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Just thinking about what I'll be taking on this next trip down the Cape Fear River. After thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and paddling the Mississippi River, I'm really burnt out on most of the usual stuff. I can't stand the thought of oatmeal after overdosing on it on the trail, and I'm just now being able to emotionally handle pasta after the river. I'll take some of the regular powerbar/clif bar things, and maybe pack a couple of freeze dried meals in case I get lazy and just want to shove down something, but most of my food is going to be from scratch. I'm trying out some new stuff this time, based on the site Freezer Bag Cooking. There's some awesome recipes on there, and you can even buy the book for more ideas. Freezer bag cooking is based on pre-packaging you food in freezer bags, pouring hot water in the bag, then putting the bag in a "cozy" made out of insulating material to hold in the heat. You use less fuel because you don't have to simmer, there's not pot-stirring, and no pot to clean at the end of the day. Here's a recipe off their site. Cranberry Chicken Rice: In a quart freezer bag put: 1 cup instant rice 1 Tsp. Chicken bullion (low sodium) 1/4 Tsp. salt, if desired 1/2 Tsp. granulated garlic 1 Tsp. Parsley 1 Tsp. Dried Onion 2 Tbl. Dried veggie flakes or freeze dried mixed vegetables 2 Tbl.+2 Tsp. Craisins Put all items in a quart freezer bag. Also take a 3-5 oz. can of chicken with you. In camp put the chicken and it's liquid into the freezer bag, and 1 1/4 cups boiling water. Stir well and put into a cozy for 10 minutes. This is great with 2 cups water as a soup. Serves 1. Tasty, tasty, tasty! I'm also making up a big batch of Ultralight Joe's Moose Goo. The name sounds horrible, but this stuff is great. It's a combination of peanut butter, corn flour (masa), and honey, and you use it as a spead on tortillas, crackers, or straight from the jar like I usually do. Highly recommended. I'm going to fix my recipe for the World's Easiest One-Pot Meal at least once, because it wouldn't be a trip if that wasn't on the menu. It brings back lots of good memories. Give me a holler if you have any food ideas. I'll add a page to the site as they come in.

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