When it comes to eating on the trail, there are a thousand ways to do it. You could go minimalist and pack only no-cook meals, stock up on Mountain House pouches, or you could be stuck doing dishes. Another option is called freezer bag cooking (FBC) where you dehydrate your own food and cook them in freezer bags. You simply measure out the water you’ll need, bring it to almost a boil, pour it in the bag, and let it rehydrate.
I was meeting up with a few gals that will also be doing the JMT this summer and we brought some meals to try out. Not having made a FBC meal before, I don’t have everything you might need like a cozy for efficiently re-hydrating your meal.
I have a Nesco Dehydrator and decided to try out making a vegetarian chili. I cut out parchment paper to size (I cut it a little smaller to leave some space for air around the perimeter) and cut a hole in the center. I read some people use a non-stick spray, but I didn’t and I had no issues.
I poured on the chili and spread it out so it was even. I used put one serving on the tray. I set the dehydrator to 135 degrees and came back seven hours later.
I gave it another 30 minutes as the corn was not 100% dry. I was able to lift off most of it in small sections and then I crumbled it in the bag. The parchment paper was completely free of food and can be reused.
I then put the contents in a freezer bag, broke up the pieces, and then labeled the bag. I just wrote that it was veggie chili, one serving, and to add one cup of water. It looks like cereal (with corn…) if you look quickly!
We all tried the chili and it was a winner. It rehydrated well and had a nice kick to it. I’ll definitely be making it for the trail!
I am planning on doing mostly oatmeal or granola in the morning. Ann gave me some powdered milk to try out so I will be doing that soon! I love mixing in fruits and nuts into my granola so I will get creative for the trail.
Lunch will consist of no cook snacks as I will be eating throughout the day. I will add a post of my various lunch options I plan on packing.
Last modified: November 28, 2014