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Old 10 July 2018, 18:03   #1
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The premature expiry of The Gurnard's sassages due to high temperatures made me think of starting this thread. I have a history of occasional overnight hiking, with ultralight food being a key consideration. I've done quite a bit of vehicle camping (away from civilisation) where multi-day supplies were required. I now find myself doing some boating were non-perishable supplies are desirable. We can be living aboard, camping ashore - whatever. Anyway, to the point! I'm going to list some of the tack/scran I've been using. I'd be VERY interested to see what others have tried/recommend. Some of my options are very different, in appeal, cost, storage space, resultant packaging waste, equipment needed. But here goes:
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Knorr Pastaria packs - Boil and simmer - need a pan and stove. Quick, calorific and reasonably tasty. Cheap. Needs some bread, you can make garlic toast slices from baguette that keep well and suit these well. Serve with a nice red wine

Laydees Lunches - example a Tuna Salad by John West. Keep forever, c/w pasta and veggies. Serve cold with some vac-packed flatbread.

Instant "in a pot" pastas or noodles - just add boiling water and hold. Meh!

Dolmio Pasta sachets. Various recipes, generally OK. Serve with quick cook mini pasta. Needs two pans and a stove. Serve with some parmesan and choice of breads above.

Cassoulet in a jar. As good as you make it (or buy it). Keeps for months and eats well warmed up or cold (if you're in the sh1t). An entire meal.

Instant Pancake mix (in a bottle). Good brekkie tack if you have a reliable heat source and frying pan. Use catering packs of jam etc.

Instant porridge pots - i.e. Apple and Raisins. Breakfast of Champions. Add honey/whiskey to taste. Also in dry packs but you'll need dried milk to make them up.

Dried milk powder - getting hard to find in full fat form. Great for making coffees, adding to other recipes (soups, porridges, pancakes).

MREs (self heating meal packs) - a whole subject of their own - more later.

Coffee - I've given up on instant. I carry a stainless vacuum coffee press now when travelling (not hiking) and the world is a better place. Add whiskey, sugar and aerosol cream to taste

There's more I've forgotten - but feel free to bail in with your ideas. I'll return to the MREs later in the thread.
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Alongside the above "meals" I carry fillers. They can be stuff like:

Cereal bars and their ilk
Flapjacks
Hard fruit - basically apples but including dried fruit and nut mixes
High sugar sweets/jellies (for underway)
Chocolate portions - i.e. small packs of various chocolate things
Fruit cake (portioned) - excellent for dessert with coffee
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Old 10 July 2018, 19:07   #5
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“Give a man a fish and he’ll feed for a day
Teach man to fish and he’ll feed for a lifetime”
Greetings proverbial piggy! Less Huff, more Puff it seems...

That said, the Gurnard (who can fish with the best) found the fishies scarce when he most needed their sacrifice. I've fished to eat on a couple of islands where I had all day to secure dinner, but I wouldn't rate the plan for a reliable meal on the move
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“Cassoulet in a jar” - taking glass on Board? Now you are just showing off your hull’s ride quality ;-)

I’d have thought with the cavern up front you had plenty of opportunity for a small fridge/chiller. Peltier cooled ones guzzle battery but not too much of an issue with your big alternator. In days before fridges were prevalent on small wafis, and indeed in the wayfarer and drascome camping crowd, a good coolbox packed with frozen water bottles is able to keep stuff chilled for several days if not opened too frequently.
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Good post Willk .. and one Im interested in too.

As you say.. fishing can be a bit hit and miss.. especially in a bright sunny heatwave. The fish tend to lie dormant in bright condition.

However the bait I sometimes use is always freely available..so I collected some mussels ..boiled them and had them with a bag of savoury rice. I get the small packets of ready cooked rice so it just needs heating up. Beware of shellfish if there is algae bloom around..as they can turn poisonous and give your liver hepatitis (Dont ask how I know !!)

I take the supermarket cooked curry too.. They also just need heated but only last the first couple of days away. I boil eggs and they last a few days.. as do sassage rolls ..pork pies etc. I don’t like to spend too much time cooking..so tend to stick to cold foods or stuff that only needs heating.

I take a lot of bread rolls.. butter them then put them in individual poly bags ..sucking the air out the bag before sealing it. They last surprisingly long this way although eventually get stale.

Fish is my staple when they are biting ..mackerel are only just arriving in Scotland but will be plentiful soon enough..so a fishing rod is essential. However at the end of the season..I tend to crap like a seagull ..white and fishy ..so dont recommend overdoing the fish dish. Variety is important.

Fruit is essential and I find apples and oranges travel well. I take the odd big potato to bake in the campfire too.. delicious with melted cheese and cooked in foil in the embers. I don’t go in for much in the way of veggies..to much cooking involved.

I have to have my muesli for breakfast ..and often as snacks. The problem is keeping milk fresh. I carry it in the boat bilge as its about the coolest place I have ..however after a few days it still turns ..so I have to have my muesli with water..and Im not so taken with that..but it fills a hole.

Choclate is a must for my sweet tooth. Last week I had to put it in poly bags in the sea to solidify it as it kept melting..but hey ..I can eat melted chocolate too. Biscuits last well..as do those health bars...etc


Fortunately I don't mind Guinness warm or cold..and its a meal on its own..but its a bulky buy.. whisky is smaller and easier to carry..but it tends to give me the munchies .. which brings me back to food again …..

Just some of my diet..it varies greatly ..depending on how long Im away ..or how hot it is.
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“Cassoulet in a jar” - taking glass on Board? .....
....I’d have thought with the cavern up front you had plenty of opportunity for a small fridge/chiller. .
Well, you can make 'em in decent plastic too. Glass on board is not big deal if it's packed properly. Many's the boat has a wee drachm in the original packaging

I have a fridge as described. I hate it. They do guzzle power and I won't run one off the house battery when stopped. They aren't that terribly cold either. TBH, I see them as more of a day trip thing. Hence my interest in stuff that keeps well and cooks up easily.
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I'd forgotten about some of the products from the pricier supermarkets. I recall some fairly approachable tins of curry from M&S. And Baxter's canned soups. Bags of precooked "instant rice" make heating fairly painless.
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Fortunately I don't mind Guinness warm or cold..and its a meal on its own..but its a bulky buy.. whisky is smaller and easier to carry..but it tends to give me the munchies ..
I'm a fan of Extra Stout - not the draught in a can nonsense. I think they must make the cans out of tinfoil now, as I've had them fail en-masse on overland and marine trips - the Belnahua camp being one example.
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