Hello, Food Burners, from a recovering Virgin! Nice to meet you! Lovely thread! Great tips.
Lots of food that a low-carber can't eat, but plenty of ideas for de-carbohydratification, as well.
OK. So. What worked from the perspective of a Virgin Burner, Type 1 diabetic, very low-carb eater:
1. heavy cream in shelf-stable boxes, Trader Joe's. Was sumptuous poured on top of fresh strawberries.
2. Eggs. I wound up cooking a lot of eggs scrambled with vegetables, most notably sauteed onions and jars of roasted red peppers, along with various cheeses. I had ghee, but I wound up instead using that delicious Irish butter—Kendricks, is it?—after learning how it would be easy to keep things chilled.
3. Evaporated heavy cream. This stuff's the bomb. Cremora was plentiful at camp, but that mouth-dust is little more than corn syrup. Bleh! Bleh! I put out a huge jar of dried heavy cream at camp, assuming that everybody would be, like, "Hello, YEA! Real food!" Sadly, I was instead mystified to see people using can after can of dehydrated corn syrup or whatever that Cremora coffee lightener stuff is, rather than real cream. I found one cream-loving comrade, explained to her where it was and what it was, and was glad that she, at least, started glomming onto it. In the future, I'll try to do more education to ensure that people know there's an option.
5. Macadamia nuts.
6. Sun tea: peppermint.
What I didn't use:
1. dehydrated eggs
2. dehydrated cheddar cheese
All that "doesn't need refrigeration" stuff seemed like a good idea before I left, but I soon realized that icing things wouldn't be an issue, due in great part to the incredible gifting of ice-taxi service at our camp, Poly Paradise. Bless you, ice taxi people!
At this point, I have lots of dried food. I'm going to combine all my dried food—cheddar, eggs, cream—and experiment with making crustless quiches or some such.
1. I'm hoping to get to know like-minded people who want to cook low-carb. It was great to have meals cooked by fellow campers, and to cook for them on our day, of course, but honestly, I couldn't eat most of what they cooked. Too many carbs. I'd love to be in a camp where many of the meals are low-carb, and I'd like to set up some gifting for that type of food, as well. Fresh strawberries with heavy cream, anyone?
2. Going to research the feasibility of gifting vinegar foot baths. I think it would be a welcome addition to similar gifting, such as the Human Carcass Wash at Poly Paradise, or the adjacent Hieney Hygiene Station.