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Hey ... I was wondering, does anyone out...

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Hey ... I was wondering, does anyone out there have any decent backcountry recipes? I'm so sick of the freeze dried things.

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Here are a few leads:
packitgourmet.com
backpackinglight.com (go to Community, Forums, Food Nutrition & Hydration)
Mary Jane's Farm Organic hiking meals

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One of my new favorites is the Idahoan(?) quick packs instant potatoes. They are roughly 4oz for about 500 - 600 calories and come in a bunch of different flavors. To add to that all you have to do is slice up some sausage links and you are ready to go. Plus all you have to do to cook it is to add 1 1/2c. water. I do mine in a freezer bag ziploc. Real good and super cheap (1 - 1.50$)

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www.onepanwonders.com tons of really good ideas for backcountry meals that not only weigh very little but taste great.

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if yer gonna do ramens go to an asian grocery store and buy the good ones. They cost more but are still practically free, maybe 50-90 cents instead of 25 cents for top ramen or maruchan, they are way better. I like to do ramen and buy pouches of chicken or tuna at the grocery store to add in. works well if you are making a couple ramens (you and a friend) then split the pouch of protein. makes a decent dinner for about 2 bucks each person. Or when I am in the Boundary waters I just throw some fresh caught fish in the soup.

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The better quality ramens (the ones that come with real sauce and real soft noodles) are really good but do weigh a bit more. I found freeze dried strawberry cheese cake mix excellent (the ones graham crackers for topping) and I usually carry one can of SPAM, anchovies, oysters, crackers, a small bag of gummy bears, tortillas (i don't know why) and I'll take dry meat like jerkey or a salami roll and a new sealed thing of cheese cheddar marble cheese from the store. Those seem to last OK on a 5 day trek.

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Write your answer here...I like a hot chicken dinner that can be made using only one pan in succession. Instant potatoes, Instant stuffing, chicken sold in a foil pack with instant powdered chicken gravy. All very easy to make put on a single dish and results in a good tasting filling meal

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My wife & I have been using these recipes for quite awhile. It is specifically written for, like the title says, a one burner stove. You'll find the ingredients used are heavier than freeze-dried meals but much tastier. It also incorporates fresh ingredients. Here's a link to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/One-Burner-Gourmet-Harriett-Barker/dp/0809258838/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1296579419&sr=1-1

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http://hawkvittles.com/order.html

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Get NOLS' backcountry cooking recipe. I cook their recipes in the front country as well