Cook meals while you hike
After setting up camp and getting that fire going, many times I’m ready to sleep, but I need to eat.
Dinner after a long day of hiking is key. A good meal right before settling down for the night, provides stored energy for your next day of hiking and also provides heat to your body, through the night, from the process of digestion.
I found a way to provide a hot meal at dinner time without all the extra work. I cook some hearty soup, while I’m on the move.
A while back, my wife, turned me on to dehydrated soup fixins’ (I’m sure there’s a better name than “fixins”) and actually did some testing with these ingredients, bullion cubes and a nifty little Stanley thermos and found a cool way to make soup, hearty enough to satisfy a tired hiker.
While making breakfast, I heat another 8oz of water (1 cup.) to a boil. I usually boil the water in my Stanley 24oz Camp Cook Set, while I’m eating my oatmeal, or if I’m really lucky, my Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Bacon (love love love the Mountain House stuff).
Here’s what I typically add to the Stanley thermos while the water is heating up:
- 1/4 cup Barley
- 2 tsp Harmony House Foods Soup Mix (Dried Vegetable)
- 2 tsp Harmony House Dried Spinach
- 2 tsp Harmony House Dried Tomatoes
- 1 Chicken bullion cube (or beef bullion cube)
Then add the boiling water to the thermos, put the cap on securely and stick in in your pack for lunch (if you want a short lunch to make up ground) or dinner, when you’re beat.
It’s nice to have a hot meal, that magically cooks while you’re doing other stuff.
I usually buy the 8oz sizes containers of the Harmony House dehydrated foods, and split them into ziplock bags for each trip, but they do have a Harmony House Backpacking Kit (18 Count) that can add a lot of variety to your meals on the trail. Cook meals while you hike and save time and energy!
I didn’t mention this yet, but the Stanley thermos has the coolest folding spoon, and it stores in the lid. Check out the pictures on Amazon.