Sunday, September 18, 2016

September Preparedness Month (18)

We barely scratched the surface of cooking fuels in yesterday's post, and I'll go into more detail of a bare bones portable kitchen. Most of my backpacking has been in forest settings, so my fuel choice is going to be dead wood, scrub brush, or other collectable fuels along your route.

There are several books, websites, backpack forums, and other resources for finding one pot recipes. These meals can be as fancy or basic as your taste buds prefer! My favorite breakfast menu for a breaking camp day is instant oatmeal, dried fruit, and hot tea/coffee for breakfast. I've found that this meal is quick to prepare and an easy cleanup for getting on the move!

Dinners are usually a bit more involved but we have done fajitas with tortillas, stews, and fried rice in the back country with great success. One pot to cook in, eat out of, and clean. Speaking of which, I usually only carry a pocket knife and a spoon for my meals.

For my bare bones back country kitchen: A pot, lighter, knife, spoon, and endless possibilities.

 One task every day, one small task....for a better prepared community - K


  1. Sometimes I think we get caught up in thinking we have to make everything from scratch. The fact that instant oatmeal and dried fruit makes a meal is often lost on us. Thanks for pointing this out. :)

  2. I always used instant when the boys were growing up; but once we retired, hubby claimed he couldn't stand it and now insists on Old Fashioned Quaker Oats. Since I prefer my cereals drier (the only cereal I eat with milk is Captain Crunch!), I was fine with that. We still add dried fruit to it, but I do thank you for this post as it gets a person thinking!