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10 Days For Two

As we have mentioned before, we are helping out our friends Tom and Tori on their thru-hike of the PCT this summer. I have been doing a few mail drops for them. They have a few areas where on trail resupply is very limited (or cannot be done without a long hitchhike), so on those ones I am drop shipping their needed supplies. On a couple ones I am helping out with dinners to get them through. It also allows them to have fresher meals – they were not prepared oh, 2 months ago!

I spent yesterday getting 10 days of dinners ready times 2, so 20 meals. They are using the FBC method (Freezer Bag Cookingโ„ข) on their thru-hike. Tori is one of who our first book, Freezer Bag Cooking: Trail Food Made Simple, is dedicated to – she was the one who convinced me people would love to see the recipes we’d try on hiking trips.


The restrictions were plenty – they had to be as light as possible as it will be a long section, with lots of snow, elevation gain and long mile days. So knowing what I was facing I loaded up on freeze dried vegetables and freeze dried meats for them from Packit Gourmet. All the meals are ‘add hot water and let sit for 15 minutes’ type.

I had fun mixing up both new recipes and taking old ones and making a new version. Using the freeze dried roast beef and chuka soba (baked ramen) I came up with a noodle recipe that was soooo good. Hope they like it!

It has been a good experience in cutting the size and the weight of the meals, while at the same time keeping the nutritional stats up. Keeping protein, carbs and well, even fiber balanced.

Now I best figure out how to pack a pair of ice axes today and get them and the meals on their way!


8 thoughts on “10 Days For Two

  1. Do you have a breakdown on what the menu consisted of? My wife and I are planning to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine this August and will be doing it over nine days. We are already planning on making all of our food freezerbag style. I am curious to see what your menu is compared to ours.

  2. Btw, on the meals they are between 3 and 6 ounces each. I kept the meals to be one serving each – this way they are not dependent on each other for dinner time, nor do they have to eat the same thing.

    I did a combo of rice/mashers/pasta for them. On portions my method was 4 parts carb/1 part protein/1 part veggies plus fat. Most meals are 1 1/4 cups water, a couple take 1 1/2 cups. I kept the amounts reasonable so they would have enough food but not too much. I was banned from using anything heavy, such as packs of meat or fish and no couscous ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Added in were olive oil and Parmesan cheese packets to give fat/flavor.

    I will be posting a few of the recipes in the near future.

  3. Sarah,

    I really am not looking for the recipes. I already have you book. II am looking for the 10 day menu that you put together. Any chane of getting that.


  4. Todd,

    I have been working on a post for it. The only issue is I am not doing their whole meals – just dinner. They made their breakfasts, snacks ahead of time/what they find on the trail while hiking.

    It is coming though!

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