Monday, April 16, 2012

Lip Smackin' Backpackin'

Here is one of my favorite books for dehydrating:

Lip Smackin’ Backpackin’

By Tim and Christine Conners

Some of the recipes call for processed foods, but you can always substitute the real thing.  It’s focus is on convenience and ease of use in backpacking situations. 
All of the recipes in this book have been tested for accuracy.

These recipes are ideal for backpacking, camping, or traveling across the country. 

This book is what gave me the courage to try dehydrating meats other than jerky. 
Check out the instructions on page 112 for Ground Beef Gravel.  That has been the single-most useful recipe for me!

As a diabetic and person dealing with weight issues, I especially like the fact that each recipe has a nutritional breakdown chart.

 Table of contents breaks the recipes down into the following categories:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breads
  • Snacks and desserts
  • Drinks
Special Features:

  • Using the Recipes - general information on servings, weight values, and nutritional information.
  • Recommendations and Tips – covers equipment needed for preparing and using backpacking recipes. 
  • Drying Tips; rehydrating; Planning and Preparation Tips – includes three pages of helpful information.
  • Meal System Examples - you can pack a predetermined amount of bulk staples and mix and match to taste once on the trail.  This simplifies the initial burden of menu planning, reduces packaging, and increases the flexibility of your meals in the wilderness.
  • Packable Trailside Cooking Instructions – in the back of the book is a set of cut apart instructions for each of the recipes. You can make copies of these and tuck them into the meal kits so you’ll know what to do with them.
  • Standard Measurement Conversions
  • Drying Conversions – compare the undried item the dried volume and dried weight, really important for backpacking, when weight is at a premium.
  • National Scenic and Historic Trails – map of the U.S., showing the main trails from coast to coast. Includes a description of each trail with number of miles, what to expect, and contact information.
  • About Our Contributors -  a synopsis of each of the contributors of recipes with a little about their experiences as backpackers.

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