the first night.
He shares how to prepare your foods, how to store them so they stay fresh, how to package them in a lightweight manner, how to reconstitute them for best taste, provides oodles of recipes I can’t wait to try (they sound seriously good and were making me hungry), and even tips on cleaning up without having to lug a bunch of water!
The main tools you’ll need for your adventure through this book are a blender and a dehydrator.
Chef Glenn shows you how to prepare each type of food in the backpacking recipes, step by step, down to how to arrange the food and what settings to use for best results.
Nice clear photos accompany each step, so you know right away whether things are going the way they should.
I have been backpacking since the 1980’s, and am very familiar with using dehydrators and blenders, and I learned quite a bit from this book.
(My husband, who was sitting on the other side of the room, started asking me what I was reading because of all my “oh wow!” and “this is awesome!” remarks.
So of course I had to show him, and even though he’s been backpacking even longer than I have, he was impressed as well.)
One thing that I did not know (and really surprised me) is that you can dehydrate all sorts of things … like breads, cakes, entire cooked meals, sauces (he calls his dehydrated sauces “bark”) … it really opened my eyes as to the sorts of things you could do with backpacking recipes.
I got this as an ebook over at his website, BackpackingChef.com, but you can get the Recipes For Adventure book in paperback form (which has gotten excellent reviews also).
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