I think a lot of people just don’t know where to start with food prep. I admit the first time I hiked long distance, there was a lot of Googling involved and a few failed recipes. Jeb has been hiking longer distances, but has had limited help with his food prep, generally winging it on resupply instead of having someone send him mail drops. I’m not sure what is more expensive at this point, just him resupplying at various stores or mailing the food I buy here. I guess they both have their pros and cons. At least mailing food from here, I know he gets a variety of flavors and hopefully it won’t get too repetitive and boring.
Also, I’ll admit, I’m kind of having fun slowly walking down every aisle in every grocery store I run across, looking like a weirdo and trying to find new ideas for food.
Normally he will eat 2 packs of oatmeal with raisins, bananas, or granola. He will also add one of the Carnation Instant Breakfasts to the mix.
I will mention the snack sized baggies a lot. They are super lightweight and great for mailing portions of whatever.
Because who doesn’t love coffee or a warm drink on those cold mornings? Coffee bag singles and Cappuccino powder. I put the Cappuccino powder in snack sized baggies. Gatorade to stave off electrolyte deficiency.
Lunch or Snacks
This can vary depending on the time has or extra calories needed. Basically, anything that doesn’t fit in Breakfast or Dinner goes here.
Ramen noodles can be combined with extra meats or eaten by themselves. The cheddar cheese powder shown below shows promise in improving the monotony of regular Ramen. Little Bites Brownies, Snickers bars, flour tortillas can also be used for the Rice Sides (shown below), honey buns.
Just straight calories, Jif Chocolate Silk and Nutella with Graham Cracker snack packs.
Tang and Country Time Lemonade Powder that I measure out and put into little snack size baggies.
Why yes this is powdered picante sauce in individual packs!
“Pasta Sides” or “Rice Sides” – you can find these at almost any grocery store. They are relatively cheap at $1.00 each and come in a variety of flavors.
The downside to the Pasta and Rice Sides, is that many need butter and milk to taste worth a flip. So, I found these on Amazon.com – Hoosier Hill Farm – Premium Whole Milk Powder, Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Powder, and Premium Butter Powder. Yes, butter powder. It’s not terribly hard to measure out and send in snack size baggies, taped to the respectable item above.
Scored these soups that only require water and some new Prego and Pace Ready Meals at Publix. Trying to mix it up a bit. Oh, and real bacon pieces. I mean, what man doesn’t want real bacon on the trail?
Next, there are also a variety of meats that can be stored, mailed, and hiked with. I don’t have a food dehydrator nor the time, so we go with stuff like this. Tuna Creations has several varieties. Also, I have sent a Hillshire Farms Summer Sausage before. The pepperoni will hold a few days as well. Spam is a classic and the Spam Snacks also has a bacon flavor.
At the moment, that’s all I can think of. As I find new and interesting things to send, I will update this page. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.