In the last tutorial we saw how to equip themselves to sleep in a trek … But now we woke up and it’s time for breakfast!
Of all the things that you are walking into a door, the heavier the water!
In the Alps, this is not usually a problem, we must take account of the Apennines, and make the most of each source and the source along the path.
The water you drink, not eat! You may object to you, since we’re here to talk about food … It is a flawless argument
However, it is the availability of water depends largely on the type of diet that we do: we have to cook plenty of water, while eating cold stuff we need a lot less.
Another thing is extremely heavy stove with fuel, and all the paraphernalia for cooking.
- We want to be happy, it can not be happy with a backpack is too heavy.
- But to be happy is also a belly full of good things.
- Much of the weight of the pack is given to water, food and stuff to cook.
- Optimizing the food we eat well and greatly affect the weight of the pack … And then our happiness.
Cooker yes, no stove
The cooker weighs, it weighs the fuel, the pan / pot weighs, but it’s nice to cook something hot, but need a lot of water.
These are the factors that must be considered when deciding whether to take the stove or not.
Personally, I avoid it over the short trek, 2 days, I think for those of 3 and I always long for those, aged 4 days or more. So if the stay is not a port ever, if three or more beyond the port, if the second depends on:
It ‘easy to find water for cooking? Or you risk having to carry around for hours as well because the only source meets at 11 am?
How many of us to be willing to cook and divide the weight of stove and various outbuildings?
It’s cold and at breakfast we all want a hot drink or hot weather and the furnace will use it only for dinner?
In the end, ask yourself these questions above to see if the cooker will be a pleasure or a burden.
Cooker … which?
What alcohol to let him lose, does not have the power you need us. Remain gas and gasoline.
The best, in my opinion, is to gasoline: a yield higher than gas, is less waste (empty cylinders), the gas while the gas is everywhere not (if in Mongolia or in Costa Rica we had the gas stove, we’d be back a lot thinner). Finally, it is true that costs more than twice, but it lasts as long as 1 euro gas recharge from 9-10 Euri gas!
Fine, but it must be said that the return from New Zealand on our beautiful gasoline stove we have seized the airport.
When you travel by air with the gas, simply can not bring bottles that are purchased at destination, the gasoline must be drained and then leave it long so that the fuel to evaporate until the last drop.
This went well at airports across the world, including those of the U.S. paranoid, but not those s * # @ § c §^$#the heads or the children of t% $ AoA in Auckland because “sniffing carefully, you could still perceive traces of the smell of gasoline. ”
To console us told us that their gas stoves and gasoline will confiscate hundreds … So even we would remove the gas, but at least what it costs over 100 euros!
Normally we use the stove, if any, to dinner and for any tea for breakfast, while lunch break is shorter and informal. What to bring for breakfast and lunch?
The answer is simple: food scraps that do not contain heavy foods that contain water useless, nutritious foods, and complete. Practical examples:
A tin of beans is the worst thing you can come to mind: it contains a lot of water that will be thrown and then there is the metal box to carry it behind for the rest of the trek (which, in addition to being a useless burden, if not well washed well begins to stink!).
The jam, honey and other spreadable things are great, but usually in glass jars are unnecessarily heavy, and should be transferred to plastic containers. You can use a small plastic bottles of fruit juice, or the wonderful homemade baby food cans, which are found to negoazzi of items for mothers and children.
Let’s see ‘the foods that I would suggest:
Jam, honey, olive paste and other spalmini, all racked into sealed plastic containers.
Bread for the first few days
Wasa to replace stuff like the bread in the days following
Cheese, mature enough to bear out of the fridge.
Salami, these seasoned enough to bear out of the fridge, so no pre-sliced ??hams or stuff: a good whole salami behind you, you can take it for a month, without ruining it!
Dried fruit at will.
Fresh fruit weighs little and takes but a few fruits for the first two days are like. Apples last a little ‘more.
Nuts, seeds several (Bruscolini the inevitable, or the roasted pumpkin seeds).
If you peace, powdered milk and muesli for breakfast.
Tea and sugar or honey.
Anything else you can think of to be light, nutritious and does not go bad.
Foods without cooker
We said that in 1 or 2 nights trekking there bring the bowl, well, for one or two dinners we can take just about anything: a rice already prepared, the ingredients for a Greek salad, a bag of pork … You can indulge your fantasy with everything that is holding a day or two out of the fridge and not too heavy … that is to say almost anything.
Any third night can be a copy of the meal: the trek is short and we are hungry, there is no risk that the food we be bored … and then we can take 3 different types of meats and 3 different types of cheese is not it? Fortunately we are Italian and in our country there are more varieties of these foods than in the rest of the world put together!
Foods to cook
The pasta is good for 2-3 persons maximum, as well as cookware requires too big and bulky. The rice is always good and you can do in a thousand ways. The same applies to the cous cous, I do not like, but it is an excellent resource.
Even the freeze-dried foods are a good solution, if it were not for the fact that generally suck. We made several tests and finally the best (or least bad) were the envelopes of the Coop, also in the list of ingredients that contain a lot less crap than the average … In our hiking dehydrates the pasta and beans Coop never fails
Of course, to think that these bags are not specific hiking stuff, but there are those who eat well at home, is a bit ‘scary … Or am I that are exaggerated?
Of course when I talk about brands tell you my personal opinion and I do not expect everyone to agree with me.
How much food to bring
Do not deal with the weight, but looking at the food in front of you: if I eat my breakfast of biscuits and half pipe trekking lasts 4 days, so I bought 2 tubes of biscuits.
It ‘full of tables where it says how many grams of this or that serve every day is the best way to go wrong all accounts!
Prendette the food in question in hand, imagine what you will eat one and multiplied by the people and for days. Then, with the experience, it just gets easier.