There are so many thing that one needs to do a successful trip on 2 wheels. The most needed among those things, is well, the 2 wheels that will carry you, then everything else can be debated.
I’ve been spending a large amount of my free time with research. Research of pretty much everything one will need for an extended trip.
Being that this is my first true “Adventure” ride that I will take part in, I need a lot of supplies. And with needing supplies comes the age old question “Which one?”.
I have been researching everything from sleeping bags, tents, to even clothes and bags.
My latest bit of research got me looking into food supplies. Food and Water are two very important things one must need to survive!
So in my hours upon hours of reading all across the internet for the best types of food to carry, as well as best methods of preparing it, I came across a website (that now I can’t remember exactly where) that was dedicated to trail hiking/backpacking. The site was more or less dedicated to hikes in the duration of 3 or more days.
Now, after stumbling across this, I realized that extended day hikers, and motorcycle adventurers do have a couple things in common.
One, they both need to pack everything into small and confined spaces. Luckily for motorcycle adventurers, we have the ability to expand our space as needed.
Second, they need to worry about overall weight that they carry. This also, is something we need to worry about, but not as much as them.
Given the close similarities, I decided to read up on exactly what people are doing these days for hiking.
Now, let me stop here for a moment and explain, I am well aware that people have been using Hiking food, and equipment for a long time for motorcycle trips. This is my own look into not only why, but most importantly, how.
The how of what I speak of is, how do you prepare for a long trip, with the food you need, and how do you do it so that it stays fresh and not spoil?
The background of my life, is mainly one of fresh foods. I grew up on a farm, separated from the populated cities, and I grew up with fresh made food. As I got older, I continued this even as I moved in on my own I continued to prepare fresh meals for myself.
At the age of 26, I for the first time, had boxed macaroni and cheese while I was staying with a friend of mine when I first moved to the Seattle area.
Some may laugh at this, but the truth is, I grew up on fresh made mac and cheese, and I always made my own from scratch. So this was something new to me. So now armed with this little bit of knowledge about me, you will understand where I am coming from as I continue.
So as I read through articles, and forum postings and other bits of information scattered all over the world wide web, I started to get an idea on the items one needs, the types of food to purchase, the the companies that manufacture these types of meals.
Most common I see is Military MRE’s being recommended, as well as the other “specialty” type companies that make similar types of prepackaged meals for hiking and emergency purposes.
The issue with these types of foods is they run anywhere from a few bucks, to about ten dollars. The full cost of a standard meal that you could purchase cooked at any diner along the way.
Half of the reason I want to take my own food is to save on money, so this put a lot of these ready to eat meals out of the question, the second reason I want to carry my own food, is I am a picky eater who doesn’t care for a whole lot of vegetables.
So I continued my research and came across some wonderful posts on different forums and websites on how to make your own MRE’s for cheap.
Now that’s what I’m after!
I was amazed I hadn’t thought about this before, in fact It just wasn’t one of those things I really have thought of before, and that was the use of a food dehydrator for the purpose of making your own hiking food.
Now, when I grew up, we did have a Food Dehydrator, but it was used for fruit and jerky. In fact, these are two very common items to carry with you for hiking anyways and I will most likely use it year round for this purpose, as I love both those snacks.
But then I started to see what people were doing with it. Everything from scrambled eggs with ham or bacon, to pork fried rice.
I’m sure it doesn’t taste anything like it does fresh after it has been dehydrated then reconstituted, but the fact is, it helps you save on space as well on weight at the same time. Keeping water in its best form as water is the best way to transport it, especially since you may need it for emergency purposes. You can always eat dehydrated food dry if you must, you can’t however really squeeze the moisture out of it to drink if you need it. So keeping water in its watery form is the best thing to do in my opinion.
So armed with this new knowledge, I started to think. What can you dehydrate? What can be prepared? And so I continued to look into it. I was amazed what people did with a dehydrator and a food saver to seal it all.
So with that, I thought to myself, “Well I have a long winter ahead of me, I may as well buy one now, so I can start experimenting”.
And so last night I jumped again on the wonderful world wide web, and I set out with yet another topic to research.
I guess I am lucky, in the fact it seems there are not that many out there, or maybe it is just that their are not enough of any decent quality to speak of. But after some time with research, I found one model that got a lot of positive reviews from all kinds of websites. From review sites, to forum posts from real world users who use it specifically for the purpose I intend it for.
So I settled on ordering the Nesco FD-75PR 700 watt, 5-tray Professional Model Dehydrator. I was able to pick this up for 60 bucks on Walmart Online.
I am looking forward to getting this. My roommate and I last night already decided we will probably make a ton of Jerky when it comes in. Jerky rocks!
But most importantly, I look forward to seeing what I can imagine and create with it.
This isn’t to say all the food I carry will be dehydrated. Tortilla’s are very resilient and can last weeks if kept cool and dry. This will most likely be the major “bread” item I have with me, but I am also going to spend some time this winter coming up with a good “fire side” bread recipe that is easily made by adding water and putting in a small cook pan on your pack stove. Biscuits and Breads are something I enjoy to make anyways, so I will take the time to figure out how to make them using dry ingredients (like powdered milk). In fact, one of the major items I would like to make that is good tasting is a fire side biscuits and gravy.
I’m confident in my ability to cook, to be able to come up with one, and I am very excited to start the experimental process and will definitely keep track of my findings and recipes on here to share with the world. Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with your next favorite trail side food?