Not completely like Doomsday Preppers but not completely unlike Doomsday Preppers. The beard is just a side effect…
While prepping for the PCT, we decided that we wanted to eat healthier than we did on the Appalachian Trail. On the A.T. we resupplied as we went, so our options were limited to the nonperishable foods that were at the small stores (read: Lipton Pasta Sides, Macaroni and Cheese, Snickers) and to load up on the good stuff while we were in town. Not exactly the best food to meet healthy nutrition requirements.
We did our research and found that dehydrating our own food wasn’t really too challenging of a task to take on. There are plenty of good websites that make the process pretty well foolproof. One of my favorite websites is backpackingchef.com. Here, Chef Glenn provides recipes, pointers for best turnout, equipment advice, and shared recipes from his readers. If you are considering dehydrating your food, whether for backpacking or for prolonging the shelf life of the fruit of your loin (your garden babies, not your human babies) this is a great place to start. We started with simply dehydrating vegetables to add to meals and some fruit slices/fruit leather and progressed into dehydrating whole meals. Some of our favorite recipes are Indian Dal, Mexican Beef and Rice for Tacos, and good ole’ Spaghetti (as seen above under the beard). We even added in a spinach, broccoli, kale, and other veggies to the sauce, blended it up, and dehydrated it like so to make us nimble as a mountain goat.
The nice thing about planning a shorter hike is there are significantly less maildrops to plan. We are planning to resupply 6 times between Denver and Durango in addition to snacks and random meals we eat along the way. Due to time constraints, we weren’t able to dehydrate ALL of the meals for the hike but were able to make a significant amount of our meals to balance out the crap food (that just means they don’t count, right?). Our itinerary looks something like the below (knowing that things most certainly can and probably will change):
After assembly, this is the gist of what we will be sending ourselves:
* Disclaimer: Pictures do not include the homemade baked goods that mom will be sending us.