I immensely enjoy hiking, camping, and anything outdoorsy. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night nor heavy or bad tasting food has stayed me from the completion of my journeys into the nature (Thank you, U.S. Postal Service).
Except for having best possible camping gear and clothing suitable for the conditions, there isn’t much one can do about the weather. But the food. After many years of outdoorsy activities, carrying either heavy, easily spoiled fresh food or light weight industrial “natural bad taste aroma and loads of preservatives added” food, I decided it is time to do something to improve dining experiences in the forest.
At first, I tried some commercially available MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Some of the MREs were good, most of them were not, and the common feature of all of them was ridiculously high price. Instead of coming from the land of the free, I come from the land of the cheap, and I don’t want to spend 30+ euros/dollars for a days food. Another MRE “advantage”, which I don’t need, is speed. I understand that some special forces guys crawling in hostile territory only want to fill their stomach quickly and unnoticed, since setting up a camp kitchen in those conditions would be downright suicidal. Another group that benefits from the MREs is the guys, or girls, who take hiking as competitive sport, and don’t want to use valuable resting time for cooking, and I must admit that I usually carry one MRE with me for emergency situations (never been in bad enough situation yet to open one though). But special forces, competitors, and emergencies aside, to me, the camping and cooking parts of a hiking trip are the most relaxing, and often most memorable parts of the whole experience, and I don’t have any trouble in stopping for an hour to have a decent lunch, or spending some extra time to create unforgettable dinner from low cost, light weight, home made materials.
In posts to come, I shall describe parts of my journey to become a slowfood survivalist, including, but not limited to:
how to dehydrate different ingredients, how to use dry ingredients to prepare delicious meals outdoors, and occasionally, I may blog about gear and general camping tips, related to slowfood survivalism.