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Trail Chef's Pro Tips: Pack Fresh Vegetables for the Trail

Think carrot sticks are just for school lunches? Then you clearly haven't enjoyed the transcendent crunch of raw veggies on the trail--a luxurious, healthy backwoods snack.

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The best veggies to pack are carrots, celery, and radishes.Even a bell pepper or Anaheim chile stands up to several days on the trail. Choose the…

The best veggies to pack are carrots, celery, and radishes.Even a bell pepper or Anaheim chile stands up to several days on the trail. Choose the crispest, freshest versions available. Wash hands well and use a well-sanitized prep area (this helps prevent introducing bacteria that potentially inhibit long-term freshness).

Scrub gently by hand (don't peel them). Cut carrots in half, width-wise, then cut each half into quarters. Larger cuts are best for helping retain…

Scrub gently by hand (don’t peel them). Cut carrots in half, width-wise, then cut each half into quarters. Larger cuts are best for helping retain moisture. Pack in sandwich baggies lined with a folded, moistened (damp, not soaked) paper towel. Loosely fold top of bag to close. A damp paper towel helps maintain moisture and crispness of veggies, while keeping the bag slightly open allows veggies to breathe and stay fresher up to five days.

Rinse celery. Cut sticks into 4-5\

Rinse celery. Cut sticks into 4-5″ lengths. Same as the carrots, pack in sandwich baggies lined with a folded, moistened (damp, not soaked) paper towel. Loosely fold top of bag to close.

Choose the bigger radishes of the bunch, as they’ll keep longest (use the little ones at home). Don’t wash them, as this removes the veggies’…

Choose the bigger radishes of the bunch, as they’ll keep longest (use the little ones at home). Don’t wash them, as this removes the veggies’ protective cuticle. Trim off the tops and bottoms, as the stems will rot and the tails sap moisture. Again, pack in sandwich baggies lined with a folded, moistened (damp, not soaked) paper towel. Loosely fold top of bag to close

Choose unblemished, heavy crisp looking peppers. Don’t wash them, as this removes the veggies’ protective cuticle. Wrap the peppers whole in a paper…

Choose unblemished, heavy crisp looking peppers. Don’t wash them, as this removes the veggies’ protective cuticle. Wrap the peppers whole in a paper towel (see below), then loosely in a paper lunch sack. Keep peppers inside a cook pot until the day you want to cut them up for a snack.