Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby noahgenda » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:52 am

This is from backpacking experiences but I have a similiar low-to-no cooler plan.

Lentils and Rice, spice it up with a dried vegetable soup packet (soak in water for ~10 minutes first) and it makes a really great burrito/wrap with some hot sauce.
Dried mashed potatoes always works well to carb up if feeling low
Tuna packets and the like (I like these more than cans as less waste and packs down
Peanut Butter and honey on tortillas (I eat almost everything out of a tortilla)
Seven bean soup mix is readily available in most stores and all it needs is water and some time.

Also if not vegetarian things like a beef boullion cube can really add a nice taste to otherwise bland rice or beans concoctions.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:16 pm

Prison burritos.

1 can refried beans.

1 can roast beef.

1 small can green chillies.

Jalipeno squeeze cheese.

Salsa.

Tortillas.

Put all the canned stuff in a container and mix together.

Put it in the sun.

Roll in tortillas with salsa and cheese.

Makes 4 large burritos. 8)
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby theJOYOUS » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:57 pm

Thank you guys!!! This post is really helping my menu planning! I want to save my cooler for fresh ice for cold drinks & little already sliced ready to eat ziplocs of vegetables ~ and although I think there's a stove in my camp, I'm trying to not to have to rely on having to cook anything.. the ideas here are great.

I can see how things might get monotonous but I doubt I'll wanna be slaving away in the kitchen anyways ~ too much to see & do!

Thank you again ~ I'm checking back here often as I put together my shopping list!
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby International Incident » Sun May 19, 2013 3:29 pm

Bumpity bump...
This is a great thread.
Keep the ideas coming people
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby clocksnmirrors » Sun May 19, 2013 3:46 pm

i favor those meals for 1 they sell at walmart for $2.18.

they're called hormel compleats
great variety. perfect portion for the heat.


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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Milayna » Sat May 25, 2013 7:03 pm

You know, last year I did a non-cooler based menu and I got really sick of it by the end of the week so this year I have this grand plan for a dry ice cooler. The thing is as the burn gets closer I'm starting to feel like maybe the dry ice just isn't worth the hassle and I should do my non-cooler menu again hahahaha. I guess we'll see how I feel as things get closer.

My favorite non-cooler items: canned ham, canned salmon, Fritos and the little individual cups of queso dip, pringles, cereal and shelf stable milk.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Elorrum » Sat May 25, 2013 7:41 pm

Trader Joes has some multigrained pilaf in those foil bags, add a canned kipper snack.
canned mandarin oranges!
Chicken noodle soup.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby unjonharley » Sat May 25, 2013 7:57 pm

I have been cooking from dry stores for couple of months.. With a pressure cooker for beans,split peas and lentil.. The rest of the foods ,just hot water and simmer..
Will be able to simmer some in a simple sun oven.. Oh! and a lot of spices..

Today, Beans and barley w/tomato,red pepper,curry,ginger,onion,garlic,salt and pepper all from dry stock. Seven cups..

Then veggie soup,, 1/4 cp mixed veggie,1/4cp whole peas, 1/4cp whole corn, 1/4cp chopped carrots, 1/2tsp onion, 1/2tsp garlic, 1/3 cp tomato powder, salt and pepper.. Water, mix other, bring to boil, cover and simmer.. I ate the whole thing
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby unjonharley » Wed May 29, 2013 12:26 pm

Breakfast this morning..

Hash browns, eggs over, pancakes and coffee..

All from dry stock..

The pancake flour I make myself..

Keenwa for flour.. dry butter for grease..dry milk..stevia for sweetener. And more.. Fixed this way so all you add is water. Or use olive oil when mixing..
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby swampdog » Wed May 29, 2013 3:25 pm

I've got a big Coleman Xtreme cooler that keeps things cool for a LONG time. I freeze "suitcase" 2.5 gallon water jugs and use them in the cooler. It doesn't keep things icy cold that way, but they stay reasonably cool. Eat the most risky stuff first, save the hot dogs for last. I've had hot dogs on Thursday that were just fine. I got the cooler at Costco, it was spendy but not insanely so. I think I got the hugest one for under $100 (it's been a few years).
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby BBadger » Wed May 29, 2013 3:31 pm

Isn't this a non-cooler based thread?
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby swampdog » Wed May 29, 2013 4:10 pm

Oops. Responding more to Milayna above who seems to think that it's dry ice or no cooler. There are tons of options. Personally (dragging myself back to the thread) I go with mostly canned or other packaged foods. And bacon. The cooler is mostly for bacon.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby BeeWeeDee » Wed May 29, 2013 8:08 pm

Before going, cook up chopped bacon until it is crispy and then drain off the fat, it won't need refrigeration and it is good in everything.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby unjonharley » Wed May 29, 2013 8:12 pm

BeeWeeDee wrote:Before going, cook up chopped bacon until it is crispy and then drain off the fat, it won't need refrigeration and it is good in everything.


I found Jimmy Deans crumbled bacon at WinCo foods.. Tried it.. was pretty good..
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Janet Planet » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:22 am

BeeWeeDee wrote:Before going, cook up chopped bacon until it is crispy and then drain off the fat, it won't need refrigeration and it is good in everything.


