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Great post.

At the very end, she writes to pour boiling water into a ziplock freezer bag containing the dry ingredients. Seems like It would melt the bag.

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nasi goreng. Been years since I’ve heard that.
 
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Great post.

At the very end, she writes to pour boiling water into a ziplock freezer bag containing the dry ingredients. Seems like It would melt the bag.
Ziplock freezer weight bags will hold up to boiling water. I double bag mine. Put in an insulting coozy to rehydrate, the bag will be very hot, and shoujld keep it hot enough for 30 minutes or so, enough to rehydrate most properly dehydrated foods. I like to carefully open and check for enough moisture at about 10 minutes.
 
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I like “Pasta Roni” angle hair pasta dinners. I repackage them from the bulky box to a zip lock, and cut any cooking directions from the box and toss that in.
Knorr sides.
Idahoan instant potatoes or hash browns are another easy meal, those instant potatoes come in many different flavors A great fast pick me up on a cold rainy day (with a pot of tea). Memories...
Fish, ready mix pancakes with real maple syrup, pre cooked bacon and venison jerky round out my meals.
Not a fan of freeze dried or gorp.
 
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If you can carry eggs without issues then a couple of those cracked into a fry pan is as easy as it gets. If you want to complicate the morning then you can turn 'em into an omelette. Next up is porridge. I like an oat mixture of both flakes and steel cut. No milk, no sugar, just a handful of dried fruit. Maybe a sticky splash of some of that maple syrup we've been saving for our pancake morning. Oh pancakes!
The only gorp I'll go for is my own nuts n dried fruit mix, snacked on sparingly. No candy no thanks. A hot soup from a Thermos is great at midday. Dehydrating soup is easy at home. My favourite simple camp supper is chili con carne, vegetarian or otherwise. Also an easy dehydrated recipe. There are as many recipes as there are campers.
 
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We have a couple easy meals from the supermarket we like.
Annie's mac and cheese with a can or two of lump crab meat stirred in.
Zatarain's red or black beans and rice with a can of chicken added. We usually bring flour tortillas which pack well and seem to last forever, so burritos are an option. If we have eggs (usually) breakfast burritos are better with any beans and rice leftovers.
We almost always pack fresh peppers and onions which keep well and make everything better.
 
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I hadn’t thought of bringing a thermos for a hot lunch on a cold, rainy day. What a great idea. For that matter, a thermos of hot tea would not go amiss on under similar weather conditions..
 
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I hadn’t thought of bringing a thermos for a hot lunch on a cold, rainy day. What a great idea. For that matter, a thermos of hot tea would not go amiss on under similar weather conditions..

I get carried away with soup making in the winter. Fill the freezer with all types. Take a couple out, thaw them and simmer on the stove to thicken, then load up the dehydrator.
It helps if they're not too chunky. They can also be adjusted for carbs, protein. An immersion blender is your kitchen friend for making soups.
In camp all you need to do is empty dry soup mix into wide mouth Thermos, add boiling water and screw on the lid. Don't forget the spoons, cups and crackers.
I say yes to the tea!!! We have Thermoses strictly for tea.
 
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If you're into the Knorr sides, I like their Spanish rice side, which I pair with a can of black beans, drained, rinsed, and put into a plastic bag before the trip. The meal is hearty and tasty - can be eaten in flour tortillas as a burrito or staight from the pot. One package rice + 1 can beans = hefty meal for two ppl. Throw in summer sausage or similar to add interest/fat calories. No idea how long black beans last in a ziplock like that - I've only done this on 3 day trips or where I had cooler with ice. In cooler weather I'm sure it's less of an issue.

I've also done couscous paired with pre-packaged Indian dishes - curry, palak paneer, dal, etc, available from my local Indian grocery, Trader Joes, and elsewhere. I like that the couscous doesn't require simmering, just bring water to a boil and let sit. But you do have to reheat the pouch meals, and the combo is pretty heavy, so I use this on trips where weight is less of an issue.

My fastest ever dinner was when we decided to go on a one-nighter with about an hour's notice. I went to Subway and got a footlong sub. My friend, a back-country gourmet, was incensed. But my dinner was ready loooooong before his. :)
 
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If you're into the Knorr sides, I like their Spanish rice side, which I pair with a can of black beans, drained, rinsed, and put into a plastic bag before the trip. The meal is hearty and tasty - can be eaten in flour tortillas as a burrito or staight from the pot. One package rice + 1 can beans = hefty meal for two ppl. Throw in summer sausage or similar to add interest/fat calories. No idea how long black beans last in a ziplock like that - I've only done this on 3 day trips or where I had cooler with ice. In cooler weather I'm sure it's less of an issue.

I've also done couscous paired with pre-packaged Indian dishes - curry, palak paneer, dal, etc, available from my local Indian grocery, Trader Joes, and elsewhere. I like that the couscous doesn't require simmering, just bring water to a boil and let sit. But you do have to reheat the pouch meals, and the combo is pretty heavy, so I use this on trips where weight is less of an issue.

My fastest ever dinner was when we decided to go on a one-nighter with about an hour's notice. I went to Subway and got a footlong sub. My friend, a back-country gourmet, was incensed. But my dinner was ready loooooong before his. :)
I, too, like the spanish rice.

The black beans, also a fantastic addition. As far as "keep time length", I cannot say. However I can report that canned black beans dehydrate to a minimal weight and rehydrate easily.
 
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I take steak on almost every trip. I would freeze them first and they would usually be thawed for the second night's dinner. On one trip blood leaked out and caused a mess in the food pack. Ever since I have never taken any raw meat again. I still take steak, but I cook them first and then freeze them. If you use a high fat content steak like a rib and don't overcook it before you freeze it will be as good ever. I also take sausage, usually smoked, but if it was fresh I would cook it first too.
 
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