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Mar 24, 2009 01:44 PM

Things I can make ahead for a long camping trip

I'm going to be essentially camping (living in a cabin with access to some sort of kitchen) this summer. In the month before this, May, I will have time off for lack of a job and access to cheap groceries (I will be staying near the food coop I am a member of). I am looking for suggestions of things I can make ahead while I have time and access to cheap food. I may try my hand at making jam, but that will probably still not be economical since berries won't be in season yet. I need things that keep well in a pantry (or cabin...) that do not require refrigeration (until after opening, I will have a bit of fridge space).

So far all I have in mind are
- home made granola
- stocking up on crackers and dried fruit!

Any further suggestions will be greatly appreciated

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  1. Will you be sharing a kitchen/pantry with others or are you starting from scratch? Will you be able grow vegetables yourself? Will you have access to a store or are you bringing all your food at the beginning of the summer? I think the answer to these questions will help people supply solutions.

    If you'll have at least one burner to cook on and water (with no pantry to get you started), I would suggest home canned or store-bought canned vegetables; rice, pasta or cous cous; dried beans, canned tuna/ salmon; oil, bullion cubes- items that can be combined in myriad ways to create a meal.

    If you won't be able to "cook" very often then beef jerky, canned meats, dried fruit, nuts, etc. are good options. I don't mention canned veggies here because I don't know if you have to bring everything in at once.

    If your cooking situation is not as basic as your post suggests, especially if you'll share a kitchen that can be stocked with basic pantry supplies, then I think you'll eat well this summer without having to plan too far ahead.

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    1. re: lhb78

      There will be a kitchen, shared. I don't know how much fridge space I'll get though. I'm planning to buy my fresh veggies at the farmer's market and go to u-pick places on the weekends. I'll also have a camping stove for the weekends I'm actually camping.

    2. What lhb78 said. Also, what's this co-op you're a member of? What will you be getting there? Fruits, veggies, meat, bread...? Is the camp where you can work for services?

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      1. re: nemo

        The Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, NY

      2. On the assumption that your "kitchen" will be pretty primitive:
        my coop sells instant humus mix - it doesn't make bad humus (freshly made is way better) but it is tasty as a topping for veggies or pasta - use like grated cheese. I almost always take some backpacking.
        If you are going to have an oven or fire mix up some home made "Bisquick" for pancakes and such
        Take lots of good chocolate - it makes one feel very pampered in any situation
        If you can get inexpensive fruit/veggies you can dry them in a drier or in a low oven. You can get a lot more variety that way then you can by buying commercially dried produce. My 2 daughters hiked the Appalachian Trail on shipments of dry produce from me. You can also cook beans, spice them and dry them to make a kind of instant "chili" mix.
        As you get ready and start storing food -BEWARE OF GRAIN MOTHS!!!! Grain moths can ruin a food stash pretty quickly. Seal everything up well and put dried bay leaves in with everything - it seems to help but it is not fool proof.
        I hope this helps.

        1. If you want to make things before hand preserved lemons and variety of pickled veg, like fennel, onions, carrots, green beans, etc. Very easy and can go w/ all kinds of pantry staples like beans, rice and grains or canned tuna.

          1. Since you're not backpacking and do have a cabin - a step "up" from car camping:

            Dried fruits, nuts, dried beans, dried lentils, rice, couscous, canned "chile con carne," canned tuna & sardines, smoked fish, salt cod, dried cured sausage, boullon cubes, tins of anchovies, olives, capers, tomato paste, jar of caviar, different types of dried pasta, Asian noodles, bonito flakes, ... and dried African game meat if you can get it.

            And remember to take cooking oil, salt, peppercorns, garlic, balsamic and/or red wine vinegar, spices & chile, spices for curries, fresh chiles, flour, ....

            Have fun!!

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Excellent pantry suggestions, thanks!