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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)


GOT CHEESE
Choose the right one and make it last.
>> Hard and semi-hard varieties—Parmesan, Swiss, Gouda, Jarlsberg—last about a week in moderate temps.
>> Softer, oilier cheeses, like cheddar and Brie, only last a few days.
>> Waxed bricks or wheels keep better than blocks or slices.
>> Direct sun and warm temperatures speed spoilage. Packing the cheese in two zip-top bags and stashing it near the center of your pack will insulate it on hot days.

DINE ON WILD BERRY COMPOTE
Lucky enough to stumble upon a huckleberry, raspberry, or blueberry patch? If so, throw a few handfuls into an empty bottle, and generously sprinkle on sugar. Let sit overnight so a syrup forms, then heat on medium heat in a pot until berries begin breaking up (one to two minutes). Serve on flapjacks or oatmeal.

BUILD YOUR OWN SPICE KIT

A dash of spice can make bland glop divine. Pack them in tiny plastic bottles, like Nalgene’s Multipurpose Vial Kit ($8, nalgene-outdoor.com). Avoid zip-top bags, as spices clog zippers. We like: onion powder, garlic, Parmesan, oregano, dried mushrooms, cinnamon, sun-dried tomato, cayenne, salt, and pepper.


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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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