Topic

Cold Soaking food help/suggestions


Forum Posting

A Membership is required to post in the forums. Login or become a member to post in the member forums!

Home Forums General Forums Food, Hydration, and Nutrition Cold Soaking food help/suggestions

Viewing 18 posts - 26 through 43 (of 43 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #3770228
    HkNewman
    BPL Member

    @hknewman

    Locale: The West is (still) the Best

    everything starts resembling mush

    Cold soaking oatmeal even at home, I’ll add a crunchy trail mix/granola right before eating.   Prefer a granola incorporating shelled pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut.

    With dinner, do the same with some crushed chips (crisps), and if flavored (“nacho”, “cool ranch”, etc..) maybe setting aside the powder as more flavor to add to said mush.

    I tend to cook dinner but cold soak breakfast oatmeal where I can, with lunch being no-cook/no-soak.

    #3770297
    DAN-Y/FANCEE FEEST
    Spectator

    @zelph2

    I would like to re-iterate – try cold soaking Mountain House Teriyaki Chicken

     

    I tried. 30 min. soak in 60* tap water for 30 min. Worked well. I am well pleased. Thank you Murali C

    Somebody needs to pass this info onto Yon Conti. :-)

    Tomorrow I’ll try the Italian Pepper fried steak.

    Black walnut cookies for dessert.

    #3770298
    Matthew / BPL
    Moderator

    @matthewkphx

    I say skip the Mountain House and eat the frosted cookies in the background.

    #3770362
    Murali C
    BPL Member

    @mchinnak

    Good deal Dan Y! Keep us posted!

    #3770629
    DAN-Y/FANCEE FEEST
    Spectator

    @zelph2

    Cold soaked Mountainhouse Buffalo Style Chicken Mac&cheese. Takes 45 min to completely cold soak. Macaroni needs thelonger soak due to cheese powder gets inside the mac preventing water from getting internal. Cold soaking works with MtHouse!

    #3771735
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    Cold soaking works in your mouth as well, but I wouldn’t suggest that. Freeze-dried food pulls in a lot of moisture. Smaller sizes makes it faster. Some foods just don’t soak well. One reason MH does OK is it is all fully cooked. Not everything you can by FD is actually cooked.

    #3771755
    DAN-Y/FANCEE FEEST
    Spectator

    @zelph2

    I’m preparing for the next 2 years :-) 6 #10 cans per case freeze dried/dehydrated goodies. Lots of experimenting this year. :-)

    Also 24 packs of this:

    #3771819
    David Thomas
    BPL Member

    @davidinkenai

    Locale: North Woods. Far North.

    I’m intrigued by the option (and Dan’s success) in cold-soaking FD meals.  As someone who hasn’t used FD meals in many decades (usually I’m using grocery-store items like rice and potato sides, tabouli, or making up my own mixtures of dehydrated beans, etc), I was impressed last week on a GCNP trip on which my hiking companion brought a bunch of MH FD dinners.  They were far tastier, had bigger chunks and more varied veggies (I’m pretty sure I saw a piece of zucchini go by) than what I remember from the 1970s and 1980s.  I wouldn’t be opposed to going that route in the future.

    #3771957
    Sweden Survival
    BPL Member

    @swedensurvival

    Locale: Sweden

    Cold food is really nothing for me (medical issues). However, your body is going to heat it up anyway before its going to use any of the nutrition so why not eat it warm?

    I get the point; less gas, less work etc. but…..really. Cold dinner is for in prison, not on a beautiful hike in nature.

    #3771976
    Murali C
    BPL Member

    @mchinnak

    I tell people all the time that they should try it once. There is absolutely no difference in taste between a hot soaked meal and a cold soaked meal. Zero difference. Try it. You will be surprised. Though I have done it only in July/Aug/Sep here in US – Colorado/California etc. And March/April in Arizona. I have been doing it for the last 1000 miles.

    Mountain House Teriyaki Chicken, Sphaghetti, Lasagna, Pepper fried steak are to die for. I look forward to eating them cold soaked during my backpacking trips.

