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Backpacker Magazine – June 2011

Summer Camping Secrets: At the Stove

Bake without an oven! Build your own spice kit! A DIY guide to dining while summer camping.

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

(Illustration by Peter Suckeski)
(Illustration by Peter Suckeski)
(Photo by iStock)
(Photo by iStock)

BAKE WITHOUT AN OVEN
Pizza in the backcountry? Yes, please. Lugging a dutch oven? No thanks. NOLS teaches the “around the clock” method: Stack a few rocks near your stove, at the level of the burner. Place the covered pot, filled with dough, on the burner, but position it so one quarter of it is over a low flame and three quarters rest on the rocks. Every two to three minutes, give the pot a quarter turn so a new section is above the flame. Keep rotating the pot until your baked goods are done. This ensures even baking and prevents burning. 

FUEL UP
A good rule of thumb for summer is 3,500 calories per day. Choose calorie-dense items (cheese, bars, peanut butter) so your food weighs no more than 2 lbs./person/day. Store each day’s meals in separate zip-top bags.

FANCY UP YOUR S'MORES
Pretrip, soak marshmallows in cognac for five to 10 seconds, then double-bag them in zip-top bags (you can also soak them in camp). Roast the treats over a campfire, then combine them with dark chocolate and two shortbread cookies.

ENJOY A HOT LUNCH
At breakfast, fill a thermos with boiling water. At lunch, pour it on your dried meal of choice (like a hearty soup or macaroni). We like the Primus Vacuum Bottle ($18-$32, primuscamping.com).


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Anonymous
Jul 04, 2012

you all sound like a bunch of crying little girls.

David Schlewitz
Jul 04, 2012

Great info and layout. No probs with the clicks and its all free!! I enjoyed everything I read. Learned some new things. Thanks for all the work you have done over the years to promote backpacking and camping.

David Schlewitz
Jul 04, 2012

Great info and layout. No probs with the clicks and its all free!! I enjoyed everything I read. Learned some new things. Thanks for all the work you have done over the years to promote backpacking and camping.

kayaking jones
Jul 03, 2012

cant we all just get a long

kayaking jones
Jul 03, 2012

cant we all just get a long

Tired
Sep 16, 2011

+1 for fewer clicks. And this goes with all bp.com articles. I'm so fed up with it that will stop reading these if it won't change.

Marmottwo
Jul 31, 2011

The hot lunch does sound tempting ( especially in winter) but I've come too far in weight reduction to justify the 12 to 20 oz. of weight for the vacuum bottle. But that's not to say it's a bad idea, I might do it when skiing in the back country especially on a day trip.

ac
Jul 26, 2011

Y'all r wild....its an opinion....if u don't like what somebody says...don't read it n shut up ;) ...I love texas :)

wanderer
Jul 26, 2011

I'm guessing the bottom most comment is from an ignorant fat texan. Prolly from dallas or austin.

wanderer
Jul 26, 2011

I'm guessing the bottom most comment is from an ignorant fat texan. Prolly from dallas or austin.

Dave
Jul 26, 2011

don't know where you hike dude, but i'm usually in the 70s or less, windy, with ice cold lakes and streams and often snow banks around...maybe you'd better look for a new place to hike

Chuck Bame
Jul 23, 2011

More games to take on hikes! Cosmic Wimpout (ALWAYS in my pack), Cookie Fu, Micropul (Free download), Fluxx, Zombie Dice,....oh, so many possibilities!

In Wyoming
Jul 23, 2011

We still have snow several feet deep in most of the wind rivers. But some folks can't see past the local park. Hot lunch tastes gr8 after a July snowball fight.

Steve
Jul 23, 2011

They must have meant a Hot Lunch on one of those extremely rare cold summer days.

Jobn
Jul 22, 2011

Hey, guess what? It's not that hot everywhere and a hot lunch with little effort is great when hiking through the mountains.

Really?
Jul 22, 2011

Yes. Because when I hike and it's 85F with 86% humidity what I want is a hot lunch. Really?

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