Thursday, August 18, 2016

BOUNDARY WATERS 2016 BACKCOUNTRY MENU PLAN & FOOD PREP LIST

Warm, delicious meals around the campfire after a rainy day of paddling and portaging make the trip. Nothing feels better than sharing a well earned meal with the one’s you love while reliving the day and making memories.  On our trips, traditional family favorites like beef stroganoff and chili nourish the heart and fuel the body, while new treats add fun. Let’s gather around the food barrel, and find out what’s for dinner.




Traditional favorites such as gorp, pre-cooked bacon, and tortilla pizza make the cut every year. Last year I ran out of peanut crunch granola bars and oatmeal much to my family’s annoyance. This year we’ll have plenty. New items on the menu include corn bread and biscuits. I gifted my husband a reflector oven over the holidays, and it turns out it works quite well for baked goods. New luxury items for my husband and daughter to try this year include pudding, scones, and freeze dried apple cobbler. My luxury item is fresh apples with peanut butter.





Packing the food barrel can be an adventure of its own. It usually takes about three tries to get everything to fit properly. Remove and repackage a few items, and eventually it all fits perfectly. But what takes the most time, is developing a menu plan to satisfy a carb lover (my daughter), a carb avoider (me), and my husband.

Boundary Waters 2016 Menu Plan



Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Day 1
Breakfast in Ely
Trail Mix, Beef Jerky. Granola Bars
Tortilla Pizza
Day 2
Trail Mix, Pepperoni, Granola Bar
Cheese and Slim Jims, Bagel, Apple w/Peanut Butter
Manwich and Cheese  w/ Tortilla
Apple Cobbler
Day 3
Hashbrowns, Bacon Bits
Tuna and Cheese, tortilla, Apple w/ Peanut Butter
Stroganoff w/peas
Cinnamon Apples
Day 4
Pre-cooked Bacon, Oatmeal, Dried Fruit, & Nuts
Granola Bar, Trail Mix, Pork Jerky, Apple w/ Peanut Butter
Bean Dish w/Biscuits and Jelly
Day 5
Choc Chip Pancakes, Pre- cooked Bacon
Salmon, Knorr Noodles, Apple w/ Peanut Butter
Chili & Corn Bread
Pudding
Day 6
Hashbrowns, Bacon 
Trail Mix, Beef Jerky, Granola Bar, Apple w/Peanut Butter
Beef Stroganoff w/Peas
Cinnamon Apples
Day 7
Pre-cooked Bacon, Scones
Bagel, Beef Jerky, Apple w/ Peanut Butter
Spaghetti w/Corn
Peaches
Day 8
Pre-cooked Bacon, Oatmeal, Dried Fruit, & Nuts
Trail Mix, Beef Jerky, Granola Bar
Spare Freeze Dried Mountain House Meals




Dehydrating foods in advance and creating a shopping plan organizes the adventure. The food listed here, plus a cook and dining set and our trash bag (2 gallon ziplock bags, double bagged) fit into the blue barrel with a bit of rearrangement. Fuel and the ground cloth fit in the side pockets of the barrel pack.


Boundary Waters 2016 Shopping and Food Prep List


Home-cooked Dehydrated Foods
Chili
Meat Sauce
Manwich
Stroganoff
 Bean Dish
Grains/Starches
Oatmeal (10 ea) flavor
Spaghetti
Egg Noodles
Mini Bagels (9)
Tortillas (10)
Chocolate chip pancake mix
Hash Browns (2)
Biscuits
Corn Bread (2)
Scones
Knorr Pasta Meal
Trail mix (15) w/raisins, peanuts, and goldfish


Purchased Protein and Dairy
Mozzerella Cheese
Cheddar Cheese
Pack Mini Slim Jims
Peanut Butter (6)
Precooked Bacon (4)
Bacon Bits (1)
Beef Jerky
Cashews
Almonds
Pepperoni
Foil Pouch Tuna
Foil Pouch Salmon
Drinks
Gatorade (3)
Nuun (2 tubes)
Mint Tea (8)
Lipton Cup O'Soup (6)
Freeze Dried Veggies and Meals
Corn
Peas
2 Mountain House Meals
Treats, Desserts, and Snacks
Marshmallows
Peanut Crunch Bars (18)
Clif Bars (3)
M&Ms
Granola Bars (7)
Pudding
Clif Bars (4)
Kids Candy
Apple Cobbler (1)
Fruits
Peaches (freeze dried)
2 Apples & Cinnamon (freeze dried)
6 Apples
Dehydrated Pineapple
Raisins
Condiments and Cooking Aids
Cooking Oil
Butter
Salt & Pepper
Jelly (4) Nutella (4) Ketchup (6)
Pizza Sauce
Crushed Red Peppers




As always, get outdoors and keep our wild places wild!



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I do not receive compensation for products mentioned or reviewed in this post. All products mentioned or reviewed were purchased by me. All comments made are based on personal use and experience with products.


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