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Backpacker Magazine – November 2008

How to Do Everything - Cooking

Eat like a pro with our recipes for every course.

by: Annette McGivney


Hiking | Packing & Planning | Camping | Gear | First Aid & Health | Cooking


Tea/Cocktails | Bake Cinnamon Rolls with a Twiggy Fire/New Twist on S'Mores | Cook: Trout (Without a Pan), Steak, In the Rain | Fuel Yourself at the Gas Station

BREW WILD TEA
Bring a field guide and forage for a sippable treat that goes far beyond your typical English breakfast blend.

  • Pine or spruce needles Brew up a handful of these vitamin C-packed needles to help soothe a cold.
  • Dandelion Reduce PMS symptoms and bloating with a cup of tea made from its vitamin A-rich leaves.
  • Sage Steep these purple-gray leaves to soothe a sore throat and freshen your mouth.
  • Mormon tea Use the twigs of this aptly named plant (formally known as ephedra) to make a tonic for upset stomachs.

 

4 BACKCOUNTRY COCKTAILS
1) Frozen blackberry margarita: Fresh-picked berries + snow + tequila
2) Watermelon snowfield: Fruit punch sports drink + snow + Bacardi 151 rum + maraschino cherry
3) Morning elephant: Amarula Cream liqueur + coffee
4) Mountain storm cosmo: Lime juice + cranberry juice concentrate + triple sec + vodka + lime Kool-Aid powder + hailstones



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Sean
Dec 16, 2009

if you guys want to find berries and snow at the same time you need to hike in idaho more often. last july we woke up to 2" of wet heavy snow at just over 7,500 feet. all we lacked was the the tequila for the margaritas. too bad too i bet huckleberry margaritas are good.

nsaids + booze = bad
Oct 06, 2009

@Bill Harrison: ibuprofen + alcohol will cause stomach bleeding. Mixing the two is a VERY bad idea.

Ken
Aug 30, 2009

Take an extra piece of foil , put it on the ground, step on it to leave a footprint from your boots. Use masking tape to put info on corner , put in car. You get hurt or lost. You can be tracked easily by a pro SAR team.

Juany
Aug 27, 2009

About the steak dinner...what do you guys think about this...?
Pre-slice, oil, and season...seal and freeze...??

tcl
Jul 04, 2009

I take my kids back country camping frequently and the articule suggestions are good. They carry all their gear and food. By the way any normal grocery would have these supplies with out the stigma. Its a couple of days, The point is to have fun not stress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lina
Jan 28, 2009

might be a good idea to study a wild edible plant guide...berries and snow?! hardly even in alaska!!...i know few backpackers who depend on so much alcohol! i might carry a beer on short easy hikes...and cook with it also...maybe...unlikely even that...

Wayne
Jan 23, 2009

Good suggestions on the pine needle tea and the dandylion leaves. (even if you don't have PMS) We boil Dandylion leaves at home with bacon bits and a little vinegar. Tastes as good as Collard or Turnip Greens, and healthy too.

Clémens
Jan 15, 2009

I just eat tropical trail mix - taste's great and is plenty healthy. Not all that heavy either... sure beats gas station food, even if it's all you eat for a week.

Bill Harrison
Jan 15, 2009

As for Back Country Cocktails, I prefer 101 proof Wild Turkey straight(it's lighweight , effective and efficient) ... one and a half ounces of this and three IB's will ensure a good night's sleep almost anywhere ..

S'MILES!
Jan 14, 2009

NOW YOUR ARE COOKING THOSE BACKCOUNTRY COCKTAILS REALLY HIT THE SPOT!

UP FROMTHE MIDWEST!
Jan 14, 2009

LOOKS LIKE FAST FOOD TIME AGAIN AND TRYTO PREPARE SOME SOUP SOME EASY WAY !

sylvia mccullough
Jan 14, 2009

HEY FELLA OR GAL!LEAVE THE WOOD TO MOTHER NATURE USE THE GOOD OLD DUTCH OVEN AND CHARCOAL !WORKS WELL MY GOOD MAN!

donnie
Jan 14, 2009

who would pack triple sec?

jc
Jan 06, 2009

Skip the mini mart. If you resort to gas station food you have not planned. This may do for escaping convicts who may die at any moment, but would be an insult to most packers

j
Jan 02, 2009

nice suggestions, but i would be hard pressed to freshly pick berries and have snow.

melvin steger
Jan 02, 2009

i have learned that taking heavy duty alum foil is a real handy do all. small cook stove wind breaker,fish wrapper for the fire,reflect that small flashlight into a bigger light,wrap that hot rock for your feet in the sleepbag,i think with a little thought this stuff is a necessity.

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