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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. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000V5I...

              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!

              2. 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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                1. re: jw615

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

                  1. re: live local


                    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.

                    1. re: jw615

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

                      1. re: jw615

                        What won't cheesecake fix? Hilarity.

                    2. re: jw615

                      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.

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

                        1. 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. Take a big jar of peanut butter and a spoon!

                            1. 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.