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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Janet Planet » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:25 am

Canned chicken noodle soup or dry noodle bowls + dehydrated seaweed.
Salty hydrating goodness!
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Mojojita » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:58 pm

Just found shelf stable whipping cream at Trader Joe's!!!!!!! Needs no refrigeration until opened, chill 6 hours in ice before whipping.

My hubby loves it in his coffee.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby C.f.M. » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:51 pm

You can also just buy the non-fridged, pre-cooked bacon. I have to say Tasty Bites are my top non-cooler food. Probably my top food, period...

I remember my first year, I splurged on some fancy baked goods (I'm gluten-free, that shits expensive) and they were moldy. Or they get hard.

Non-cooler includes Tasty Bites (boxes removed pre-playa, to avoid moop), peanut butter packets, trail mixes, dehydrated camp food that just requires boiling water poured into the pouch.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby kax » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:28 am

Newbie here, just kind of sorting out these last five pages, here is what I plan on bringing:

    Drinks
    Powdered Gatorade / mixers
    Pedialyte (preferably powdered) for hangovers/dehydration
    Canned V8 veggie / fruit drink
    Non-refrigerated milk (horizon farms?)
    *Alcohol: two handles of hard stuff

    Canned / Ready to Eat Stuff
    *Tasty Bites Indian Food (or anything similar, basically Indian food pouches), get a bunch of these in a variety!
    Canned rice
    Canned beans
    Canned ravioli / similar
    Canned peaches / pears
    Canned baked beans
    Canned Soup
    Salmon / tuna pouches

    Everything Else
    Apples
    Bananas
    Loaf of bread
    Crackers
    Shredded wheat cereal
    Dried fruit: mangoes / raisins / apricots
    Peanut Butter
    Jelly
    Honey
    Fluff
    Raisins
    Pickles!!

Though I doubt I will eat ALL of this (I am a pretty small eater to begin with) it is good to be prepared and ALSO to gift to a friend in need.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Charlie Parker » Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:09 pm

NessaZee wrote:this plus a half avocado to even out the heat is so tasty!! even some croutons :)

avocados are great OTP, just make sure to get some that are really green and un-ripe.


Avacados, eh? That gives me an idea! Check out #6 on this list. :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:

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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby FossaFerox » Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:44 am

I lived off of EAS Recovery Protein powder (tons of carbs despite the name) mixed with coconut water (1L in the morning 1L at night), Monster M-80 energy drinks (80% pineapple juice with plenty of caffeine and B vitamins), liquor, acquired bacon, and vitamins. I felt fantastic all week. The protein powder is designed to replenish your body's glycogen stores following an intense workout, which every day on the Playa is, in essence.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby GreyCoyote » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:36 pm

Charlie Parker wrote:
NessaZee wrote:this plus a half avocado to even out the heat is so tasty!! even some croutons :)

avocados are great OTP, just make sure to get some that are really green and un-ripe.


Avacados, eh? That gives me an idea! Check out #6 on this list. :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/h2/fbsp/grillmates/12-unusual-flavor-combinations-that-will-wake-up-your-taste

A delicious pick-me-up! Plenty of calories and caffeine to keep a burner going!


A hot day favorite of mine: a very ripe avocado halved, pit removed, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and seasoned salt. Eat it with a spoon right out of the skin. Pure bliss! :mrgreen: Bacon bits optional.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby FIGJAM » Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:14 am

Anyone heard of this place?

Looks like healthy snacks that would be great on the playa. 8)

https://naturebox.com/browse#category/all-snacks
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby FIGJAM » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:43 pm

"Concentrated yeast extract"

Vagimight? :shock:
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:54 pm

I always bring a good stock of non-cooler based menu items. I keep them in the refrigerator.
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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby chuckularone » Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:56 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:I always bring a good stock of non-cooler based menu items. I keep them in the refrigerator.


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Re: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning

Postby bedlamdoll » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:19 pm

FIGJAM,

I haven't tried NatureBox (yet), but I have been getting a similar service called Graze, and I'm really liking it, and seriously considering hoarding the last couple of boxes I get before leaving for the Playa. The snacks are tasty and pretty healthy-a lot of the options have a good bit of protein, too, which is great for me since with my super low appetite I have a hard time with that. The main issue I have with Graze is it's all packaged in little plastic things, so that is more garbage to manage. When/ if I give NatureBox a try (probably soon-my partner keeps stealing my snacks out of my graze box), I'll report back with what I think.
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Most Flavorful Tasty Pouch Cooked No Refrig Foods

Postby some seeing eye » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:15 pm

We live in a wonderland of food. But we are eating on a desert campground. One solution are cook in pouch foods, don't dirty a pan. You poke the seal, heat in boiling water or in a solar gain situation, open, eat, over something appearing cultured or out of the pouch if ravenous. I've eaten my share of. Here are some favorites. What are yours?

Me: from TJoes - palak paneer. From the place you get your carports - tuna in yellow coconut curry. Plus a few small local to us tuna packers seafare and local harvest, probably interwebs sourced.

Food technology put to use...

And, of course, nothing beats the Tuna Guys and Mamas for fresh off the boat!
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Re: Most Flavorful Tasty Pouch Cooked No Refrig Foods

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:44 pm

My own

spaghetti

chilly

beef stew

enchiladas................
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