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Backpacking/Camping Post-Tooth Extraction - HELP!

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live local May 23, 2013 03:15 PM

Hi everyone,

My fiance and I are going backpacking for the long weekend, but I've had a tooth extracted and have been on a soft food diet for about two weeks now. I have been eating well at home (all the cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream I can eat!), but am really struggling to come up with high calorie ideas for soft, relatively non-perishable food ideas. I'll bring some instant mashed potatoes, but unfortunately that requires a ton of water - any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. I've searched everywhere to no avail.

Thanks in advance!

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    MagicMarkR May 24, 2013 04:48 PM

    I often bring vacuum-sealed boil-in-bag indian food, which can be found at Trader Joes among a number of other places (depending on where you live). There are several kinds (brands) and types. They consist of things like dal and other lentil mixes. Also garbanzo bean stews and spinach with paneer. All pretty good, and easily consumable by the hard-of-chewing. Plus they take up very little space.

    1. pikawicca May 24, 2013 02:38 PM

      Take a big jar of peanut butter and a spoon!

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        Sal Vanilla May 24, 2013 12:49 AM

        Does doc say swooshing with warm salt water after eating is OK? If so, that would be a good thing to consider as a backup just in case something gets lodged.

        1. Kris in Beijing May 23, 2013 05:09 PM

          GNC and the like sell protein gels.
          Not "super chow," but definitely nutrition.

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            VitalForce May 23, 2013 05:01 PM

            If you have some plastic containers that can be repurposed, some bananas would be good. Powdered scrambled egg mix. Depending on the temperature, packaged paté could be a nice addition with some soft bread. (You could freeze it ahead of time.) Quick cooking red lentils as spiced-up soup or mush.

            1. jw615 May 23, 2013 04:16 PM

              This is not the most chow-worthy suggestion, but Jello brand no bake cheesecake will firm up if you mix it with cold water and let it set a bit, even without refrigeration.

              And it is REALLY good after you have been hiking for a while.

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                live local May 23, 2013 04:17 PM

                How creative (and I bet it tastes GREAT after miles of hiking)!

                1. re: live local
                  jw615 May 24, 2013 02:19 PM

                  Absolutely.

                  I first had this when I was working as a camp counselor. I will admit that during a particular harrowing trip (ten 13-year old girls screaming at each other for MILES) I mixed it up, hid in a tent, ripped off the corner of the bag and ate it straight.

                  It did make things better.

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                    ohmyyum May 24, 2013 02:34 PM

                    Oh, bless you. I hope you took away the watches. And instituted a period of silence.

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                      Sal Vanilla May 24, 2013 05:33 PM

                      What won't cheesecake fix? Hilarity.

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                    ohmyyum May 23, 2013 04:20 PM

                    Or, once you've made camp, double bag it in ziplocks and put it in a spring. Weight it down with a rock and come back in an hour.

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                    ohmyyum May 23, 2013 04:06 PM

                    Do you have a world market near you? I've gotten shelf-stable hummus there that was delicious in the backcountry. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000V5I...

                    Laughing cow spreadable cheese wedges?

                    Shelf-stable pudding!!

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                      live local May 23, 2013 04:12 PM

                      I do have one nearby! I was so hopeful about hummus (as I've been eating it straight from the spoon the last couple weeks), but worried about it going bad on the trip. This is great! Thanks!

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                        ohmyyum May 23, 2013 04:33 PM

                        Yup, unfortunately they are relatively low calorie, but you can always drizzle some olive oil on it to add some fat. World market also sells mini bottles of olive oil along with all sorts of other condiments.

                        Slice a banana longitudinally and spread with lots of pb. The banana keeps the peanut butter from being too sticky.

                        Also, avocado with a sprinkle of sea salt and drizzled with honey. So good! AND, honey has historically been used for its antimicrobial properties.

                        I just checked the laughing cow cheese wedges. It says refrigerate after purchase, but in one grocery store they are on the shelf.

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                          live local May 23, 2013 04:37 PM

                          I love all of these things. I'm actually looking forward to food shopping now - thanks!

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                      kitchengardengal May 23, 2013 03:57 PM

                      Stay away from tortilla chips, no matter how much you're craving them. I learned that the hard way. They actually feel like little swords if you bite down on them sideways.
                      Some dip would be nice , though. Maybe on soft bread.

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                        live local May 23, 2013 04:05 PM

                        That sounds awful!! Thanks for the tip.

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                        Tara57 May 23, 2013 03:50 PM

                        Would the foil pouches of tuna, salmon, and chicken work out? I also thought about the boil in a bag pouches of Indian food.

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                          live local May 23, 2013 04:07 PM

                          That's a great idea! Maybe some palak paneer would be good. I'll definitely need to bring some rinse with me...

                        2. SWISSAIRE May 23, 2013 03:33 PM

                          Was your extraction performed by an Oral Surgeon ?

                          If it was, and/or you have been on antibiotics, I would wait for a things to heal a couple of weeks more.

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                            live local May 23, 2013 03:39 PM

                            It was, and I'm not on antibiotics. The doctor says I'm healing up nicely. I've been active the entire time (nothing too strenuous) and have been feeling fine. And, it's really closer to three weeks. :)

                            The only issue is my paranoia about getting small food particles in the socket, so I'm trying to think of creative things that are not too heavy, not too small, nor require a great deal of chewing. I'm thinking crustless bread, nutella - I like the idea of pre-made mashed beans and egg noodles (which don't really require chewing).

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                              juliejulez May 23, 2013 04:08 PM

                              Tortillas with peanut butter and then rolled up would be an easy quick snack too, and not too hard to chew.

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                                SWISSAIRE May 23, 2013 04:10 PM

                                Good to hear.

                                You might call your Doctor and ask him or her what might be suggested for soft meal ideas on the trail.

                                If I may, where are you backpacking ?

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                                  l
                                  live local May 23, 2013 04:14 PM

                                  Lake Tahoe. Looking forward to a long weekend in the wilderness. Work has been killing me!

                                  1. re: live local
                                    SWISSAIRE May 23, 2013 09:24 PM

                                    Very nice.

                            2. juliejulez May 23, 2013 03:28 PM

                              Here's a few ideas just off the top of my head, most of these are assuming some kind of heat source, whether it's a fire or a grill:

                              -Oatmeal, maybe mixed with some bananas and brown sugar

                              -Precooked rice and/or orzo that just needs to be reheated.

                              -Pasta in general, can be cooked ahead and would even be fine cold.

                              -Polenta that comes already cooked in those tubes, just slice off and pan fry (assuming you will have a pan and a fire)

                              -Baked potatoes, throw them in a fire wrapped in foil

                              -Beans, cooked. Could even cook them ahead... refried beans?

                              -Make mashed potatoes ahead of time and reheat

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