    #3772048
    Mina Loomis
    BPL Member

    @elmvine

    Locale: Central Texas

     

    these require a dehydrator which not many of us own I suppose

    If you cook at home anyway, a home dehydrator is relatively inexpensive compared to the price of commercial packaged dry meals.  I have an earlier version of the models shown on this link:  https://www.nesco.com/product-category/dehydrating/dehydrators/

    You can make a stew or other recipe you like, dehydrate it, and cold soak it on the trail if you remember to start soaking ahead of time, for example at lunch for supper.  You don’t get the comfort of a warm meal but it generally tastes fine and your choice depends on your priorities for the particular trip.  Dehydrators are also great for making jerky, much better and cheaper than the store bought stuff.

    This thread has a lot of good meal ideas–thank you all for that!

    #3773049
    Phong D
    BPL Member

    @poledancer

    I cold soaked on a good portion of the PCT.  At first I ended up eating a-lot of couscous salad, nuts, hard cheese.  But it wasn’t bad.  Eventually, for the cost of less than 1 pound, I started carrying FRESH baby cucumbers, and guess what?  They can totally make it 4 days.  Secret is to let them out at night and get cold, them pack them into your puffy in the morning.  I also started carrying Artichoke hearts in olive oil.  Open glass jar and repackage in small clean silicone or food safe jar.  Keep the oil and water, it has a bit of calories!  Between the cucumbers and small jar of Artichoke hears, they were around 1-2 pounds and lasted about 3 to 4 meals.  Heavy yes, but they’re fresh.

    I even met a guy who cut cucumbers up and put them in his water. He claimed they last very long that way.  But I was hesitant because of the germs your mouth can impart.  Anyway, maybe it works if you don’t touch the lip of your water bottle.

    When I could arrange it, this is my favorite couscous recipe:

    1. Fine grain Plain Couscus, not the thick ones.
    2. S&B Curry Powder: available most stores as a small yellow can.  Repackage.
    3. Freeze Dried Chicken or Chicken Packets.
    4. Dried cranberries.
    5. Nuts of your choice, but cashews are awesome here.
    6. (Optional) Savory Choice Chicken Broth Concentrate packet from amazon.
    7. (Optional) Veggies: Diced up cucumber and torn up Artichoke hears.  These are a little heavy to carry but worth it if you want something resembling fresh produce.
    8. (Optional) You might experiment with small shallots.  I am pretty sure they can last quite a while.

    Besides the weight, it made life very simple.  I didn’t even bring a titanium cup.  Everything was cold soaked in the baggie it came with.  The only cooking gear I brought was a small gatoraid bottle, to shake my powdered coffee, tea, and chocolate, supergreens etc.

    #3773050
    DAN-Y/FANCEE FEEST
    Spectator

    @zelph2

    I’m going to get one of these for cold soaking:

    Large Size – 3.5″dia. x 5″ H…Durable & Leak Proof – Made of rust proof stainless steel with clip-on lid with a watertight rubber seal inside. It’s heavy. ;)

    #3773076
    Murali C
    BPL Member

    @mchinnak

    I just use ziplocs….though I cold soak only after I get to camp.

    #3775052
    Thomas G
    BPL Member

    @tomgattiker

    I have been freeze drying for about 6 mos.  I am surprised how many foods come out of the freeze dryer perfectly tasty without rehydration.  Any vegetable, roast beef, tater tots….

    #3775519
    Sarah Kirkconnell
    BPL Member

    @sarbar

    Locale: Homesteading On An Island In The PNW

    There is absolutely no difference in taste between a hot soaked meal and a cold soaked meal.

    I’d beg to differ on that one. There are plenty of dried (not freeze-dried) that really need heat. And frankly, a hot meal can really make one’s morale far better. Why suffer if you don’t have to?

    #3775540
    James Marco
    BPL Member

    @jamesdmarco

    Locale: Finger Lakes

    Yup, I agree, Sarah! Smells (a major part of taste) is just volatile chemicals in the air. Heat means more chemicals escaping, soo, hot food tastes better.

    #3775544
    Murali C
    BPL Member

    @mchinnak

    Sarah…..can’t change opinions. So I will not try. People who carry framed backpacks think – look that that poor soul with a frameless pack – he must be suffering:-)

Viewing 18 posts - 26 through 43 (of 43 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
Forum Posting

A Membership is required to post in the forums. Login or become a member to post in the member forums!

Get the Newsletter

Get our free Handbook and Receive our weekly newsletter to see what's new at Backpacking Light!

Gear Research & Discovery Tools


Loading...