I have come to realize how incredibly expensive we make the outdoors. In terms of backpacking and hiking, we sell the world this idea that they cannot participate unless they have splurged on the most expensive, new, and on-brand gear. I’d like to call bullshit, and I’ll do that pertaining to the topic of food first. As I am exploring what this upcoming trips food menu will look like for me, I can’t help but think, how many other people often just resort to spending hundreds of dollars on brands like Mountain House? I mean I almost did, but how long could I sustain that?
I don’t want to model that I get out into the outdoors, I want to teach others that it is possible, sustainable, and feasible. So how can I do that if all I show them are expensive resources?
Here is a recipe for your next trip.
- Ramen Noodles
The PROS: it is a great option if you are trying to CUT down the weight of your pack, REDUCE the cost of your food, and lets face it; it is just easier!
- The CONS: It is not packed full of the fats, protein, and the calories that many people will need for the work they will be doing on their trips.
So how do we balance affordability, convienence, and nutrition? Ive got just the recipe! A standard packet of instant ramen only has about 188 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein. How can we boost that?
Backpackers Ramen Bomb Recipe:
- First you’ll want to dehydrate your chicken at home. We use a dehydration method for our foods in backpacking and hiking because it preserves food by eliminating the moisture in it. The food environment is not conducive for the growth of bacteria when moisture is eliminated (Livestrong). Heres my method for dehydrating your chicken.
- Cook the chicken like normal until the safe temperature for poultry is reached, 165 degrees. Then dice your chicken into cubes. Remove all fat.
- Marinate the chicken in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Remove and blot all moisture away with a paper towel.
- Place in your oven or air fryer. Keep caution not to let the chicken pieces touch each other.
- For oven deydration set your oven to 275 and let cook for the time is take for the chicken to reach 160 internally. *NOTE I use a Nija 9 in 1 airfryer that I got from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Ninja-9-1-Pressure-Stainless/dp/B07X58B693
- Monitor and rotate every 30 minutes.
- Place in a tightly sealed bag along with your choice of noodles (ramen noodels or rice noodles if you need a gluten free option), your seasonsing packet, and your dehydrated veggies. I get mine here https://tinyurl.com/44sb2d7w but you could always make your own at home with this same process.