Filling Camp Foods that Don’t Need Fire

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Are you plan­ning a back­coun­try trip in a wilder­ness area where you’d risk a moun­tain of fines for start­ing a fire due to fire bans? Or are you one of those dawn-to-dusk hik­ers who goes for miles and miles and doesn’t have any TIME to be mess­ing around with cook­ing hot foods? Or are you just bad at cook­ing any­thing oth­er than Hot Pock­ets? No mat­ter the sit­u­a­tion, don’t let the fear of food prep pre­vent you from adven­tur­ing: you can def­i­nite­ly still eat well out­doors with­out fire (or a microwave).

Out­door Antipasto
This is a fan­cy way of say­ing meats, cheeses, and olives. Hard cheeses do sur­pris­ing­ly well in the out­doors (actu­al­ly maybe not that surprising…what do you think peo­ple ate before camp stoves were invent­ed?) and salamis and sum­mer sausages are great salty deli­cious pro­tein. Add in some olives if you want to be super fan­cy, some crack­ers, bread, or pita, and presto: din­ner gourmet. Feel free to speak in a French or Ital­ian accent while consuming.

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MREs

“Meal, ready to eat.” These are mil­i­tary-issue meals that actu­al­ly cook them­selves. Gonna be hon­est here, these are not some­thing that you want to eat every day of your life, but in a pinch they do won­ders. Though there has been crit­i­cism over the actu­al palata­bil­i­ty of these meals, there has been a lot of improve­ment through the years. If you want to give these a try, head to your local army sur­plus store.

Hard Boiled Eggs
Break­fast, lunch, or dinner—eggs are a super­food. They are lit­er­al­ly a lit­tle pack­age of pro­tein. Boil a few pre-trip, and apply when peck­ish on a sal­ad, in a sand­wich, or just in their nat­ur­al egg‑y state.

Hum­mus
Hum­mus is yum­mus. You’ve nev­er heard that before. No but real­ly, hum­mus can pair up with a lot of sim­ple foods to make an incred­i­bly deli­cious and healthy meal. Bring a hearty por­tion on your next camp­ing trip to enjoy with raw veg­eta­bles and pita, and reap the ener­giz­ing benefits.

Pre-cooked grains
Prep­ping rice, pas­ta, or quinoa before head­ing out is not a bad idea. They can be mixed eas­i­ly with oth­er ingre­di­ents such as beans or chick peas to cre­ate a good pro­tein punch. Quinoa is even a com­plete pro­tein, a pret­ty impres­sive feat for such a lit­tle grain.