Camping isn’t supposed to be easy. In order to spend a long day hiking and setting up your camp, you are going to need some fuel. However, just because you don’t have a full kitchen at your disposal doesn’t mean you should sacrifice taste or nutritional value in the food that you eat.
In fact, it’s even more important to receive all the proper nutrients as you’ll likely be expending far more energy than normal. Of course, there are the obvious options, like trail mix, that you can turn to, but if you are looking for something tastier and more nutritious you should look to dried food.
Food drying is a method of food preservation that has been practiced worldwide since ancient times. It works by removing water from the food, which inhibits the growth of bacteria without depleting its nutritious value. Dried food is shelf-stable and easy to carry in a backpack. Due to its retention of natural vitamins and minerals, it can be an important supplement to your food supply that will keep you satisfied and help you recover faster.
Don’t know much about dried foods? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In the list below, you’ll find healthy, convenient and delicious dried food options that will keep you energized on your next adventure.
Looking for a savory snack fix that packs a protein punch? Take a look at fish jerky. Loaded with all the nutritional benefits of fish, without the fat and cholesterol of red meat, fish jerky is as filling as it is nutrient dense.
Whether its mango, apple, or banana chips, dried fruit is an ideal camping snack because of the sweet taste, nutritional value, and long shelf life. Rather than worrying about a rotting banana or a bruised apple, you can easily pack dried fruit, which has all the flavor and nutrition, but none of the inconvenience.
From instant mashed potatoes to deep-fried cassava chips, you can find just about every type of dried and dehydrated vegetable imaginable. Vegetable chips can be prepared by simply drying or by frying sliced vegetables. Another option, instant mashed potatoes, can be made quickly and easily over a campfire in second for a pretty close approximation of mashed potatoes with a fraction of time and effort.
Dried beans can include anything from kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, and several others. Cooked dried beans have better texture and more flavor than their canned counterparts and they are just as easy to make.
Oats can be mixed with water or milk to make a healthy, energizing breakfast. You can always compliment a bowl of oatmeal with some of your dried fruit or trail mix for added flavor, or keep things simple by adding sugar to the dry oats before the camping trip.