If you haven’t ever gotten the chance to hike over a Thanksgiving weekend, make it a goal. It’s still shoulder season in many areas, almost no one is out, and being on the trail is invigorating in the late Fall. And you get an excuse to climb into your sleeping bag early and read for a few hours. It’s a luxury you don’t get at home too often.
I decided a round-up of commercially prepared meals would be a fun option, so I hand-picked out some vittles from Alpine Aire: two meal choices & a dessert.
This meal led me to a memory, from a very long time ago. Back in the day Alpine Aire had more rustic packaging. I had made an order from Campmor, one of my first online purchases, of various hiking gear, and I picked up a couple of “hiker meals” to take with me. One of which was this meal. It wasn’t my first freeze-dried meal, but it was pretty close to that. It was one of the better ones I had though, and it has held that title over these many years. It’s simple comfort food, satisfying to eat. The gravy/turkey is prepared separately from the potatoes. You could add in dried cranberries into the gravy as well. This meal is one I’d say serves 2 well, if you make dessert. Tip: Pack in some soft potato rolls for the extra gravy. You won’t regret that!
Pre-digital years. Lake Minatour, North Cascades, Washington State. Two tiny one man tents. Mine was the smaller orange one. It was the first time I backpacked to alpine and it totally changed my life. And yet, I remember the meals? 😉 Always!
For those who don’t care for potatoes:
Wild Thyme Turkey. This is a different kind of meal. It’s wild rice, cracked bulgur, rolled barley and a lot more. It’s halfway between soup and a casserole. High in protein from turkey, almonds and sunflower seeds. It’s a modern meal for changing tastes.
Cinnamon Apple Crisp. It’s a great dessert – or even breakfast. It’s simple, and warming. Apples and raisins, topped with crunchy granola. It’s a classic choice.
FTC Disclaimer: We received items for potential review. All thoughts are ours.
We’ve had some good items come across recently, from gear to food.
NASAR (The National Association For Search And Rescue) has out two guides that are pack ready. Essential Knots and Basic Navigation, the guides are palm sized and ultra light and most of all…..waterproof. The guides fold out similar to a map, and are more than worth the cost. Full color, the guides walk you quickly through what you need to know – without fluff. Want to teach someone how to use a topo map correctly and how to use a compass? This is it. Need to know how to make a basic anchor off a tree? Yes, you can learn it quickly. Every knot is shown in diagram that you need to know.
Smoked Salmon Sport Pouch. We found this treat at QFC, a chain owned by Kroger, in the canned fish section. It’s US caught, and packed in the US, not shipped to Asia for this. Taste wise, it is great. Firm texture. It’s good for both eating by itself (with crackers) or added into meals. Not the cheapest treat, but well worth it.
The apples and cranberries pair well with the almonds and pepitas, and multiple types of chocolate. Easy to grab on the way out-of-town, it’s ready to go. I love a simple mix, where there is many choices of flavors.
FTC Disclaimer: Some of the products reviewed in this post were sent to us by the manufacturers for potential review. All thoughts expressed our are our own.