Friday, May 30, 2008

Good Bars (preview)

  • 450 Calories per 100g bar
  • Conforms to the shape of a bear bucket
  • Will not crumble in a pocket
Developed for a JMT hike, these are being received very well by backpackers in the field for their taste, texture, and caloric density.

Coming soon !

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Kings Range Trip Report

Hello Internets !

I put the google-doc for my jerky and lentils recipe in that little side bar on the right side of your monitor, enjoy. More recipes, including electrolyte chews and a 4.4Cal/g bar !

Kings Range Picture Show and trip report, enjoy !
Good morning, it is early. You know you ain't young no more when your facial muscles takes a while to wake up.
Driftwood shelters along the coast

Dual use of gear helps lower pack weight

Lighthouse at the base of the mountains

Painted hills blowing in the wind above spanish flat

flowers on the beach at spanish flat

view of the mountains from the beach

Sunset, walking north to big flat after being sqeezed off the beach by the high tide. I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, and candle lit dinners.

I'm up early to beat the tide on my way out of big flat. Clark saw a mountain lion at the tree line, and I saw a figure on the trail the day before. In the morning there were tracks on the beach.

I finished my trip @ 34 miles, 10 hours of actual hiking.

A chunk of wax, put on a stick, and covered with lint makes a good match when combined with a firesteel.

Not washing my socks makes it easy to distinguish right from left.

The tides were no joke.

Clark should be here soon, I'm running out of daylight and been out of food.

Another trip concludes at sunset.

Be safe out there,

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jerky and Lentils

In preparation for my trinity alps hike last weekend I made a ton of food, but didn't have time to sort through the pictures and post the recipes.

The first thing I made was some jerky, but rather than a jerky for snacking, I made it specifically to season the lentil dinner. I really enjoyed the flavor of the jerky, and the way it worked with the mashed potatoes and lentils. It did cause a bit of gas when eaten dried, but prepared it was mostly fine.
  1. 10g salt
  2. 15g black pepper corns
  3. 5g coriander
  4. 9g cumin
  5. 4g all spice
  6. 8g molasses
  7. 2g agave nectar
  8. 1.6# beef
  9. pinch of cayenne
  10. double pinch of cinnamon
  11. 15mL tamari
  12. 1/2 small onion fine dice
  13. hand full of garlic cloves, minced
  14. 5mL champagne wine vinegar
  15. 200mL water

I start with a blend of spices consisting of black pepper,
coriander, cumin, allspice, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon.

Toast the seed like spices, and grind to a powder

combine spices with 10mL molasses, 200mL water, 5mL vinegar
15mL tamari, and blend well, add in 1/2 small onion diced fine,
and 6 minced cloves of garlic.

I am going to marinate this 1.64lbs of london broil over night in the refrigerator.

Because this is a small batch of big pieces, I will dry it flat
rather than hang it as I did with the mango-chipotle jerky
last season.

the jerky laid out for drying

130g of the dried jerky will be chopped into bites
and added to 75g of lentils and 45g dry mashed
potatoes per two person meal.

bite size pieces.

More coming soon , this is backpacking season !

Monday, May 12, 2008

fake meat (no recipe)

I am going to get a scale soon, as that is the only sane way I can think of to keep track of nutritional content in my cooking.

I don't really have a recipe written up yet, but I took a bunch of pictures while I was making it. Fake meat started as an obsession to copy my vegetarian roommates fake chicken sticks. And that was okay.

For the trail, I decided to make seitan. It was hard to eat on the trail, despite being easy to make at home.

I had been working with a grain based recipe. Grain textures, grain proteins.

Now I am working with a ton of mushrooms

And getting carbohydrate and protein from azuki, black, and anasazi beans.

They are all mixed together after cooking, and set aside.

A ton of garlic (not pictured), Corn, Leeks, Green Garlic, Bell Peppers, and onions are coooked and set aside.

Cooked it looks like this, just quickly heated over high heat.

A mixture of many grains and seeds are cooked with some textured vegetable protein, and vital wheat gluten.

I mash the cooled dried beans.

add in the grains and vegetables.

I am ommitting a lot of spices that will be detailed in the recipe when I write it up. The mix is spread and dried on trays, while some is eaten fresh.

once dried it looks like this. MMmmm.

I put one or two chips into my mashed potatoes, and, it was pretty good. I liked it, and will be doing it again.

cooking the mixture on the beach
Fuel for a 35 mile weekend, pretty tasty, and very quick.