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    Registered User dadayama's Avatar
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    What about camping food?

    So does every one eat in town? Do you really bust out the camping stove? I've been thinking a lot about this lately... wonder what some of the folks who have traveled the back roads do for food?

    I've become really good at organizing and cooking for the family car camping trips. Though i don't think much of the knowledge gained on how to pack an ice chest will transfer over to the bike. At the same time i can't help but think that a person should not have to be as limited as a back-packer.

    When i was younger i traveled across the country on a bicycle. We always carried some camping food with us, but most days we stopped at little small town grocery stores and picked up stuff. We let the small town stores carry most of the supplies for us...

    any thoughts...?

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    Breakfast food while motorcycle camping isn't that tough, and I prefer to make my own rather than go searching on an empty stomach. Gearing up and then down in so short a time is a bother. Making breakfast, not so much.

    A non-electric percolator will make good coffee, and will keep the coffee hot while you fry eggs and pancakes. There are some good whole grain, natural pancake mixes out there. I have threatened to, but haven't yet pre-made my own mix but with powdered milk, it would not be difficult.

    Breakfast is usually pretty filling, so unless there is something more strenuous that sitting on a motorcycle all day an early dinner suffices about when the day is over and gearing down sounds like a good idea. Then either cooking or eating at a restaurant works fine, though hauling more than one meal at a time takes up space.

    But YMMV, everyone has their own preferences.

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    Coffee, of course.

    A breakfast of french toast and bacon. Yes, I often use chopsticks.

    This particular dinner was some cooked pasta thrown into some soup with sausage and chicken.

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    What I carry when riding depends on the type of ride I'm doing.

    [Some background-I tend to ride dirt and backroads. I use to travel a lot of single track and this has impacted my decisions on what I carry since I limit the max load of gear on the bike to 120 pounds and usually I keep the load to under 70 pounds. You can see this then limits what I can carry with regard to a stove and the type of foods I can carry. When I'm riding on paved roads and camping I tend to carry quite a few more luxuries.]

    The down side of cooking can be the time it takes to cook a meal and then clean up after it. Some of this can be mitigated by using prepared foods that require little cooking or are just add water type meals.

    When I travel and need a cook stove-my recent favorite is the JetBoil. It quickly boils water and with freeze dried meals you can quickly and conveniently get'er done. Also clean up is quite easy. The only utensil needed is a spoon or a fork (Spork). The JetBoil seems to be very fuel efficient as well, and thankfully so since the fuel cartridges are not cheap. The stove has good wind protection but is a bit top heavy when filled with water so keep it on a fairly level surface.

    Down side of freeze dried meals is their expense.

    When riding in remote areas meal planning is much like that when you go hiking and camping into wilderness areas. Thus I carry freeze dried meals, granola, dried fruit, some kind of jerky, etc.

    If I'm not riding in remote areas and I want some luxury, I use various propane or a gas type stoves (they tend to be harder to light, fueling can be messy, and they get temperamental as altitude increases), and carry some extra pots and pans so that I can hit a grocery and make a decent meal for dinner or breakfast and whip some pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. But now clean up will take some time and repacking also takes time.

    So if time is a factor then I default to the JetBoil or will restaurant it.

    Most of the time I ride solo therefore I tend to travel light, get up early. When I wake up I fire up the JetBoil and make some coffee or tea, and I usually have with me some bread or bagel that I can put some jam on, and maybe have a piece of jerky to start the day. That way I can eat and break camp at the same time. At about 10-11 I like to take a break and stop for something to eat. I tend to look for "mom and pop" type places. At about 3-4 I try to take another break and decide do I want to go out to eat or do I want to hit a grocery store and get some food stuffs, (spaghetti, sauce, etc). Then about 6pm I call it a day and find a place to camp and prepare dinner or ride into town for a meal.

    If you are riding in a group and camping then cooking can be a good social activity. Then meal planning and gear tend to be a bit more important. Usually we rotate the cooking duties amongst the group members while the rest of us sit around the camp fire hassling the cook ('is it done yet?").

    Also cooking over a campfire is another option, as long as it is safe or permitted to make a campfire. This too has its advantages and downsides as well.

    I don't know if this helps.

    Even if I'm preparing all my meals on a longer trip, about every 3 days or so I will treat myself to a good restaurant meal.

    Backroad ADV

    PS-JetBoil also has as a french press accessory for making coffee. It's not perfect but works all right.

    PPS- I really like some of the pictures of the cooking gear pictured above.
    Last edited by BACKROAD.ADV; 01-07-2011 at 01:17 PM.

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    I enjoy cooking while on the road, but I prefer to keep it simple. I carry a Jet-Boil and a Coleman burner. Both use the same fuel cannister.
    Some simple meals:
    Breakfast--Espresso made on the coleman burner, instant oatmeal made in the Jet-Boil. Add a bagel with peanut butter, or a granola bar.

    Lunch: Fruit, hot tea or espresso, piece of bage.

    Dinner: Sometimes freeze-dry food, but I usually start with ramen noodles mixed with Vienna Sausages or canned tuna. Add a bagel with peanut butter, a piece of fresh fruit and a cup of espresso. A can of sardines also makes a good dinner if you can get some fresh rolls and a good sweet onion--best sandwich going.

    I usually follow this regimen for a few days, then every 4th night, get into a motel, clean up, eat a restaurant meal, then get a good night sleep before hitting the road again.

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    coffee, bagels and that peanut butter and jelly goop work great and pack without getting smashed. Carry some trail mix when you get sick of bagels.

    I carry one of those coleman burners and get something edible before I stop for the evening, store brand soup and such. I like to see how cheap and simple I can make the travels.

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    watch out, wallet...

    check out this awesome camping/cooking gear! GSI Outdoors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    check out this awesome camping/cooking gear! GSI Outdoors.
    Looks good and packs small, but too much plastic for me. I have a nasty habit of getting plastic too close to heat. I don't think the complete set would last me a season.

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    as mentioned in my column, i am currently testing a set of those fold-up/snap-together plate, bowl, cup vs. something very similar to the GSI stuff mentioned above. the fold-up stuff is amazingly compact and easy to clean.

    the pain of leaving Uncle Bob's WWII-issue mess kit is killing me, but it's just too heavy for the lighter kit i'm seeking.

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    Registered User rkoreis's Avatar
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    I have the Orikaso stuff. Easy to fold up, easy to stow, and cleans with a little tongue effort. No more hard sided plates or bowls for me. OTOH, I still carry an insulated mug.

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    grab one of these a steak from local store and a can of mushrooms,can of aspergras six pack of local brew and good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    as mentioned in my column, i am currently testing a set of those fold-up/snap-together plate, bowl, cup vs. something very similar to the GSI stuff mentioned above. the fold-up stuff is amazingly compact and easy to clean.

    the pain of leaving Uncle Bob's WWII-issue mess kit is killing me, but it's just too heavy for the lighter kit i'm seeking.

    I'm not fond of the oragami skills needed for the other stuff ...
    Fozzils with snaps look like what I need

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    So you can get 4 easy grills for $26 .
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