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Keeping energized while backpacking enables you to push farther along the trail to get to that fantastic vista you’re after, making backcountry cooking a key skill. Hygiene, bear safety, culinary creativeness and kitchen efficiency make backcountry cooking a life-time skill. Enjoy our articles and tips on how to maintain a top-notch kitchen in the wild.

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Dinner Recipes

Trail Recipe: Cincinnati Chili

By: Trail Chef Jennifer Bowen

This Buckeye favorite has rich mole flavors without being especially hot. It’s thinner than normal chili, and usually served over hot dogs or spaghetti.

Salmon Pate Gourmet Trail Appetizer

Trail Chef: Make a Gourmet Dinner

By: Jennifer Bowen

Yes, you have to forego boil-in-a-bag convenience. But you won't regret the effort after eating this five-star spread.

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  • In 2013, Fort George released a mere 2,200 cases of this delectable treat. Named after the record company of the same name, the Tender Loving Empire brings an ethereal tangerine hue to the table, rounding out the killer flavor. 10 Unique Beers for the Backcountry
  • Stir in the marshmallows and chocolate chips and sprinkle the broken grahams on top for some crunch. You’re welcome. 7 Mind-Blowing Oatmeal Upgrades
  • Voila! A beautiful meal fit for royalty. Eat it while it’s hot! You can use different varieties of cheese, bagel, meat, and kale chips for endless flavor possibilities. Recipe: Backcountry Eggs Benedict
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