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May 23, 2013 03:15 PM

Backpacking/Camping Post-Tooth Extraction - HELP!

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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  1. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: SWISSAIRE

        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).

        1. re: live local

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

          1. re: live local

            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 ?

            1. re: SWISSAIRE

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Tara57

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

          2. 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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            1. re: kitchengardengal

              That sounds awful!! Thanks for the tip.

            2. Do you have a world market near you? I've gotten shelf-stable hummus there that was delicious in the backcountry.

              Laughing cow spreadable cheese wedges?

              Shelf-stable pudding!!

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              1. re: ohmyyum

                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!

                1. re: live local

                  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.

                  1. re: ohmyyum

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