The last thing you want on a winter backpacking trip is to wait a long time for dinner to cook or rehydrate. You need hot food – immediately – to stay warm while you melt snow to resupply your drinking water and to keep your “furnace” burning throughout the long winter night.
Here’s a rich winter backpacking meal I concocted that takes 1 minute to rehydrate.
- Repackage a container of Jack Daniels Pulled Pork. You’ll find this pre-cooked item in the freezer case at your local grocery store. Pull the meat you want out of the package and freeze it in a one quart Ziploc bag. Two portions are enough for me.
- Repackage an envelope of Instant Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Mashed Potatoes in a one quart Ziploc bag. This is the equivalent of four servings.
Start melting snow in your cook pot and bring it to a boil. Drop the frozen bag of pulled pork into the pot to heat it up boil-in-a bag style. It should have remained frozen in your backpack all day, but it’s pre-cooked and should be fine to eat even if it has thawed.
After a few minutes, pour two cups of the boiling water into the Ziploc bag containing your dehydrated instant mashed potatoes. Knead the water into the potatoes and let stand for a minute or two, which is how long they take to rehydrate.
Combine the now-heated pulled pork with the bag of mashed potatoes, mix it up a little with a spork, and devour it ravenously.
This meal has 1000 calories of nutrition but you can make it even richer by adding in three servings of the pulled pork (the entire package) instead of two.
There is none, except licking your spork. Simply fold up the used Ziploc bags and drop them into your food sack so you can dispose of them when you get back to civilization.