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Food for the Trail

Girl in a blue shirt smiling at the camera
Laura M.

Todays Blog Post was written by Laura M., a Bass Alumni! She gives advice on easy foods to cook while on the trail, as well as how to prepare them.

A little while ago, I went on a hike with some Boy Scouts who were trying to complete their cooking merit badge. One requirement for this merit badge was to prepare three meals while hiking. I went on one of their morning hikes where we stopped to cook breakfast. I attempted to teach them how to cook pancakes. This turned out to be more of a challenge than I originally thought it would be. We had to use a pot instead of the pan and the boys thought that it would be a great idea to fill the entire bottom of the pot with batter (it didn’t work – it was too hard to flip the pancakes). They ended up making pancakes that looked more like scrambled eggs. Maybe pancakes weren’t the best idea to make on a trail. In case you need to complete this merit badge, or you just want a snack on the trail, here are a couple of easy trail foods for you to try.

One thing my family commonly makes on the trail is pasta with red sauce. This is extremely easy to make on the trail. All you need to do is prepare the pasta as directed on the box. The red sauce is tomato paste, water and spices like garlic powder, oregano, and pepper. Then you warm up some red sauce. Along with this, you can add fresh vegetables to the sauce to add some flavor. Bringing vegetables may seem tricky, however, it is not as hard as it seems. Onions and garlic, for example, can be easily taken in small bags.

All of our hiking gear alongside the trail as we get ready to cook our pancakes.

Another really easy food to make on the trail is rice. All you have to do is cook the rice in boiling water. Along with this, you can put virtually any vegetable in it. Celery, broccoli, peppers, onions – almost anything can be added to rice to add flavor. You do need to carry extra water in order to cook rice, however it is a really easy food to make and you could easily make a lot if you are in a big group.

One last recipe that I like to make is what I call apple pie on a stick. This is very easy and you only need two ingredients – an apple and cinnamon-sugar. First, you put the apple on a stick. After this, you roast the apple over a fire. You continue to do this until you can easily peel off the skin (I have found that it is easiest if you burn the skin since that makes it the easiest to peel off.) After this, you cover the entire apple in cinnamon-sugar. You then continue to roast the apple over the fire to melt the cinnamon-sugar onto the apple. After this is completely melted, you can then eat the apple. This snack is really tasty after a long day of hiking, biking, or really doing anything.

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