Cooking and camping

Lightweight snacks for backpacking

Sweetwood Jerky Pouches is a delicious, lightweight snack for backpacking.

The best culinary experiences are those that use fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Great food is part of a great outdoor adventure, and with a little planning, you can satisfy your inner foodie, even while hiking in the Colorado backcountry. With a few strategic choices and an adventurous spirit, you can have great food every night without having to lug your refrigerator and a generator through the wilderness.

Don’t forget the flavor

One of the things that you always have to keep in mind when packing for a backpacking or camping trip is keeping the weight down. Fortunately, dried herbs and spices weigh practically nothing. The right combination can turn any campfire meal into a gourmet culinary experience. Even something as simple as salt and pepper can greatly improve a dish, so bring some baggies full of herbs to bring out the flavor in every meal.

Foraging for food

Make sure you know what you’re doing if you forage for food in the wild.

Foraging for ingredients

Any meal where you have picked, caught or foraged some of the ingredients are going to be a great meal. Pride is surprisingly delicious. It’s like the secret ingredient that can’t be bought at Whole Foods, but you do need to know what you’re doing. You can’t just go picking stuff from trees, bushes, grass, rivers, or rocks and tossing them in your food. Just because it looks good doesn’t mean that it is edible. If you’re going to supplement your meals with foraged ingredients, make sure you know what you’re doing.

Dehydrated meals

Camping cooking gear and supplies

Tiny lightweight meals, big delicious flavor!

Although fresh ingredients are considered the best, it’s just not realistic to bring fresh ingredients for the whole backpacking trip. You have to consider how perishable your ingredients are, and then plan accordingly. It’s okay to treat yourself to a few fresh meals the first few days, but after that, you should consider packing dehydrated, prepared meals to satisfy you for the rest of the trip. We’ve got gourmet, super tasty dehydrated, just-add-water prepared meals. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, meals from AlpineAire, Mountain House, and Paleo Meals To Go will satisfy your inner foodie from morning to night without weighing you or your backpack down.

Camping cooking gear and supplies

You don’t have to dumb down your appetite or your culinary experience just because you’re out in the wild. In fact, with a little planning and understanding what nature can add to each meal, you can make your next camping or backpacking trip one of the best culinary experiences of your life. Stop by Outdoors Geek before heading out on your next adventure and add great flavor to your camping cooking experience.