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Weekend Wrap-Up: Zoom Zoom Edition

This weekend was WMRRA Round 3 in Spokane Washington.

I decided that I was going to ride the KLR over and camp at the track for the round, and take the opportunity to pack up the KLR with everything I would take with me on the trip.

This proved to be a seriously great idea. It has given me even more insight into what I need to adjust for my packing.

The clock is ticking, and it is ticking fast. I have a lot to accomplish in the next 2 weeks.

For starters, I need to start making jerky and dried fruit.

I also need to start getting all of my breakfast and dinners made, which is going to require me to stop off at Healthy Harvest again at the end of this week on my way down to Oregon. One item I picked up when I first was down there was some compressed towels. These have proven to be very useful, and I plan on picking up several packs for the trip. They are perfect for cleaning up after meals, and washing up with.  I will pack a few in each meal bag, as well as carry a couple pouches of them.

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Do It Yourself: Adventure Food – Cheese Tortellini in Meaty Marinara Sauce

Cheese Tortellini in Meaty Marinara Sauce

Cheese Tortellini in Meaty Marinara Sauce

As I continue to look at different meals to make, I spend a lot of time in the grocery aisles looking for box dinner items that I can utilize in my entrees.

One such item that I came across several months back, was the dry cheese tortellini you find in the pasta section.

While there are different companies who make it, the one I have settled on is Napoleon Brand Cheese Tortellini.

It took me several tries to get things right to where I liked it.

It is meals like this, that people can really spend time customizing to their own needs. So keep that in mind as you read over the ingredients and how I went about preparing this meal. It is this reason that I really have enjoyed making these meals, as they are personalized to my tastes.

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Do It Yourself: Adventure Food – Scrambled Eggs *

Whole Egg Powder - Do not inhale

Whole Egg Powder - Do not inhale

I realize that writing this is one of those “duh” articles, mainly because powdered eggs has been a staple of emergency preparation as well as trail-goers for several years.

I figured however, I may as well write about it!  So this will be a quick article.

To start off with, I titled this “Scrambled Eggs *”, to denote that it really can be made with anything. I am just doing a simple scramble with sausage crumbles, which is what I will focus the most of the preparation on.

With regular powdered eggs. Prep time is fast and simple.  I used Healthy Harvest’s whole egg powder for my eggs, and it calls for 2 Tbsp of egg powder mixed with 3 Tbsp of water to =  1 large egg.

It really is as simple as mixing and cooking.

I do, however have some observations once you start adding substance to it.

First off, I added sausage to mine. Just plain dehydrated pork sausage.

As with most dehydrated and freeze dried foods, there is a “reconstitute” time you should let it sit in liquid.  Healthy Harvest’s directions state that 5 minutes is enough time for the sausage. Under my own tests, and making this meal twice now using the sausage, I can honestly say that 5 minutes is not long enough.

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Do It Yourself: Adventure Food – Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy

Anyone who has been following my blog now for awhile, understands that one of the vows I made before I take my upcoming trip to the Arctic, was that I would create my own Biscuits and Gravy Recipe.

It is easy to sit down, with fresh ingredients, fry up some sausage, add some flour, milk and spice to taste.  I found out it is another thing to try and make it into a dry, moisture-free, light weight, and simple to make packaged meal.

There was a lot of hurdles along the way that I had to get over along the way, taking the time to research or think up a solution, test it out, apply it, try again, and hope for a positive outcome.

As previously mentioned in my article “Do It Yourself: Adventure Food – Poor Man’s Chicken and Dumplings“, I had originally intended that meal to try an analog for making my biscuits.

After a successful experiment using Jiffy Buttermilk Biscuit Mix to drop into the soup directly as dumplings, and make a meal with flaky biscuits in about 15 minutes, I later tested a couple weeks later the application in the field.  Trying out a second idea I had for mixing the biscuit dough while on the move. A simple solution of a plastic bag, and some water, and “Massaging” the dough until ready to drop spoonfuls of it into the simmering soup.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: End of March Edition

Heading out on an impromptu overnight camping trip.

Heading out on an impromptu overnight camping trip.

Well March sure came and went like a breeze.

Last week of course I ordered my new Adventure Riding Gear. I am super excited to start getting it in. The first of it should show up tomorrow (Jacket and Pants).

I also ordered a top box from Happy Trails. I am hoping (fingers crossed), that with this top box, I will be able to pack all the essential items I will need for my trip without having to purchase larger panniers.  I see no reason that it would not work out, as I have now successfully done 2 camping trips (more on that later) with what I have.

The one draw back is I ordered some Roto Pax jugs to originally mount to the rear of the new panniers I was going to buy. Because I was going to originally purchase the 10.5 inch Panniers from Happy Trails, they would have fit perfectly and protected on the very back of them, allowing me to keep an extra gallon of gas on one side, while using the other side for a gallon of water.

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Do It Yourself: Adventure Food – Poor Man’s Chicken and Dumplings

Jiffy Biscuit Mix and Lipton Soup Secrets

Jiffy Biscuit Mix and Lipton Soup Secrets

With my trip coming up soon, I have shifted into making up some meals to take along with me which may be pre-made by myself, or something combined with store bought materials.

Most recently, I started to look into the possibility of a biscuits and sausage gravy breakfast meal, utilizing freeze dried sausage crumbles and whole powdered milk.

The problem I came up with, was the biscuit. The dough itself, is not an issue I was too concerned about. I can easily premix my own ingredients, and then add the water later on. No, the problem was how was I going to cook the biscuits.

The more I thought about it, the more it tugged at me. I needed an easier way to do this, so I decided to try out a cheap analog, and to much of my surprise, it worked out wonderful.

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