Other Quick and Easy meal options

In this book we also look at others way to prepare outdoor meals and snacks without using a pot or billy for cooking. These suggestions involve the simple method of adding hot water to your ingredients and leaving them to “cook” by themselves. This is a great alternative when you want to reduce the weight of the cooking system you are carrying, or you are looking for a cheaper equipment option.

Food Flask Cooking

Many people use wide mouth food flasks to take their soup to the office or up to the ski field for a quick and easy hot lunch. It makes perfect senses and that is precisely why so many people use them. However, I believe their value is largely under estimated by many outdoor enthusiasts.

There are many light weight and inexpensive food flasks on the market, and with a bit of lateral thinking it is not hard to justify their inclusion in the backpack or carry bag. Try them and you will be surprised just how easy the are to use.

Plastic Bag Cooking

Yes – with a little preparation at home you can cook most of your outdoor meals in a plastic bag. You may be surprised to lean that many meals can be prepared by just using a plastic bag to mix and cook, thereby reducing the need completely for pots and pans to clean up afterwards. Some of these recipes, like Instant Beef Chow Mein, and Roasted Nut and Tomato Rice, only require hot water to be added to the dry ingredients and let them stand for a few minutes. You can even eat them straight out of the bag, no mess, no fuss. These types of meals are very useful for a quick early breakfast when you want to get on your way or that lunchtime snack when time is limited.