Great Backpacking Foods You Can Find at the Local Market
Don't let food hold you back from your backpacking trip. You can create delicious meals using foods found at your local market.
The hardest part of planning a backpacking trip is planning your meals. There are specialty retailers out there that provide some wonderful options for backpacking food, but those aren’t always convenient when you’re planning a last minute escape. Whether you’re trying to accommodate specific dietary needs or you’re leaving early tomorrow morning, it would be nice to be able to get what you need at your local market. Regular markets can provide an array of options to get you what you need for a trip full of personalized good eatin’. Food should never be the limiting factor for whether you can take off into the wild and nurture your soul.
We generally like one pot meals backpacking, which are quick to cook and usually limit the amount of dishes to wash at the end of the day. Start with something that will take on whatever flavor you have in mind, and provides you with a lot of energy. Best options for this part of your meal that can be easily found at your local market are:
Instant mashed potato flakes
Instant grits or oatmeal
Quick cooking pastas like ramen, angel hair, couscous, and soba noodles
Pancake or biscuit mix
All kinds of delicious things can be added into your one pot masterpiece. Build depth and interest with dehydrated or freeze-dried veggies and meats. As these absorb water and sauce, they’ll come right back to normal and melt into your meal:
Freeze-dried mixed vegetables
Cured meats and jerky
Canned tuna and chicken
You can go any direction with what you’ve built so far, and the spice department is going to help you get where you want to go. The downside of buying pre-constructed backpacking meals is your inability to customize spice and salt levels in your food. Start slow, and build up to perfection. You can also create a sauce at this point with creamy thickening additions.
Our favorite choices are:
Spice mixes that you buy pre-mixed or make yourself, like our Secret Weapon Spice Rub
Peanut butter powder
Instant bean flakes
To ensure that you’ll get variation in texture, add some crunchy toppings as a garnish. These can be daytime snacks that serve a dual purpose, or you could keep special toppings aside for a special element to each meal.
Nuts (crushed smoked almonds)
Seeds (chia, sunflower, hemp, millet)
Crushed chips or crackers
Freeze dried fruit
Here are some of our favorite recipes that rely mainly on finds from our market.
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